Tanya Wilson


Thesis: Learning behaviour and observed feeding patterns of dairy calves group-housed and fed using an automatic milk feeder

Tanya competed her MSc under the supervision of Dr. Derek Haley. Tanya’s research examined automated milk feeding systems for rearing dairy calves, with a focus how calves learn to use the feeders. The applied goal of this research was to determine optimum methods for introducing calves into group-housing with automated feeders to make training calves easier for the calves, and the farmers. Tanya’s project was funded by the Dairy Farmers of Canada through the Dairy Research Cluster, and the Canadian Agri-Science Cluster Initiative.

Tanya grew-up on a dairy farm and completed a BSc in Animal Biology (U of Guelph). Her interest in research began with a summer research experience related to dairy cattle nutrition, supported by the OMAFRA – U of Guelph Partnership. Tanya went on to complete two research projects in the final year of her undergraduate program. She always had a special interest for animal behaviour, and welfare topics, which prompted her to seek for graduate studies in these fields.