Amy is a veterinarian and epidemiologist working within the Mycoplasma bovis programme. Since early 2019 she has managed the national bulk tank milk screening programme. Prior to the M. bovis programme Amy has worked as a District Veterinarian in Rockhampton in Queensland Australia and also in zoonotic disease research
Amy graduated from Massey University as a veterinarian in 2018 and then spent 2 years working in rural mixed practice in Ranfurly, Central Otago. In late 2020 she joined Zoetis Genetics in a newly developed role as their Beef Genetics Area Manager for New Zealand. In this role, Amy consults to both stud and commercial herds on DNA technologies to make more informed decisions around animal selection to better achieve their breeding goals and lift herd performance. Amy has been involved with the development of new indexes for Zoetis’ commercial beef heifer genomic evaluation and tailoring this evaluation to fit the New Zealand beef farming model. Having been involved with family relatives Angus stud breeding operation, as well as having had the opportunity to experience various parts of the beef supply chain both here in New Zealand as well as Australia and the UK, Amy has a thorough knowledge of areas for increased productivity and profit margin for beef farmers.
Andrew is studying the economic cost of liver fluke on the West Coast for completion of a PhD. This has involved sampling of milk, serum and faeces to assess liver fluke infection and the impact on milk production on farms supplying Westland Milk Products.
Having grown up on a sheep farm in the South Island in New Zealand, Andrew has always maintained an interest in animal production and animals health and welfare. Upon completing his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Lincoln University Andrew then spent two years in a post-doctoral position at Moredun Research Institute, Scotland before returning to Lincoln in 2008 where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science. Andrews’s research interest primarily focus on gastro-intestinal nematode parasitism in sheep and cattle and mitigating the impact of disease on animal performance. Recent investigations range from manipulating the immune response to parasites in sheep, targeted nutritional strategies, parasite epidemiology, selection for resistance and resistance to parasites, targeting parasites outside the host to provide an epidemiological benefit and targeted selective treatments (TSTs) in both sheep and cattle.
Carolyn is a clinical veterinarian who became an epidemiologist despite having no great love for numbers, equations, and statistics. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and after a brief spell in private practice, completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh focusing on the use of national livestock movement databases to support disease control. Carolyn has been at Massey University since 2015 where she has taught veterinary epidemiology, production medicine, and shelter medicine across all years of the BVSc degree. Her research portfolio covers a wide range of species and diseases with a particular focus on finding innovative ways of engaging owners, veterinarians, and policy-makers in improving clinical outcomes for animals under their care.
Massey graduate Charlotte has more than 30 years experience in the animal health and nutrition industries of New Zealand and Australia. Passionate about everything related to ruminant nutrition, reproductive performance and animal health and wellbeing, Charlottes career began as a dairy veterinarian in Te Awamutu. After completing a PhD in cattle nutrition and reproduction at the University of Sydney, Charlotte worked with Wrightson Seeds before spending eight years working as a farm consultant initially in New Zealand then a further three years in Australia consulting to farm businesses in South Australia, Victoria and NSW. Charlotte is currently based with the PGG Wrightson Seeds research team at Kimihia Research Centre, Lincoln. Charlotte was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Clive is currently a Livestock Veterinary Technical Advisor for Zoetis in the North Island of New Zealand. A member of the Sheep and Beef committee of the NZVA and a member of the technical advisory group for Wormwise. He qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Massey in 1989. While at Massey he also completed a Bachelor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Physiology, investigated the use of real-time ultrasonic scanning for the diagnosis of pregnancy and the estimation of foetal age in Red deer. This research instilled a keen interest in doing trial work. Something he has done throughout his career. After doing 20 years in mixed sheep and beef practice helping farmers improve their livestock production, he has always been passionate about ewe and lamb wastage. It was this passion that motivated.
Craig was until December 2020 Associate Professor in the School of Management at Massey University where over the last six years his research and service work involved an industry development project that supported NZ’s emerging sheep milk industry. He is the co-investigator and author of the 2020 Sheep Milk Survey, organizes and runs the annual Sheep Milk conference and has written various reports and articles on sheep dairy industry development. He recently took a part-time management position at the primary sector programme at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and from early 2021 and will be working part-time as an independent contractor primarily for Māori agribusiness organizations.
