Overview of factors affecting productive lifespan of dairy cows
Dr Albert De Vries is currently a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. He grew up on a dairy and swine farm in the Netherlands. He went to Wageningen University where he received a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science with a minor in agricultural economics. He completed a PhD in Animal Sciences at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul with a focus on dairy science, applied economics, operations research, and statistics in 2001. Immediately thereafter he accepted a faculty position at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His research interests are in the optimisation of culling and replacement strategies, statistical process control, the economics of reproduction and genetics, and precision dairy farming. In his extension role, Dr Albert de Vries works with the allied dairy industry and dairy farmers on farm financial management and to apply the results of dairy systems management research. He currently also teaches two undergraduate dairy courses and advises undergraduate dairy students and graduate students. His research and extension activities have led to many invited presentations around the world.
At the ISRP 2019, Dr de Vries will give an “Overview of factors affecting the productive lifespan of dairy cows” during the session on “Lifespan and Productivity”.