2018 Seminar Speakers

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Gordon Atkins Harvey Anderson
University of Toronto

Presentation: What Does the Re-vamp of the Canadian Food Guide Mean for Dairy?
Wednesday, March 7, 2018: AM Plenary Session I

Dr. Harvey Anderson is Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is Director of the University-Industry Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs (PFSNRA) and was the Executive Director of the Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition (2014 – 2016). He has served the University as Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Dean and Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine, Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences and as an elected member of the University Governing Council. His advocacy for university, industry and government partnerships in developing food and nutrition solutions is shown by his leadership in the formation of the Canadian National Institute of Nutrition, the University of Toronto’s PFSNRA and Child Center for Nutrition and Health, and as a longtime member and Chair of the Board of the International Life Sciences Institute, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Anderson has held academic appointments at many Chinese universities where he led the development of an academic program in clinical and public health nutrition at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou. His research on food intake regulation and metabolic control after consumption of foods (dairy, pulses, and grain products) and their components (carbohydrates and proteins) by adults and children, the role of maternal diets in fetal programming of brain development of food intake control, and nutritional support of malnourished premature infants and adults has led to over 350 publications and the training of more than 100 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. His research has received continuous peer-reviewed grant support since 1970 and he has served on many Canadian and International grant committees. He is a member and has served many committees of the Canadian Nutrition Society and the American Society of Nutrition. He has served as a consultant to many food and drug companies and established as well as served on advisory groups for the food industry. He has received many awards for his research, mentorship and leadership in nutrition and is a Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition.

Health Canada has indicated that food guidance in the form of the Food Guide and labelling will be revised under the newly developed Healthy Eating Strategy. Based on support from consumers and health professionals it appears that Health Canada will encourage reduction of animal and increased consumption of plant sources of foods. At the same time strong evidence for encouraging more, rather than less, dairy products in diets for all ages has emerged in the past five years. This presentation will provide an update of developments and prediction of the effect on dairy consumption and production.

Lance Baumgard Àlex Bach
Institute for Research and Technology in Agrifood, Spain

Presentation: Adapting Current Production Practices to Automatic Milking Systems: Pros and Cons
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; PM Concurrent Session III                                                                                                                                                 


Presentation: Setting the Stage for the Future Cow: Managing and Feeding During Early Life
Thursday,March 8, 2018; PM Concurrent Session V

Dr. Àlex Bach is an ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Ruminant Production of IRTA. His research focuses on optimizing the growth curve of dairy replacement heifers, as well as their management and housing systems (group size, behavior, stocking densities...). He also uses mathematical models to simulate work-flows of ruminant production systems with the aim of helping the decision-making process in dairy enterprises. In addition, Àlex conducts basic research to understand the physiology and metabolism of ruminants with especial emphasis on the impact of nutrition and management during early development on future metabolic function. 

Presentation descriptions:

March 7: The first automatic milking systems were installed in European herds 20 years ago. Since then, technology has been greatly improved, however many challenges related to animal management and nutrition still remain. Advantages and obstacles of using automatic milking systems in dairy herds will be discussed.

March 8: There are windows of time during the development of an animal that exert long-term effects on their phenotype. This section will present current evidence of such windows in calves and how to use them for the benefit of future production.

Karina Bech Gleerup Christine Baes
University of Guelph

Presentation: Genetics, Genomics and Beyond: What to Expect from New Technologies in Dairy Cattle Breeding
Thursday, March 8, 2018; PM Concurrent Session VI

Being born and raised on a dairy farm in South-western Ontario, Christine learned to milk cows, stack hay, and appreciate the Canadian dairy industry at a very early age. After graduating from the University of Guelph, she continued her studies in Germany at the University of Hohenheim and the Leibnitz Institute for Farm Animal Biology near Rostock. She has since been involved in various industry-lead large-scale breeding projects, and has taught university level genetics and genomics courses in Germany and Switzerland.  

Christine's research interests span from applied animal breeding across quantitative genetics all the way to the analysis and development of methods for next-generation sequencing data. She strives to bridge the gap between cutting edge science and practical application of new knowledge. She currently leads projects on genomic inbreeding, economic analysis of breeding goals, precision data management, novel phenotypes, and methodology related to single step genomic evaluation. 

