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., Tuesday - Friday.

The current list of 2022 Knowledge Nook Sessions and their sponors are below with more being confirmed at the event approaches. 

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

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Tuesday, October 4

10:30 a.m.

Rumen Protected Glucose for Dairy Cows

Speaker: Dr. Juan Pablo Russi, Ing Agronm, MSc, PAS, Soy Best
Presenting Company: Soy Best

11:30 a.m.

Managing Your Herd with MyDC on PULSE

Speaker: Joya McCarthy, Product Manager, VAS
Presenting Company: VAS

1:30 p.m.

Reducing Pathogen Loads in Recycled Manure Solids Used as Dairy Bedding to Decrease SCC and Incidence of Mastitis
Speaker: Ben Saylor, Ph.D., Dairy Technical Services Manager, ARM & HAMMER Animal and Food Production
Presenting Company: ARM & HAMMER Animal and Food Production

Wednesday, October 5
9:30 a.m.

Rumen Protected Glucose for Dairy Cows
Speaker: Dr. Juan Pablo Russi, Ing Agronm, MSc, PAS, Soy Best
Presenting Company: Soy Best

10:30 a.m.

Application of Manure In-Season with a Permeant Underground Irrigation System

Speakers: Kurt Grimm, Founder and CEO, NutraDrip Irrigation Systems

Presenting Company: NutraDrip Irrigation Systems

11:30 a.m.

A New Opportunity to Enhance Transition Cow Health and Performance through Vitamin D Nutrition: Calcidiol A New Form of Vitamin D Now Available to Feed Dairy Cattle

Speaker: Ken Zanzalari, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN, Product Director, Phibro Animal Health, Corp.

Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health, Corp.

12:30 p.m.

Behind a Successful Lactation is a Proper Dry-off

Speaker: Luciano Caxieta, Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Presenting Company: Boehringer Ingelheim

1:30 p.m.

Supporting Normal with Effective Probiotics

Speaker: Dr. Steve Lerner, Head of Marketing & Product Management, Chr. Hansen

Presenting Company: Chr. Hansen

2:30 p.m.

Fueling The Future: Smells Like Methane

Panel Speakers: Mark Lowery, Regional Marketing Manager, New Holland North America, and Tom Taylor, Production Lead, Bennamann LTD

Presenting Company: New Holland

Thursday, October 6
9:30 a.m.

Advances in On-site Feed Analysis for Improved Production and Herd Health

Speaker: Erik Deutsch, Ph.D., VP Innovation & Customer Solution, Si-Ware Systems

Presenting Company: Si-Ware Systems

10:30 a.m.

Supporting Normal with Effective Probiotics

Speaker: Dr. Steve Lerner, Head of Marketing & Product Management, Chr. Hansen

Presenting Company: Chr. Hansen

11:30 a.m.

A New Opportunity to Enhance Transition Cow Health and Performance through Vitamin D Nutrition: Calcidiol A New Form of Vitamin D Now Available to Feed Dairy Cattle

Speaker: Ken Zanzalari, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN, Product Director, Phibro Animal Health, Corp.

Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health, Corp.

12:30 p.m.

Fast and Slow: Aerobically Stable Silage in 15 Days

Speaker:  Renato Schmidt, PhD, Technical Services – Forage, Lallemand Animal Nutrition

Presenting Company: Lallemand Animal Nutrition

1:30 p.m.

Application of Manure In-Season with a Permeant Underground Irrigation System

Speakers: Kurt Grimm, Founder and CEO, NutraDrip Irrigation Systems

Presenting Company: NutraDrip Irrigation Systems

2:30 p.m.

Rumen Protected Glucose for Dairy Cows

Speaker: Dr. Juan Pablo Russi, Ing Agronm, MSc, PAS, Soy Best

Presenting Company: Soy Best

Friday, October 7
9:30 a.m.

Mapping Out a Successful Mineral Nutrition Feeding Program

Speaker: Angela R. Boyer, PhD, Senior Technical Service Manager, Phibro Animal Health Corp.

Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health Corp.

10:30 a.m.

Reducing Pathogen Loads in Recycled Manure Solids Used as Dairy Bedding to Decrease SCC and Incidence of Mastitis

Speaker: Ben Saylor, PhD, Dairy Technical Services Manager, ARM & HAMMER Animal and Food Production

Presenting Company: ARM & HAMMER Animal and Food Production

11:30 a.m.

