Knowledge Nook

Located in the Atrium of the Exhibition Hall, the Knowledge Nook is a space designed for companies to showcase an innovative product, service or research that was introduced to the market since the last World Dairy Expo. There will be six, 45-minute sessions per day beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

The current list of 2021 Knowledge Nook Sessions and their sponors is below. It will continue to be updated as product launches are confirmed and new research is proven providing you a front-row seat to the latest the dairy industry has to offer. 

Innovation Unveiled also features additional cutting-edge products that can be found in the Trade Show.

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Tuesday, September 28
9:30 a.m.

Improving Passive Transfer in Calves – Presented in Spanish

Speaker: Jorge Botero, MV, Wet Calf Health and Nutrition Consultant, Dairy Tech, Inc.

Presenting Company: Dairy Tech, Inc.

10:30 a.m.

Addressing Cow Comfort at Dry-Off: A Novel Approach

Speaker: Curtis Vlietstra, DVM, Sr. Professional Services Veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim

Presenting Company: Boehringer Ingelheim

11:30 a.m.

Improving Passive Transfer in Calves

Speaker: Jorge Botero, MV, Wet Calf Health and Nutrition Consultant, Dairy Tech, Inc.

Presenting Company: Dairy Tech, Inc.

12:30 p.m.

Driving Sustainability for Dairy Farms: Manure Management

Speaker: Trond Lund, Head of Business Development, N2 Applied AS

Presenting Company: ProStar Energy Solutions

1:30 p.m.

Cow-Side Mastitis Management

Speaker: Julia Somerdin, CEO and Cofounder, Labby Inc.

Presenting Company: Labby Inc.

2:30 p.m.

Mineral Nutrition is Instrumental to the Dairy Industry's Success

Speaker: Angela R. Boyer, Ph.D., Mineral Nutrition Technical Manager, Phibro Animal Health

Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health

Wednesday, September 29
9:30 a.m.

How Computer Vision Technology Transforms Productivity and Herd Welfare on the Farm

Speaker: Tyler Bramble, Ph.D., Growth Lead Manager, Cainthus

Presenting Company: Cainthus

10:30 a.m.

Do You Have Clean Feed?

Speakers: John Goeser, Ph.D., Rock River Lab, and Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services - Forage Expert, Lallemand Animal Nutrition

Presenting Company: Lallemand Animal Nutrition

11:30 a.m.

Rumen Protected Glucose For Dairy Cows

Speaker: David Casper, Ph.D., PAS, DPL ACAS, Technical Service Manager, Soy Best

Presenting Company: Soy Best

12:30 p.m.

Developing a Calf Program for Your Farm

Speakers: Bob James, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University and Kimberley Morrill, Ph.D., Technical Services Manager, Chr. Hansen

Presenting Company: Chr. Hansen

1:30 p.m.

New Technologies for Producing Highly Digestible Forages for Feeding Dairy Cattle

Speaker: David P. Casper, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist and Research Consultant

Presenting Company: Ralco

2:30 p.m.

High Moisture Corn Feeding System For Any Robotic Milking Farm

Speaker: Bradley Biehl, Farmer & President, AMS Galaxy USA

Presenting Company: AMS Galaxy USA

Thursday, September 30
9:30 a.m.

Smart Barn Technology at Your Fingertips

Speaker: Mark Doornink, Vice President of Product Management, VES-Artex

Presenting Company: VES-Artex

10:30 a.m.

Optimizing Rumen Function with Native Rumen Microorganisms

Speaker: Lisa Marotz, Ph.D., Microbiome Scientist, Native Microbials

Presenting Company: Native Microbials

11:30 a.m.

New Technologies for Producing Highly Digestible Forages for Feeding Dairy Cattle

Speaker: David P. Casper, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist and Research Consultant

Presenting Company: Ralco

12:30 p.m.

Rumen Protected Glucose For Dairy Cows

Speaker: David Casper, Ph.D., PAS, DPL ACAS, Technical Service Manager, Soy Best

Presenting Company: Soy Best

1:30 p.m.

Developing a Calf Program for Your Farm

Speakers: Bob James, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University and Kimberley Morrill, Ph.D., Technical Services Manager, Chr. Hansen

Presenting Company: Chr. Hansen

2:30 p.m.

High Moisture Corn Feeding System For Any Robotic Milking Farm

Speaker: Bradley Biehl, Farmer & President, AMS Galaxy USA

Presenting Company: AMS Galaxy USA

Friday, October 1
9:30 a.m.

