Jordana Rivero-Viera Chairperson
Jordana Rivero’s work is focused on livestock grazing systems with an emphasis on sustainability. Her research covers main aspects of grazing livestock systems such as pasture and grazing management, animal performance and emissions, forage quality and breeding objectives for several livestock species. Jordana started her career in Uruguay, developing breeding goals and breeding objectives for dairy cattle under pasture-based systems, and in 2013 she was awarded a PhD in Agricultural Science from the Universidad Austral de Chile where she gained experience in grazing systems and NIRS applied to feeds and animal products. Jordana also collaborated on the characterisation of a creole sheep breed, regarding grazing behaviour and meat quality. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she studied the joint effect of agronomic management and cultivar of perennial ryegrass on grazing dairy cows ‘performance and nutrients use efficiency. In her current role at Rothamsted Research, Jordana is involved in a variety of fascinating research projects related to nutrient flow efficiency through the soil-plant-animal continuum, animal behaviours and welfare, animal genetic selection, grazing systems, sward diversity and key performance indicators. Jordana is also an active participant of the NCC North Wyke Farm Platform (Devon), where she works on grazing management of beef and sheep, pasture production/utilisation, animal behaviour and product quality.
Helen I. Ajayi Committee Member
Helen I. Ajayi has a BSc Biochemistry, an MSc and PhD in Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, and a Certificate in Dairy Farming and Entrepreneurship. She is a lecturer and researcher in Benson Idahosa University, Benin city, Nigeria where she resides. She has over 15 years of experience in academia, 10 years of these are in leadership capacity. As a member of BSAS, she represents the African continent in the BSAS Global committee. She was the vice president of OWSD chapter in her school for 4 years during which they successfully hosted an international conference of OWSD, she is still an active member of the executives. Helen serves in many capacities in her school in addition to being the current assistant dean of her faculty, a mentor, a course adviser, a mother and a wife.
Dr Jude Capper, PhD ARAgS Committee Member
Jude L. Capper, PhD ARAgS is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK, who undertook her BSc (Agriculture with Animal Science) and PhD (Ruminant Nutrition and Behaviour) at Harper Adams University College (UK), followed by post-doctoral research at Cornell University (USA) and a faculty position at Washington State University (USA).
Jude's research focuses on modeling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy and beef, including quantifying changes made by improving productivity or adopting differing management practices. She is also currently working on projects relating to the impacts of medicines use on UK beef farms and the national and global impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability.
Jude’s professional goal is to communicate the importance of factors affecting livestock industry sustainability to enhance the knowledge and understanding of food production stakeholders from the farmer through to the retailer, policy-maker and consumer. She has an active social media presence and spends a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to livestock production. To this end, she was awarded the Women in Dairy “Dairy Industry Woman of the Year 2017” and the Farmers Guardian “Farming Hero of the Year 2018” awards, and was awarded Associate Membership of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2018.