Managing Your Herd with MyDC on PULSE

Speaker: Joya McCarthy, Product Manager, VAS

Presenting Company: VAS


Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – 10:30 a.m.
Rumen Protected Glucose for Dairy Cows
Speaker: Dr. Juan Pablo Russi, Ing Agronm, MSc, PAS, Soy Best
Presenting Company: Soy Best

Gluco Best® is a ruminal-protected glucose (rumen bypass) for feeding pre-fresh and post-fresh
dairy cows or cows under heat stress. Gluco Best® has been researched and developed specifically to supply additional glucose to the dairy cow during stressful periods at pre-and post-calving when glucose requirements are high and feed intake is low. Attendees will also learn how the new mobile app can help track subclinical and clinical Ketosis and calculate ROI.

Juan Pablo Russi received his BS in Agronomy from the Univ. of Buenos Aires Argentina, his MSc at the Univ. of Aberdeen Scotland and his Doctorate from the Univ. of La Plata in Argentina. He is a farmer and owns several ag companies. Juan currently serves as the Tech. Services Mgr. for Soy Best/Gluco Best.


Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – 11:30 a.m.
Managing Your Herd with MyDC on PULSE
Speaker: Joya McCarthy, Product Manager, VAS
Presenting Company: VAS

VAS is excited to launch a new generation of cloud-based herd management with MyDC on PULSE. Designed to meet the needs of herds of all sizes, MyDC delivers herd management information that matters in an easy-to-use program. Join us as we share the mobile flexibility, custom reporting and integration capabilities available with MyDC.

Since joining VAS in 2021, Joya has taken her experience and passion for the dairy industry and harnessed it into MyDC on PULSE development. Joya grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Waterford, California before going to Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Biology. Joya and her husband Travis also own and operate TJ Hoof Care.


Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – 1:30 p.m.
Reducing Pathogen Loads in Recycled Manure Solids Used as Dairy Bedding to Decrease SCC and Incidence of Mastitis
Speaker: Ben Saylor, Ph.D., Dairy Technical Services Manager, ARM & HAMMER Animal and Food Production
Presenting Company: ARM & HAMMER Animal and Food Production

Using a targeted Bacillus product, ARM & HAMMER has developed a natural solution to prevent the outgrowth of mastitis-causing pathogens for recycled manure solids used as dairy bedding. Field trials with the product on dairy farms across the country have shown a reduction in pathogen loads, SCC, and incidence of mastitis.

Serving dairy producers and their network of influencers as a Dairy Technical Services Manager with ARM & HAMMER, Saylor helps producers understand and address on-farm microbial challenges to improve herd resilience. He earned his Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from UW-Madison.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 9:30 a.m.
Rumen Protected Glucose for Dairy Cows
Speaker: Dr. Juan Pablo Russi, Ing Agronm, MSc, PAS, Soy Best
Presenting Company: Soy Best

Gluco Best® is a ruminal-protected glucose (rumen bypass) for feeding pre-fresh and post-fresh
dairy cows or cows under heat stress. Gluco Best® has been researched and developed specifically to supply additional glucose to the dairy cow during stressful periods at pre-and post-calving when glucose requirements are high and feed intake is low. Attendees will also learn how the new mobile app can help track subclinical and clinical Ketosis and calculate ROI.

Juan Pablo Russi received his BS in Agronomy from the Univ. of Buenos Aires Argentina, his MSc at the Univ. of Aberdeen Scotland and his Doctorate from the Univ. of La Plata in Argentina. He is a farmer and owns several ag companies. Juan currently serves as the Tech. Services Mgr. for Soy Best/Gluco Best.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 10:30 a.m.
Application of Manure In-Season with a Permeant Underground Irrigation System
Speakers: Kurt Grimm, Founder and CEO, NutraDrip Irrigation Systems
Presenting Company: NutraDrip Irrigation Systems

NutraDrip is pioneering the way in solids removal from dairy manure to allow safe application through subsurface drip irrigation. This allows for in-season application of manure in a buried system for no smell, runoff or leaching. Application costs are reduced up to 95% and the stress of fall or spring manure application is eliminated. Additional research on tissue sampling for optimum timing and rates of manure and water application for peak efficiencies will also be addressed. Topics covered will include breakthrough low-cost solids removal, drip irrigation systems, soil moisture probes, and tissue testing.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 11:30 a.m.
A New Opportunity to Enhance Transition Cow Health and Performance through Vitamin D Nutrition: Calcidiol A New Form of Vitamin D Now Available to Feed Dairy Cattle
Speaker: Ken Zanzalari, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN, Product Director, Phibro Animal Health, Corp.
Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health, Corp.

