Knowledge Nook Sessions

Located in the atrium of the Exhibition Hall, the Knowledge Nook is a NEW space designed for companies to showcase an innovative product, service or research that was introduced to the market in the past year. There will be five, 45-minute sessions per day beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

The following is the list of 2019 Knowledge Nook Sessions and their sponsors as of today. This list 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. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

1:30 p.m.

Essential Microbial Support: Improving Health and Performance with Probiotics

Dr. Mike Hutjens, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2

9:30 a.m.
Dairyland Seed

Evolution of Hybrid Alfalfa and What's Next

Sara Hendrickson, Forage Leader, Dairyland Seed

Chad Staudinger, Regional Sales Manager, Dairyland Seed

Steve Wagner, Alfalfa Plant Breeder, Corteva Agriscience

10:30 a.m.

Better Haymaking - Greater ROI and Feed Quality for Dairy Operations Through Denser Bales

Curt Hoffman, Crop Packaging Marketing Manager, New Holland

Jordan Milewski, Crop Preparation Marketing Manager, New Holland

11:30 a.m.

Herd Insights Brought to Life with Augmented Reality

Mr. Roxie Muller, Innovation Manager, Nedap Livestock Management

12:30 p.m.

Colostrum for So Many OTHER Reasons

Dr. Rick Dumm, DVM

1:30 p.m.

Nasalgen 3 & 3 PMH

Dr. Brian Miller, Dairy Tech Service Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

9:30 a.m.

Colostrum for So Many OTHER Reasons

Dr. Rick Dumm, DVM

10:30 a.m.

Estrotect Breeding Indicators - A New Reproduction Management Tool

Ky Pohler, PHD, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

11:30 a.m.

Phixup - An Innovative and Natural Way to Minimize the Risk of Acidosis

Rodrigo Araujo de Souza, PhD, Business Unit Manager North America, Timab Magnesium USA

12:30 p.m.

Starting Calves with Force - Lifetime Health and Production Begin on Day One

Dr. David P. Casper, Technical Services Leader/Dairy Nutritionist, Furst-McNess Company

1:30 p.m.
Armenta

Acoustic Pulse Technology – Increasing Milk Yield and Treating Mastitis Free of Antibiotics

Professor Gabriel Leitner PHD, Chief Science Officer, Armenta

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

9:30 a.m.

Colostrum for So Many OTHER Reasons

Dr. Rick Dumm, DVM

10:30 a.m.

Starting Calves with Force - Lifetime Health and Production Begin on Day One

Dr. David P. Casper, Technical Services Leader/Dairy Nutritionist, Furst-McNess Company

11:30 a.m.

Microbial Inoculation Improves Silage Aerobic Stability after Short-Term Fermentation: Fact or Fiction?

Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Associate Professor of Livestock Nutrition, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida

12:30 p.m.

Component Production: Is Your Herd Efficiency Up to Par?

Dr. Mike Messman, U.S. Dairy Technology Leader, Cargill Animal Nutrition

1:30 p.m.

Nasalgen 3 & 3 PMH

Dr. Brian Miller, Dairy Tech Service Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

1:30 p.m.

Essential Microbial Support: Improving Health and Performance with Probiotics

Dr. Mike Hutjens, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois

Bovamine Dairy Plus combines four of the most extensively researched animal probiotic strains. The unique combination of strains competes with pathogenic organisms in the digestive tract, including species of Clostridium, Salmonella, and E. coli. Extensive research, notably 62 research trials and 27 peer-reviewed articles conducted on ruminants, has demonstrated that the Bacillus strains in this product specifically inhibit the most critical pathogens. This new combination of bacteria produces enzymes that digest fiber and starch and enhance multiple functions of the intestinal epithelium, including structural integrity, barrier function and absorptive surface area. As an element in the daily diet, Bovamine Dairy Plus minimizes the adverse health event challenge caused by Clostridia before they happen.

