AgSource recognized Dr. Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at UW–Madison, as the 2018 Friend of the Cooperative. The award honors a non-member individual or an organization that has contributed to, supported and helped strengthen AgSource, its services and the dairy industry as a whole.
“Dr. White was instrumental in guiding the data collection and lab analyses that lead to the development of the final product we now know as KetoMonitor®,” says AgSource COO, Pat Baier. “We are very grateful for her research and contributions to bettering the health and nutrition of dairy cows.”
Released at the AgSource Annual Meeting, in January of 2014, KetoMonitor is the product of a collaborative research effort between AgSource, and under the direction of Dr. Heather White and Dr. Gary Oetzel, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Dairy Science and School of Veterinary Medicine. White’s research program focuses on the health and nutrition of dairy cows during the transition period. Her research is leading to a better understanding of fatty liver in dairy cattle and how subclinical and clinical ketosis affect cow health and productivity.
In April of 2013, Dr. Heather White joined the dairy science faculty at UW–Madison as an Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, earning accolades along the way, including Outstanding Senior Comprehensive Research Project and the Outstanding Biology Student. She pursued her Master’s degree at Purdue University and completed her PhD degree there in 2010.
She then went on to become a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University in the Department of Medicine. In 2011, she joined the University of Connecticut as an Assistant Professor, and moved to the Dairy State just two years later. White keeps very busy teaching at the university, publishing papers, speaking at conferences around the world, as well as working on her research program.
She and her husband Corey live in Albany, Wis., with their young sons, Gabriel and Alexander.
AgSource is the largest, full-service dairy management information provider in the country, conducting research and development, field data collection, laboratory analysis and diagnostics, management information, meter service and outreach and education. Through the laboratory division, AgSource serves the soil, plant tissue, water, milk, manure and food testing needs of customers from across the globe. AgSource is a member-owned cooperative and a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International. Learn more at www.AgSource.com.
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