Justine Deming

  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Animal/Veterinary Science
  • Email: justine_deming@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Woodward Hall, Rm 127


Dr. Deming grew up in Mystic, CT where her love of animals began and soon grew with her participation in 4-H and was developed further at the University of New Hampshire studying animal science. While the original plan was to focus on lab animal research, a field trip to the university’s dairy farm, during an elective, quickly re-directed her path completely towards dairy science as she realized dairy science was her true calling. Picking up work at the dairy farm and assisting as an undergraduate research assistant there inspired her to pursue a master’s in animal behavior and welfare with a focus on dairy cattle milked in robotic milking systems at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Upon graduation, she worked as an assistant professor of dairy science at Morrisville State College in Central New York. As one of the coaches of the dairy judging team, Dr. Deming was able to join the team on an invitation to judge at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. This trip inspired her to return to research and begin a Ph.D. in dairy farm labor efficiency and management in grass-based systems in Ireland. Dr. Deming is excited to be back in her home region of Southern New England where she hopes to help other students from suburban, urban, and rural backgrounds realize all the opportunities a career in animal science can offer.


Dr. Deming holds a 100% teaching position at URI and her main passion is farm animal behavior and welfare. Her courses focus on the management of livestock species from both the lecture and hands-on perspectives. Having spent many years abroad, she believes that exposing students to a worldview of livestock systems and management practices is important, especially given the constantly evolving research findings in this field.


  • Ph.D., Agriculture, University College Dublin, Ireland, 2018
  • M.Sc., Animal Behavior and Welfare, University of Guelph, Canada, 2012
  • B.S., Animal Science, University of New Hampshire, 2009

Selected Publications

Deming, J., A. Macken-Walsh, B. O’Brien, and J. Kinsella. 2020. ‘Good’ farm management employment: Emerging values in the contemporary Irish dairy sector. Land Use Policy. 92: 104466.

Deming, J., J. Kinsella, B. O’Brien, and L. Shalloo. 2019. An examination of the effects of labor efficiency on the profitability of grass-based, seasonal-calving dairy farms. J. Dairy Sci. 102:8431-8440.

Deming, J. A., A. Macken-Walsh, B. O’Brien, and J. Kinsella. 2019. Entering the occupational category of ‘Farmer’: new pathways through professional agricultural education in Ireland. J. of Ag. Extension and Education. 25:63-78.

Deming, J. A., D. Gleeson, T. O’Dwyer, J. Kinsella, and B. O’Brien. 2018. Measuring labor input on pasture-based dairy farms using a smartphone. J. Dairy Sci. 101(10): 9527-9543.

Deming, J., D. Gleeson, T. O’Dwyer, J. Kinsella, and B. O’Brien. 2017. Benchmarking labour input on Irish dairy farms with use of a smartphone app. Chemical Engineering Transactions. 58:133-138.

Deming, J. A., R. Bergeron, K. E. Leslie, and T. J. DeVries. 2013. Associations of housing, management, milking activity, and standing and lying behavior of dairy cows milked in automatic systems. J. Dairy Sci. 96:344-351.

Deming, J. A., R. Bergeron, K. E. Leslie, and T. J. DeVries. 2013. Associations of cow-level factors, frequency of feed delivery, and standing and lying behavior of dairy cows milked in automatic system. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 93: 427-433.

DeVries, T.J., J.A. Deming, J. Rodenburg, G. Seguin, K.E. Leslie, H.W. Barkema. 2011. Association of standing and lying behavior patterns and incidence of intramammary infection in dairy cows milked with an automatic milking system. J. Dairy Sci. 94: 3845-3855.

Erickson, P.S., S.P Marston, M. Gemmel, J.A. Deming, R.G. Cabral, M.R. Murphy, J.I. Marden. 2012. Short Communication: Kelp taste preferences by dairy calves. J. Dairy Sci. 95:856-858.