In August 2013 a Cow Longevity Conference was held at Hamra Farm, Sweden. The following acknowledged experts talked at this conference.
Dairy Development Director at DeLaval International AB since 2011. Charlotte is the host of the Cow Longevity Conference.
A native of Australia, Brian Lindsay received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Agriculture from the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury. He will be the moderator at the conference.
Christer Bergsten presently professor in technological systems for animal production at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He graduated in 1981 from the Veterinary College in Uppsala, Sweden. He will be speaking on the optimal walking area.
Steven Berry has worked as a private dairy practitioner and dairy management and health specialist, with a focus on lameness-causing diseases in dairy cattle. He will speaking on prevention, detection and treatment of lameness.
Albert de Vries is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, USA. He will be speaking on the benefits and costs of keeping her in the herd.
Dr. Trevor DeVries is an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Guelph, Canada. He will speak on whether cows are able to access and consume feed as it is provided.
Dr Flamenbaum studied dairy management and then moved to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to complete his BSc in Agriculture. He will be addressing the effect of cooling cows on efficiency, welfare and sustainability.
Eric Hillerton is the chief scientist for DairyNZ Ltd – the New Zealand dairy industry’s on-farm research, development and extension organisation. He will be speaking on prevention, detection and treatment of mastitis.
Lene Munksgaard qualified to be senior research scientist at the Danish Institute of Agricultural Science in 1996 and received a full professorship in 2013. She graduated from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen in 1982, Denmark. She will be speaking on the cow's everyday struggle for resources.
Ken Nordlund is a clinical professor in the Food Animal Production Medicine group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He will be speaking on how to manage cows and pregnant heifers around calving.
Geert Opsomer is associate professor in the field of bovine reproduction and herd health control at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Gent (Belgium). He graduated from veterinary college at Gent University in Belgium in 1989. He will be speaking on getting cows pregnant in time.
Jeffrey Rushen is an adjunct professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He will speak on cow needs and what we know from commercial herds.
Mike Van Amburgh is an Associate Professor at Cornell University, USA, where he has a dual appointment in teaching and research. He will be speaking on how feeding and managing calves is sustainable practice.
Frank van Eerdenburg associate professor at Veterinary Faculty, Utrecht the Netherlands. Frank teaches animal welfare and adaptation of farm animals. He will be addressing the importance and design of lying areas as well as optimal barn climate.
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