Keith Bryan

Technical Service Specialist
Chr. Hansen, Inc.

After earning three degrees and spending 20 years at Penn State University in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Dr. Bryan transitioned to the feed additive industry, focusing on silage inoculants and nutritional supplements that featured yeast, probiotic bacteria, prebiotics and digestive enzymes. Dr. Bryan’s experience and expertise extends across a multitude of species and disciplines, focused primarily on nutritional support of production, reproduction and health for improved performance.

His professional interests include the integration of microbial technologies from Farm to Fork, including seed and soil amendments impacting plant health, improving nutrient preservation and digestibility from forage inoculants, enhancing health and nutrient utilization of dairy animals fed probiotics daily, and the impact of these technologies on the health and well-being of a rapidly growing human population.

Presentation: Clean Feed: Optimizing Health and Nutrition

Numerous factors influence individual, pen and whole herd productivity on today’s modern and efficient dairy farms. In terms of nutrition, diets are formulated with the utmost precision, and mixing SOP and delivery BMP are executed in a timely and efficient manner. However, there are still times when actual performance deviates from expectation. How can this happen? Delving beyond the obvious supply and balance of critical nutrients, we sometimes find anti-nutritional compounds, either brought in from the field or acquired in process, that potentially lead to sub-optimal performance. This talk will focus on optimizing hygiene of TMR and its potential impact on health and performance.

Phil Cardosa

Associate Professor
University of Illinois

Dr. Phil Cardoso is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his D.V.M., and M.S. degrees from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Since 2012, Cardoso has established a unique program that seamlessly blends his teaching, extension, and research efforts. Phil’s Dairy Science program impact by placing students in applied positions and academia. Phil and his students have published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts (original research and invited reviews) and 3 invited book chapters to date. The program builds from questions asked by dairy producers and focuses on having the dairy cow’s diet as a medical prescription for performance, health, and reproduction. That is achieved by understanding the impact of nutrition on metabolism, reproduction, and health in dairy cows, as well as mechanisms of metabolic adaptation to stressors and forage quality.

Presentation: Rumen-Protected Amino Acids Fed to Dairy Cows During Stressful Periods: Does it Work?

During his presentation, Dr. Cardoso will discuss the impact of two stressors in dairy cows and their alleviation by feeding rumen-protected methionine and lysine. He will discuss the physiological effects of this technology and practical ways to implement it. You will take home messages that can be used on the dairy farm right away by the end of his presentation.

Paul M. Fricke, Ph.D.

Professor of Dairy Science
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Dr. Paul Fricke was raised on his family's row crop and dairy farm located near Papillion, Nebraska where his father and uncle continue to farm today. After receiving a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1988 from the University of Nebraska, Paul went on to complete a M.S. degree in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in 1996 in Reproductive Physiology from the department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University. Paul joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. His current position includes 70% Extension and 30% research appointments in dairy cattle reproduction. Dr. Fricke’s research program focuses on understanding the biology underlying the many reproductive problems of dairy cattle. The goal of Dr. Fricke’s extension program is to improve reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by applying scientific research to develop practical management strategies and assess new reproductive technologies.

Presentation: Optimization of Fertility Using Sexed Semen in Dairy Cattle

Dr. Fricke and his M.S. student, Megan Lauber, will discuss the changing trend in use of sexed semen in dairy herds and will overview results from their latest field trial on the effect of timing of induction of ovulation relative to Timed AI using sexed semen on pregnancy outcomes in primiparous Holstein cows.

Kevin Harvatine

Associate Professor
Penn State University

Kevin J. Harvatine is an Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology at Penn State University. He grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and received his BS in Animal Science from Penn State. He earned an MS from Michigan State University and PhD from Cornell University.

He was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Penn State in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. Dr. Harvatine’s research is focused on the nutritional regulation of milk synthesis. Harvatine’s goal is to identify bioactive factors and nutritional strategies to improve animal production, efficiency, and health. His research spans from applied nutrition to basic biology and provides both real-world applications to the dairy industry and a basic understanding of biological mechanisms. His current research program focuses on investigating the nutritional regulation of milk fat synthesis, fatty acid metabolism, and circadian regulation of intake and mammary metabolism.

Presentation: Maximizing Milk Fat Yield

The nutritional and nutritional factors that impact milk fat production will be overviewed and factors to keep in mind to increase milk fat yield will be discussed.

