February 7, 2017   •   News

A doctoral research assistant position is available at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA for a highly motivated student seeking PhD training in Dairy Science beginning in Fall 2017. The successful applicant will conduct research on dairy cow protein nutrition and the methods for improving and evaluating the efficiency of nitrogen utilisation.

Excess crude protein (CP) in the diets of dairy cows is excreted in the urine as urinary urea nitrogen (UUN). This source of N reduces the environmental sustainability of dairy farms because it can contribute to atmospheric ammonia and nitrous oxide emission and to nitrate contamination of waters. Avoiding excess CP in the ration of dairy cows may contribute to the economic and environmental sustainability of the dairy industry if milk production is maintained.

Applicants must have earned a MS degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field and a record of peer- reviewed publications.

Applications by 1 March 2017. For more information and how to apply click here

March 4, 2016   •   News

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity investigating the environmental impacts of dairy farm systems. A candidate is sought to monitor nutrient balance on dairy farms in an attempt to reduce nutrient losses in the form of environmentally damaging compounds, using the whole-farm models Holos and IFSM. The candidate must have a PhD and a background in agriculture and Canadian livestock production systems, expertise in life cycle assessment, whole-farm analysis and / or ecosystem modelling, or dairy cattle nutrition.

The PDF location is the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre in Canada, and the position is intended to commence on 1 April, 2016.

To apply, email (subject line “Postdoctoral fellowship dairy farm systems modelling & analysis 2016”). a single pdf file containing your CV, a statement describing your motivation and eligibility, and three referees to:

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February 11, 2016   •   News

France Case StudyThe Livestock Research Group has released a new case study in its series documenting countries’ on-farm successes in improving the productivity of livestock farming and reducing GHG emissions intensity. French dairy farmers made significant productivity gains between 1990 and 2010, which had a demonstrable impact on GHG emissions. A new ‘Life Carbon Dairy Action Plan’ is helping them continue to reduce the emissions intensity of milk production, and make other environmental gains, aiming for a reduction in milk’s carbon footprint of 20% over the next 10 years. Read the brochure here

January 12, 2016   •   News

Alex HristovFaculty from Penn State’s Departments of Animal Science, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Plant Sciences, and Agricultural Economics are developing the world’s first Dairy Production and Management MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The course is designed to deliver fundamental knowledge and best practices related to sustainable dairy production systems in their broadest sense. Participants will gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of all aspects of dairy management including genetics, nutrition, reproduction, animal health, milk hygiene, farm economics, and sustainability of dairy production systems. There’s something in this course for everyone, whether you are just looking for the basics or have years of experience in the dairy industry. The course is launching March 7th, 2016. For more information and to register please visit the course’s website: https://www.coursera.org/course/dairy.