David is a 2002 graduate. Has been a mixed practice vet at Oamaru Veterinary Centre since 2008. His work interests are keeping clients happy and trying to get home by 6pm each night.
David Stevens is a senior farm systems scientist with AgResearch, specialising in animal nutrition from pasture and forages. He has had a long history of interacting with the farming community through research and extension programmes. He has received the NZGT regional award for contribution to local agriculture, an NZGA award for technology transfer and the NZSAP Sir Arthur Ward award for contribution to the adoption of practices for more efficient animal production. He has led research and extension programmes in the sheep, dairy sheep deer and dairy industries. He is dedicated to improving Agriculture through the implementation of better science.
Emma has been working with farmers to manage FE for 13 years. What started as trying to improve a veterinary clinical service developed into a masters degree on FE management and continued research into its effects and management.
Enoch Bergman is a practicing veterinarian and part owner of Swans Veterinary Services located in Esperance WA. Growing up in rural Eastern Colorado, he left the town of Wild Horse (population 12) to secure a veterinary degree hoping to help make his friends and family more profitable beef producers. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2001, he struck out on his own primarily working for the lot feeding and sale yard sector. In 2003 he went back to university to work with students and to complete a Food Animal Medicine Internship, prior to emigrating to Australia. He had intended to only visit Australia for a year, aspiring to pick up good experiences, better stories, and an awesome accent. He quickly fell in love with his new clientele, their cows, the town, and eventually a gorgeous young physio. As far as his goals, he has achieved most of them, but still carries his congenital speech impediment, which makes him sound a bit like Trump. Do you remember Trump? Enoch almost exclusively provides bovine veterinary services, consulting to a range of beef producers, ranging from cow/calf enterprises to lot feeders, as well as to other veterinarians. He has spoken broadly throughout Australia as well as overseas on a range of bovine topics, but is possibly best known for his work pertaining to Bovine Pestivirus, also known as Bovine Viral Diarrhea, or BVD. Viewed by many as the leading expert in providing advice to Australian beef and dairy veterinarians as well as producers in the systematic management of the disease, he pioneered ear notch testing in Australia to diagnose carrier animals, or Persistently Infected (PI) animals in 2006. Having established Australia’s first laboratory of its kind, his lab has received well over half a million samples from over 200 veterinary practices and thousands of producers. Enoch is also well known for his “Building a Better Cow” series, which focuses on the proactive management of heifers to improve lifetime breeding success including strategies to improve reproductive efficiency through the integration of Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI) in their breeding programs. In 2014 and again in 2015 Enoch was elected as the President of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV), a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). The ACV is comprised of over 1,000 veterinarians keenly interested in improving the profitability of producers and the welfare of their animals. During his tenure he worked hard to strengthen his association’s relationships with other peak industry bodies. He is a passionate advocate for the Australian beef sector and a vocal proponent of the veterinary industry’s role in supporting it. Having established a new group of friends and family to aspire to help, Enoch plans to stay in Australia, with his family of six, for good.
Geoff has spent his entire career researching aspects of the biology of cervids, principally Red deer (Cervus elaphus) and Fallow deer (Dama dama), as a farmed animal within the New Zealand pastoral environment. His main focus has been on reproductive biology, including endocrinology, reproductive success and artificial breeding technologies, and he has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers in these areas. His work has also included aspects of nutritional biology, genetics, health, environmental management and venison quality of farmed deer. Between 2001 and 2019 he was Project Leader for all farmed deer projects pertaining to general deer biology and venison production systems within AgResearch. This portfolio of work includes over 20 scientists and technicians across AgResearch campuses throughout New Zealand. He was also the principle liaison with the executive of Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) based in Wellington, and reports to the DEEResearch Board, an AgResearch/DINZ joint venture governance structure that guides the portfolio of research to improve the financial productivity and environmental footprint of the New Zealand venison industry. Geoff retired in 2020 but continues to support deer research activities within AgResearch as a casual contractor
Geoff graduated from Massey University in 2000. His first two years in practice were spent at Manawatu Vets in Feilding as a production animal clinician, after which he spent another two years in mixed practice in a number of practices throughout England and Scotland. In 2007 Geoff completed a 3-year Residency in Anatomic Pathology at Massey after which he moved to Washington State University in the USA to teach pathology and finish training for the American Board exams which he passed in 2008. Since then, he has worked as a diagnostic pathologist in Australia and New Zealand with a focus on production animal pathology, herd health investigations and dermatopathology. In 2010 he became a registered Specialist in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. Outside of work his time is mostly spent with his family on their Manawatu sheep and beef farm. Given the chance, Geoff loves to dive, hunt, fish, or brew all-grain beer. He is currently planning a midlife crisis purchase of a jet ski for fishing and diving.