Christine took up the Semex – Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) – Holstein Canada Professorship in Dairy Genomics as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Since then, she has established a strong research profile. Together with her team of 12 researchers, she develops, manages, and conducts research projects totalling $7M in value. She has published over 45 peer-reviewed research articles, and has presented at over 90 international conferences in the field of animal genetics and genomics. In her spare time, she manages a small cash crop farm outside of Guelph.

There are many technologies available for data collection on dairy cattle. Christine will speak about these technologies, and how this data can be turned into information and implemented into breeding programs. 

Jeffrey Bewley Herman Barkema
University of Calgary

Workshop for All: Milk Quality - The Drive for Consistent Delivery of Top Quality Milk                                                                                                                                    Tuesday, March 6, 2018; 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Presentation: Lessons Learned from the Canadian Johne's Disease Programs
Friday, March 9, 2018; AM Plenary Session VII

Dr. Herman Barkema completed his DVM degree at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1988. He spent 2½ years as manager of a large dairy and beef herd in Costa Rica, then taught bovine herd health at Utrecht University and worked as an epidemiologist for the Dutch Animal Health Service while completing his PhD. In 2001, Dr. Barkema moved to the University of PEI. He subsequently moved to the University of Calgary, where he founded the Department of Production Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Herman currently is Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at UCVM, with a joint appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Barkema three years ago became an NSERC Industrial Research in Infectious Diseases of Dairy Cattle. He is also a Guest Professor at Ghent University (Belgium) and Foreign Expert at the China Agricultural University in Beijing.

Herman’s research program focuses on prevention and control of diseases in cattle herds. He has published more than 270 scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and has lectured all over the world. He currently leads the University of Calgary Biostatistics Centre, co-leads the Clinical Research Unit in the Cumming School of Medicine, and leads the Environment research theme in the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network, the Technical Committee of the Canadian Johne’s Disease Initiative, and the Alberta Johne’s Disease Initiative.

Glen Blahey Karen Beauchemin
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

Presentation: The Key to Producing High Qaulity Corn Silage in Western Canada
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; PM Concurrent Session III

Dr. Karen Beauchemin has been a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre in Alberta since 1988 and is an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan.

Before her career in research, Karen spent several years in the feed industry as a nutritionist. She obtained a PhD in ruminant nutrition at the University of Guelph (1988), an MSc in animal nutrition at Laval University (1982), and her BSc in agriculture at McGill University (1978).  Karen conducts a broad based research program to improve feed utilization of beef and dairy cattle, while reducing environmental impact of meat and milk production. She has also served on the WCDS planning committee for the past 20 years.

Karen will present a road map for maximizing yield and nutritional value of corn silage for western Canada. Corn can potentially maximize milk production per hectare in western Canada, but that is not always the case. Many factors affect corn silage fermentation quality and nutritive value, and getting these right is important.  Results of a 3-year study will be discussed.

Ronaldo Cerri Joao Costa
University of Kentucky

Presentation: Group Housing Calves: Waht You Need to Know Before, During and After
Thursday, March 8, 2018; PM Concurrent Session V

Dr. Joao Costa is an Assistant Professor in the Dairy Program at the University of Kentucky. After completing an Agricultural Eng. and a Master degree at his home university in Brazil, Joao completed his PhD and Post-doctoral studies at UBC studying how to successfully manage calves in group housing and on high milk allowances.

Joao Costa is an Assistant Professor in the Dairy Program at the University of Kentucky. Joao did his PhD at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Dan Weary investigating the effects of group-housing and high milk allowances for calves.

Milk-fed calves are typically housed individually and fed restricted milk allowances, but group housing and high milk allowances are becoming common. This talk will review the key management practices that are fundamental for successful group-housing of calves. Dr. Costa will describe group housing practices, benefits and problems, and suggest practical solutions for common problems faced on farms.

Ron Erskine Gerard Cramer
University of Minnesota

Presentation: Lameness Treatment and Prevention: No Pain, No Lame
Friday, March 9, 2018; AM Plenary Session VII

Dr. Gerard Cramer is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the Veterinary Population Medicine department. His responsibilities include teaching veterinary and graduate students, conducting research and providing extension. The goals of Gerard’s research program are to provide evidence based treatment and prevention strategies for dairy cow lameness. Current research interest includes: 1) evaluating hoof trimming techniques, 2) determining the relationship between ketosis, inflammation, lameness, and reproduction, 3) hoof trimmer health 4) understanding the interaction between stakeholders to facilitate change in behavior related to lameness.