Presentation: How Daily and Seasonal Rhythms Impact Cows

Milk yield and composition follow a seasonal pattern and cows have a daily pattern of feed intake and milk synthesis. We will overview these rhythms and discuss what it means to managing dairy cows for optimal production.

Mike Hutjens, Ph.D.

University of Illinois

Mike Hutjens was raised on a grade Holstein farm near Green Bay, Wisconsin. His bachelor, masters, and Ph.D. degrees were awarded from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

From 1971 to 1979, Dr. Hutjens was extension dairy specialist at the University of Minnesota where he coached the national champion team in 1978 at the World Dairy Expo. Since 1979, he has been a member of the University of Illinois Animal Sciences Departments as extension dairy specialist. He speaks at 60 to 70 meetings at conferences in 46 states, 17 foreign countries, and nine Canadian provinces. Mike writes feed columns for Hoard's Dairyman, Progressive Dairyman, and hosts the Hoard’s Dairy monthly webinars.

He resides in Savoy, IL, with his wife, Carol and five children and seven grandchildren. Mike served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve Mike retired from the University of Illinois on Dec 31, 2010.

Presentation: Lessons Learned from the 2019 Growing Season

"Lessons Learned from the 2019 Growing Season" allow attendees to look back to look ahead and apply to the 2020 growing season. Dr. Steve Woodford will discuss his on-farm clientele experiences. What happened on your dairy farms in NE Wisconsin? What recommendations did you offer and suggest? What did your clientele do to feed their herds in 2019-2020? What is the situation going into 2020 production year? What long term options did you and producer come up?

Chip Kemp

American Simmental Association

Chip Kemp is the Director of ASA and IGS Commercial and Industry Operations. His duties range from assisting progressive commercial producers with genetic awareness of crossbred cow herds to the development of new technologies that highlight the profit potential of genetic knowledge in the beef industry – regardless of breed type. IGS is the largest beef genetic evaluation on the planet and provides multi-breed EPDs to those involved. The awareness and data from this approach provide meaningful tools to all facets of the beef industry. Prior to ASA, Chip was an instructor for 18 years at the University of Missouri. In this role he was involved in classroom teaching, coaching of competitive livestock judging teams, oversight of internships, and coordination of a USDA approved meats processing facility. Chip was also the founder of JudgingPro.com, an online resource for livestock evaluation videos and classroom aids. He spent two years with the Beef Division of IBP, inc. in Amarillo, TX. He grew up working for Gerloff Farms, an Angus and SimAngus seedstock operation based in Missouri, and is still involved with this program. Chip and his wife Nicky, have two grown children and reside in Auxvasse, MO.

Presentation: A Data Driven Approach to Sourcing Profit Focused Beef Bulls for a Holstein Based Dairy

Bill Munns

Head of Sales & Supply

Bill joined JBS USA in 2012 in Greeley, Colorado, as a management trainee where he crossed-trained across multiple businesses the first year of employment. Since joining JBS, Bill quickly advanced within the company to have management responsibilities across product development, programs, marketing and sales.

Bill received his Master’s of Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M and his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from Utah State University. During college, Bill developed and managed projects in unindustrialized countries, including Uganda, Thailand, Cambodia, Morocco, and Egypt. In each country, he collaborated with local industry leaders, studied development initiatives, observed value chain development, and increased his understanding of agricultural market development abroad.

Bill was raised on his family’s farm and ranch in northern Utah, which his family continues to operate today. Bill’s passion for agriculture and food production has only strengthened since leaving his family’s operation and advancing his career with JBS.

Presentation: The Commercial Science Behind Purebred Holstein Beef

This presentation will highlight the current marketing strategies in place to better position Holstein beef across multiple sales channels (i.e food service, retail, etc.). From better bottom line dollars to better sensory attributes, Holstein beef is a win win beef solution for today’s customers.

Derek Nolan

University of Illinois

Derek Nolan grew up on a dairy farm in Northeast Iowa. His passion for agriculture led him to Iowa State University. Upon graduating from Iowa State with a degree in Dairy Science, he attended the University of Kentucky. Derek completed both his Master’s and PhD at Kentucky with a research focus in milk quality and decision economics. Derek is now an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Animal Sciences Department at the University of Illinois.