The Buddy System

Speaker: Laura Raatz, Calf and Youngstock Manager, Wagner Farms

Presenting Company: Agri-Plastics Mfg.

10:30 a.m.

Smart Barn Technology at Your Fingertips

Speaker: Mark Doornink, Vice President of Product Management, VES-Artex

Presenting Company: VES-Artex

11:30 a.m.

Predict Herd Risks When Needed Most: The Transition Period

Speaker: Ray Nebel, Ph.D., Research and Technical Consultant and Marcus Hollmann, Nutritionist

Presenting Company: CowManager

12:30 p.m.

Rumen Protected Glucose For Dairy Cows

Speaker: David Casper, Ph.D., PAS, DPL ACAS, Technical Service Manager, Soy Best

Presenting Company: Soy Best

1:30 p.m.

Make Longevity Her Legacy

Speaker: Chuck Sattler, Vice President of Genetic Programs, Select Sires, Inc. and Jeff Ziegler, Vice President of Dairy Cattle Breeding, Select Sires, Inc.

Presenting Company: Select Sires Inc.

2:30 p.m.

Sand Bedding and Anaerobic Digestion

Speaker: Andrew Wedel, P.E., Director of International Business - Agricultural

Presenting Company: McLanahan Corporation

Saturday, October 2
9:30 a.m.

Mineral Nutrition is Instrumental to the Dairy Industry's Success

Speaker: Angela R. Boyer, Ph.D., Mineral Nutrition Technical Manager, Phibro Animal Health Corp.

Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health Corp.

10:30 a.m.

On Farm Analysis for Instant Insights

Speaker: Erik Deutsch, Vice President of Innovation and Customer Solutions, Si-Ware Systems

Presenting Company: Si-Ware Systems


Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 9:30 a.m.
Improving Passive Transfer in Calves – Presented in Spanish
Speaker: Jorge Botero, MV, Wet Calf Health and Nutrition Consultant, Dairy Tech, Inc.
Presenting Company: Dairy Tech, Inc.

Time and quality is crucial when it comes to colostrum and calf care. Colostrum quality, specifically IgG concentration, the timing of the first feeding, pasteurization, and more are factors that have a direct effect on mortality in pre-weaned calves. Jorge Botero, MV speaks on how proper colostrum management can set your calves up for a lifetime of success.

Working with dairies from around the world, Jorge Botero, MV, works to help them establish their colostrum management. By doing so, Jorge is able to train employees on proper calf handling techniques.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 10:30 a.m.
Addressing Cow Comfort at Dry-Off: A Novel Approach
Speaker: Curtis Vlietstra, DVM, Sr. Professional Services Veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim
Presenting Company: Boehringer Ingelheim

With genomic, nutrition and management progress, cows are drying off at higher production levels than ever before. Abrupt dry-off procedures may result in discomfort, udder pressure and milk leakage. Although producers and veterinarians are aware of these issues, there may be logistic and labor issues on a dairy that prevent gradual dry-off. This presentation will address the physiology and cow comfort issues around dry-off and present a novel solution for today's dairies.

Dr. Curt Vlietstra is a Senior Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. He works primarily with dairy and beef producers and veterinarians in the Midwest and southeast. Dr. Vlietstra grew up on a dairy and swine farm in northeast Iowa. He did his undergraduate work at Northwestern College and South Dakota State University and graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 11:30 a.m.
Improving Passive Transfer in Calves
Speaker: Jorge Botero, MV, Wet Calf Health and Nutrition Consultant, Dairy Tech, Inc.
Presenting Company: Dairy Tech, Inc.

Time and quality is crucial when it comes to colostrum and calf care. Colostrum quality, specifically IgG concentration, the timing of the first feeding, pasteurization, and more are factors that have a direct effect on mortality in pre-weaned calves. Jorge Botero, MV speaks on how proper colostrum management can set your calves up for a lifetime of success.

Working with dairies from around the world, Jorge Botero, MV, works to help them establish their colostrum management. By doing so, Jorge is able to train employees on proper calf handling techniques.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 12:30 p.m.
Driving Sustainability for Dairy Farms: Manure Management
Speaker: Trond Lund, Head of Business Development, N2 Applied AS
Presenting Company: ProStar Energy Solutions

Enabling farmers to produce their own high-quality fertilizer, N2 Applied uses air, livestock slurry, and electricity to increase yield and reduce emissions at the same time. N2 Applied stops emissions of greenhouses gases, ammonia and cuts the need for chemical nitrogen fertilizer, and can be combined with renewable solar energy.

