LYONS, Nicolas

Nicolas Lyons

Research interests

Adoption of technologies and optimisation of data that will enable to push current boundaries, with a strong focus on research, efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

Background

Over 10 years of international professional experience working directly with farmers and in very close relationship with researchers, farm consultants, milk processors and service providers, both in private and public organisations.

My main responsibilities have always been to understand and analyse current on-farm and industry situations, conduct research in an effective and appropriate manner; but primarily developing, delivering and monitoring effective ways of transferring that body of knowledge to the wider industry.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia (2013)
  • Agricultural Engineer (Ing. Agr.) (B. Ag. Science equivalent). Faculty of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005)

Current projects

Recent publications

Peered reviewed scientific journals

Scott, V. E., Kerrisk, K. L., Thomson, P. C., Lyons, N. A. and Garcia, S. C. (2015). Voluntary cow traffic and behaviour in the premilking yard of a pasture-based automatic milking system with a feed supplementation regime. Livestock Science, 171, 52 – 63.

Clark, C. E. F. ; Lyons, N. A. ; Millapan, L. ; Talukder, S. ; Cronin, G. M. ; Kerrisk, K. L. ; Garcia, S. C. (2015). Rumination and activity levels as predictors of calving for dairy cows. Animal, 9, 4, 691 – 695.

Clark, C.E.F., Kwinten1, N.B.P., van Gastel, D.A.J.M, Kerrisk, K.L., Lyons, N.A., Garcia, S.C. (2014). Differences in Voluntary Cow Traffic between Holstein and Illawarra Breeds of Dairy Cattle in a Pasture-based Automatic Milking System. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences (In press). Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci. 27,  587-591.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L., Dhand, N. K., Scott, V. E. and Garcia, S. C. (2014). Animal behavior and pasture depletion in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Animal, 8, 9, 1506 – 1515.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L. and Garcia, S. C. (2014). Milking frequency management in pasture-based automatic milking systems: A review. Livestock Science, 159, 102-116.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L., & Garcia, S. C. (2013). Comparison of 2 systems of pasture allocation on milking intervals and total daily milk yield of dairy cows in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Journal of Dairy Science, 96, 4494-4504.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L., & Garcia, S. C. (2013). Effect of pre- versus postmilking supplementation on traffic and performance of cows milked in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Journal of Dairy Science, 96, 4397-4405.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L., Dhand, N. K. and Garcia, S. C. (2013). Factors associated with extended milking intervals in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Livestock Science, 158, 179-188.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L. and Garcia, S. C. (2013). Milking permission and milking intervals in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Animal Production Science, 2015, 55, 42–48.

Peer reviewed scientific symposium and conferences

Lyons, N. A. (2015). Pasture-based automatic milking systems in Australia. In:  Book of Abstracts of the 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, Warsaw, Poland.

Scott, V. E., Kerrisk, K., Garcia, S. C. and Lyons, N. A. (2015). Effect of short-term incentive and priority yard on waiting times in a pasture-based robotic system. In:  Book of Abstracts of the 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, Warsaw, Poland.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L. and Garcia, S.C. (2014). The Impact of Milking Frequency on Cow Behaviour in a Pasture-based Automatic Milking System. In:  Herbivores 2014, Canberra, Australia.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L. and Garcia, S. C. (2013). Comparison of two systems of pasture allocation on milking intervals and total daily milk yield of dairy cows in a pasture-based automatic milking system. In: Proceedings 22nd International Grassland Congress, 3, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, 1729-1730.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. and Garcia, S. C. (2012). Impact of pre vs. post-milking supplementation on milking interval of cows milked in a pasture-based automatic milking system. In:  Australasian Dairy Science Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, 162-164.

Scientific symposium and conferences (not peer reviewed)

Lyons, N. A. and Hakim, G. (2016). Energy audits on automatic milking systems. Proceedings Precision Dairy Farming 2016, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 2016.

