Associations between immune competence, stress responsiveness, and production in Holstein-Friesian and Holstein-Friesian x Jersey heifers reared in a pasture-based production system in Australia
JW Aleri, BC Hine, MF Pyman, PD Mansell, WJ Wales, B Mallard, MA Stevenson, AD Fisher
Journal of Dairy Science | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019
This study was mainly funded by a grant from the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). We acknowledge the support and funds from the Gustav Rosenberger Memorial Fund (https://gustavrosenberger.com/) to the recipient (Josh Aleri), which partly supported this study and facilitated intensive training in advanced fields of immunology with Brad Hine (CSIRO laboratory, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia), advanced veterinary epidemiology with Mark Stevenson (University of Melbourne, Werribee, Victoria, Australia), examination with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Sciences (ANZCVS, https://www.anzcvs.org.au/), and advanced clinical training in dairy medicine with Michael Pyman (University of Melboune and Dairy Australia, Southbank, Victoria, Australia). Special thanks to Theo Lam (Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and GD Animal Health, Deventer, the Netherlands) for his mentorship from a far and for his words of encourage. The authors acknowledge Garry Anderson from University of Melbourne for statistical advice and the owners of the participating farms. We thank the following persons: Bronwyn Stevens, Frances Fitzpatrick and Melanie Conley, Christine Anderson (University of Melbourne), and Dominic Niemeyer (CSIRO) for their valuable technical support.