The International Red Dairy Breeders Federation official conference day on Tuesday, March 26, will explore the theme of Bringing Red Breeds Together. It will feature is a great line up of Australian and international speakers.
Joint Masters of Ceremonies are Erik Thompson, of Viking Genetics Australia, and Anthony Shelly, of Genetics Australia.
Michael Harvey, Rabobank Australia, senior analyst - dairy, is an enthusiastic and experienced dairy analyst, based in Melbourne, Australia. He has been actively involved in the Australian dairy industry for much of his life, having been raised on a dairy farm in the northern Victorian irrigation district. He brings to this role more than 15 years of experience as a professional analyst, researcher and adviser gained through working with Dairy Australia (the peak industry body) as part of the trade and strategy team before joining the RaboResearch team in 2011. Mr Harvey has an in-depth knowledge of local and global dairy markets and how dairy supply chains function.
Dr Andrew Hoare (BVSc) is a practice partner of South East Vets, Mount Gambier, SA. he grew up on a beef cattle property in southern Queensland, but has found his way south and into dairy cattle work. He has been president of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians, is currently the South Australian representative for Australian Cattle Veterinarians, and is also on the National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Committee. Dr Hoare is passionate about helping other veterinarians develop their skills in ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis and is currently an accredited manual and ultrasound pregnancy tester and examiner.
Christina Paulsen-Schluter, of Germany. Ms Paulsen-Schluter grew up as a suburban city girl. her grandfather was an Angler breeder and she spent all her holidays on the family farm. From a very young age, her highest interest was dairy farming and breeding Angler cows. After completing high school, Ms Paulsen-Schluter spent some years studying for a Master's Degree in Housekeeping, an agricultural apprenticeship, and a Bachelor of Agriculture before taking over the family farm in Tolk, Angeln, Germany. Since 2001 she has been active in various leadership roles, including the Angler Breeding Committee, board member for RSHeG (cattle breeding co-operative for all breeds in Schleswig-Holstein), member of supervisory boards for other companies, and a member of umbrella organisations for red dairy breeds.
Dr Jennie Pryce, BSc Hons, PhD (Genetics) University of Edinburgh, is principal research scientist of Agriculture Victoria and La Trobe University, located at AgriBio, where she leads a large team of scientists and supervises PhD students. Her main areas of interest are genetic improvement of functional traits in dairy cattle, optimising breeding scheme design under genomic selection, and development of dairy selection indices. She is lead scientist of DataGene and also sits on several industry and research alignment groups that shape the future of dairy research in Australia. Ms Pryce is also a member of the ICAR (International Committee on Animal Recording) working group on functional traits. Previously, she was employed by the Scottish Agricultural College, and Livestock Improvement Corporation in New Zealand.
Peter Williams, B Ag Sc. After completing his Bachelor of Agricultural Science Mr Williams started work in the dairy industry at VAB/Genetics Australia based at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and spent 13 years working in the area of progeny test and sire procurement. This involved the selection and importation of the first ever live bulls and embryos from North America. Following on from this he worked another 12 years managing the sire acquisition and progeny testing at RAB Albury and ABS Australia. Mr Williams joined DataGene as an extension officer after its formation in 2016, following on from his appointment at the former Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme in 2011. He has many years experience in the artificial breeding industry where he was responsible for selecting and proving some of Australia's most popular and influential sires.
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