Ginny works out of Totally Vets’ Taumarunui clinic. She has special interests in farm systems, feed budgeting, breeding ewe management, parasitology, and deer systems. She has been involved in the sheep dairy industry for about 5 years, with two large Maui Milk farms on the Western Bays of Lake Taupo, while providing help and support to the growing number of new conversion farms, and their vets, in the Waikato. When not working she can be found enjoying the outdoors on or around Mt Ruapehu and Lake Taupo, usually with her two teenage children who claimed they wated to stay home but then realised they were actually having fun!
Grant graduated from Massey in 1998 and commenced clinical practice in mixed animal practices in Southland and south Otago before heading overseas. Whilst locuming in the UK the opportunity arose to be involved with FMD 2001 response. He was based in the Yorkshire Dales for six months which included seven weeks culling of infected properties and the remainder of the time overseeing cleansing and disinfection of culled properties from a veterinary and disease risk perspective. After a brief return to clinical practice when back in NZ, what goes in the front end of a cow became more of an interest to Grant, so after some years dairy consulting, he got a technical sales role with Pioneer – covering both the growing and successful feeding of maize, in the South Island. During this time Grant completed his MANZCVS examinations in ruminant nutrition. After a few years in Australia as a sales manager/nutritionist for a stock feed company based in Victoria, Grant returned to NZ and has been involved with the Mycoplasma bovis programme for over two years, initially as a regionally based veterinarian covering the South Island. For the last 18 months, he has been the manager of the national team of regional veterinarians and the Wellington based Sample Management Team.
Greg is a production animal veterinarian of 25 years’ experience. During this time he has worked alongside drought affected farmers both as a clinician and in middle management roles within large scale corporate sheep and beef business on the East Coast of the North Island. Production planning and feed budgeting have been a key part in managing and supporting farm businesses, including through the droughts of 2007 and 2012. Greg is currently a production animal veterinarian with Vet Services Hawkes Bay – Hastings. He is also the facilitator of the local Beef and Lamb Monitor farm.
Isobel is a new graduate from the class of 2020, working in mainly large animal practice in the Wairarapa. Growing up in the country provided Isobel with a background of involvement with many different species, as well as the business and management side that comes with farming. Isobel has an interest in animals welfare and in mental health within the profession, both of which were faced in the case presented.
Jacqueline holds a BAgSci Hons 1 in Environmental Agriculture, PhD Soil Science (nutrient cycling) and a research track record in nutrient management including carbon. Her academic positions include Professor of Pastoral Agriculture (Massey University) and of Agribusiness (University of Waikato); also Director of the Office for Environmental Programs (University of Melbourne) and Chief Scientist, Environmental Protection Authority. Jacqueline is currently a farmer-elected Director on the Board of DairyNZ and of Ravensdown as well as Adjunct Professor, Lincoln University.
Jamie is a scientist based at Invermay; he has been researching deer farming systems since 2003. He leads the new AgResearch and Deer Industry New Zealand co-innovated Deer Science for Success (S4S) Program. Jamie has led the three key deer CARLA research projects being the Deer Progeny Test (DPT) and two Tomorrow’s Deer CARLA trials in rising yearling deer. He also has a large research interest in deer breeding and genetics.
Karin is an animal behaviour and welfare scientist with AgResearch Ltd, who has worked in the area of heat and cold stress since she came to New Zealand as a post-doc in 2004. Her research focuses predominantly on the effects of winter and summer conditions on the welfare of dairy cattle and how to improve the welfare of animals in times of environmental challenges. She has also been involved in reviews regarding heat and cold stress in sheep and beef cattle, including the effects of managing livestock in muddy conditions, such as winter grazing situations. She is an appointed member of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) and a member of several international initiatives focussed on heat stress in dairy cattle.
