Speakers

 
 

Gordie Jones

Dr. Jones is currently an independent dairy performance consultant and a partner of Central Sands Dairy LLC. He is also the designer of Fair Oaks Dairy in Indiana, which is a dairy farm with more than 20,000 cows.

Dr. Jones has consulted with dairy producers and veterinarians across the U.S. and Globally, on dairy herd performance, nutrition, cow environments, dairy housing, expansion, dairy management, personal SOPs, and cow comfort. He has placed considerable emphasis on housing design to keep cows clean, dry, and comfortable. He has influenced the development of several cow comfort features in barn construction through work with environmental consultants and contractors.  

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Briana Hagen

Briana is currently a PhD Candidate in the department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, working under the supervision of Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton.

Her current research program involves using both quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand mental health among Canadian farmers. Using both survey and qualitative data, she is examining how farmers and their farms are impacted by mental health outcomes, including stress, anxiety, depression, and resilience.

Guided by the results of this research, and in partnership with an agricultural working group called ‘In the Know’, a mental health literacy training for farmers has been developed and is currently being piloted.

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Al Mussel

Elaine Froese