Dairy UP expands its team

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PhD Students Alice Shirley (left) and Maddi Pearson.

Dairy UP welcomes two PhD candidates.

Alice Shirley and Maddi Pearson will work with the Dairy Up group that is developing novel monitoring tools to optimise individual animal management, under the supervision of Cameron Clark at the University of Sydney. Both are graduates from the University of Sydney with qualifications in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience.

Alice will work with industry to provide optimised calf rearing systems using novel monitoring tools. She has a particular interest in large animal production, animal health and welfare. Her 2021 honours project focused on detecting fly-associated behaviours in beef cattle using an ear-mounted accelerometer.

Maddi’s work will focus on the cow, using sensor-derived data to improve dairy cattle welfare and production, especially during the transition period. She has experience working with the Herd Team responsible for 8000 cows at Moxey Farms at Gooloogong, NSW and at the Agricultural Research Institute in Cyprus.

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About Dairy Up:
Dairy UP is a collaborative research, development and extension program for the NSW diary industry. It aims to unlock the potential of pastures, cows, water and milk to increase productivity and profitability, and de-risk the industry  and develop new markets.

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