Guest Speakers

All plenary papers will be peer-reviewed and published in Volume 57, Issue 11, of Animal Production Science, copies of which will be distributed to all delegates at the event.

 

John Furness

John Furness

Melbourne University

Title: Detection and responses of the intestine to its luminal content

John Furness is Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne and Professorial Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He leads the Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Laboratory. His laboratory has worked for many years on the physiology of digestion, particularly its neuronal and endocrine control. The current emphasis of his work is on the relationships between diet, environment and gut health and their implications for animal production and for human well-being. He is also investigating therapies for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. He is one of the most highly cited Australian scientists. Google Scholar (February 2017) gives his h-index as 101, including 34,900 citations overall

Nick Hudson

Nick Hudson

University of Queensland

Title: Mitochondrial metabolism: a key driver of energy utilisation and product quality?

Nick Hudson was awarded his PhD through the Zoology department of the University of Queensland in 2003, after travelling from the UK on a Britain-Australia Society funded Northcote Scholarship. Before taking his current position at the School of Agriculture and Food Science at the University of Queensland he worked for the CSIRO in a multi-disciplinary Systems Biology group (2009-2016). Through this group he helped develop methods using various RNA and DNA based biotechnologies to predict phenotypes of commercial importance in cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens. He continues to be interested in fostering efficient, environmentally friendly production enterprises using modern ‘omics technologies. Nick is also interested in the development, physiology, metabolism and conservation of native Australian species. He was awarded the 2008 DAFF Minister’s Award for Young Scientists and Innovators.

Hans Stein

Hans Stein

University of Illinois

Title: Importance of digestibility of nutrients in pig nutrition

Hans H. Stein is a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois. He directs nine PhD students, a post-doctoral research fellow, four research technicians, and three visiting scholars. His research focusses on energy and nutrient digestibility in humans and pigs. Dr. Stein has published 186 peer-reviewed manuscripts and he has delivered invited presentations in 35 countries around the world. He has also served as the external examiner on Graduate Student Defense committees in Canada, Australia, Spain, The Netherlands, The Philippines, and Denmark and he has been an outside evaluator of the undergraduate Animal Science Program at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, Colombia, and of the Graduate Animal Science Program at the University of Sao Paolo, Pirassununga, SP, Brazil. He was also a member of the committee that was invited by the National Academies to write the 11th revised edition of Nutrient Requirements of Swine.

Xiuhua Li

Xiuhua Li

University of Queensland

Title: Calcium and phosphorus nutrition of poultry: are modern diets formulated in excess? 

Dr Xiuhua Li was awarded a PhD in ruminant nutrition from the University of Sydney in 1993, after having completed an MSc at the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. in 1989. Xiuhua had previously received an Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science. Following her PhD, Xiuhua remained at the University of Sydney and commenced research on the amino acid metabolism of poultry with a major emphasis on the application of ileal amino acid digestibility values to feed formulation. During this period she developed an interest in the use of NIR for rapid nutrient analysis and strategies for incorporating unusual feedstuffs into poultry diets. Xiuhua continued her interest in amino acid metabolism after taking up an appointment as a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland in 2002. In the period since then, her major focus has been poultry with some horse and pig research. For the last few years she has examined the calcium and phosphorus requirements of broilers and layers following the widespread application of phytase to non-ruminant diets.

Ron Leng

Ron Leng

Bionutric Pty Ltd

Title: Rumen biofilm diversity and compartmentation with diets containing deleterious compounds

Ron Leng is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at the University of New England (UNE). He was a member of the Faculty of Rural Science for 37 years, during which he supervised or co-supervised 89 successful post graduate students. Ron was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1991 for his contribution to development of systems of using poor quality feeds for ruminant meat and milk production in Australia and in developing countries. Ron has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Iowa State University (USA) and Nihon University (Japan).The Australian Society of Animal Production made him a Fellow in 1996. In 2002, he received the Han Award from the Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies. He has been a consultant to the governments of more than 30 countries through United Nations Development Programs. Ron has published in excess of 500 papers in peer reviewed journals and has published 8 books in areas related to animal production science.

Sonia Liu

Sonia Liu

University of Sydney

Title: Digestive dynamics in low-protein poultry diets

Sonia Liu completed her PhD at the Poultry Research Foundation within The University of Sydney in 2014 and now she works as a Lecturer in Poultry Nutrition. Her research interests include digestive dynamics of nutrients, nutritional geometry, whole grain feeding, implications of exogenous feed enzymes and utilisation of synthetic amino acids. Sonia has more than 70 scientific communications in the past five years including >30 papers published in peer-reviewed journals. She was the recipient of 2015 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, supported by Australian Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Mike Bedford

Mike Bedford

AB Vista

Title: Calcium and phytase in poultry nutrition

Mike is Director of Research at AB-Vista Feed Ingredients. His work concerns the development of feed enzymes and yeast products for monogastric applications. He has over 250 publications to his name, including more than 150 journal articles, principally in the field of feed enzymes. He published a book,  “Enzymes in farm animal nutrition” 2nd Edition in 2010.

Brian Nielsen

Brian Nielsen

University of Michigan

Title: Opremazole and its impact on mineral absorption in horses

Brian Nielsen is a professor of Equine Exercise Physiology at Michigan State University. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers and nearly 200 book chapters, conference papers, and abstracts, and has secured $1.65 million in research funding. Besides having served on the editorial board for the Journal of Animal Science, The Professional Animal Scientist, and the international journal Comparative Exercise Physiology, he is a Diplomat in the American College of Animal Nutritionists and served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Horses. Throughout his academic career, he maintained involvement in the racing industry by breaking and galloping racing Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds for over 25 years and has been a licensed trainer since 1997.