Calcidiol, the 25-(OH) form of vitamin D3 has recently been released for feeding dairy cattle. This new form of vitamin D can be viewed as a response nutrient, similar to biotin and choline. Research has demonstrated the benefits on cow health and performance when feeding calcidiol during the prepartum period. The presentation will focus on vitamin D metabolism, its role in the body, particularly as it relates to calcium homeostasis, and the positive benefits observed in cow health, immunity, and milk yield. Data will be presented which has been published in peer-reviewed publications including the J. of Dairy Science and Translational Animal Science.

As Product Director, Zanzalari’s responsibilities include business plan development and execution, research development and coordination and sales and marketing functions surrounding Animate, a key Phibro Dairy Nutritional Specialty product. Zanzalari has served as an industry advisor to the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference and Indiana Professional Dairy Producers. He is also a board-certified dairy nutritionist through ARPAS. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1990.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 12:30 p.m.
Behind a Successful Lactation is a Proper Dry-off
Speaker: Luciano Caxieta, Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Presenting Company: Boehringer Ingelheim

We are drying cows off at higher production levels than ever before which increases milk leakage and cow comfort issues. Although diet changes and reduction in milking frequency help with udder engorgement at dry-off, these changes may be difficult to implement on many farms. This session will introduce a new option to promote a comfortable dry-off.

Luciano Caixeta is an Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Luciano was born and raised in Brazil where he was involved in beef cattle production from a young age. He obtained his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Universidade Federal de Goiás and his Ph.D. in animal sciences from Cornell University. Caixeta’s research program focuses on investigations of metabolic and infectious diseases during the transition period, the development and utilization of immunotherapeutics and the use of holistic approaches to understand the networks that form the complex biological systems of living animals (dairy systems biology).


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 1:30 p.m.
Supporting Normal with Effective Probiotics
Speaker: Dr. Steve Lerner, Head of Marketing & Product Management, Chr. Hansen
Presenting Company: Chr. Hansen

By interaction with feedstuffs, other microorganisms, and their hosts, effective probiotics support normal gastrointestinal functions, specifically digestion, absorption, barrier, and immune function. The result is a greater percentage of normal, healthy animals in your herd and fewer moments of stress. BOVACILLUS™ is a new probiotic solution developed to support enzyme production, fiber, and starch digestibility and help inhibit bad bacteria.

Dr. Steve Lerner is the Head of Marketing and Product Management - North America for the Animal Health and Nutrition division of Chr. Hansen. In this role, Steve and his team are responsible for bringing Chr. Hansen’s science-based, research-proven products to the North American animal health and production markets including beef cattle feedlots, commercial dairies and calf ranches, and poultry and egg production facilities. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 2:30 p.m.
Fueling The Future: Smells Like Methane
Panel Speakers: Mark Lowery, Regional Marketing Manager, New Holland North America, and Tom Taylor, Production Lead, Bennamann LTD
Presenting Company: New Holland

Join this panel of experts as they dive into the opportunities and prospects offered by biomethane fuel today — and in the future — for dairy operations, the conversion process and the positive effects of this solution downstream in the marketplace. With the cost of energy and fuel rising, alternative options are being positioned more as solutions to help fuel dairy operations. One local, renewable source is at the center of it all: Cow manure. Success has been had in the past in powering dairy operations by transforming manure into methane for electricity, but now that same fuel source can be harnessed to fuel farm equipment by converting manure into low emission biomethane fuel. By doing this, dairy operations are tapping into a source they own from the start and generate year-round while mitigating the need to source fuel from a third-party provider. 

