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Name J Dijkstra

Job details
DescriptionAssociate professor
OrganizationDepartment of Animal Sciences
Organization UnitAnimal Nutrition
Phone+31 317 485 219
Secretarial phone+31 317 484 082
Phone 2+31 317 484 082
Fax+31 317 483 962
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Visiting addressDe Elst 1
Postal addressPostbus 338
Ancillary activities
  • Lid Commissie Deskundigen Meststoffenwet - Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit
    Aug 2018 - Present

    Advisering over de wetenschappelijke onderbouwing en de werking van de Meststoffenwet

  • Adjunct Professor at University of Guelph, Canada - University of Guelph
    Feb 2009 - Jan 2023

    General research collaboration and shared supervision of students

  • Member Editorial Board Journal of Agricultural Science - Journal of Agricultural Science Cambridge
    Jan 2007 - Present

    Regular Editorial Board activities

  • Steunfractie ChristenUnie Wageningen - ChristenUnie Wageningen
    Jan 1998 - Present

    Lokale politieke activiteiten in gemeente Wageningen; deelname aan diverse raadscommissies gemeente Wageningen


My primary research interest is in modelling digestive and metabolic processes in farm animals, particularly dairy cattle. I focus mainly on challenges in dairy cattle production aiming for healthy animals producing milk at low environmental costs and improving financial profit. I have developed, or have been involved in the development, dynamic mechanistic models suitable for application in the dairy industry or suitable in support of experimental research programmes as research models. My research has shown the importance of the interplay between modelling and experimental research. In the past decade I am increasingly involved and lead projects on experimental research into nutritional physiology of dairy cattle. In the past 5 years I have attracted (as leader or co-leader) major grants totalling over €10 million, involving 10 PhD students and 2 postdoctoral researchers.

Academic esteem (selection):

  • Member Journal of Dairy Science Club 100
  • Recipient of the American Feed Industry Association Award from ADSA (2015)
  • Adjunct professor at the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Canada (2009 – present)
  • Member (since 2004) and chair (since 2018) of International Advisory Committee of International Workshop on Modelling Nutrient Utilization in Farm Animals (MODNUT; 2004 – present)
  • Co-chair of the Feed and Nutrition Network of the Global Research Alliance (2012 – 2019)
  • Member of International Advisory Committee of International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores (ISNH) (2003 – 2014)
  • Publication award Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen University & Research Centre (2006, 2011 and 2013)



PhD Wageningen University (NL) (1993). Graduated with honours 'Simulation of rumen fermentation processes'.

Postdoc researcher Biomathematics Group, Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, North Wyke (UK) (1993-1997).

Postdoc Royal Netherlands Academy Arts Sciences, based in Wageningen (NL) (1997-2001).


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Coordinator and lecturer ANU30306 (Nutrient Dynamics; MSc level). Lecturer in various other MSc courses. Course leader post-academic courses 'Cattle Nutrition' and 'Successful Dairy Heifer rearing' of Wageningen Academy. Supervisor BSc and MSc thesis and internship students.

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