Mike Hutjens was raised 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. Since 1979, he has been a member of the University of Illinois Animal Sciences Departments as extension dairy specialist.  Mike is a world-renowned speaker, in addition, he writes regular feed columns for Hoard's Dairyman and hosts the Hoard’s Dairy monthly webinars. Mike’s awards are plentiful including recognition by the American Dairy Science Association, Minnesota Board of Regents, World Dairy Expo, IL Farm Bureau Association, National DHI Service Award and many other honorable accomplishments throughout his career.  Mike and his wife Carol reside in Savoy, IL, with their five children and seven grandchildren.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2

9:30 a.m.

Evolution of Hybrid Alfalfa and What's Next

Sara Hendrickson, Forage Leader, Dairyland Seed

Chad Staudinger, Regional Sales Manager, Dairyland Seed

Steve Wagner, Alfalfa Plant Breeder, Corteva Agriscience

Hybrid alfalfa technology can offer unparalleled success to forage and dairy farmers looking for more milk from every acre. Join this session to learn how HybriForce-4400, a fourth-generation hybrid alfalfa and the latest innovation in alfalfa breeding, was created to deliver outstanding yield potential in a wide variety of environments. A pan of industry experts and producers will share how hybrid alfalfa technology has evolved, the difference between hybrid and conventional seeds, experiences with the HybriForce portfolio and how this technology continues to deliver profits to the producers' bottom line.

Sara Hendrickson is the forage leader for Dairyland Seed where she helps to develop and maintain existing on-farm product testing programs and coordinates the implementation of a strategy to stimulate interest in Dairyland Seed’s forage products. Hendrickson holds a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chad Staudinger, regional sales manager for Dairyland Seed, works directly with district managers, dealers and customers in Wisconsin. Formerly the forage product manager, Staudinger has worked extensively with Dairyland Seed’s on-farm alfalfa strip trial program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in dairy science with a focus on dairy nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steve Wagner is an alfalfa plant breeder at Corteva Agriscience in West Salem, Wisconsin. Wagner has been instrumental in advancing the hybrid alfalfa breeding system for Dairyland Seed and expanding alfalfa research and testing. Wagner holds a master’s degree in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul.

10:30 a.m.

Better Haymaking - Greater ROI and Feed Quality for Dairy Operations Through Denser Bales

Curt Hoffman, Crop Packaging Marketing Manager, New Holland

Jordan Milewski, Crop Preparation Marketing Manager, New Holland

A recent study conducted by Penn State University confirms round bale density leads to improved cattle nutrition and producer return on investment. New Holland crop packaging marketing manager Curt Hoffman and crop preparation marketing manager Jordan Milewski share how denser bales and other hay and forage best practices equate to higher feed quality, efficiency gains and a greater ROI on your dairy operation. 

Curt Hoffman has been with New Holland for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including area service manager and territory service manager. In his current position, he manages round, small and large rectangular baler marketing for North America. Specifically, he develops materials to help educate customers and dealers about the hay and forage product lines. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and biological systems engineering. 

11:30 a.m.

Herd Insights Brought to Life with Augmented Reality

Mr. Roxie Muller, Innovation Manager, Nedap Livestock Management

With a growing need to feed the world, herd sizes and the level of technology implemented are rapidly increasing, resulting in an overload of data. In this session, Mr. Roxie Muller shares Nedap's vision on technology and shows how the use of futuristic technologies, like augmented reality, from Nedap CowControl and other systems can provide relevant insights. At Nedap, the company strives to provide technical solutions much easier for dairyman.

Mr. Roxie Muller is the Innovation Manager at Nedap and has a background in industrial design and engineering. Muller couples his strong passion for technology and drive to do what has never been done before to push product development boundaries that fit Nedap's business philosophy. 

12:30 p.m.

Colostrum for So Many OTHER Reasons

Dr. Rick Dumm, DVM

This year Matilda was introduced to the dairy market. Her sole function in life is to properly remove pathogens from colostrum and then play a central role in how to manage that colostrum from the cows to the calves. Most in the industry understand the importance of immunoglobulins for calf immunity. In this session, we will discuss some of the latest research findings that demonstrate several other key functions of colostrum that are not so well known. More importantly, after learning the WHY, we will briefly discuss HOW managers of all size dairies can return home and implement the strategies learned. Colostrum alternatives will also be discussed and how to choose when to use them.

