Holstein Association USA is excited to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Bewley joined the staff as the Dairy Analytics and Innovation Scientist. In his role, Bewley serves as a scientific and educational lead for Holstein Association research and development projects focused on technology and analytics innovations.
“I am extremely excited about my role because it combines my passions for Holsteins, genetics, technology, data, and education into one package. I fell in love with the Holstein cow, genetics, and dairy data as a kid working with my grandfather on his dairy in Kentucky,” Bewley said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and for Holstein Association members to continue progress in our shared and exciting future.”
Bewley received a B.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1998 and completed his M.S. in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 under Dr. Roger Palmer. He focused on the application and economics of Precision Dairy Farming Technologies for his Ph.D. work with Dr. Mike Schutz at Purdue University.
In his research career, Bewley has published over 50 peer reviewed publications, 110 meeting abstracts, and 50 industry magazine publications and has presented all over the world. Bewley has received several outstanding awards including the American Dairy Science Association Foundation Scholar Award in Dairy Production and the American Dairy Science Association Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award in 2015. In 2014 he was named to the Vance Publishing “40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards” list.
Previously Bewley was an Extension Dairy Specialist at the University of Kentucky. He has also worked with IceRobotics, PerforMix Nutrition, BoviSync, and Alltech. Dr. Bewley is currently an Adjunct Professor of Animal Science at Western Kentucky University in addition to his role at the Holstein Association. He is also an active member of the American Dairy Science Association and National Mastitis Council and serves on the advisory committee for many dairy technology companies.
“As an industry, we have made tremendous scientific progress over the last century,” Bewley said. “Technology, data, and analytics will create many of the next scientific breakthroughs for the dairy industry. The Holstein Association is in a position to lead and contribute to this progress as we apply novel techniques for using data and technology more effectively on farms.”
Holstein Association USA, Inc., provides programs, products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability — including animal identification and ear tags, genomic testing, mating programs, dairy records processing, classification, communication, and consulting services.
The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., maintains the records for Registered Holsteins® and represents approximately 25,000 members throughout the United States.