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Researcher: Hills, JL (Dr James Hills)

Fields of Research

Animal management
Animal nutrition
Crop and pasture production
Agro-ecosystem function and prediction
Agricultural hydrology
Agricultural spatial analysis and modelling
Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Agricultural land management
Crop and pasture nutrition
Plant pathology
Agronomy
Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Farm management, rural management and agribusiness
Horticultural crop growth and development
Carbon sequestration science
Agricultural production systems simulation
Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Animal reproduction and breeding
Surface water hydrology
Water resources engineering
Intellectual property law

Research Objectives

Dairy cattle
Sown pastures (excl. lucerne)
Browse crops
Sheep for wool
Management of greenhouse gas emissions from animal production
Field grown vegetable crops
Environmentally sustainable animal production
Unprocessed or minimally processed milk
Water and waste services
Beef cattle
Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Other animal production and animal primary products
Other plant production and plant primary products
Terrestrial systems and management
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Weather

Career Best Publications

Invited review: an evaluation of the likely effects of individualized feeding of concentrate supplements to pasture-based dairy cows; Journal of Dairy Science

Research Publications

Invited review: an evaluation of the likely effects of individualized feeding of concentrate supplements to pasture-based dairy cows; Journal of Dairy Science
A comparison of autoencoder and statistical features for cattle behaviour classification; 2016 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN)
An investigation of cow feeding behavior using motion sensors; 2014 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference
Bag of Class Posteriors, a new multivariate time series classifier applied to animal behaviour identification; Expert Systems With Applications
Behavior classification of cows fitted with motion collars: Decomposing multi-class classification into a set of binary problems; Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Cattle behaviour classification using 3-axis collar sensor and multi-classifier pattern recognition; 13th IEEE SENSORS Conference, SENSORS 2014
Changes in grazing behaviour associated with concentrate feeding in dairy cows; 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management (SELM) Symposium
Characterising dairy cattle behaviours by observation, accelerometers and video; 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management (SELM) Symposium
Concentrate feeding strategies for individual grazing cows; 47th University of Nottingham Feed Conference
Conditioned feeding responses in sheep to flavoured foods associated with sulphur doses; Animal Science
Conditioned feeding responses of sheep towards flavoured foods associated with casein administration: the role of long delay learning; Animal Science
Detecting heat events in dairy cows using accelerometers and unsupervised learning; Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Diet selection and conditioned responses in ruminants to feeds containing different concentrations of sulphur
Dynamic cattle behavioural classification using supervised ensemble classifiers; Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Estimating pasture biomass with Planet Labs CubeSats; Australasian Dairy Science Symposium
Grazing behaviour of dairy cows fed different levels of concentrates; Precision Dairy Farming 2016
Grazing behaviour of dairy cows fed differing levels of concentrates; 17th Symposium on Precision Agriculture Research and Application in Australasia
Heat event detection in dairy cows with collar sensors: An unsupervised machine learning approach; 2015 IEEE SENSORS
Individualised feeding of concentrate supplements to pasture-based dairy cows; 6th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium
Influence of benzimidazole fungicides on incidence of Botrytis allii infection of onion leaves and subsequent incidence onion neck rot in storage in Tasmania, Australia; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Limitations and potential for individualised feeding of concentrate supplements to grazing dairy cows; Animal Production Science
Mid-lactation response of cows grazing pasture mixtures containing perennial plantain, white clover, and ryegrass; The Dairy Research Foundation's Symposium 2013
Monitoring grazing behaviour of dairy cows in pasture based systems; The Dairy Research Foundation's Symposium 2013
More milk from forage: Milk production, blood metabolites, and forage intake of dairy cows grazing pasture mixtures and spatially adjacent monocultures; Journal of Dairy Science
Pasture optimization and decision support tools for the dairy and beef industries: report 1 May to 31 July 2013
Precision feeding and grazing management for temperate pasture-based dairy systems; Precision Dairy Conference
Precision feeding and grazing management for temperate pasture-based dairy systems; Conference on Precision Dairy Farming 2016
Sense-T: Pasture optimization and decision support tools for the dairy and beef industries. Final Report
Short Retention Time Effluent Management
Smarter Irrigation for Profit - Increasing farm profit through efficient use of irrigation input to dairy pastures; 7th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium
Use of optical sensor technology to reduce nitrogen fertiliser inputs on dairy farms; 6th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium
Use of optical sensor to reduce nitrogen inputs to intensively grazed pastures; Precision Dairy Farming 2016
Using precision ag technology for managing water and nutrient inputs in pasture-based systems; Red Meat Updates Tasmania 2014
Virtual fencing technology to intensively graze lactating dairy cattle I: Technology efficacy and pasture utilization; Journal of Dairy Science
Water use efficiency and irrigation management of Tasmanian forage options; Red Meat Updates Tasmania
Whole farm systems analysis of greenhouse gas abatement options for the southern Australian grazing industries: progress report 5

Research Projects

A review of differential feeding of concentrate supplements to pasture based Dairy cows; Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)
Beyond Water Smart: Advancing Dairy Irrigation System Performance; Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)
Dairy HIGH - High Integrity Grass-fed Herds; Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)
Dairy on PAR; Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)
Enhancing the profitability and productivity of livestock farming through virtual herding technology; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Lowering nitrous oxide emissions in intensively grazed pastures; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Mapping pasture biomass from satellite imagery with machine learning; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
More Milk From Forage: Developing forage systems to meet the challenge for cool temperate pasture based dairy systems; Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)
Smarter Irrigation for profit; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Smarter Irrigation for Profit - Phase 2; Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR)
Agronico Consultancy Project: Growing and storing seed potatoes
Dairy High 2
Sense-T Stage 2: Pasture Productivity and on-animal sensing
Sense-T: Agriculture - Pasture optimisation and decision support tools for the dairy and beef industries
Using Cashew Nut Shell Liquid as a feed additive to a grain based supplement for increase milk production in pasture-based dairy cows

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