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While our research relates mostly to the dairy industry, much of our work has also been published in more general outlets where researchers and developers may be able to use our results and innovations to develop similar techniques and outputs in their respective fields.

The following list is restricted to refereed publications (journals and conference proceedings). Please feel free to request dairy [dot] infosys [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Subject: Reprint%20Request) (reprints).

Refereed Publications

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2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 201

2011

Ghaffar, A., R. Lacroix and K.M. Wade. Organizing large data sets for curiosity-driven research: a data warehouse approach using the dairy industry as an example. (In preparation).

Ferland, M.-C., D. Lefebvre and K. M. Wade. Effect of feeding system and feed energy source on lactation characteristics and milk components in dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science. (In preparation).

Ramírez, J. Y., D. Lefebvre, A. Mustafa and K. M. Wade. Factors affecting milk-urea nitrogen in dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science. (In preparation).

Ramírez, J. Y., D. Lefebvre, A. Mustafa and K. M. Wade. Decision-tree and visualization techniques applied to milk-urea-nitrogen data. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. (In preparation).

Cue, R., D. Pietersma, K. M. Wade, D. Lefebvre, R. Lacroix, D. Pellerin, A.-M. de Passillé and J. Rushen. 2006. Growth modeling of dairy heifers in Québec based on random regression. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. (Submitted, August 2011).

2010

Vasseur, E., Borderas, F., Cue, R. I., Lefebvre, D., Pellerin, D., Rushen, J., Wade, K.M., and de Passille, A.-M. 2010. A Survey of Dairy Calf Management Practices in Canada that Impact Animal Welfare. Journal of Dairy Science. 93(3): 1307-1315.

2009

2008

Durr, J. W., Cue, R. I., Monardes, H. G., and K. M. Wade. 2008. Milk losses associated with somatic cell counts per breed, parity and stage of lactation in Canadian dairy cattle. Livestock Science (117) 225–232.

2006

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, D. Lefebvre, R. Cue, and K. M. Wade. 2006. Trends in growth and age at first calving for Holstein and Ayrshire Heifers in Quebec. Canadian Journal of Animal Science 86(3): 325–336 [.pdf].

Wade, K. M. 2006. Automated on-farm recording systems and the challenge of utilizing them for breeding programs in dairy cattle. Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (Invited Speaker). Belo Horizonte, Brazil. CD-ROM – 636.082 006 3 (ISBN: 85 - 60088 - 00 - 8).

2005

Pietersma, D., J. P. H. Holthuis, R. Lacroix, K. M. Wade. 2005. Interactive visualization of multi-dimensional data in dairy production. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 21 (6): 1081-1088.

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, R. Cue, D. Lefebvre and K. M. Wade. 2005. Use of Data Mining to Characterize Dairy Herds with Poor Heifer Growth. Pages 1013-1018 in Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the 5th Conference of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and Environment and the 3rd World Congress on Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Vila Real, Portugal. CD-ROM communication n° (ISBN: 972-669-646-1 – Legal Deposit 228821/05) Publisher: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.

Fievez, V., J. Van Looveren, W. Wanzele, B. Vlaeminck, W. Van Straalen, K. M. Wade and R. Lacroix. 2005. Knowledge Discovery in Milk Fatty Acid Databases applied to Suboptimal Milk Production. Pages 1019-1023 in Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the 5th Conference of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and Environment and the 3rd World Congress on Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Vila Real, Portugal. CD-ROM communication n° (ISBN: 972-669-646-1 – Legal Deposit 228821/05) Publisher: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.

2004

Wade, K. M., M. A. P. M. van Asseldonk, P. B. M. Berentsen, W. Ouweltjes and H. Hogeveen. 2004. Economic efficiency of automatic milking systems with specific emphasis on increases in milk production. Pages 62-67 in Proceedings of Automatic Milking – A better understanding. Lelystad, The Netherlands. Wageningen Academic Publishers.

2003

Grzesiak, W., R. Lacroix, J. Wójcik, and P. Blaszczyk. 2003. A comparison of neural network and multiple regression predictions for 305-day lactation yield using partial lactation records. Canadian Journal of Animal Science 83(2): 307-310 [.pdf].

Parrott, L, R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 2003. Design considerations for the implementation of multi-agent systems in the dairy industry. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 38(2): 79-98.

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, D. Lefebvre and K. M. Wade. 2003. Induction and evaluation of decision trees for lactation curve analysis. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 38(1): 19-32.

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, D. Lefebvre and K. M. Wade. 2003. Performance analysis for machine-learning experiments using small data sets. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 38(1): 1-17.

2002

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, D. Lefebvre and K. M. Wade. 2002. Machine-learning assisted knowledge acquisition to filter lactation curve data. Transactions of the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers). 45(5): 1637-1650.

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, D. Lefebvre and K. M. Wade. 2002. Decision-tree induction to interpret group-average lactation curves. Canadian Biosystems Engineering. 44: 7.1-7.13. [.pdf]

St-Onge, A, R. Lacroix and K. M. . 2002. The interpretation of dairy farm data using interactive visualization. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Montpellier France. CD-ROM communication n° 01-03 (ISBN: 2-7380-1052-0).

