Guest Speakers

Dr Luis Silva

Dr Luis Silva

Guest Speaker

Dr Luis Silva is a Senior Research Fellow at QAAFI, University of Queensland, leading the ruminant nutrition group. Before being appointed at QAAFI in January 2017, he was an Associated Professor at the Veterinary Medicine School at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he taught classes in Beef Cattle Nutrition, Biochemistry and Pasture Management and Conservation. Dr Silva comes from a coffee and dairy farm, is a graduate of the University of Sao Paulo, where he studied agronomic engineering, has a Master of Science degree from the same university and a PhD from Michigan State University, USA, where he studied the nutritional modulation of heifer development. Dr Silva’s Ruminant Nutrition Unit has considerable research linking cattle nutrition with physiological mechanisms and genomic tools. Dr Silva has previously coordinated several research projects investigating mechanisms to improve efficiency of tropical cattle production. His work is published in 42 peer reviewed scientific articles and several book chapters. Dr. Silva has also acted as the main advisor for 6 PhD students and 14 Master students.

Professor Michael R F Lee

Professor Michael R F Lee

Guest Speaker

Professor Michael R F Lee, Ruminant Nutritionist, graduated with first class honors in Animal Science from University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997 and gained a PhD in ruminant nutrition from the University of Aberdeen in 2001 followed by Post graduate certificate for teaching in higher education from Aberystwyth University in 2012. He worked for the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research from 2001-2008, before the merger with Aberystwyth University where he stayed as a Principle Scientist and Senior Lecturer in animal nutrition and rumen biochemistry until moving to the University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science in 2013 as a Reader in Sustainable Livestock Systems. In 2015 he took a joint appointment between Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol as Head of Site at North Wyke and was promoted to Chair in Sustainable Livestock Systems later that same year. His Research focuses on the sustainability of livestock as a part of food security globally. He has published over 200 research articles and papers including recent articles in Nature and Science. He was awarded the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize in 2015 for services to Animal Science and has represented the British Society of Animal Science on Presidents Council 2011-2016. In August 2016, he was elected as Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Systems Commission and in April 2018 he was elected as Vice President of the British Society of Animal Science.

Dr Amy Moss

Dr Amy Moss

Guest Speaker

Dr Amy Moss is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, researching poultry nutrition. Previously, Amy completed a PhD and Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience Hons II at The University of Sydney. Amy’s areas of interest include whole grain feeding, exogenous enzyme inclusion, digestive dynamics, feeding behaviour and reduced crude protein diets to promote efficient chicken-meat production. Over the past 3 years, Amy has authored over 60 scientific communications including 19 published journal papers.

Dr Isabelle Ruhnke

Dr Isabelle Ruhnke

Guest Speaker

Isabelle graduated in Veterinary Medicine from Berlin, Germany and worked since then at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University as well as at the Institute of Animal Nutrition in Berlin. She pursued her Dr.Med.Vet thesis on companion animal gut health and her PhD in poultry nutrition. Isabelle is a specialised veterinarian in Animal Nutrition and Dietetics and works at the University of New England with a passion for laying hen health and egg quality. Isabelle is known for her applied research on commercial farms and has managed 8 projects related to free range egg production and supervised 7 graduate students.

Dr Reza Abdollahi

Dr Reza Abdollahi

Guest Speaker

Reza Abdollahi graduated with Master of Science degrees in Animal Science from Tehran University, Iran and subsequently a PhD degree in Poultry Nutrition from Massey University, New Zealand. He was awarded his PhD in 2011 on the influence of feed processing on the performance, nutrient utilisation and gut development of poultry. He has published in top ranking Animal Science Journals and already has over 120 scientific communications, including 30 peer-reviewed articles, one book chapter and four edited conference proceedings, to his credit. He is serving as an Associate Editor for an international journal (Animal Nutrition), and has been a reviewer for a number of international journals. His research on feed processing has drawn the attention of the industry and academia, and is being recognised worldwide as providing new insight to feed processing technology. As an invited speaker, Reza has presented his work in a number of international conferences such as European Poultry Conference (EPC, 2014), European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN, 2017), International Broiler Nutritionists’ Conference (2014, 2017), Asia-Pacific Poultry Conference (2018), Australian Poultry Science Symposium (2019) and many industry seminars. Reza currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Poultry Nutrition for Monogastric Research Centre, Massey University. Reza’s current interest is poultry nutrition focusing on feed processing, feed evaluation and feeding strategies.

Dr Mike Allen

Dr Mike Allen

Guest Speaker

Mike Allen is University Distinguished Professor of Dairy Cattle Nutrition at Michigan State University. He completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Cornell University and he was a Research Dairy Scientist at the US Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, WI prior to joining the faculty at MSU in 1987.    His research is focused on rumen function including ruminal digestion kinetics and microbial protein production, and physical and metabolic control of feed intake for lactating cows. He conducts extension programs in dairy cattle nutrition. He is author or co-author of over 780 publications including journal articles, technical papers, book chapters, research abstracts, extension publications and popular press articles.  He has delivered over 375 presentations at scientific society meetings and conferences for dairy producers or technical advisors in over 20 countries.  He is member of the current NRC committee for Dairy Cattle Nutrient Requirements, a co-author of the Spartan Dairy Ration Balancer (versions 2 and 3), has received several awards for his research accomplishments from the American Dairy Science Association for which he is a Fellow.