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Gerard operated a veterinary practice focused on providing hoof trimming services, monitoring foot health on dairies, consulting on lameness problems, conducting hoof trimming courses and research. Before opening this practice, Gerard owned and operated the family dairy farm. He graduated from the University of Guelph with his DVM in 2002 and completed his DVSc thesis in 2007. In his spare time, he likes to run long distances and cook for his wife and 2 kids.

Gerard’s presentation will describe the current best management practices for preventing and dealing with lame cows.  The focus will be on practices you can use on your farm starting tomorrow.

James Ferguson Jan Hulsen
Vetvice Group, the Netherlands

Presentation: What is Happening in Facility Design to Improve Cow Comfort and Health?
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; PM Concurrent Session II

Dr. Jan Hulsen grew up on a farm with dairy cows and fattening pigs, in the south of the Netherlands. He qualified as a veterinarian at Utrecht University in 1993, with specialisation in farm animals and tropical animal health. After working in private practice, Jan started a consultancy Vetvice together with his colleague Joep Driessen in 1997. The aim of Vetvice was to provide veterinary knowledge and support worldwide, to any organisation related to dairy farm business. During these years, Jan followed training courses in journalism, business and project management, and communication. In 2002 he attended an executive MBA program and acquired the title Master of Strategic Management.

In 2000 Vetvice started giving workshops CowSignals, to teach farmers to better understand and manage the needs of their cows and young stock. In 2003 Jan published the book CowSignals and Vetvice started to give presentations, besides workshops. At this moment, Vetvice designs dairy barns and farms, provides consultancy to dairy farms, and to organisations working in the dairy industry. Within Vetvice and CowSignals, Jan is responsible for research and development and works as a trainer, author and consultant.

Innovations and improvements in management and housing of dairy cows are still happening, with more and more attention to concepts and complete systems. Bedding and design of free stalls is an ongoing subject of all of this. During his presentation Jan will discuss the concepts of a stress-free calving line and the CowSignals Cuddle Box. Plus some lessons from an extensive field study on the use of sensors in the management of the dry period and transition period.

David Galligan Gwyn Jones
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, United Kingdom

Presentation: Are the Immediate Challenges Faced by the British Dairy Industry Applicable to Canada?
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; AM Plenary Session I

Gwyn Jones was born into a hill farming family in Snowdonia, North Wales. Gwyn trained as an engineer with Rolls Royce in Shropshire, and worked in London for a specialist engineering company before deciding to go back to agriculture, working on a large estate in North Wales whilst attending college (Llysfasi and Aberystwyth).

He spent 18 months at Moulton College of Agriculture, Northamptonshire, running the beef and sheep units and teaching students, before making his home at Crouchlands Farm in West Sussex in 1979, farming beef and cereals. A 200 cow dairy unit was built at Crouchlands in 1983, and expanded over a number of years to 750 cows and one of the first anaerobic digesters in the country (1.5 mega-watt) was built and integrated into the farm business, with both milk and electricity sold. After 35 years the partnership has come to an end and Gwyn is now immersed in off farm activity as well as farming with his daughter Gwenan (past three years) at Boughton Dairy, Tillington, near Petworth, West Sussex.

Gwyn is currently an AHDB Main Board Member (responsibility for competitiveness and bench-marking across all sectors), member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Chairman of AHDB Volatility Forum and Chairman of AHDB Dairy. He has written a weekly farming column for the West Sussex Gazette for over 20 years and regularly contributes articles for other journals and publications. Gwyn is a fluent Welsh speaker, Nuffield Scholar and Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Gwyn continues to represent the industry; nationally and throughout mainland Europe. 