With 20 years’ experience from the industrial gas business, Trond Lund serves as Head of Business Development in N2 Applied, developing technology for recycling nitrogen and reducing emissions on the farm. His previous innovation experiences include CryoTech, reducing emissions and noise from food distribution and DryWash, removing use of hydrocarbons in the dry-clean industry.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 1:30 p.m.
Cow-Side Mastitis Management
Speaker: Julia Somerdin, CEO and Cofounder, Labby Inc.
Presenting Company: Labby Inc.

Early detection is key to preventing mastitis and shortening the treatment time. Labby, Inc. is helping farmers to stay connected and competitive by giving them access to fast and accurate tests for milk composition. Using AI-enabled optical sensors, dairy farmers are able to access their herd’s data from anywhere at any time.

Julia Somerdin is the cofounder and CEO of Labby, Inc. a MIT born startup that is developing testing solutions right on the farm. With over 20 years of experience, Julia and her team are building next-generation technology to help the industry transform their milk testing business to provide fast, accurate and affordable solutions for dairy farms.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 2:30 p.m.
Mineral Nutrition is Instrumental to the Dairy Industry's Success
Speaker: Angela R. Boyer, Ph.D., Mineral Nutrition Technical Manager, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health Corp. 

A focus on improved bioavailability and performance is instrumental to dairy herd health and production. Learn how the use of the major minerals required by the dairy cow (Cu, Zn, and Mn) along with other essential minerals (Cr and Se) we know are instrumental to herd health and production. Become informed about how to maximize herd health and production, while reducing environmental impact when focusing on dairy mineral nutrition status.

Dr. Angela Boyer received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Missouri State University in 2008 and 2010. Her Ph.D. in Animal Science came from the University of Arkansas in 2013, where she then completed a Post-Doctoral position prior to entering the industry in 2014. Dr. Boyer joined Phibro Animal Health in 2018 and maintains adjunct faculty status at both the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University where she collaborates or leads various species research projects focusing on industry innovation. 


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
How Computer Vision Technology Transforms Productivity and Herd Welfare on the Farm
Speaker: Tyler Bramble, Ph.D., Growth Lead Manager, Cainthus
Presenting Company: Cainthus

Using computer vision and artificial intelligence, Cainthus monitors the herd and operations on the farm 24/7, so that producers can operate as efficiently as possible and maximize their profitability. Cainthus can help you improve precision feeding to ensure that your cows always have access to feed, increase herd productivity by measuring the cow time budget for each group and each pen, optimize herd welfare by monitoring key indicators such as lying time, stocking density or cow comfort and increase labor efficiency by identifying problems, improving consistency, and optimizing existing protocols.

Tyler Bramble began his career as a research associate at Texas Tech University focusing on feed and nutritional management of livestock. He has held various commercial roles where he has had the opportunity to focus on nutrition and management of dairy cattle throughout the USA and various countries. Tyler joined Cainthus as Portfolio Growth Lead in 2018 and is also a co-author on two patents, systems and methods for estimating feed efficiency and carbon footprint for milk and meat producing animals.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 10:30 a.m.
Do You Have Clean Feed?
Speakers: John Goeser, Ph.D., Rock River Lab, and Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services - Forage Expert, Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Presenting Company: Lallemand Animal Nutrition

Do you have clean feed? Spoiled silage has low nutrient content and recovery of dry-matter due to the activity of undesirable microorganisms, which can also produce harmful compounds, as well as have a direct impact on the animals. Learn the detrimental effects that are caused when feeding spoiling silage to lactating cows and how to mitigate these risks.

Dr. John Goeser grew up in the dairy industry, following in his father’s footsteps as a dairy nutritionist. Goeser has offered dairy nutrition and management expertise for over 10 years, and has been overseeing animal nutrition, technical support, and research with Rock River Laboratory since 2012. Goeser’s focus is improving our understanding of ruminant nutrition, seed genetics and forage management, and feed hygiene in relation to feed conversion efficiency, sustainability, and agribusiness profitability.

