World Buiatrics Congress 2016 (WBC 2016) Contact WBC 2016
The World’s Premier Cattle Health Congress
July 3rd - 8th 2016 Dublin, Ireland

Dr John Roche

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Principal Scientist, Animal Science at DairyNZ


Dr John Roche is Principal Scientist for Animal Science at DairyNZ and an Adjunct Professor of Animal Science at Lincoln University. He is also Managing Director and Principal Consultant for Down to Earth Advice Ltd, a company providing strategic and operational advice to universities and dairy farming groups around the world. He has also held science appointments with the National Centre for Dairy Production Research at Moorepark in Ireland, the Department of Primary Industries in Australia, and the University of Tasmania.

He leads a team of 14 scientists, developers, and post-graduate students and has published more than 125 peer-reviewed, science journal articles and book chapters in the last 10 years. He is a regular contributor at both science and farming conferences domestically and internationally.

His research programme focusses heavily on the role of nutrition in dairy cow metabolic health, with particular reference to managing the transition dairy cow and cow body condition score.

He was raised on a dairy farm in the South-West of Ireland, before carving his way to the Antipodes in 1995. He bought his first farm when he was 20 and has had both passive and active roles in dairy farm development in different countries. He is married to the most patient woman in the world and they have 2 sons; his passions are family, dairy farming, science, and the truth.

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