Dr. John Ellis Moxley

Dr. Moxley served as lecturer and professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics for 40 years in the department of Animal Husbandry (later Animal Science) at Macdonald College.

His vision and expertise in animal genetics, as well as his understanding of computers, provided the basis for the development of Québec’s Dairy Herd Analysis Service. This program has had a significant impact on the artificial insemination industry by facilitating the progeny testing and proving of more bulls, thereby improving the genetic merit of the Canadian cow population.

The Dairy Herd Analysis Service was one of the first North American organizations to introduce somatic cell counting as a service to farmers.

As evidence of his recognition internationally, Dr. Moxley has been a consultant to the International Dairy Federation since 1978 and has consulted for various organizations in several countries, notably China and countries in the Caribbean. He has served his community well in such activities as scientific advisor, Montreal Diet Dispensary; member, Conseil des Productions Animales du Québec; and president, Canadian Society of Animal Science.

In recognition of his service to agriculture, Dr. Moxley has been awarded the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Agronomes du Québec; the Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Society of Animal Science; the Grindley Award from the Agricultural Institute of Canada; and the Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Animal Breeders.

Nominated By:
  • Macdonald College of McGill University
  • Centre d’insémination artificielle du Québec