Mark Lowery is New Holland Agriculture’s commercial marketing director for North America. Throughout his career, Lowery has emphasized the importance of dealer satisfaction in creating a positive customer experience.

Tom Taylor grew up in a farm-based family business delivering agricultural, engineering and construction projects for the specialist leisure industry. He attended Cornwall College in the United Kingdom achieving a degree in mechanical engineering. Taylor has an extensive list of skills to make him successful in his current role, including metal fabrication, product development and manufacturing.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 9:30 a.m.
Advances in On-site Feed Analysis for Improved Production and Herd Health
Speaker: Erik Deutsch, Ph.D., VP Innovation & Customer Solution, Si-Ware Systems
Presenting Company: Si-Ware Systems

High-quality feed with a consistent nutritional profile is important to obtain maximum milk production and support the health of the herd. Frequent on-site testing of feed rations provides the data needed to optimize the ration instantly, providing the input needed to balance rations properly for every batch. Recent advances in portable on-site analyzers improve the reliability and accuracy of the results.

Dr. Deutsch is a senior engineering executive, entrepreneur, and recognized expert in QCL, MEMS, FTIR, and spectroscopy. He brings over 20 years of experience leading the strategic development of diverse new and existing technologies and bringing disruptive handheld and miniature spectroscopy products to market. He possesses the rare combination of innovative technical leadership with a strong business acumen with over a dozen patents in novel spectroscopy technologies and systems.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 10:30 a.m.
Supporting Normal with Effective Probiotics
Speaker: Dr. Steve Lerner, Head of Marketing & Product Management, Chr. Hansen
Presenting Company: Chr. Hansen

By interaction with feedstuffs, other microorganisms, and their hosts, effective probiotics support normal gastrointestinal functions, specifically digestion, absorption, barrier, and immune function. The result is a greater percentage of normal, healthy animals in your herd and fewer moments of stress. BOVACILLUS™ is a new probiotic solution developed to support enzyme production, fiber, and starch digestibility and help inhibit bad bacteria.

Dr. Steve Lerner is the Head of Marketing and Product Management - North America for the Animal Health and Nutrition division of Chr. Hansen. In this role, Steve and his team are responsible for bringing Chr. Hansen’s science-based, research-proven products to the North American animal health and production markets including beef cattle feedlots, commercial dairies and calf ranches, and poultry and egg production facilities.  


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 11:30 a.m.
A New Opportunity to Enhance Transition Cow Health and Performance through Vitamin D Nutrition: Calcidiol A New Form of Vitamin D Now Available to Feed Dairy Cattle
Speaker: Ken Zanzalari, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN, Product Director, Phibro Animal Health, Corp.
Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health, Corp.

Calcidiol, the 25-(OH) form of vitamin D3 has recently been released for feeding dairy cattle. This new form of vitamin D can be viewed as a response nutrient, similar to biotin and choline. Research has demonstrated the benefits on cow health and performance when feeding calcidiol during the prepartum period. The presentation will focus on vitamin D metabolism, its role in the body, particularly as it relates to calcium homeostasis, and the positive benefits observed in cow health, immunity, and milk yield. Data will be presented which has been published in peer-reviewed publications including the J. of Dairy Science and Translational Animal Science.

As Product Director, Zanzalari’s responsibilities include business plan development and execution, research development and coordination and sales and marketing functions surrounding Animate, a key Phibro Dairy Nutritional Specialty product. Zanzalari has served as an industry advisor to the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference and Indiana Professional Dairy Producers. He is also a board-certified dairy nutritionist through ARPAS. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1990. 


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 12:30 p.m.
Fast and Slow: Aerobically stable silage in 15 Days
Speaker: Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services – Forage, Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Presenting Company: Lallemand Animal Nutrition

MAGNIVA Platinum will be launched to the dairy market on October 1, 2022. This product is research-proven to make silage aerobically stable in just 15 days. In addition, MAGNIVA Platinum improves dry matter recovery and nutrient retention.

