Dr Martin Staines
Martin has been one of the key providers of dairy research services to the Western Australian (and national) dairy industry for many years through his Research Officer role in the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. Martin holds tertiary qualifications in agriculture and ruminant nutrition and holds a PhD in nutritional biochemistry (University of New England). Consequently, much of his experience has been in assessing and improving dairy herd feeding systems including both pasture and feed-based practices. His skills and experience, which have been obtained over a career spanning more than 30 years to date, also include research, project management and extension and communication. Rumen8 was a replacement for a DOS based tool called RuMEMP which Martin developed while he lectured at Lincoln University in New Zealand in the mid 1990s.