Merle Good David Kelton
University of Guelph

Workshop for All: Milk Quality - The Drive for Consistent Delivery of Top Quality Milk                                                                                                                                          Tuesday, March 6, 2018; 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Presentation: Benchmarking Health and Management Across the Canadian Dairy Herd
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; PM Concurrent Session II

David Kelton holds the DVM, MSc and PhD degrees, all from the University of Guelph. He is a professor of veterinary epidemiology and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario Dairy Cattle Health Research Chair in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network, the Canadian Representative to the International Dairy Federation Standing Committee on Animal Health and Welfare, and Vice-President of the National Mastitis Council. He teaches dairy cattle health and management in the undergraduate, graduate and professional curriculum and is a member of several local, provincial and national working groups dealing with dairy cattle health and animal disease surveillance. 

David has co-authored more than 185 manuscripts in refereed journals. His research interests include paratuberculosis (Johne’s Disease), bovine mastitis and bovine lameness, with a focus on their detection and control in dairy herds and their impacts on health, productivity and welfare.

Canada has a mature and very diverse dairy industry, with health and management practices varying considerably from coast to coast. The National Dairy Study (NDS) is the first attempt at benchmarking the national dairy herd while capturing that regional diversity. Results from the study are providing baselines for a range of practices, many of which are the focus of proAction. This presentation will include results of the NDS in the hope of stimulating discussion about the present and future of the dairy industry in Canada.

Charles Guard Fabio Lima
University of Illinois

Presentation: New Advances in the Reproductive Management of Uterine Disease
Thursday, March 8, 2018; PM Concurrent Session VI

Fabio Lima is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Fabio have been working with bovine reproduction for 13 years since he received his veterinary degree at São Paulo State University in 2004. During the last year of his veterinary training, he spent six months at University of Wisconsin–Madison, working with postpartum health disorders, reproductive physiology, and management of dairy cows. In 2005 he did an internship focused on dairy production medicine, reproduction, and nutrition at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center at Tulare (University of California–Davis).

From 2006 to 2009 he did a combined residency in food animal medicine and reproduction and a master in veterinary sciences focused on reproductive management, at University of Florida. In 2013 he earned a PhD in animal sciences at University of Florida working with uterine health and estrous cycle synchronization in dairy heifers. From 2013 to 2014 he completed a postdoctoral training focused on uterine diseases pathogenesis and rumen microbiome associations with production traits, at the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University. Throughout his PhD and postdoctoral studies, he continued to work regularly with reproductive management at large dairy herds in Florida and New York helping to implement strategies to improve fertility at herd and individual cow level.

Fabio’s research program contributes to the restoration, maintenance, and improvement of fertility at the herd and individual level. Reproduction is front and center for perpetuation of species and efficiency of any food animal system. His work allows him to add value to livestock producers by implementing reproductive strategies that improve fertility and sustainability of their business. Moreover, his work allows him to troubleshoot individual cases of subfertility, which in turn provide opportunities to extend reproductive life of his clients’ animals.

His presentation will discuss strategies to control estrous cycle key components such as ovulation, follicle emergence, luteolysis, and length of the follicle dominance. The seminar also will have a discussion on the importance of progesterone for fertility in dairy cows. Last, he will discuss how heat monitoring system can be integrated to improve reproductive management in dairy operaHis presentation will discuss the implications of uterine disease for dairy cow’s cyclicity, reproductive performance, culling, and economic losses in a dairy operation. He will also discuss what are the predisposing factors and etiology of major uterine diseases. Lastly, he will present what are the latest strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of uterine diseases in dairy cows.tions.

Kevin Harvatine Adam Lock
Michigan State University

Presentation: Recent Advances in Our Understanding of Fatty Acid Digestion and Metabolism in Lactating Dairy Cows
Wednesday, March 7, 2017; PM Concurrent Session III

Dr. Adam Lock is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. Originally from a dairy farm in the southwest of the United Kingdom, Dr. Lock received his PhD from the University of Nottingham and completed a post-doc at that institution as well as at Cornell University. He had a research and teaching appointment at the University of Vermont from 2006 to 2009 before moving to his current research and extension appointment at Michigan State University in the fall of 2009.

Adam has developed his expertise in ruminant nutrition and physiology. His research and extension programs focus on both dairy production and human nutrition and health, and the interface between these two disciplines. The central theme is fatty acid digestion and metabolism in the dairy cow and the impact of bioactive fatty acids on animal production and human health. Current efforts concern the effect of diet on the production of biohydrogenation intermediates in the rumen, dietary strategies for maximizing milk fat synthesis, applying this knowledge to improve our ability to troubleshoot on farm issues related to milk fat depression, fatty acid absorption in the small intestine, fat supplementation opportunities, and the potential for omega-3 fatty acids to promote dairy cattle metabolism and health. The impact of milk and dairy products on human health, in particular the role of milk fat is also of special interest.