Dr. Rick has been a practicing dairy veterinarian for 24 years in Colorado. Most recently he has adapted his knowledge about calf rearing into practical tools and protocols that can easily be implemented for success on the farm. In keeping with the tradition of boots mixed with books, he manages his own cow/calf outfit and enjoys international travel discussing calf rearing. Weekends in the Rocky Mountains consist of honing horsemanship skills and keeping up with teenagers on the ski slopes.

1:30 p.m.

Nasalgen 3 & 3 PMH

Dr. Brian Miller, Dairy Tech Service Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health

Nasalgen 3 is an intranasal vaccine that contains BRSV, IBR and PI3. Nasalgen 3 PMH is an intranasal vaccine that contains BRSV, IBR, PI1, Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida. These products can be used in calves as young as a week of age.

Dr. Brian Miller is a Dairy Tech Service Veterinarian at Merck Animal Health.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

9:30 a.m.

Colostrum for So Many OTHER Reasons

Dr. Rick Dumm, DVM

This year Matilda was introduced to the dairy market. Her sole function in life is to properly remove pathogens from colostrum and then play a central role in how to manage that colostrum from the cows to the calves. Most in the industry understand the importance of immunoglobulins for calf immunity. In this session, we will discuss some of the latest research findings that demonstrate several other key functions of colostrum that are not so well known. More importantly, after learning the WHY, we will briefly discuss HOW managers of all size dairies can return home and implement the strategies learned. Colostrum alternatives will also be discussed and how to choose when to use them.

Dr. Rick has been a practicing dairy veterinarian for 24 years in Colorado. Most recently he has adapted his knowledge about calf rearing into practical tools and protocols that can easily be implemented for success on the farm. In keeping with the tradition of boots mixed with books, he manages his own cow/calf outfit and enjoys international travel discussing calf rearing. Weekends in the Rocky Mountains consist of honing horsemanship skills and keeping up with teenagers on the ski slopes.

10:30 a.m.

Estrotect Breeding Indicators - A New Reproduction Management Tool

Ky Pohler, PHD, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

ESTROTECT Breeding Indicators are a self-adhesive sticker that you apply halfway between the hip and tailhead of a cow's back. As mounting activity occurs, the indicator's silver and black surface ink - featuring the breeding Bullseye - is rubbed off by the friction of mounting and will reveal one of five indicator colors (red/orange, green, blue, yellow or fuchsia). Once the black Breeding Bullseye, or the equivalent surface area, is rubbed off the animal is considered in standing heat and is ready to breed. But, that's not all. When the Breeding Bullseye is activated, cows are up to 3x more likely to result in confirmed pregnancies. ESTROTECT Breeding Indicators can be used to detect heats, confirm, pregnancies, pinpoint timing for breeding, determine cycling. And, they work well in any breeding program, from artificial insemination to natural service to synchronization protocols.

Dr. Pohler's research was instrumental in the development of the new Estrotect Breeding Indicator. The new Breeding Bullseye is based on Dr. Pohler's patch scoring system that essentially tells when a cow is ready to breed by the amount of the Estrotect surface that is rubbed off. Dr. Pohler will present his research on breeding timing and results based on breeding according to patch scores. 

11:30 a.m.

Phixup - An Innovative and Natural Way to Minimize the Risk of Acidosis

Rodrigo Araujo de Souza, PhD, Business Unit Manager North America, Timab Magnesium USA

Phixup is a product developed to minimize the risk of acidosis and SARA on high-production herds. Our formula is a specific blend of magnesium oxide sources manufactured using unique know-how optimizing the neutralizing capacity of the product. Given our unique formula, Phixup combines a fast and long-lasting action on ruminal pH.

