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 finished in December 2015.David took a Research Fellow position at the University of Melbourne in early 2016 and is working with the Mackinnon Group to engage in more international research for development projects with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and other funding bodies. He continues to work with his extensive contacts in Pakistan to develop project opportunities in the growing livestock sectors which impact the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Other projects he is involved in look at using digital data collection from farmers as a means of improving data quality and output as well as improving the engagement and information flow between farmers and researchers.David has a very keen interest in research for development projects and in particular linking other researchers working in this same space. Along with a group of other early career researchers working on similar projects, David has helped to establish the RAID network (Researchers in Agriculture for International Development; http://www.raidaustralia.net/).
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Investigating the effect of pen shape and pen size on group flight distance of extensively..
Improving Farmer Livelihoods By Developing Market-Orientated Small Ruminant Production Sys..
Bovine brucellosis in Pakistan; an analysis of engagement with risk factors in smallholder..
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A Participatory Investigation of Bovine Health and Production Issues in Pakistan
Abdul Ghafar, David McGill, Mark A Stevenson, Muhammad Badar, Aijaz Kumbher, Hassan M Warriach, Robin B Gasser, Abdul Jabbar
Journal article | 2020 | Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Systems to record the frequency of animal health events in Pakistan are limited. A participatory approach was used to address gaps..
Bovine brucellosis in Pakistan; an analysis of engagement with risk factors in smallholder farmer settings
Shumaila Arif, Peter C Thomson, Marta Hernandez‐Jover, D McGill, Hassan Warriach, Khizar Hayat, Jane Heller
Journal article | 2019 | Veterinary Medicine and Science
A cross‐sectional study was conducted to estimate the seroprevalence of bovine brucellosis in smallholder farms in seven regions i..
Perspectives on the production of milk on small-holder dairy farms and its utilisation in developing countries
PC Wynn, SS Godfrey, N Aslam, HM Warriach, S Tufail, M Jahan, Z Batool Naqvi, S Latif, B Wang, DM McGill
Journal article | 2019 | Animal Production Science
The profitability of milk production in the developing world varies widely among farming systems. This results from poor animal pr..
Impacts of improved extension services on awareness, knowledge, adoption rates and perceived benefits of smallholder dairy farmers in Pakistan
HM Warriach, PC Wynn, M Ishaq, S Arif, A Bhatti, S Latif, A Kumbher, Z Batool, S Majeed, RD Bush, TN Pasha, DM McGill
Journal article | 2019 | Animal Production Science
The provision of effective extension services to smallholder farmers across both developing and developed countries remains a chal..
Evaluation of three serological tests for diagnosis of bovine brucellosis in smallholder farms in Pakistan by estimating sensitivity and specificity using Bayesian latent class analysis
Shumaila Arif, Jane Heller, Marta Hernandez-Jover, David M McGill, Peter C Thomson
Journal article | 2018 | Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Effect of diet on preweaning performance of Sahiwal calves
Shaukat Ali Bhatti, Muhammad Faisal Ahmed, Peter Charles Wynn, David McGill, Muhammad Sarwar, Muhammd Afzal, Ehsan Ullah, Musarrat Abbas Khan, Muhammad Sajjad Khan, Russell Bush, Hassan Mahmood Warriach, Ahrar Khan
Journal article | 2012 | Tropical Animal Health and Production
Senior Research Fellow (Intl Animal Agriculture)
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Charles Sturt University
University of Sydney