Introducing – Sara

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Introducing – Sara.

Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2002 while serving as the assistant herdsman for the university dairy farm. Her career has focused on Dairy Beef and Heifer Replacement operations in Texas and beyond, while working digitally on her Masters of Agricultural Business from Kansas State University. In 2004 Sara was given the opportunity to project manage a heifer replacement project in Tarroudant, Morocco alongside the country’s largest dairy cooperative and the US Grains Council. With a focus on increasing the production capabilities of the dairy industry while also developing a local source of beef, her team worked with over 800 dairy cooperative members. Following that project she helped lead a team in Inner Mongolia, China who aimed to provide locally sourced Chinese beef products to the growing number of beef consumers, again capitalising on dairy beef. Her experiences guided her in developing a Quality Systems Assurance program for incorporating dairy calves into USDA certified programs, and she also served as a Key Account Manager with Cargill’s Animal Nutrition ruminant team, assisting dairies to optimise nutrient balanced rations for herd wellness.

Now a Mum of 3 young kids Sara has joined the team at DRL as a lab technician focusing on Johne’s and TB diagnostics alongside Simon and generally imposing order around the laboratory. It’s like the United Nations around here, so don’t be surprised at another funny accent on the end of the phone line…

Most Recent Posts

A Hallmark of Quality

Our faecal PCR test hallmark of quality. Every year, the DRL laboratory participates in blinded proficiency panel testing for Johne’s disease, administered through the US National Veterinary Services Laboratory, Ames, Iowa as part of an ongoing international accreditation programme for diagnostic laboratories. These proficiency panels include serum, milk and faecal …[Read more]

Goats and Paratuberculosis – time to put Johne’s on the MAP

Let’s face the facts about Johne’s disease in goats in New Zealand – Johne’s disease is a significant concern and a major production-limiting disease of farmed goats worldwide. Have any goats on your farm died after losing weight steadily? Did their condition worsen over a period of weeks or months …[Read more]

From Johne’ news – Another JD Control Success Story!

Always nice to capture the attention of the global Johne’s community. Our most recent publication describing a JD control programme using DRL’s testing strategy has been picked up by the Johne’s Information Centre at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine as newsworthy. It’s nice to be …[Read more]