Jeremy Skuse moving on
Jeremy Skuse will be stepping down as Executive Officer of the AWSC from June 30. He will continue to have a relationship with the AWSC at the University of Melbourne, especially in the continued development of the ProHand suite of stockperson training programs. Jeremy will also be continuing in his role as EO of the National Primary Industries Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy and hopes to continue working towards bringing people together in discussion to maintain and improve the welfare of animals through sustainable and ethical systems through his business Animal Welfare Connections
Please follow this link to find an expanded version of an article first published on The Conversation website:
Where to now for dairying? link
Chair of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine, The University of Melbourne
The milk, the whole milk and nothing but the milk: the story behind our dairy woes - Conversation link
Remembering John & Jenny Barnett
It is 10 years since the Black Saturday Victorian bushfires which claimed the lives of John and Jenny Barnett along with so many others.
This week, we remember John, Jenny and all affected on and after that terrible day.
John’s main area of expertise was stress physiology and its application to the study of domestic animal welfare. His research over 30 years provided a timely balance on discussions within science and the livestock industries on welfare
methodology and interpretations and the impact of his research continues to improve animal welfare methodology.
John’s research on pigs and poultry made a critical contribution to our understanding of the welfare risks associated with confinement housing, highlighting the major risks of confinement that arise from spatial and social restriction.
He worked extensively with the livestock industries in developing welfare components of livestock industry QA programs and in assisting to achieve improvements in awareness and practices to safeguard animal welfare standards.
His outstanding scientific efforts have been highly acclaimed nationally and internationally by both science and the livestock industries and animal welfare science has greatly missed his important contributions.
Jenny was a researcher with the Victorian National Parks Association, completed work on mammal counts, endangered species and fuel-reduction burning, which she supported in the state's national parks. She was also a voice for the environment, tirelessly campaigning on wildlife issues in the media.
Research, engagement and teaching activities and achievements.