Dr Julian McGill

Dr Julian McGill

Guest Speaker

Dr Julian Conway McGill is the Head of South East Asia at LMC International. He is based in Kuala Lumpur and is in charge of research and business development for the ASEAN region. Their research covers all the crops important to this dynamic region with a focus on oil palm, rubber and high protein feed market (such as aquafeed). Prior to joining LMC, Julian completed his MA at Edinburgh University and his PhD at the University of Oxford.

Dr Kristy DiGiacomo

Dr Kristy DiGiacomo

Guest Speaker

Dr Kristy DiGiacomo graduated with a Bachelor of Animal Science and Management (honours) from The University of Melbourne. Kristy then received her PhD from The University of Melbourne examining the physiological and metabolic responses to heat and dietary betaine in ruminants under the guidance of Prof Frank Dunshea and Prof Brian Leury. Kristy’s is a lecturer in production animal nutrition and physiology at The University of Melbourne and is a Veski sustainable agriculture fellow. Her research involves a variety of species and focuses on livestock nutrition, physiology and adaptation to the external environment. Kristy’s current research includes investigating the sustainable production of protein sources for animal feed.

Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Guest Speaker

Professor Lynch is Director of the Centre for Muscle Research in the Department of Physiology at The University of Melbourne. The Centre is a discovery hub for basic science research on skeletal muscle with translationl links across biomedicine, biomedical engineering, food, agriculture and aquaculture. His research encompasses studying muscle adaptation and plasticity, injury and regeneration, and the mechanisms underlying wasting and weakness in diseases and conditions, including ageing, cancer, and the muscular dystrophies.

Professor John Pluske

Professor John Pluske

Guest Speaker

John obtained a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree (H1) in 1988 and a PhD in 1995, both from The University of Western Australia. His PhD project investigated the physiology, morphology and enzymology of the small intestine in response to nutritional and social stress imposed on piglets at weaning. Following this, John undertook post-doctoral studies in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (1993-1994), where he worked on nutrition/reproduction interactions in first-litter sows and continued his work with weanling pigs. John was then a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Veterinary Studies at Murdoch University, Western Australia (1995-1996), where he worked on the nutritional modulation of some economically significant enteric diseases in pigs. Between 1996 and 1999, John was Senior Research Scientist in the Monogastric Research Centre at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, where he conducted research in pigs and chickens. John returned to Murdoch University in Perth in 1999, and is currently a Professor at the University and CEO/Chief Scientist of the Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd. In 2014-15, John was the Australian-American Fulbright Commission Inaugural Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Kansas State University, where he worked with staff in the Departments of Animal Sciences and Industry and Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology on swine nutrition and the role of feed additives on antimicrobial resistance.

Matthew Hilliar

Matthew Hilliar

Guest Speaker

Matthew Hilliar grew up on a dairy farm on the NSW Mid-North coast. He has completed a Bachelor of Science with double majors in Animal Science and Veterinary Studies at the University of New England from 2012 to 2014. Matt then completed his Honours in laying hen nutrition, investigating methods of measuring indirect calorimetry for net energy determination in 2015 where he was the recipient of the Jeff Fairbrother Poultry CRC Scholarship. Matthew is in his final year of his PhD at UNE investigating low protein broiler diets with a focus on amino acid supplementation and nonessential amino acid biochemistry. Matthew is also a Horizon Scholar with AgriFutures Australia.

Dr Fran Crowley

Dr Fran Crowley

Guest Speaker

Dr Fran Cowley is senior lecturer in livestock production at the University of New England, and a senior academic in UNE’s Ruminant Research Group. She started her research career in dairy cow nutrition and milk protein synthesis at the University of Queensland, and has been an academic at UNE since 2015. Fran’s research spans a wide field of interests. She has worked on several projects researching nutritional restrictions and opportunities to improve reproduction in tropical beef production systems. This has led her to work in ruminant production systems in Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Pacific. Recently, the UNE Ruminant Research Group has started to increase its focus on lot-fed beef production, with several projects currently underway at UNE’s Tullimba Research Feedlot.

Dr Nathalie Trottier

Dr Nathalie Trottier

Guest Speaker

Nathalie Trottier is a Professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University.  She received a Bachelor of Science in agronomy and Master of Science in animal nutrition from McGill University in Quebec, Canada.  She moved to the United States to pursue her PhD in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Following completion of her PhD in 1995, Dr. Trottier was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University and climbed to the rank of full professor in 2016.  Dr. Trottier has an active teaching and research program in the area of non-ruminant animal nutrition.  She teaches a senior undergraduate non-ruminant animal nutrition course with an emphasis on equids, suids, felids and canids, and a graduate protein and amino acid nutrition course.  Her research focuses on understanding mechanisms that regulate amino acid utilization in swine and equids to improve predictive models of amino acid requirements and to design feeding strategies to mitigate the impact of animal nutrition on the environment. She mentors and trains graduate students in research, and guides over 25 undergraduate research students each in her role as faculty advisor to the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Association at Michigan State University.  Dr. Trottier was a member of the latest revised National Research Council on the Nutrient Requirements Swine.  She was then appointed to be part of the modeling committee of the National Animal Nutrition Program, under the umbrella of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the US Department of Agriculture.  Her role is to contribute to the coordination and design of predictive models of nitrogen and amino acid requirements of equids and sows. Dr. Trottier’s greatest gratification is to impact student learning in animal nutrition and agriculture, and guide students walking their paths to rewarding careers.