Dr. Renato Schmidt is originally from Brazil, where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in Agronomy and a M.Sc. degree in Animal Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the University of Delaware with Dr. Limin Kung Jr. Schmidt currently serves as a Lallemand Animal Nutrition Forage Technical Specialist.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 1:30 p.m.
Application of Manure In-Season with a Permeant Underground Irrigation System
Speakers: Kurt Grimm, Founder and CEO, NutraDrip Irrigation Systems
Presenting Company: NutraDrip Irrigation Systems

NutraDrip is pioneering the way in solids removal from dairy manure to allow safe application through subsurface drip irrigation. This allows for in-season application of manure in a buried system for no smell, runoff or leaching. Application costs are reduced up to 95% and the stress of fall or spring manure application is eliminated. Additional research on tissue sampling for optimum timing and rates of manure and water application for peak efficiencies will also be addressed. Topics covered will include breakthrough low-cost solids removal, drip irrigation systems, soil moisture probes, and tissue testing.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 2:30 p.m.
Rumen Protected Glucose for Dairy Cows
Speaker: Dr. Juan Pablo Russi, Ing Agronm, MSc, PAS, Soy Best
Presenting Company: Soy Best

Gluco Best® is a ruminal-protected glucose (rumen bypass) for feeding pre-fresh and post-fresh
dairy cows or cows under heat stress. Gluco Best® has been researched and developed specifically to supply additional glucose to the dairy cow during stressful periods at pre-and post-calving when glucose requirements are high and feed intake is low. Attendees will also learn how the new mobile app can help track subclinical and clinical Ketosis and calculate ROI.

Juan Pablo Russi received his BS in Agronomy from the Univ. of Buenos Aires Argentina, his MSc at the Univ. of Aberdeen Scotland and his Doctorate from the Univ. of La Plata in Argentina. He is a farmer and owns several ag companies. Juan currently serves as the Tech. Services Mgr. for Soy Best/Gluco Best.


Friday, October 7, 2022 – 9:30 a.m.
Mapping Out a Successful Mineral Nutrition Feeding Program
Speaker: Angela R. Boyer, PhD, Senior Technical Service Manager, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
Presenting Company: Phibro Animal Health Corp.

The significant impact mineral nutrition can have on dairy performance and production is often overlooked due to the minimum amount these ingredients are fed in the dairy cow diet. Phibro will present a process and information to help attendees "connect the dots" along the dairy cow's mineral nutrition feeding program "road map", ultimately resulting in a presentation of new options and possible solutions for their dairy's mineral nutrition needs.

Dr. Boyer joined Phibro in 2018 and supports the Mineral Nutrition business for all species and regions. She previously served as the Ruminant Nutritionist for Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) where she was a Dairy Nutritionist with a focus on supporting lactating diets, providing technical support, and focusing on R&D in neonatal calves. Dr. Boyer also maintains adjunct faculty status at both the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University where she collaborates on various species research projects focusing on industry innovation along with mentoring graduate students from an industry perspective.


Friday, October 7, 2022 - 10:30 a.m.
Reducing Pathogen Loads in Recycled Manure Solids Used as Dairy Bedding to Decrease SCC and Incidence of Mastitis
Speaker: Ben Saylor, Ph.D., Dairy Technical Services Manager, ARM & HAMMER Animal and Food Production
Presenting Company: ARM & HAMMER Animal and Food Production

Using a targeted Bacillus product, ARM & HAMMER has developed a natural solution to prevent the outgrowth of mastitis-causing pathogens for recycled manure solids used as dairy bedding. Field trials with the product on dairy farms across the country have shown a reduction in pathogen loads, SCC, and incidence of mastitis.

Serving dairy producers and their network of influencers as a Dairy Technical Services Manager with ARM & HAMMER, Saylor helps producers understand and address on-farm microbial challenges to improve herd resilience. He earned his Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from UW-Madison.


Friday, October 7, 2022 – 11:30 a.m.
Managing Your Herd with MyDC on PULSE
Speaker: Joya McCarthy, Product Manager, VAS
Presenting Company: VAS

VAS is excited to launch a new generation of cloud-based herd management with MyDC on PULSE. Designed to meet the needs of herds of all sizes, MyDC delivers herd management information that matters in an easy-to-use program. Join us as we share the mobile flexibility, custom reporting and integration capabilities available with MyDC.

Since joining VAS in 2021, Joya has taken her experience and passion for the dairy industry and harnessed it into MyDC on PULSE development. Joya grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Waterford, California before going to Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Biology. Joya and her husband Travis also own and operate TJ Hoof Care.