ChairmanBob Swick is a native of the USA. Prior to his current position he lived in Singapore and consulted for the American Soybean Association, Agrenco Bioenergy, Prince Agri Products and ADDCON. He received his PhD in animal nutrition from Oregon State University in 1981 and began his career at Monsanto Company working with methionine and feed preservatives. He later became Product Development Manager at Novus International. Bob has published over 250 technical papers, bulletins, reports and journal articles and holds a patent on a novel grain preservation system. His current research interests are in the area of poultry energetics, nutrient metabolism and gut health.
Co-ChairRoger Hegarty is a ruminant nutritionist and Professor of Animal Nutrition at the University of New England in Armidale. His primary interest in the past decade has been in discoveries that will assist the livestock industries to operate in a carbon constrained economy. This has included the use of simple management change to reduce the emission cost per unit animal product, together with innovative research within UNE and NSW DPI on use of animal genetics, dietary factors and management of rumen ecology to reduce emissions of methane from the animal rumen.
Wayne BrydenWayne Bryden is the Foundation Chair in Animal Science at the University of Queensland. His research interests include nutrition of monogastric animals and nutritional toxicology of all domestic species and he is a registered Animal Nutritionist. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contributions to science and education, and in 2005 he co-chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins. He is currently a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Food Safety, President of the Australasian Equine Science Society and Editor-in-Chief of Animal Production Science.
CommitteeNerida Richards is Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Equilize Horse Nutrition Pty Ltd, a company that specializes in providing independent, professional advice in all areas of equine nutrition. Nerida provides technical support to feed and supplement companies and breeding and training establishments. Together with X’Prime Pty Ltd, she designed, developed and commercialized FeedXL Nutrition Software, which is now used in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the United Kingdom and parts of Asia and the Middle East.
Frank Dunshea joined the University of Melbourne as Chair and Professor of Agriculture in 2006 after 17 years in a senior scientific role within the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. His research interests involve growth physiology and nutrition and interactions between the animal and its environment. He has published over 500 articles. In 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia in recognition of his contribution to nutritional science and in January 2009 was appointed to the National Nutrition Committee of the Australian Academy of Science.
Rob van Barneveld
CommitteeRobert van Barneveld is a private consultant, commercial nutritionist, General Manager of the CHM Alliance Pty Ltd, a Director of the Pork CRC Ltd, Chairman of Porkscan Pty Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of the Ridley Corporation, and a Director of PIC Australia Pty Ltd. In 2010, Robert led the bid to establish a CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork valued at $132 million over 8 years with more than 40 National and International participants. Robert currently holds an adjunct Professor position with the University of New England and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
CommitteeIan graduated from the University of Sydney in 1987 with a degree in Animal Husbandry and began working as a commercial nutritionist. His has experience of a broad range of species including broilers, ducks, pigs, layers and quail, but the ruminant sector, particularly dairy cattle, is his current focus. His special interest is improving feed conversion efficiency and profitability by optimizing rumen function. Ian also has a business degree from Macquarie University in Sydney, and feels strongly that a focus on strong business and economic principles is a vital component of any successful ruminant enterprise. He is currently the Ruminant Manager at Feedworks.
CommitteeFran is a ruminant nutritionist and Lecturer in Livestock Production in the School of Environmental and Rural Science at UNE. Fran completed her PhD at the University of Queensland on the effects of nutrition and heat stress on the physiology and milk protein synthesis of dairy cattle. She has conducted research on sheep, dairy and beef cattle in grazing and grain-fed systems. Fran has worked on ruminant development projects in Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar.
CommitteeMingan is the CEO of the Poultry Cooperative Research Centre and a professor at the University of New England. Mingan set up the Poultry CRC with a total funding of $174 Million over fifteen years to address scientific and educational challenges facing the Australian poultry industry. Mingan’s personal academic interests include carbohydrate chemistry and nutrition, feed enzymes, energy evaluation and nutrition x disease interaction in poultry. He has supervised more than 45 postgraduate students and published over 300 papers in journals and proceedings. He is an active member of the scientific community, serving as editor, assistant editor and on editorial boards of many journals.
Committee secretariatPierre’s roles within the scientific community have included those of senior researcher, program manager, associate professor of physiology, consultant, and editor of a scientific journal and symposium proceedings. He is the author of 60 articles and 25 invited presentations. His interests include interactions between the immune system and heat stress and the methyl-donor requirements of livestock. He resides on the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane.