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I have a background in metabolic diseases of cattle and sheep and the use of precision technologies – such as rumination/activity collars and pH boluses – to allow early detection of diseases. My research interests focus around bovine health and production, the use of precision livestock farming (PLF) tools to study health and nutrition problems of ruminants and innovative dairying.
My interests include:
- PLF technologies for monitoring health, welfare and prodution in cattle
- Rumen function
- Metabolic disorders (particularly ruminal acidosis)
- Ruminant nutrition
- The ruminal microbiome
- Dairy production (innovative systems, including cow with calf)
I currently supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc) level students during their dissertations.
Previous student dissertation topics include:
- An investigation into patterns in the occurrence of specific mastitis pathogens in lactating dairy cows
- Lactation performance: outwintering on kale versus housing Holstein Friesian heifers
- How does outwintering affect lameness of replacement dairy heifers?
- Early and late weaning in dairy-beef cross calves and the effect on growth and health at turnout
- An investigation into the effects on finishing cattle performance of feeding a Maxammon-based diet as a total mixed ration (TMR) versus feed components fed separately
Understanding the microbiomes of the ruminant holobiont.
Identifying best sensor technologies to deliver verifiable health and welfare, environmental and processing benefits for dairy products.
Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of pasture based systems.
RESAS: Precision Livestock Farming
Use of PLF technologies and combinations of sensors to increase early detection of health and nutrition problems in dairy cows
Interreg Atlantic Area: Dairy-4-Future
Quantifying the effects of innovative dairy farming practices in the Atlantic Region from a social, economic and environmental impact
Horizon 2020: SMARTCOW
Creating an integrated infrastructure for increased research capability and innovation in the European cattle sector.
Design, costing, management and analysis of projects; primarily feed and feed additives.
KTIF Keeping Cow with Calf (CWC)
Using a current commercial CWC system to investigate issues around CWC (economic costs, finding markets for the product, health benefits, environmental outcomes) to create a blueprint for others and encourage others to trial the system.
Cow Health Monitor
Diagnostic components of milk headspace in an automated milking system – headspace acetone as a proxy for ketosis in dairy cows, measured through AMS.
Dairy Cattle Health, Welfare and Nutrition
Improving lameness in British dairy cattle: claw health, claw horn disruption and lameness in cattle of standard and high genetic merit.
PhD, University of Glasgow
Nov 2013 → Jun 2018
Award Date: 22 Jun 2018
Bachelor, University of Glasgow
Sep 2009 → Jun 2013
Award Date: 22 Jun 2013
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1/04/21 → 31/03/26
Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) Technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of pasture-based cattle systems
1/10/19 → 30/09/22
A history of lameness and low body condition score is associated with reduced digital cushion volume, measured by magnetic resonance imaging, in dairy cattleWilson, JP., Randall, LV., Green, MJ., Rutland, CS., Bradley, CR., Ferguson, HJ., Bagnall, AH. & Huxley, JN., Jun 2021, In: Journal of Dairy Science. 104, 6, p. 7026-7038 13 p.
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Mesgaran, S. D. (ed.), Baumont, R. (ed.), Munksgaard, L. (ed.), Humphries, D. (ed.), Kennedy, E. (ed.), Dijkstra, J. (ed.), Dewhurst, RJ. (ed.), Ferguson, HJ. (ed.), Terre, M. (ed.) & Kuhla, B. (ed.), 29 Jan 2021, Online - e book: PUBLISSO.
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Identification of the rumination in cattle using support vector machines with motion-sensitive bolus sensorsHamilton, A., Davison, C., Tachtatzis, C., Andonovic, I., Michie, C., Ferguson, HJ., Somerville, L. & Jonsson, N. N., 7 Mar 2019, In: Sensors. 19, 5, 1165.
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Postmortem observations on rumen wall histology and gene expression and ruminal and caecal content of beef cattle fattened on barley-based rations: Postmortem ruminal findings in beef cattleJonsson, N. N., Ferguson, HJ., Koh-Tan, H. H. C., McCartney, C. A., Cernat, R. C., Strachan, E. M., Thomson, W., Snelling, T. J., Harvey, C. D., Andonovic, I., Michie, C. & Wallace, R. J., 26 Dec 2019, (First published) In: Animal. p. 1-14
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