PhD (Advisor: Amber Adams Progar)
I am studying how pest birds impact dairy cattle health and welfare and determining the best sustainable methods to deter the birds. We will observe the cattle-bird interaction at the feed bunk to see if there is a change in aggression between cows or a change in feeding behavior. We will also determine the pathogen load the birds contribute to dairies. Lastly, we will be testing lasers and birds of prey as safe methods of deterrence. Our overall goal is to improve cattle welfare, health, and production, protect the health of dairy employees, and be good stewards of the ecosystem.