Dr. Rodrigo Souza is the Business Unit Manager North America at Timab USA, a company specializing in agricultural and industrial magnesium applications. Dr. Souza has been with Timab USA since 2018 and his practice concentrates on the synergies between animal nutrition and business development. Before joining Timab USA, Dr. Souza pursued his doctoral degree at Michigan State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in animal science with an emphasis in animal science with an emphasis in business management.  As part of his doctorate, he was recognized for his outstanding performance as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Animal Science. Dr. Souza was also a student at Universidade São Paulo, where he earned his master and bachelor’s degree in animal science. While pursuing his masters, Dr. Souza also completed his MBA and worked as a farm manager in São Paulo, Brazil.

12:30 p.m.

Starting Calves with Force - Lifetime Health and Production Begin on Day One

Dr. David P. Casper, Technical Services Leader/Dairy Nutritionist, Furst-McNess Company

McNess Furst ForceTM Calf is an advanced oral drench that kick starts newborn calves while providing the gastro-intestinal support calves needed, especially those that may be at-risk.

Furst Force TM Calf delivers:
1) Three specific strains of probiotic bacteria (B.pumilus, B.subtilis and B.licheniformis) with a concentrated yeast-based fermentation extract that contains many micro-nutrients to support gut health.
2) A specific bolend of pathogen specific antibodies to support health and immunity.
3) Specific organic acids to support digestion and product stability.
4) Purified Beta Glucans and MOS for additional immune boosting gut health benefits.
5) Vegetable fat as an added energy source.
6) Key botanical extracts, essential oils and flavorings to support health and immunity.

Key responses that have been observed included: Improved lean growth, Decreased death loss, Decreased scours, Improved response to treatments, Reduced digestive upsets, Improved calf viability.

Dr. David P. Casper is Technical Services Leader/Dairy Nutritionist with the Furst-McNess Company, Freeport, IL. He grew up on a dairy and livestock farm in Cuba City, WI. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and his Masters and PhD from South Dakota State University. Dr. Casper has published number scientific articles on dairy cattle nutrition, working with calves through lactating dairy cows.

1:30 p.m.
Armenta

Acoustic Pulse Technology – Increasing Milk Yield and Treating Mastitis Free of Antibiotics

Professor Gabriel Leitner PHD, Chief Science Officer, Armenta

Mastitis cases are known to cost up to $300-400 per case, creating a not only a heavy economic burden on dairy farms worldwide, but also resulting in decreased milk yield, deterioration in milk quality and increased risk of culling. Treatment often involves the use of antibiotics at some point in the lactation, which carries the risk of developing antimicrobial resistance bacteria. Alternative mastitis therapies are needed and desired which has led Armenta to develop an Acoustic Pulse Therapy (APT) device. The APT delivers low power, deep penetrating acoustic pulses distributed over a large treatment area specifically designed for treating dairy cows. Worldwide research showcasing the effectiveness of the Armenta APT device and strategies to incorporate into your on-farm management practices will be discussed.

Prof. Gabriel Leitner, Chief Scientific Officer for Armenta LTD has over 25 year of experience in the field of mastitis with over 150 published articles in the subject. He possesses a deep understanding of the topic and scientific know-how.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

9:30 a.m.

Colostrum for So Many OTHER Reasons

Dr. Rick Dumm, DVM

This year Matilda was introduced to the dairy market. Her sole function in life is to properly remove pathogens from colostrum and then play a central role in how to manage that colostrum from the cows to the calves. Most in the industry understand the importance of immunoglobulins for calf immunity. In this session, we will discuss some of the latest research findings that demonstrate several other key functions of colostrum that are not so well known. More importantly, after learning the WHY, we will briefly discuss HOW managers of all size dairies can return home and implement the strategies learned. Colostrum alternatives will also be discussed and how to choose when to use them.

Dr. Rick has been a practicing dairy veterinarian for 24 years in Colorado. Most recently he has adapted his knowledge about calf rearing into practical tools and protocols that can easily be implemented for success on the farm. In keeping with the tradition of boots mixed with books, he manages his own cow/calf outfit and enjoys international travel discussing calf rearing. Weekends in the Rocky Mountains consist of honing horsemanship skills and keeping up with teenagers on the ski slopes.

10:30 a.m.

