The incumbent serves as Research Leader in the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Dairy Forage Research Unit (DFRU). The mission of DFRU is to use an agro-ecological approach to the production and management of forages as part of an integrated soils-forage-animal system to improve farm-scale forage and dairy animal productivity, nutrient use efficiency, soil health, landscape management and environmental impact.Learn more about this agency
- Assessing biological, chemical and physiological implications of growing alfalfa and/or other perennial forages in the landscape and using them in dairy rations.
- Quantifying the nutritional benefits of alfalfa and other perennial forages, such as types of protein and carbohydrates, digestion kinetics within the rumen, or consequential shifts in rumen pH/buffering capacity.
- Ensuring forage quality testing procedures accurately quantify the full value of these ingredients in dairy rations.
- Collaborating with other dairy nutritionists in the Unit and Center to link cow performance results with the nutritional value of alfalfa and/or other perennial forages in dairy rations.
- Integrating agronomic and animal performance results with other disciplines in the Unit and Center to fully assess the productivity and environmental impact of alfalfa and other perennial forage crops as part of diverse, whole-farm dairy systems.
- Validating strategies through collaboration with Unit, Center and other scientific expertise as necessary.
- Supervisory duties include:
- Maintaining and enhancing the creativity and productivity of the Research Unit.
- Providing professional development of Unit members.
- Hiring personnel and managing the human, fiscal and physical resources assigned to the Unit.
- Serving as the Unit fund holder.
- Providing technical information and consultation both internal and external to Agricultural Research Service.
- Ensuring the proper interpretation and reporting of scientific research results and information.
Occasional travel - Local, national, and international travel is required for field work and to attend workshops, scientific conferences, and training.
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