Ph.D. MSc Animal Science (McGill.CA), DVM (UACH.CL)Javier Burchard, Ph.D., leads the development and execution of CDCB innovation strategy. Prior expertise includes: Developed and Implemented short-term and long-term technology transfer cooperation projects with the private sector in the area of herd health, milk recording, livestock nutrition, and quality systems in Argentina, Brazil, China and Mexico. Directed a 10-year research program on the toxicology of Electric and Magnetic fields on dairy livestock to support policy development of rural electric networks in Quebec, Canada. Provided technical assistance to the pharmaceutical industry on efficacy trials for livestock production. Lectured undergraduate and graduate students in Animal Health and Mammalian Physiology. Trained veterinarians and agronomists on animal health and production, herd health and animal nutrition including sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.
Projects & Publications
How can genetics reduce lameness?
Genetic selection for improved hoof health is one opportunity to reduce lameness, which affects about 50% of dairy cows and results in economic losses, poor health and suboptimal animal welfare.
The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) is implementing a project to provide dairy producers with state-of-the-art knowledge and technologies to enhance hoof health and promote productivity and sustainability of the dairy enterprise.