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Great news! I had another manuscript accepted for publication at Journal of Dairy Science!
In this study, I found that:
In this heat-stress assessment we conducted in commercial drylot farms in California, we found that during the afternoon dairies could use a lot of potable water (we estimated over 150,000 L per 1,000 cows during the afternoon) and that (individual) respiration rates could range from 25 to 150 breaths/min.
These results prompted me to pursue other scientific questions I addressed during my PhD:
1. How can we identify dairy cattle experiencing high heat load?
2. How can we optimize cooling strategies for lactating cows?
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At beginning of June I was invited to present some of my PhD research at the 2nd Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium in Wisconsin. I shared the grad student panel with other colleagues from a range of Universities in North America, including my long term friend and colleague Catalina Medrano-Galarza who's a calf expert. The symposium was full of good conversations.
Next, I'll be travelling to Puerto Rico and Denmark, so more news coming soon!
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PS: I also got a paper almost accepted! :D
Last Tuesday (Jan 31st) I had the opportunity to talk again about my career choices with UC Davis undergraduate students part of the Pre-vet students supporting diversity club. The objective of my spill was to encourage students to also seek careers beyond Vet Med, especially research.
Professors from the Department of Animal Science Drs. Russ Hovey, Ermias Kebreab, Matthias Hess, Anne Todgham, and grad student Ryane Logsdon (Animal Behavior) were also sharing their experience with students.
On Dec 1st I spoke about cows to a less usual crowd: a bunch of stakeholders and other experts on energy efficiency, renewables, and smart grid technologies - at the EPIC Symposium hosted by the California Energy Commission.
I joined Theresa Pistochini from the Western Cooling Efficiency Center (UC Davis) to talk about our project "Improving water and energy efficiency in California dairy industry" that aims to find more sustainable solutions to cool cattle in CA (the presentation can be accessed here). We shared our section with Dr. Larry Dale (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Laurie Park (Water Energy Innovations) and Dr. Joon Min (BKT), who also emphasize the importance of water and its impacts in CA.
EPIC is an energy innovation funding program that seeks to drive efficient, coordinated investment in new and emerging energy solutions. The Symposium highlighted innovative solutions for reaching California’s 2030 energy goals. I am proud to be part of that!