Dr. Renato Schmidt earned his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the University of Delaware with Dr. Limin Kung Jr. After, he joined Lallemand Animal Nutrition, North America as a Technical Services – Forage expert in February 2008. He worked on numerous experiments evaluating the effects of different additives on the fermentation of forage crops, and specifically developed molecular techniques to study microorganisms during ensiling. In addition, he has presented technical/scientific talks around the world.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Rumen Protected Glucose For Dairy Cows
Speaker: David Casper, Ph.D., PAS, DPL ACAS, Technical Service Manager, Soy Best
Presenting Company: Soy Best

Glucose is a key nutrient for transition and lactating dairy cows. Gluco Best is a new product based on a proprietary manufacturing process that uses heat processed soybean meal and glucose resulting in a product that contains both ruminal bypass protein and glucose. Research on Gluco Best will highlight research work on ruminal bypass glucose reducing ketosis and improving insulin balance to reduce body weight loss leading to improved lactational performance.

Dr. David P. Casper, Technical Service Manager, is a widely known dairy nutritionist and research scientist that has published extensively on various dairy cattle nutrition topics, including energy metabolism, protein and carbohydrates, forage utilization, calf and heifer nutrition and the development of new products and feeding programs for dairy cattle.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 12:30 p.m.
Developing a Calf Program for Your Farm
Speakers: Bob James, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University and Kimberley Morrill, Ph.D., Technical Services Manger, Chr. Hansen
Presenting Company: Chr. Hansen

Learn from Dr. Bob James as he shares his expertise about the importance of early calf-hood management practices and how to develop an individualized calf program to meet the goals of your operation. Listen to Dr. Kimberley Morrill share research on how a Science-based, Research proven probiotic can be a key aspect of a pre-weaned calf health and nutrition plan and how probiotics can enhance intestinal health by establishing supportive microbiota in the GI tract and aiding in the development of the rumen and small intestine.

Dr. Bob James is Professor emeritus at Virginia Tech University and is now providing comprehensive management consulting directed towards development of programs which optimize health, welfare and growth of calves and heifers. Dr. Kimberley Morrill is a Technical Service Manager with Chr. Hansen and has a strong passion for calves, colostrum and finding solutions to management challenges focused around youngstock.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 1:30 p.m.
New Technologies for Producing Highly Digestible Forages for Feeding Dairy Cattle
Speaker: David P. Casper, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist and Reseach Consultant
Presenting Company: Ralco

In these difficult dairy times, highly digestible forages are more economically important than ever. Highly digestible dry hay and ensiled forages can be fed in larger quantities to meet the nutrient requirements of dairy cows even at reduced production levels, while reducing the cost to produce milk. Ralco will be showcasing the latest research on products for harvesting the highest digestible hay and ensiled forages, while maintaining that forage digestibility through storage and feed-out. See Ralco showcase enzymes, bacteria and proprietary technologies in their new products and the ability for increasing inclusion rates of hay and ensiled forages in the ration. 

Dr. David P. Casper's background includes the energy metabolism, protein and carbohydrate nutrition, forage utilization, and the development of new products and feeding programs for dairy cattle. Dr. Casper has worked more than 30 years with Dairy and Livestock Producers around the world. Dr. Casper has received several awards, notably ADSA’s Richard M. Hoyt Award and Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award. 


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
High Moisture Corn Feeding System For Any Robotic Milking Farm
Speaker: Bradley Biehl, Farmer & President, AMS Galaxy USA
Presenting Company: AMS Galaxy USA

In 2019, Brad Biehl had a very rude and expensive awakening: he was leaving a lot of profit on the table by feeding pellets in his milking robots rather than high-moisture corn, HMC. A study conducted by Penn State Extension confirms that replacing pellets with HMC can save robotic dairies thousands of dollars per month. Welcome the HMC Feeder: a hopper and delivery system run by an intelligent control that individually feeds cows, enticing them to the milking robot with a home-grown feed. Learn more about how the HMC Feeder works and can increase the profitability of any robotic milking farm, regardless of the brand.

Brad is a 4th generation dairy farmer in Pennsylvania, where his passion for dairying and engineering collides. Brad received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Penn State University in Mechanical Engineering. After several years working in the industrial sector, Brad followed his heart back to the family farm. Here he became an advocate for the efficient and profitable solutions dairy farms need to sustain. Using his engineering knowledge, Brad solves many of the common on-farm challenges that arise as a part of every-day operation.


Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
Smart Barn Technology at Your Fingertips
Speaker: Mark Doornink, Vice President of Product Management, VES-Artex
Presenting Company: VES-Artex

DairyBOS gives you access to all the smart technology used to create an environment focused on the cow. This technology will also allow dairy owners to access key environmental data, milk data, and herd health in one location, and will send alerts when attention is needed in an area. Learn what you can do when you have Smart Barn Technology at your fingertips.

Mark was raised on a family dairy in Wisconsin and received his B.S. degree in Animal Science at UW – River Falls. Mark has extensive knowledge working in A.I., nutrition, herd health, and for the last 20 years in product development and technology. Mark is the Vice President of Product Management at VES.


Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 10:30 a.m.
Optimizing Rumen Function with Native Rumen Microorganisms
Speaker: Lisa Marotz, PhD, Microbiome Scientist
Presenting Company: Native Microbials

Galaxis Frontier is the result of years of discovery and analysis to understand the complex microbial interaction networks within the rumen microbiome. It is the first and only product comprised of highly beneficial microbes that exist naturally in the rumen of dairy cows. When fed to cows, this microbial consortium helps improve digestion and increase energy. In current trials with lactating dairy cows, the product is demonstrating a significant impact on the dairy enterprise.

Lisa is a microbiome scientist at Native Microbials and is focused on applying cutting edge research to the livestock industry. She obtained her PhD in 2020 from UC San Diego in the Biomedical Sciences Program. Lisa was a Neurobiology major during her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, and received a master’s in Medical Neuroscience from Charité - Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany, and has pivoted her scientific career to focus on understanding the microbial world within animals and its effect on animal health. 


Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
New Technologies for Producing Highly Digestible Forages for Feeding Dairy Cattle
Speaker: David Casper, Ph.D., Dairy Nutritionist and Research Consultant
Presenting Company: Ralco

In these difficult dairy times, highly digestible forages are more economically important than ever. Highly digestible dry hay and ensiled forages can be fed in larger quantities to meet the nutrient requirements of dairy cows even at reduced production levels, while reducing the cost to produce milk. Ralco will be showcasing the latest research on products for harvesting the highest digestible hay and ensiled forages, while maintaining that forage digestibility through storage and feed-out. See Ralco showcase enzymes, bacteria and proprietary technologies in their new products and the ability for increasing inclusion rates of hay and ensiled forages in the ration. 

Dr. David P. Casper's background includes the energy metabolism, protein and carbohydrate nutrition, forage utilization, and the development of new products and feeding programs for dairy cattle. Dr. Casper has worked more than 30 years with Dairy and Livestock Producers around the world. Dr. Casper has received several awards, notably ADSA’s Richard M. Hoyt Award and Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award. 


Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 12:30 p.m.
Rumen Protected Glucose For Dairy Cows
Speaker: David Casper, Ph.D., PAS, DPL ACAS, Technical Service Manager, Soy Best
Presenting Company: Soy Best

Glucose is a key nutrient for transition and lactating dairy cows. Gluco Best is a new product based on a proprietary manufacturing process that uses heat processed soybean meal and glucose resulting in a product that contains both ruminal bypass protein and glucose. Research on Gluco Best will highlight research work on ruminal bypass glucose reducing ketosis and improving insulin balance to reduce body weight loss leading to improved lactational performance.

Dr. David P. Casper, Technical Service Manager, is a widely known dairy nutritionist and research scientist that has published extensively on various dairy cattle nutrition topics, including energy metabolism, protein and carbohydrates, forage utilization, calf and heifer nutrition and the development of new products and feeding programs for dairy cattle.


Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 1:30 p.m.
Developing a Calf Program for Your Farm
Speakers: Bob James, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University, and Kimberley Morrill, Ph.D., Technical Services Manager, Chr. Hansen
Presenting Company: Chr. Hansen

Learn from Dr. Bob James as he shares his expertise about the importance of early calf-hood management practices and how to develop an individualized calf program to meet the goals of your operation. Listen to Dr. Kimberley Morrill share research on how a Science-based, Research proven probiotic can be a key aspect of a pre-weaned calf health and nutrition plan and how probiotics can enhance intestinal health by establishing supportive microbiota in the GI tract and aiding in the development of the rumen and small intestine.

Dr. Bob James is Professor emeritus at Virginia Tech University and is now providing comprehensive management consulting directed towards development of programs which optimize health, welfare and growth of calves and heifers. Dr. Kimberley Morrill is a Technical Service Manager with Chr. Hansen and has a strong passion for calves, colostrum and finding solutions to management challenges focused around youngstock.


Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
High Moisture Corn Feeding System For Any Robotic Milking Farm
Speaker: Bradley Biehl, Farmer & President, AMS Galaxy USA
Presenting Company: AMS Galaxy USA

In 2019, Brad Biehl had a very rude and expensive awakening: he was leaving a lot of profit on the table by feeding pellets in his milking robots rather than high-moisture corn, HMC. A study conducted by Penn State Extension confirms that replacing pellets with HMC can save robotic dairies thousands of dollars per month. Welcome the HMC Feeder: a hopper and delivery system run by an intelligent control that individually feeds cows, enticing them to the milking robot with a home-grown feed. Learn more about how the HMC Feeder works and can increase the profitability of any robotic milking farm, regardless of the brand.

Brad is a 4th generation dairy farmer in Pennsylvania, where his passion for dairying and engineering collides. Brad received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Penn State University in Mechanical Engineering. After several years working in the industrial sector, Brad followed his heart back to the family farm. Here he became an advocate for the efficient and profitable solutions dairy farms need to sustain. Using his engineering knowledge, Brad solves many of the common on-farm challenges that arise as a part of every-day operation.


Friday, October 1, 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
The Buddy System
Speaker: Laura Raatz, Calf and Youngstock Manager, Wagner Farms
Presenting Company: Agri-Plastics Mfg.

In order to take care of their animals to the best of their abilities, producers need to be open to change and find ways to improve their practices. Wagner Farms was able to figure out what fit their calves best by doing their own studies and trials. Wagner Farms noticed that pairing calves plays a big role in animal health, growth and animal welfare. Learn how the Buddy System works for both calves and farmers.

Laura is a 5th generation dairy farmer at Wagner Farms where she is a Calf and Herd Manager for 750 milking cows. Laura farms with her parents, Hank and Pam Wagner, her husband, Tyler, and her brother, Shawn.


Friday, October 1, 2021 - 10:30 a.m.
Smart Barn Technology at Your Fingertips
Speaker: Mark Doornink, Vice President of Product Management, VES-Artex
Presenting Company: VES-Artex

DairyBOS gives you access to all the smart technology used to create an environment focused on the cow. This technology will also allow dairy owners to access key environmental data, milk data, and herd health in one location, and will send alerts when attention is needed in an area. Learn what you can do when you have Smart Barn Technology at your fingertips.

Mark was raised on a family dairy in Wisconsin and received his B.S. degree in Animal Science at UW – River Falls. Mark has extensive knowledge working in A.I., nutrition, herd health, and for the last 20 years in product development and technology. Mark is the Vice President of Product Management at VES.


Friday, October 1, 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Predict Herd Risks When Needed Most: The Transition Period
Speaker: Ray Nebel, Ph.D., Research and Technical Consultant, and Marcus Hollmann, Nutritionist
Presenting Company: CowManager

What functionalities does the new Nutrition module in the CowManager system offer? With the transition period being the primary risk period where 75% of all adult cow disease events occur, the unique transition monitor includes transition alerts up to fifty days prior to calving for cows that have reduced feeding minutes when compared to contemporaries. The transition graphs compare cows to specific lactation groups or pens of dry cows. Learn how you can lower your herd risks during the transition period.

Dr. Ray Nebel is a Research and Technical Consultant for CowManager and Select Sires Inc. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from University of Louisiana - Monroe, M.S. from University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1983. After over 20 years of teaching, he joined Select Sires Inc. in Plain City Ohio as Senior Reproductive Specialist. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President of Tech Services. Since 2008, he has been instrumental in the partnership with various Activity Systems for the Fertility, Health, and Nutrition with the current partner being Agis Automatisering, and the CowManager® System.


Friday, October 1, 2021 - 12:30 p.m.
Rumen Protected Glucose For Dairy Cows
Speaker: David Casper, Ph.D., PAS, DPL ACAS, Technical Service Manager, Soy Best
Presenting Company: Soy Best

Glucose is a key nutrient for transition and lactating dairy cows. Gluco Best is a new product based on a proprietary manufacturing process that uses heat processed soybean meal and glucose resulting in a product that contains both ruminal bypass protein and glucose. Research on Gluco Best will highlight research work on ruminal bypass glucose reducing ketosis and improving insulin balance to reduce body weight loss leading to improved lactational performance.