Presentation: Don’t Underestimate the Cost of Milk Quality

Derek will be discussing how expenses and failure costs factor into the total costs milk quality management decisions. The objective of the presentation will be to provide insight into the hidden costs associated with milk quality.

Johan Osorio

Assistant Professor
South Dakota State University

Johan Osorio joined South Dakota State University as Assistant Professor in the Dairy and Food Science Department in the summer of 2016. He received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Sciences and Production at Zamorano University in Honduras in 2004 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois in 2010 and 2014. Dr. Osorio worked extensively on the link between applied nutrition and molecular biology in periparturient cows and neonatal calves. At South Dakota State University, Johan Osorio continues his efforts to contribute to the area of nutrient-gene interactions in dairy cattle, while developing a research program in precision dairy farming. On the nutrient-gene interaction front, Osorio is developing new techniques and methods to evaluate nutrient-gene interactions via cell culture, fluorescent microscopy, and quantitative cell imaging. His work on precision dairy farming explores novel ideas of how to utilize accelerometers and other sensors to be correlated with cow and calf physiology.

Presentation: Amino Acid Balancing for the Transition Cow: Old and New Stories from a Molecular Perspective

Learn about the beneficial impact adequate amounts of dietary methionine can have on the health and performance of transition dairy cows resulting in positive effects on milk yield and components as well as reproduction. Methionine can influence DNA structure and can affect the bovine mammary physiology during the transition period.

Dan Schaefer

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Dan Schaefer is a farm boy from Kewaskum, WI. Since 1981, he has been a faculty member in Animal Sciences at UW-Madison. Dr. Schaefer has taught courses in beef cattle production and rumen microbiology since 1981 and advised many undergraduates and numerous graduate and post-doctoral students. One of his research interests has been nutritional programs for finishing Holstein steers. He was Chairman of the Department of Animal Sciences from 1999 until 2016, except for 16 months as Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in his college. He was Director of the Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery program in the Animal Sciences Department during 2018-2019 and was responsible for transitioning the program into the new $57 million meat science building and raising the visibility of the program on and off campus.

Presentation: Realizing Full Value for Full- and Half-blood Holstein Steers

The nutrition and management principles for finishing Holstein steers will be reviewed. Attributes and limitations of Holstein steers will be discussed. Programs for finishing Holstein, Holstein x native, and native steers and heifers will be discussed.

Dr. Michael Steele

Associate Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair
University of Guelph

Dr. Michael Steele is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Past-President of the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Guelph and worked for Nutreco Canada Agresearch for two years prior to returning to academia at the University of Alberta and Guelph as an NSERC Industrial Research Chair. He was recently awarded the CSAS Young Scientist Award, the Cargill Young Animal Nutritionist Award, the Lallemand Award for Excellence in Dairy Nutrition Research and the American Society of Animal Science Early Researcher Award. His current research is focuses on the mechanisms that control gastrointestinal health and development in cattle and has published over 70 manuscripts in his career.

Presentation: Nutritional Regulation of Gut Function in Calves: Colostrum and Milk

One of the most critical management factors in calf survival and health is feeding a sufficient amount of high-quality colostrum in order to improve passive transfer. However, further benefits to GIT function and health are now being recognized and will be reviewed in this presentation. In addition, some of the newest strategies for transitioning calves from colostrum to high planes of milk nutrition in the first weeks of life will be discussed.

Presentation: Nutritional Regulation of Gut Function in Calves: Weaning and Beyond

Calves consuming high quantities of milk experience a challenge at weaning therefore developing an optimal weaning strategy is essential. In this presentation some of the key factors that determine the success of the weaning process such as the age of weaning and the step-down process will be reviewed. The presentation will conclude by discussing strategies for feeding calves after weaning.

Dr. Steve Woodford

Nutrition Professionals, Inc.

Steve is a native of Minnesota and did undergraduate studies in dairy science at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D in dairy science from the University of Illinois in 1986. Since that time Steve has worked with Nutrition Professionals with clients in WI and MN.

He is a member of the American Dairy Science Association, is a certified professional animal scientist with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and a member of the Wisconsin Assoc. of Professional Agricultural Consultants, having been president of that organization in 2011.

Steve and his wife Holly reside in Sheboygan, WI.

Presentation: Lessons Learned From the 2019 Growing Season