The FutureDairy Team

Add some text about The Team. It should give some introduction to the Staff, Post-Grad students (both past and present) and the Steering Group.


Professor Sergio (Yani) Garcia
Project Supervisor and Senior Researcher

Key areas: Forage Production and Utilisation, Dairy Systems.

Ph: +61 2 9351 1621

Assoc. Professor Kendra Kerrisk (nee Davis)
Project Leader and Senior Researcher
Assoc. Professor Cameron Clark
Senior Research Fellow

Key areas: Dairy, Sensors, Automation, Robotics, Farm Systems

Ph: 0477 324 206

Kirsty Jaensch
Administrative Officer 4601 8823

Post-Grad Students

Momena Khatun
Studies commencing October 2015
PhD Thesis Title: To be advised
Juan Molfino
B.Agric.Sc. equivalent
Studies commenced: 2014
Masters Thesis Title: Incorporating a high throughput robotic milking system into a large scale, pasture based dairy farm.
Alex John
BSc (Agr. (Hons))
Studies commenced: 2014
PhD Thesis Title: Investigating feed management and incentive systems to optimise robot utilisation and maintain cow performance in pasture based automatic milking systems
Ashleigh Wildridge
BSc (Animal Science. (Hons)
Studies commenced: 2014
PhD Thesis Title: Investigating changes in the behaviour and productivity of dairy cattle in response to dietary change to optimise efficiency in a pasture based automatic milking system
Derek Keeper
BVSc (Hons), BSc (Agr. (Hons)
Studies commenced:2012
Masters Thesis Title: Investigation into reproductive management practices and performance on commercial dairy farms utilising automatic milking systems
Victoria Scott
B AVBS (Hons)
Studies commenced: 2011
PhD Thesis Title: Investigating methods to manipulate voluntary cow traffic in the dairy of an Australian pasture-based robotic rotary system
Michael Campbell
BScAgr (Hons)
Studies commenced: 2010
PhD Thesis Title: Opportunities to improve production and decrease risk in a dairy business by utilising forage crops
Saranika Talukder
B.Agric.Sc. equivalent
Studies commenced: 2011
Thesis completed: 2015
PhD Thesis Title: Reproductive performance of dairy cows in automatic milking system under pasture based management system
Nicolas Lyons
B.Agric.Sc. equivalent
Studies commenced: 2010
Thesis completed: 2013
PhD Thesis Title: Investigation into the effect of variable milking intervals, cow performance and grazing behaviour in a pasture-based automatic milking system
René Kolbach
Studies commenced: 2010
Thesis completed: 2012
Masters Thesis Title: Operational efficiency of incorporating a novel robotic rotary into a pasture-based dairy farming system
Santiago Farina
B.Agric.Sc. equivalent
Studies commenced: 2007
Thesis completed: 2011
PhD Thesis Title:   Comparison of Dairy Cow Systems in terms of productivity and profitability
Helen Smith
B.Anim.Sc. (Hons I)
Studies commenced: 2006
Thesis completed: 2011
PhD Thesis Title: Understanding milk acetone cycling in dairy cattle
Daniel Dickeson
Studies commenced: 2008
Thesis completed: 2011
Masters Thesis Title: Quantification of the effects of inaccurate pasture allocation in a pasture-based automatic milking system
Ravneet Jhajj
B.Vet.Sc.A.H., M.Vet.Sc.
Studies commenced: 2006
Thesis completed: 2010
PhD Thesis Title: Effects of forage type, mixed diets and feeding practices on the efficiency of feed utilisation in sheep
Pancha Shrestha
B.Sc.Ag (Hons), PG Diploma in Animal Breeding
Studies commenced: 2006
Thesis completed: 2008
Masters Thesis Title: Studies on Complementary Forage Rotation as a forage option for dairy pasture systems
Bertin Kaboré
Studies commenced: 2006
Thesis completed: 2008
Masters Thesis Title: Comparison of soil status under an intensive complementary cropping rotation and pasture systems
Mariana Pedernera
B.Vet.Sc. (Hons)
Studies commenced: 2004
Thesis completed: 2008
PhD Thesis Title: Energy balance and reproductive performance in early lactating dairy cows fed to achieve contrasting milk yields on pasture-based systems

Steering Group

The Steering Group represents stakeholders and its role is to guide and direct the project and make it accountable to the industry. The current members and their affiliations are:

Mrs Shirley Harlock
Representing ADF and the Innovations Working Group (Chair)
Mr Steve Coats
Representing Dairy Australia
Assoc. Professor Kendra Kerrisk
Representing FutureDairy (Project Leader)
Mr Martin Paley
Industry Relationship Manager – DeLaval International
Representing DeLaval
Assoc. Professor Yani Garcia
Representing University of Sydney and the Dairy Research Foundation
Assoc. Professor Paul Sheehy 
Representing University of Sydney
Mr Mark Billing
Farmer Representative nominated by Industry
Mr Aubrey Pellett
Farmer Representative nominated by Industry