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    Dr Emma Bleach

    Senior Lecturer

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    Emma is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science. She is from a dairy farming background and is interested in all things dairy! She graduated from The University of Reading with a PhD in Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology. Her thesis is titled 'Ovarian follicle dynamics in dairy cows: associations with pregnancy rate, hormone profiles and diet'. The reseach used ultrasonography to monitor ovarian follicle development in dairy cows alongside radio- and enzyme- immunoassays to monitor associated reproductive hormones. She has maintained a particular interest in managing reproduction in dairy cows to optimise the efficiency and sustainability of dairy production systems, most recently supervising a PhD student investigating factors that influence oestrus expression in dairy cows, monitored using sensor technologies. 

    Emma's other main research and teaching focus is dairy calf rearing systems to optimise the growth, health and well-being of calves and heifers. Her research includes investigations of milk feeding options for calves, concentrate and other addional feeds, calf management options such as use of calf jackets and the use of sensor technologies to monitor the health and well-being of calves. She has also used qualitiative research methods to investigate youngstock management practices and service provision in the animal health sector.

    Undergraduate teaching:

    BSc Agriculture & Routes, BSc Animal Production Science

    • Animal Production (LM) (A4012C17)
    • Farm Animal Production Science (A5001C17) module leader
    • Sustainable Livestock Production (A5006C17)

    Post-Graduate course management:

    Post-graduate teaching:

    PgC / PgD/ MSc Ruminant Nutrition 

    • Ruminant Animal Production & the Feed Industry (A7081) Module leader
    • Recent Advances in Ruminant Nutrition - Calf and heifer nutrition (A7079)
    • Ration formulation and Feeding Systems (A7080)

    PgC / PgD / MSc Agricultural Systems and Production Systems

    • Principles and Practice of Livestock Husbandry (A7071)


    PhD supervisions

    Current supervisions

    • The behavioural, physiological and production effects of dairy cow-calf rearing systems
    • Evaluation of the gastrointestinal tract faecal microbiome in dairy calves as an indicator of welfare
    • Equine anthelmintic resistance: a qualitative investigation into attitudes, beliefs and practices on the use of equine anthelmintics in the United Kingdom

    Previous supervisions

    • A qualitative social science investigation of UK dairy calf health and welfare (Laura Palczynski, 2021)
    • Investigations of factors that influence oestrous expression in dairy cattle (Hawar Zebari, 2019)
    • Service provision in the animal health sector (Alison Pyatt, 2017)
    • Factors that influence dairy cow preference to be indoors or at pasture (Priya Motupali, 2014)
    • Assessing the impact of lameness on gait and behaviour of dairy cattle: Development of an automated lameness detection system (Nicola Blackie, 2009)

    MRes supervision

    Previous supervisions

    • To investigate the effect of concentration of equine sperm quality following cryopreserving and to investigate the effect of re-freezing (Bethany Morse-Wolfe, 2021)

    Research areas

    • Youngstock rearing practices including dairy calves and heifers, dairy-bred beef calves 
      • Current projects
        • Cow-calf rearing
        • TMRs for dairy calves
        • Whole milk for dairy-bred beef calves
    • Reproductive processes particularly in dairy cows. Current research is looking at 
      • Current projects
        • Using hormones in dairy cow reproductive management
        • factors affecting oestrus expression in dairy cows
        • Factors influencing dairy cow productivity
        • Using Cow Signals to monitor the wellbeing of cattle

    Research Profiles




    Professional Memberships

    British Society ofAnimal Science (BSAS)

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

    Academic Department: Agriculture and Environment

    Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5079

    Office: AC10 Aspire Centre

    Research profile: ORCID

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    Additional Information

    Cow Signals Certified Master Trainer


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