Dr. David P. Casper, Technical Service Manager, is a widely known dairy nutritionist and research scientist that has published extensively on various dairy cattle nutrition topics, including energy metabolism, protein and carbohydrates, forage utilization, calf and heifer nutrition and the development of new products and feeding programs for dairy cattle.


Friday, October 1, 2021 - 1:30 p.m.
Make Longevity Her Legacy
Speaker: Chuck Sattler, Vice President of Genetic Programs, Select Sires, Inc., and Jeff Ziegler, Vice President of Dairy Cattle Breeding, Select Sires, Inc.
Presenting Company: Select Sires Inc.

Dairy farmers are using genetic audits to right-size their heifer inventories and diversify revenue, causing fewer replacement heifers, which demands lower herd turnover rates. With this shift, herds will have more older cows, which increases the importance of boosting their resistance to disease as the frequency of health events increases as cows get older. In April, Select Sires introduced a new selection index, Herd Health Profit Dollars (HHP$) as well as a Mastitis ResistantPRO designation. These tools make use of the new evaluations from CDCB to make selecting for healthy, longer-living cows more effective for commercial producers.

Chuck Sattler is Vice President of Genetic Programs at Select Sires. He has been with Select Sires for 20 years and served as the Genetic Programs Administrator for the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) for 12 years prior to joining Select Sires. Sattler grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin where his family had a registered Guernsey herd and received a B.S in Dairy Science and a M.S. in Dairy Cattle Breeding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeff Ziegler is Vice President of Dairy Cattle Breeding for Select Sires. During Jeff’s 37-year career at Select he has worked with promotional efforts, oversaw Select Sires’ global mating program, served as a regional marketing manager, a sire analyst, and launched Select Sires’ use of and education about genomics. Ziegler’s currently oversees the direction and acquisition of all dairy breed product development.  He received a B.S. in Dairy Science from The Ohio State University, and is Chairman of the NAAB Dairy Sire Evaluation Committee.


Friday, October 1, 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Sand Bedding and Anaerobic Digestion
Speaker: Andrew Wedel, P.E., Director of International Business - Agriculture
Presenting Company: McLanahan Corporation

Sand is here to stay as dairy cow bedding in freestalls. Sand keeps cows cleaner, drier and more comfortable than other bedding materials. With increasing interest in anaerobic digestion in the dairy industry, there is a myth that manure bedding is the only option for these systems. See the research behind sand-manure separation increasing anaerobic digestion utilization, as it gives dairies the ability to recycle bedding sand and produce an effluent suitable to anaerobic digestion.

Andrew Wedel is the Director of International Business Development for Agriculture and the Product Manager for Agricultural Systems at McLanahan Corporation in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania USA.  In these roles he is responsible for dealer development and successful project execution for dairy manure projects throughout the world on dairies small and large. Since 1992, Andrew has been instrumental in developing handling, conveyance, and separation methods for handling sand-laden dairy manure. 


Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
Mineral Nutrition is Instrumental to the Dairy Industry's Success
Speaker: Angela R. Boyer, Ph.D., Mineral Nutrition Technical Manager, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health Corp.

A focus on improved bioavailability and performance is instrumental to dairy herd health and production. Learn how the use of the major minerals required by the dairy cow (Cu, Zn, and Mn) along with other essential minerals (Cr and Se) we know are instrumental to herd health and production. Become informed about how to maximize herd health and production, while reducing environmental impact when focusing on dairy mineral nutrition status.

Dr. Angela Boyer received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Missouri State University in 2008 and 2010. Her Ph.D. in Animal Science came from the University of Arkansas in 2013, where she then completed a Post-Doctoral position prior to entering the industry in 2014. Dr. Boyer joined Phibro Animal Health in 2018 and maintains adjunct faculty status at both the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University where she collaborates or leads various species research projects focusing on industry innovation. 


Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 10:30 a.m.
On Farm Analysis for Instant Insights
Speaker: Erik Deutsch, Vice President of Innovation and Customer Solutions, Si-Ware Systems
Presenting Company: Si-Ware Systems

Discover how portable FT-NIR analyzers are democratizing material analysis! Join our live demonstration of NeoSpectra™ solutions which incorporate portable analyzers with our growing cloud-based marketplace, the NeoSpectra Lab Store, which offers analytical models developed with partner labs, researchers and other companies. We'll show you how easy it is to get instant insights on agricultural samples such as silages, hay and grains, allowing you to make quicker decisions on the farm.