Kate was raised on a dairy farm in Nova Scotia, Canada. She graduated with a BSc(Ag) followed by an OE. Six months in NZ turned into two years and was followed by yearly trips following the lambing and shearing calendar through Canada, the UK and NZ. Kate worked as a shearer and shepherd overseeing grazing projects involving sheep all over North America and came back to stay in 2009 and purchased Nikau Coopworth stud. Kate leases two farms in the Waikaretu Valley totalling 280 ha. It has a stud flock of 500 ewes plus young stock and 400 dairy and beef cattle. Kate’s industry involvement includes being the President Coopworth Genetics NZ, a founding member of the steering committee FE Gold and Worm FEC Gold, member of the FE Working Group and BLNZ Farmer Council.
Kate grew up on a sheep and beef farm in King Country where she developed her enthusiasm for sheep farming. After graduating with a BVSc Kate entered mixed clinical practice in rural New Zealand. From there, she was encouraged to return to Massey in 2015, starting her journey as an academic. Kate spent five years at Massey, teaching veterinary, agriculture, and animal science students, while also completing her PhD with the guidance and support of those in Massey’s International Sheep Research Centre. Her research focused on wastage in commercial ewe flocks, an area in which surprisingly little was known. During her time at Massey Kate was also involved with the development of a CPD pathway for sheep, beef and deer veterinarians and was a committee member for the Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians of the NZVA. In June 2020, Kate moved to Hong Kong, starting work in City University’s Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
Kathryn is a scientist in the Animal Genomics team at AgResearch Invermay. Both her Masters (University of Otago/AgResearch) and PhD (Dublin City University/Teagasc) research focussed on investigating variation in the sheep genome controlling resistance to gastrointestinal nematodes. She currently works on a range of projects, including understanding the genetic basis of disease, including gastrointestinal nematode infection, facial eczema and pneumonia in sheep. This research works to harness the natural variation in the population to work towards breeding animals which are less reliant on chemical inputs.
Kim has been the lower south island tech vet for MSD for 11 years, after 14 years in mixed practice. Vets think she fills her days drinking cups of tea and swanning around the countryside, cellphone to her ear, but in real life she enjoys problem solving, dealing with complaints, talking at meetings, upskilling farmers and vets and being part of the great MSD tech team. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her pet sheep and when not broken attempts to exercise or train for sporting events.
Oliver graduated in 2013 from Massey University. Trading his haukāinga of Northland for the chilly winter days in Southland, Oliver has worked in Edendale, Southland since graduation. His job has thoroughly mixed kaupapa including everything from the very occasional guinea fowl to the much more occasional dairy cow. The proud father to one young son and soon to welcome a daughter to the family with his wife Rosie.
Poppy began her studies at Massey University completing a BSc Hons (major: statistics, minor: genetics). She holds a PhD in Statistics and Epidemiology from Lancaster University (UK) which focused on reducing the impact of zoonotic diseases. She is currently a biostatistician at AgResearch specialising in experimental design and Bayesian statistical modelling.
Rachael Fouhy is a mixed animal veterinarian with Tararua Vets in Pahiatua and is passionate about sheep and beef production and parasitology. She has 15+ years clinical experience and has become involved with MPI welfare cases in the last 3 years. Outside of work Rachael is sheep and beef farming with her husband and 2 young daughters.
Originally from the UK, where he obtained a D.Phil in poultry behaviour and welfare from Oxford University, Rob has been a perennial figure on the New Zealand animal welfare scene since 2002. Holding roles within industry, central government and international NGO’s, he is currently Senior Scientific Officer – Farmed Animals with the SPCA, New Zealand’s oldest and foremost animal welfare charity, and played a major role in the development and delivery of SPCA Certified, the organisation’s flagship animal welfare assurance programme.
After completing his education through cadet training at Smedley Station and his agriculture degree, Sam set out on a progressive journey of large-scale management in livestock farming, business and people. Through his career Sam has been involved in deer management and has spent the last eight years as farm business manager of Rangitaiki Station. Rangitaiki is a 8336ha sheep, beef, and deer property in the central plateau farming 85,000 S.U with 22 staff. A third of its operation is a large-scale venison breeding and finishing operation with 7500 hinds and respective progeny. This enabled Sam to be involved in the industry through DINZ, advance parties, to better understand the challenges the industry faces going forward and what may be required to ensure success.