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Heather White

Understanding nutrient partitioning to improve feed efficiency and metabolic health in dairy cows

Associate Professor, Dairy Science; Faculty Director, UW Dairy Innovation Hub College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Work: 608-263-7786 Home page


  • Serving as UW Dairy Innovation Hub faculty director working with stakeholders and researchers to provide high-impact, research based solutions to the Wisconsin dairy industry
  • Understanding the etiology of metabolic disorders in dairy cows and improving detection, treatment, and prevention strategies.
  • Improving nutrient utilization to support milk production in lactating dairy cows
  • Identifying factors that influence individual animal variance in feed efficiency in dairy cows
  • Elucidating the role of specific nutrients to provide glucose or energy precursors or support metabolism in dairy cows


  • Awarded the American Dairy Science Foundation Scholar (2019) and Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist (2017) Awards for research and teaching contributions.
  • Recognized as the Friend of the Cooperative for AgSource Cooperative, Cooperative Resources International (2017)