Dr. Gosia Zobel


E: Gosia.Zobel@agresearch.co.nz


MSc (Animal Science)
PhD (Applied Animal Biology)

Research interests & activities

I grew up on a small mixed farm in Canada, where I was able to gain a firsthand understanding of common farm animal management practices. I strive to conduct studies that are applicable and relevant to the producer, and follow a similar goal for the dissemination of the results. One of my key goals is to highlight the benefits of achieving high standards of animal welfare on farm, thereby promoting the adoption of improvements.
I am based in the Animal Welfare Team at AgResearch. The majority of my work is aimed at addressing dairy goat welfare concerns through management and housing improvements; I am also involved in some dairy cow welfare research as well.



Zobel, G., D. M. Weary, K. E. Leslie, and M. A. G. von
Keyserlingk. 2015. Invited Review – Cessation of lactation: Effects on animal
welfare. J. Dairy Sci. 98:8263-8277.


Zobel, G., K. E. Leslie, D. M. Weary, and M. A. G. von
Keyserlingk. 2015. Ketonemia in dairy goats: Effect of dry period length and
impact on lying behavior. J. Dairy Sci. 98:6128-6138.


Zobel, G., K. Leslie, D. M. Weary, and M. A. G. von
Keyserlingk. 2015. Technical note: Validation of data loggers for recording
lying behavior in dairy goats. J. Dairy Sci. 98:1082- 1089.


Chapinal, N., G. Zobel, K. Painter, and K. E. Leslie. 2014.
Changes in lying behavior after abrupt cessation of milking and regrouping at
dry-off in freestall-housed cows: A case study. J. Vet. Behav. Clin. Appl. Res.


Zobel, G., K. Leslie, D. M. Weary, and M. A. G. von
Keyserlingk. 2013. Gradual cessation of milking reduces milk leakage and
motivation to be milked in dairy cows at dry-off. J. Dairy Sci. 96:5064-5071.


Zobel, G., K. S. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, B. M. A. Genswein,
and M. A. G. von Keyserlingk. 2011. Impact of agonistic interactions on feeding
behaviours when beef heifers are fed in a competitive feeding environment.
Livestock Sci. 137:1-9.