2001

Lacroix, R., D. Pietersma, K. M. Wade, D. Lefebvre, R. Moore, A. Fournier and D. Pellerin. 2001. Adoption of ICT by the Canadian dairy sector: a focus on the Québec situation. Journal of the Institute of Agricultural Management (Farm Management). 11(2): 134 - 140.

Lacroix, R., D. Pietersma, K. M. Wade, D. Lefebvre, R. Moore, A. Fournier and D. Pellerin. 2001. Adoption of ICT by the Canadian dairy sector: a focus on the Québec situation. Pages 645-650 in Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA). Montpellier, France.

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, D. Lefebvre, E. Block and K. M. Wade. 2001. A case-acquisition and decision-support system for the analysis of group-average lactation curves. Journal of Dairy Science. 84: 730-739.

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, D. Lefebvre and K. M. Wade. 2001. Machine-learning assisted knowledge acquisition for lactation curve analysis. Pages 621-626 in Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA). Montpellier, France.

2000

Salehi, F., R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 2000. Development of neuro-fuzzifiers for qualitative description of milk yield. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 28(3): 171-186.

Yang, X. Z., R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 2000. Investigation into the production and conformation traits that influence clinical mastitis using artificial neural networks. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 80(3): 415-426.

1999

Pietersma, D., R. Lacroix, D. Lefebvre, E. Block and K. M. Wade. 1999. Example-based knowledge acquisition for automated interpretation of milk recording data. Pages 679-688 in Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference for Information Technology in Agriculture (EFITA). Bonn, Germany.

Yang, X. Z., R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 1999. Neural detection of mastitis from dairy herd improvement records. Transactions of the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers). 42(4): 1063-1071.

1998

Archer, A. A., R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 1998. Implementing decision support systems for dairy herd improvement on the World Wide Web. Vol. 27, pages 415-418 in Proceedings of the 6th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Armidale, Australia.

Lacroix, R., J. Huijbers, R. Tiemessen, D. Lefebvre, D. Marchand and K. M. Wade. 1998. Fuzzy-set based analytical tools for dairy herd improvement. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 14(1): 79-85.

Lacroix, R., M. Strasser, R. Kok and K. M. Wade. 1998. Performance analysis of a fuzzy decision-support system for culling of dairy cows. Canadian Agricultural Engineering. 40(2): 139-152.

Lacroix, R., R. Tiemessen and K. M. Wade. 1998. Determination of fuzzy membership functions for milk yield through structured interviewing of experts. Canadian Agricultural Engineering. 40(2): 127-137.

Pietersma, D., Lacroix, R. and K. M. Wade. 1998. A framework for the development of computerized management and control systems in dairy farming. Journal of Dairy Science. 81: 2962-2972.

Salehi, F., R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 1998. Improving dairy yield predictions through combined record classifiers and specialized artificial neural networks. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 20(3): 199-213.

Salehi, F., R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 1998. Effects of learning parameters and data presentation on the performance of backpropagation networks for milk yield prediction. Transactions of the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers). 41(1): 253-259.

Salehi, F., R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 1998. Development of neuro-fuzzifiers for qualitative description of milk yield. Vol. 1, pages 90-91 in Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Animal Production, Seoul, Korea.

Wade, K. M., R. Lacroix and M. Strasser. 1998. Fuzzy logic membership values as a ranking tool for breeding purposes in dairy cattle. Vol. 27, pages 433-436 in Proceedings of the 6th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Armidale, Australia.

1997

Lacroix, R., F. Salehi, X. Z. Yang and K. M. Wade. 1997. Effects of data preprocessing on the performance of artificial neural networks for dairy yield prediction and cow culling classification. Transactions of the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers). 40(3): 839-846.

1996

Goldsmith, P. D., J. -F. Forest, R. Lacroix and K. M. Wade. 1996. A framework for information cataloguing and management information design: an economic perspective. Pages 688-701 in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference: Computers in Agriculture, Cancún, México. Edited by F. S. Zazueta. American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659 USA.

Lacroix, R., J. Huijbers, R. Tiemessen, D. Lefebvre, D. Marchand and K. M. Wade. 1996. Adding improvement to dairy herd improvement information through the use of fuzzy logic. Pages 885-891 in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference: Computers in Agriculture, Cancún, Mexico. Edited by F. S. Zazueta. American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659 USA.

1995

Lacroix, R., K. M. Wade, R. Kok and J. F. Hayes. 1995. Prediction of dairy cattle production with a connectionist model. Transactions of the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers). 38(5): 1573-1579.

1994

Lacroix, R. and K. M. Wade. 1994. Approximate reasoning in decision-support systems. Vol. 22, pages 35-38 in Proceedings of the 5th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Guelph, Canada.

Lacroix, R., K. M. Wade, R. Kok and J. F. Hayes. 1994. Predicting 305-day milk, fat and protein production with an artificial neural network. Pages 201-208 in Proceedings of the 3rd International Dairy Housing Conference: Dairy Systems for the 21st Century, Orlando, FL. Edited by R. Bucklin. American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2950 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659 USA.

Wade, K. M. and R. Lacroix. 1994. The role of artificial neural networks in animal breeding. Vol. 22, pages 31-34 in Proceedings of the 5th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Guelph, Canada.