Natalie Morgan

Natalie Morgan

Title: Managing gut health without reliance on antimicrobials in poultry

Natalie joined the University of New England in September 2015 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Her main area of interest is broiler nutrition, particularly focusing on carbohydrate chemistry and feed enzymes. She completed her doctorate thesis (2010-2014) and a year as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer (2014-2015) at Nottingham Trent University, England. Her current research interest is non-starch polysaccharides and the effects of xylo-oligomers in broiler chickens.

Lou Armentano

Lou Armentano

University of Wisconsin

Title: How specific dietary fatty acids alter milk fatty acid profile and  yield

Lou is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently serves on the National Research Council dairy nutrition guidelines writing committee and is president of the American Dairy Science Association. Lou joined the Department of Dairy Science at Madison in 1983 as an Assistant Professor. In addition to a program studying basic liver metabolism in cattle, Lou has maintained a program addressing use of by-product feedstuffs and their role in providing energy, fiber, and protein to dairy cows. His most recent research efforts have been to explain the effects of dietary fat on milk fat secretion, and resulted from examining the effects of the sometimes high levels of corn oil found in distillers grains.

Rob Dixon

Rob Dixon

Senior Research Fellow, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food innovation, The University of Queensland.

Title: Options to improve management of phosphorus nutrition of breeder cows in seasonally dry environments

Rob Dixon is a ruminant nutritionist who has specialised in nutrition and production systems for cattle in tropical rangelands and has worked in central and north Queensland for over two decades, in recent years with QAAFI. His research has focussed on protein, energy and phosphorus nutrition of grazing cattle and on production systems, particularly the utilization of low quality forages and opportunities for nutritional manipulation and management for improved production outcomes. In recent years, his research has been focussed on the development of spectroscopy of faeces as a tool to measure and understand the nutrition of grazing animals and on phosphorus nutrition of cattle, particularly for reproducing breeders. This research has involved close collaboration with many colleagues including in the University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and CSIRO.

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson

University of Queensland

Title: Bone metabolism in pregnancy and lactation: new insights from phosphorus deficient beef cows

Stephen is a teaching and research academic in the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland. Stephen’s expertise is endocrinology and his research aims to better understand the physiology of growth and metabolism, reproduction (pregnancy and lactation), and stress. His current research projects involve the northern Australian beef herd (bone growth and phosphorus deficiency), feedlot cattle (heat stress), horses (laminitis), and cats (flea sensitivity, diabetes). Recently Stephen was scientific consultant for the Nat Geo documentary “Moody Beasts”, a quirky 3 part series on how hormones drive animal behaviour.

Luis Tedeschi

Luis Tedeschi

Texas A&M University

Title: Recent advances in protein and energy requirements of beef cattle

Luis Tedeschi is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Dr. Tedeschi has been an active developer of submodels and contributor to the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System and the Cattle Value Discovery System and served on a committee of the 2016 National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to revise nutrient requirements for beef cattle. He has published more than 160 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and presented in more than 75 conferences and workshops worldwide on modeling nutrition.

Peter McGilchrist

Peter McGilchrist

UNE

Title: Pasture minerals and meat quality in beef

Peter has just returned to University of New England as a senior lecturer in Meat Science after 10 years at Murdoch University in WA. Peter’s current research revolves around the practical commercialization of Meat Standards Australia (MSA) for beef, lamb and sheep meats. This research covers all aspects of beef and sheep supply-chains focusing on critical control points that affect the eating quality of meat from the property to the consumer. Peter is currently leading a project with Meat and Livestock Australia addressing the issue of pasture fed beef compliance to MSA. The focus of this project is on seasonal sub-clinical mineral imbalances and the impact of mycotoxins. Peter is also leading Program 2 in the Advanced Livestock Measurement Technologies project, which has a focus on the commercialization of technologies for the measurement of traits which impact eating quality. Peter has a massive passion for red meat!

Lewis Kahn

Lewis Kahn

UNE

Title: An industry tool to manage nutrition and well-being of sheep

Lewis Kahn is a Professor of Animal Science at UNE, leader of the Sheep CRC program to enhance wellbeing and productivity of sheep and Executive Officer with ParaBoss, the national organisation to improve parasite management of sheep in Australia.  His research has focused on nutritional control of host resistance to nematode parasites of sheep, the ecology of these nematodes, improving reproductive success in sheep and grazing management.  Lewis has been an agricultural consultant for the last 20 years providing services to graziers and industry to improve livestock production systems. He brings a classical Rural Science systems approach to his research and consultancy and this is apparent in the  approach taken by the Sheep CRC program.

Sarah Bonny

Sarah Bonny

University of Adelaide

Title: What is artificial meat and what does it mean for the future of the meat industry?

Sarah Bonny is currently Lecturer in Ruminant Health at the University of Adelaide. Her research interests focus on the production of high-quality red meat for the global market. This includes work on the measurement of lean meat yield and eating quality of meat prior to processing and sale. She started her career as a mixed practice veterinarian, before returning to research at Murdoch University. At Murdoch, she tested the MSA system for the guarantee of beef eating quality with European consumers and European cattle, collaborating with four countries within the EU. Continuing on with the MSA system, she then worked on applying the same principles to the eating quality of sheep meat in Australia.

The peer-reviewed and edited versions of plenary papers will be published online before publication of a Special Issue of Animal Production Science (Vol. 57, Issue 11) containing the proceedings. This volume will be distributed free of charge at the conference to all registered delegates. To view the Online Early abstracts of approved manuscripts or to purchase the full articles, click here.