Professor Toby Mottram

BBSRC/RSEd Enterprise Fellow, Douglas Bomford Trust Chair in Applied Farm Mechanisation and Management
Toby Mottram

Position

BBSRC/RSEd Enterprise Fellow, Douglas Bomford Trust Chair in Applied Farm Mechanisation and Management

Qualifications

BA (Open University), MSc (Cranfield), PhD (Cranfield), CEng Biography

Contact details

toby.mottram@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531

Biography

University responsibilities

  • Developing on-line milk analysis for the BBSRC/RSEd Enterprise Fellowship
  • Linking research and industry practice 

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers
  • Defra secondment to Farm Animal Welfare Committee
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Member of British Society of Animal Science (I am represent BSAS at Society of Biology Meetings)
  • Member of the American Dairy Science Association
  • Member of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers

Additional Information​

  • Has three adult children and six grandchildren.  

Research

Research Interests

  • Wireless monitoring and modelling of rumen status
  • Measuring sheep health electronically
  • Impact of intensive dairying on animal welfare

Teaching

Teaching Duties

  • Cloud Computing and Ground Truth Data Elective Module
  • Masters Degree in Agritechnology
  • Lectures and demonstrations of new technology and research methods

Publications

Publications

  • T Mottram, 2015, Animal board invited review precision livestock farming for dairy cows with a focus on oestrus detection, Animal November, 2015.  DOI: 10.1017/S1751731115002517
  • C Turner, H Knobloch , J Richards , P Richards, T Mottram, D Marlin, M Chambers, 2012,  Development of a device for sampling cattle breath, Biosystems Engineering, Volume 112, Issue 2, June 2012, Pages 75–81
  • Toby Mottram¹, John Lowe, Michael McGowan, Nancy Phillips, 2008, Technical Note: A wireless telemetric method of monitoring clinical acidosis in dairy cows,  Computers and electronics in Agriculture, Volume 64, Issue 1, November 2008,  45-48.
  • N.J. Phillips, T. Mottram, J. Lowe, D.P. Poppi ,D and M.R. McGowan, 2008, Monitoring Ruminal pH by Datalogger Using Wireless Telemetry,  Proc. Aust. Soc. Anim. Prod. 2008 Vol. 27
  • P C Garnsworthy, L L Masson, A L Lock, T T Mottram, Variation of milk citrate with stage of lactation and de novo Fatty Acid synthesis in dairy cows.  J Dairy Sci. 2006 May ;89 (5):1604-12
  • Hobbs, P., Mottram, T.T., 2000, Significant contributions of dimethyl sulphide from livestock to the atmosphere, Atmospheric Environment, 34, 3649-3650.
  • Dewhurst, R. J., Evans, R. T., Mottram, T. T., Spanel, P., Smith, D. (2001) Assessment Of Rumen Processes By Selected-Lon-Flow-Tube Mass Spectrometric Analysis Of Rumen Gases. Journal Of Dairy Science 84 (6), 1438-1444.
  • Xu. Y.F., Velasco-Garcia, M. and Mottram, T.T. (2004) Quantitative analysis of the response of an electrochemical biosensor for progesterone in milk, Biosensors and Bioelectronics,   20 (10):2061-70.
  • Badea, M., Micheli, L., Messia, M.C., Candigliota, T., Marconi, E., Mottram, T., Velasco-Garcia, M., Moscone, D. and Palleschi, G. (2004) Aflatoxin M1 determination in raw milk using a flow injection immunoassay system, Analytica Chimica Acta 520 141-148.
  • Caplen, G., Mottram, T.T., Pickard, A.R. & Milligan, S.R. (2004). A biosensor-based method for non-invasively monitoring wildlife reproduction - the field vole (Microtus agrestis) as a potential biomarker of environmental disruption. Analytical Letters, 37 (8): 1719-1735.
  • Velasco Garcia, M. N., Mottram, T. T. (2003) Biosensor technology addressing agricultural problems. Biosystems Engineering 84 (1), 1-12.
  • Velasco-Garcia, M. N., Mottram, T. T. (2002) Biosensors: technology and opportunities in livestock production. Landwards 57 (2), Information Engineering for Agriculture and Horticulture, pub. SRI 15th May 2001, 16-20.
  • Mottram, T., Velasco-Garcia, M., Berry, P., Richards, P., Ghesquiere, J., Masson, L. (2002) Automatic on-line analysis of milk constituents(Urea, Ketones, Enzymes and Hormones) using biosensors. Comparative Clinical Pathology 11, 50-58.
  • Ditcham, W. G. F., Al-Obaidi, A. H. R., Mcstay, D., Mottram, T. T., Brownlie, J., Thompson, I. (2001)An immunosensor with potential for the detection of viral antigens in body fluids based on surface second harmonic generation. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 16 (3), 221 - 224.
  • Pemberton, R. M., Hart, J. P., Mottram, T. T. (2001) An Assay For The Enzyme N-Acetyl-B-D-Glucosaminidase ( Nagase) Based On Electrochemical Detection Using Screen-Printed Carbon Electrodes (Spces). Analyst 126 (11), 1866-1871.
