DR David McGill

DR David McGill




  • David completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Sydney (2005) with a major in Animal Production. His honours thesis looked at the mathematical modelling of lactation curves to determine traits of economic importance in dairy animals (for example total lactation production and persistence). Following his university degree he worked for the NSW DPI (Tamworth) where his main role was data processing and management. This lead to an opportunity back at the University of Sydney with the Reprogen Group (lead by Prof. Herman Raadsma) coordinating feeding and milking trials on sheep. A large component of this role was in data analysis of the feed, milking and genetic data that was being produced from this research. In 2007 David was given an opportunity (as an employee of CSU) in Pakistan to manage a research for development project looking at extension in the dairy sector (the ASLP Dairy Project). This lead to a three year role based in Lahore coordinating research activities, data collection and capacity building of local employees and field officers. The success of this program lead to an additional project with greater scope and length. At this time, David returned to Wagga Wagga to carry out his PhD research in applied quantitative genetics. This PhD ran concurrently with the second phase of the ASLP Dairy Project and David continued to remain involved in the project and helping to manage local staff and research activities. During David's PhD he spent some time in 2011-2012 (approximately 10 months) studying quantitative genetics at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). At this time, he worked closely with Dr Han Mulder who joined the PhD supervisory team consisting of Dr Jan Lievaart (CSU) and Assoc. Prof. Peter Thomson (University of Sydney). David completed his PhD (August 2014) research on the genetic evaluation of Sahiwal cattle (a Pakistani breed). Since finishing his PhD, David become the Leader of the ASLP Dairy project which fini   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Charles Sturt University 2015
  • BSci. Agri., University of Sydney 2005