Lyons, N. A. and Kerrisk, K. L. (2016). AMS KPI Project: Monitoring 9 Australian automatic milking systems. Proceedings Precision Dairy Farming 2016, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 2016.

Lyons, N. A., Eastwood, C. R., De la Rue, B. T. and Kerrisk, K. L. (2016). Current and future technology adoption on Australian and New Zealand dairy farms. Proceedings Precision Dairy Farming 2016, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 2016.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. and, Garcia, S.C (2013). Effect of milking permission refusal on cow traffic in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Proceedings of the 4th Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium, Camden, Australia, 35.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. and, Garcia, S.C (2013). Manipulating pasture allocation to incentivate cow traffic in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Proceedings of the 4th Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium, Camden, Australia, 36.

Lyons, N. A., Kerrisk, K. L. and Garcia, S. C. (2013). Animal behaviour and pasture depletion in a pasture-based automatic milking system. In: Proceedings 22nd International Grassland Congress, 3, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, 1727-1728.

Lyons, N., Kerrisk, K. and Garcia, S.C. (2013) Milking permission and milking intervals in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Proceedings of the Precision Dairy Conference and Expo, Minnesota, US, 2013.

Lyons, N., Kerrisk, K. and Garcia, S.C. (2013) Effects of pre versus post-milking supplementation on cow traffic and performance in a pasture-based automatic milking system. Proceedings of the Precision Dairy Conference and Expo, Minnesota, US, 2013.

Clark, C.E.F., Kwinten, N., Van gastel, D., Kerrisk, K., Lyons, N. and Garcia, S.C. (2013) Can breed selection impact voluntary cow traffic in pasture-based automatic milking systems? Proceedings of the Precision Dairy Conference and Expo, Minnesota, US, 2013.

Islam, M.D., Clark, C.E.F., Kerrisk, K., Lyons, N. and Garcia, S.C. (2013) Land areas required, associated walking distance and milking interval for large herds in pasture based automatic milking system. Proceedings of the Precision Dairy Conference and Expo, Minnesota, US, 2013.

Lyons, N. and Kolbach, R. (2012)  Accepting technologies on our dairy farms. Proceedings of the Dairy Research Foundation Symposium, The University of Sydney, Camden.

Kolbach, R. and Lyons, N. A. (2012). Accepting technologies on our dairy farms. In: Australian Dairy Conference, Lardner Park,Victoria, Australia.

Lyons, N., Kerrisk, K. and, Garcia, S.C (2012) Can pre – feeding reduce milking intervals of cows milked in a pasture-based automatic milking system? Proceedings of the Dairy Research Foundation Symposium, The University of Sydney, Camden.

Lyons, N. (2011) Management strategy to impact on milking intervals and total daily yield of dairy cows in an automatic milking system, under typical Australian pasture-based conditions. Proceedings of the Dairy Research Foundation Symposium, The University of Sydney, Camden.

Lyons, N (2010) Investigation into the effect of variable milking intervals on total yield of dairy cows in an automatic milking system, under typical australian pasture-based conditions. Proceedings of the Dairy Research Foundation Symposium, The University of Sydney, Camden.

Professional associations and activities

  • Frequent reviewer for scientific journals such as ANIMAL, Animal Production Science, Grass and Forage Science, Journal of Dairy Science and Livestock Science.
  • Member of Dairy Australia’s Precision Dairy Reference Group
  • Member of the Research and Innovation Network for Precision Agriculture Systems (RINPAS)

Fields of research

  • 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
  • 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
  • 070107 Farming Systems Research
  • 070203 Animal Management
  • 070204 Animal Nutrition
  • 070207 Humane Animal Treatment
  • 070399 Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Animal production
  • Dairy production
  • Pasture-based systems
  • Grazing
  • Precision farming
  • Technology
  • Data
  • Cow behaviour
  • Farm management
  • Decisions

Contact details

Email: nicolas.lyons@dpi.nsw.gov.au