Bob James, PhD., PAS is the owner of Down Home Heifer Solutions, Inc. Bob established his consulting business upon “retiring” from the Virginia Tech Dept. of Dairy Science where he had a productive career in extension, teaching and research. The majority of his research over the last 10 years of his career was conducted on dairies in the eastern and western US with a focus on improving feed management on whole farm nutrient balance and on calf facilities and management of on farm pasteurizers and automatic calf feeders. He taught applied dairy nutrition and dairy herd management courses and was the co-coach of Virginia Tech Dairy Challenge team.

Bob provides comprehensive management consulting directed towards development of programs which optimize health, welfare and growth of calves and heifers based upon the unique resources available to dairies and custom calf and heifer growers. Dr. James consulting efforts focus on achieving the essentials for success which include:

  1. management of the close-up dry cow
  2. excellent colostrum management
  3. provision of a high-quality diet to enable achieving the heifer’s biological potential for growth at an economical cost/unit of gain
  4. development of housing systems which optimize performance of heifers and the people caring for them
  5. development of KPI’s and calf management teams involving farm personnel, the herd veterinarian, key industry partners and the GPS consultant

Bob received his B.S. degree at the University of Delaware and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Virginia Tech. He was an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University for two years with diverse responsibilities in extension and conducted applied research in reproduction. While at Virginia Tech, Bob had a dairy nutrition consulting business and raised elite pedigreed Jersey heifers. He is a founding member of the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. He is a member of the planning committee for the Western Dairy Management Conference. Bob has been a speaker at producer and veterinary conferences across North America and internationally and has provided consulting advice to dairies and calf and heifer growers in the US, Mexico, Canada, South America, Asia and Europe. His training and work experiences have enabled him to work with innovative producers and industry leaders in calf and heifer management.

He resides in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife, Ann, who recently retired as a Professor in the Animal and Poultry Science Department. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

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