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Russ Hovey

Russ Hovey

After growing up in Brisbane, and through Rural Youth, Russ became immersed in the Australian dairy industry. He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours from the University of Queensland, and worked with QLD DPI on subtropical pasture development for his honours research. He then moved to New Zealand where he did his PhD in lactation physiology at the Ruakura Research Center and Dairy NZ, through Massey University.

Since then he has been based in the US; first undertaking postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Health in Washington DC, then joining the Department of Animal Science at the University of Vermont.

Russ is now a Professor at the University of California, Davis, where he researches the biology of how milk is produced, and how these processes can be manipulated on farm and in the lab. He teaches the biggest lactation class of its kind in the world, and is the editor in chief for the Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia.

We will have the honor of hearing from Russ regarding some of the latest breakthroughs in understanding the windows of opportunity that exist in a cow’s life to manipulate her production potential.

This presentation will be an introduction for udder dissections the following day which will truly wow you.