  • Pemberton, R. M., Hart, J. P., Mottram, T. T. (2001) An electrochemical immunosensor for milk progesterone using a continuous flow system. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 16 (9-12), 715-723.
  • Velasco-Garcia, M. N., Mottram, T. T. (2001) Biosensors In The Livestock Industry: An Automated Ovulation Prediction System For Dairy Cows. Trends In Biotechnology 19 (11), 433-434.
  • Pemberton, R. M., Hart, J. P., Mottram, T. T. (2001) An electrochemical immunosensor for milk progesterone using a continuous flow system. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 16 (9-12), 715-723.
  • Lind, O., Ipema, A. H., Koning, C. De, Mottram, T. T., Hermann, H. J. (2000) Automatic milking. Bulletin of the International Dairy Federation (348), 3-14.
  • Frost, A. R., Schofield, C. P., Beaulah, S. A., Mottram, T. T., Lines, J. A., Wathes, C. M. (1997) A review of livestock monitoring and the need for integrated systems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 17 (2), 139-159.
  • Prescott, N. B., Mottram, T. T. F., Webster, A. J. F. (1998) Effect of food type and location on the attendance to an automatic milking system by dairy cows and the effect of feeding during milking on their behaviour and milking characteristics. Animal Science 67, 183-193.
  • Dobbelaar, P., Mottram, T., Nyabadza, C., Hobbs, P., Elliott-Martin, R. J., Schukken, Y. H. (1996) Detection of ketosis in dairy cows by analysis of exhaled breath. The Veterinary Quarterly 18 (4), 151-152.
  • Whay, H. R., Whitaker, D. A., Mottram, T. T., Dowell, A.M. (1999) A veterinary model for the induction of primary nutritional ketosis in dairy cattle. Occasional Publication of the BSAS (24), Metabolic stress in dairy cows. Proc. of an international symposium ed. OLDHAM, J.D. et al. Edinburgh, British Society of Animal Science, 189-192.
  • Metz, J. H. M., Maltz, E., Mottram, T. T. (1999) Monitoring health and welfare in practice. Cattle Practice 7 (1), 123. 
  • Llobet, E., Hines, E. L., Gardner, J. W., Bartlett, P. N., Mottram, T. T. (1999) Fuzzy ARTMAP based electronic nose data analysis. Sensors and Actuators B 61, 183-190.
  • Mottram, T.T., Dobbelaar, P., Schukken, Y.H., Hobbs, P.J. and Bartlett, P.N. (1999) An experiment to determine the feasibility of automatically detecting hyperketonaemia in dairy cows, Livestock Production Science, 61, 7-11.
  • Frost, A.R., Mottram, T.T., Allen, C.J.A. and White, R.P. (1999) Influence of milking interval on the total bacterial count in a simulated automatic milking system, Journal of Dairy Research, 66, 125-129.
  • Rasmussen, L. K., Nielsen, B. L., Pryce, J. E., Mottram, T. T., Veerkamp, R. F. (1999) Risk factors associated with the incidence of ketosis in dairy cows. Animal Science 68, 379-386.
  • Lark, R.M., Nielsen, B.L. and Mottram, T.T. (1999) A time series model of daily milk yields and its possible use for detection of a disease (ketosis), Animal Science, 69, 573-582.
  • Prescott, N. B., Mottram, T. T., Webster, A. J. F. (1998) Relative motivations of dairy cows to be milked or fed in a Y-maze and an automatic milking system. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 57 (1,2), 23-33.
  • Prescott, N.B., Mottram, T.T. and Webster, A.J.F. (1998) Effect of food type and location on the attendance to an automatic milking system by dairy cows and the effect of feeding during milking on their behaviour and milking characteristics, Animal Science, 67(2):183-193. 
  • Elliott-Martin, R.J.; Mottram, T.T.,;Gardner, J.W.; Hobbs, P.J.; Bartlett, P.N. (1997) Preliminary investigation of breath sampling as a monitor of health in dairy cattle. Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 67,  267-276.
  • Prescott, N.B.; Mottram, T.T.; Webster, A.J. (1997) Relative motivations of dairy cows to attend an automatic milking system. Animal Science, 20,  80-83.
  • Mottram, T.T. (1997) Automatic monitoring of the health and metabolic status of dairy cows. Livestock Production Science, 48,  209-217.
  • Mottram,  T.T. (1997) Requirements for teat inspection and cleaning in automatic milking systems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 17,  63-77.
  • Dobbelaar, P.;Mottram, T.T.; Nyabadza, C.;Hobbs, P.J.; Elliott-Martin, R.J.; Schukken, Y.H. (1996) Detection of ketosis in dairy cows by analysis of exhaled breath. Veterinary Quarterly, 18,  151-152.
  • Mottram, T.T.;Hall, R.C.;Spencer, D.S.; Allen, C.J.; Winter, A. (1995) The role of the cow in automatic teat cup attachment. Journal of Dairy Science, 78, 1873-1880. 

Conference Papers

  • T Mottram, 2012,  "Dairy farm evaluation of rumen pH bolus data: identifying the benefits", 65th Annual Meeting of the EAAP, Copenhagen 25th to 29th August 2014.