Cooperative Extension - Tulare County
Specific programs in Dairy Science address the complex issues of animal health and welfare, dairy waste management, and water quality. Programs are developed locally but have a national scope, serving to improve the quality and safety of milk and dairy foods and to encourage environmentally sound dairy management.
UC Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce the September 3, 2013 appointment of Dr. Alex Souza as Dairy Farm Advisor for Tulare and Kern County. Prior to joining UCCE, Souza served as manager of reproduction in cattle for Ceva Animal Health Headquarters in Libourne, France, providing global technical support in dairy cattle reproduction and management. In the US, he was a dairy reproduction specialist, leading the ReproConnections support service on behalf of Accelerated Genetics and World Wide Sires, a worldwide program designed to improve reproductive performance in dairy herds.
Souza earned a M.S. in Dairy Science from University of Wisconsin; a Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction in a joint program with the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and University of Wisconsin, and completed a Post-Doc on Dairy Nutrition and Reproduction with University of Wisconsin. Souza also has a DVM from Sao Paulo State University, Brazil. While working on these degrees, Souza carried out work related to herd health, fresh cow management, synchronization programs, ultrasound and breeding techniques, nutrition, embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization in commercial beef and dairy farms in Brazil and the US.
Being fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English has helped Souza to work with employees and producers in dairies in the US and overseas. Alex is looking forward to the opportunity to meet with dairy producers in the county to assist in the development of his program priorities.
Please feel free to call him at 559-684-3313.