The Dairy Metabolism Group
The dairy metabolism group integrates nutritional, environmental, and physiological variables to better understand the conditions that promote optimal health and productivity of dairy cattle. The dairy industry plays a critical role in the food system by upcycling nutrients that are not suitable for non-ruminants into fantastic things like ice cream and cheese. We take pride in carrying out research to improve the well-being of dairy cows and the sustainability of this critical industry.
Key areas of focus include:
The time around calving is a period of great physiological change and high disease risk. We have helped to document an underlying inflammatory state during this period of time and we continue to explore the impacts of altering this state through pharmacological and nutritional tools.
One of the most significant developments in nutritional science (across species) is the recognition that nutrients and other feed components can have direct impacts on cellular function. Our team is contributing to the fundamental understand of nutrients as signals and also exploring applications of “nutraceuticals” in the livestock sector.
Managing a modern dairy farm is incredibly complex, with seemingly infinite decisions to be made. Fortunately, sophisticated data collection systems on most farms provide a treasure trove of data available to be mined for insights into better decisions. We apply rigorous statistical approaches in combination with economic analyses to help managers make decisions that can improve the financial viability of their operations.