Starting Calves with Force - Lifetime Health and Production Begin on Day One

Dr. David P. Casper, Technical Services Leader/Dairy Nutritionist, Furst-McNess Company

McNess Furst ForceTM Calf is an advanced oral drench that kick starts newborn calves while providing the gastro-intestinal support calves needed, especially those that may be at-risk.

Furst Force TM Calf delivers:
1) Three specific strains of probiotic bacteria (B.pumilus, B.subtilis and B.licheniformis) with a concentrated yeast-based fermentation extract that contains many micro-nutrients to support gut health. 
2) A specific bolend of pathogen specific antibodies to support health and immunity. 
3) Specific organic acids to support digestion and product stability. 
4) Purified Beta Glucans and MOS for additional immune boosting gut health benefits. 
5) Vegetable fat as an added energy source. 
6) Key botanical extracts, essential oils and flavorings to support health and immunity. 

Key responses that have been observed included: Improved lean growth, Decreased death loss, Decreased scours, Improved response to treatments, Reduced digestive upsets, Improved calf viability.

Dr. David P. Casper is Technical Services Leader/Dairy Nutritionist with the Furst-McNess Company, Freeport, IL. He grew up on a dairy and livestock farm in Cuba City, WI. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and his Masters and PhD from South Dakota State University. Dr. Casper has published number scientific articles on dairy cattle nutrition, working with calves through lactating dairy cows.

11:30 a.m.

Microbial Inoculation Improves Silage Aerobic Stability after Short-Term Fermentation: Fact or Fiction?

Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Associate Professor of Livestock Nutrition, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida

This presentation will discuss what producers can do to better utilize your high moister corn. In addition, with continual changing climate occurring, what options do producers have with sorghum and other forage crops. 

Dr. Luiz Ferraretto is originally from Brazil where he earned his B.S. in Animal Science from São Paulo State University in 2008. Immediately after the completion of his B.S. Degree, Luiz joined University of Wisconsin-Madison for an internship (2009) followed by a M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in dairy science with focus on applied dairy nutrition and forage quality. After the completion of his Ph.D., Luiz joined The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. Currently, Luiz is an Assistant Professor of Livestock Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Florida and his research interests are applied dairy cattle nutrition and management with emphasis on starch and fiber utilization by dairy cows, corn silage and high-moisture corn quality and digestibility, the use of alternative by-products as feed ingredients, and supplementation of feed additives to lactating cows.

12:30 p.m.

Component Production: Is Your Herd Efficiency Up to Par?

Dr. Mike Messman, U.S. Dairy Technology Leader, Cargill Animal Nutrition

To thrive in today's economy, dairy operations must maximize the value of their milk through efficient production of fat and protein components. Component efficiency is one of the best ways to monitor herd performance and profitability, however this concept is still foreign to many dairy producers. Dr. Mike Messman, Cargill Dairy Technology Leader, will educate dairy producers on the what, why and how of measuring and managing component efficiency. His presentation showcases valuable case study examples from elite herds that are pushing the boundaries on components, achieving 6 pounds of higher combined fat and protein. He will also share practical management and nutrition tips for improving component efficiency and fully leveraging the value of the component market. Dairy producers will be sure to find this presentation informative, interesting and immediately applicable to their operation.

Dr. Mike Messman is the U.S. Dairy Technology Leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition. In this role, Dr. Messman is responsible for the development and deployment of nutritional and herd management technologies for Cargill Animal Nutrition throughout the U.S. dairy industry. Dr. Messmann also liaises with Cargill's Global Innovation Team and has worked on dairies throughout the world. He is based at the Cargill Innovation Center in Elk River, Minnesota.

1:30 p.m.

Nasalgen 3 & 3 PMH

Dr. Brian Miller, Dairy Tech Service Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health

Nasalgen 3 is an intranasal vaccine that contains BRSV, IBR and PI3. Nasalgen 3 PMH is an intranasal vaccine that contains BRSV, IBR, PI1, Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida. These products can be used in calves as young as a week of age.

Dr. Brian Miller is a Dairy Tech Service Veterinarian at Merck Animal Health.

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