The FutureDairy Team

The FutureDairy team comprises just three researchers with a dynamic team of post-graduate students. The group is governed by a Steering Group which comprises representatives from each of the program investors and a small number of dairy farmers.

Staff


Professor Sergio (Yani) Garcia
Project Supervisor and Senior Researcher

Key areas: Forage Production and Utilisation, Dairy Systems.

Ph: +61 2 9351 1621

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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

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Lynne Gardner
Administrative Officer
lynne.gardner@sydney.edu.au02 4651 9871

Post-Grad Students


Dr Momena Khatun (PhD; degree awarded 2020)
Principal Supervisor – Prof. Yani Garcia
Area of research: Early detection of mastitis in AMS
Ms Alexandra Green (PhD, in progress)
Principal Supervisor – A/Prof. Cameron Clark
Area of research: Dairy cattle vocalisation
Mrs Mardhati Binti Mohammad (PhD, in progress)
Principal Supervisor – Prof. Yani Garcia
Area of research: Modelling DM intake in dairy cattle
Mr Ashraful Islam (PhD, in progress)
Principal Supervisor – A/Prof. Cameron Clark
Area of research: Monitoring and mitigating heat stress in cattle
Mr Juan I Gargiulo (Masters upgraded to PhD, in progress)
Principal Supervisor – Prof. Yani Garcia
Area of research: Investigations into the applications and impacts of automation in pasture-based
dairy systems.
Ms Patricia Colusso (PhD, in progress)
Principal Supervisor – Dr. Sabrina Lomax Area of research:
Virtual Herding
Ms Sarah Mac (PhD, in progress)
Principal Supervisor – A/Prof. Cameron Clark
Area of research: The behavioural and physical development of calves: Impact of mother and
environment.
Mrs Crystal Espinoza (PhD, in progress)
Principal Supervisor – Dr. Sabrina Lomax Area of research:
Pain and welfare research.
Ms Meaghan Douglas (PhD, submitted February 2020)
Principal Supervisor – Prof Sergio Garcia
Area of Research: Investigating the nutritive characteristics of perennial ryegrass in Victoria to
formulate supplementary grain rations during each season to optimise milk production
Mr Stewart Scott (PhD, candidature temporarily suspended due to health related reasons)
Principal Supervisor- Prof Sergio Garcia
Ms Sarah Legge (PhD, in progress)
Principal Supervisor – Prof Sergio Garcia
Area of Research: Automatic calf rearing in intensive systems.
Dr Juan Molfino Graduated in 2019
Principal Supervisor – Prof Sergio Garcia
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: Management and infrastructure considerations and their impact on cows welfare and behavior in pasture-based AMS

 

Derek Keeper BVSc (Hons), BSc (Agr. (Hons) Studies commenced: 2012 Thesis completed:2017 Masters Thesis Title: Investigation into reproductive management practices and performance on commercial dairy farms utilising automatic milking systems
Michael Campbell BScAgr (Hons) Studies commenced: 2010 Thesis completed 2015 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
Victoria Alexander (nee Scott) B AVBS (Hons) Studies commenced: 2011 Thesis completed: 2015 PhD Thesis Title: Investigations into incentives to encourage voluntary cow traffic in the pre-milking area of a pasture-based robotic rotary 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 B.Appl.Sc. 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 B.Agr.Sc. 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 M.Sc.Vet.Ag 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