He is recognized for his ability to communicate to many sectors, from dairy farmers to dietitians and was awarded the 2011 American Dairy Science Association Young Scientist Award, which recognizes outstanding research by a young dairy scientist during the first 10 years of their professional career.

Lloyd Holterman Bob Milligan
Dairy Strategies LLC

Presentation: A Requirement for Dairy Farm Success: Hiring and Reatining an Excellent Workforce
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; PM Concurrent Session II

Dr. Bob Milligan is Senior Consultant with Dairy Strategies, LLC – a business, leadership and human resource consulting business focused on the dairy industry. Bob is also Professor Emeritus in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. At Cornell he was an award-winning instructor in the 7th ranked undergraduate business program (2017 US News & World Report ranking).

Bob is best known in extension for developing and leading the PRO-DAIRY Program – a program that developed and taught leadership and management principles and concepts. These ideas and materials have been used throughout the country. Bob’s vision is to provide insight to managers by presenting complex human resource and business concepts in formats that are understandable and useable.

Dr. Milligan has received numerous teaching and extension awards including being named a J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit. Bob lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

With low unemployment, worker rights movements, and increasing reliance on employees; hiring and retaining issues is become the most important issue facing many if not most dairy farms. It is easy to whine about these issues; unfortunately, it does no good. YOU can, however, hire and retain great employees by improving your hiring, leading, supervising, and rewarding practices and processes. This program will push you in that direction!

John Kennelly Masahito Oba
University of Alberta

Presentation: Nutritional Management of Fresh Cows: Helping for a Smooth Take Off
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; PM Concurrent Session III

Masahito received a Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University in 2002, and came to the University of Alberta in 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Dairy Nutrition and Management, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2014. Masahito has developed a research program in feed evaluation and digestive physiology for dairy cattle with a primary focus on sub-acute rumen acidosis and nutritional management during the calving transition period. He has published more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Masahito has been the coach for University of Alberta Dairy Challenge team since 2009, and received Faculty Teacher of the Year Award three times during the past 8 years. In 2017, Masahito was awarded “Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Sciences” from Canadian Society of Animal Science, and “Applied Dairy Nutrition Award” from American Dairy Science Association.

Calving transition of dairy cows is a critical period affecting profitability of dairy operations. Masahito will discuss nutritional management during the fresh period and the first few weeks after calving, to minimize health problems and maximize the productivity of dairy cows.

Tim Mutsvangwa Karin Orsel
University of Calgary

Presentation: Lameness Detection: Anytime and All the Time
Friday, March 9, 2018; AM Plenary Session VII

Dr. Karin Orsel completed her DVM at Utrecht University in 1996 and started to work as a veterinarian in several veterinary practices in The Netherlands. In February 1997 she started a job at the ambulatory clinic of the Department of Farm Animal Health in Utrecht. After being actively involved in an epidemiologic study during the epidemic of foot and mouth disease in 2001, she started her PhD on this topic from February 2002 to February 2007. She obtained an MSc degree in veterinary epidemiology and economics in 2004.

Karin joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in February 2008 as a professor in Epidemiology, with a main focus on Infectious Diseases of Cattle, fostering a multi-disciplinary approach to global and ecosystem health challenges. Her current research focuses on infectious diseases of cattle and pain and welfare issues of the cattle industry.

Early detection and need for intervention of lame cows is the focus of Karin Orsel's talk. Many producers fail to recognize that cows are lame, resulting in more production losses, poorer response to treatment and more cows with chronic lameness. This presentation will help producers to reduce the impact of lameness in their herds.

Jeff Orchard Pablo Pinedo
Colorado State University

Presentation: Can Genomics be Used to Improve Reproductive Performance?
Thursday, March 8, 2018; PM Concurrent Session VI

Dr. Pablo Pinedo is an Associate Professor in Dairy Systems Management in the Department of Animal Sciences, at Colorado State University. He obtained his Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Chile and his PhD from the University of Florida. His doctoral work was centered on Johne’s disease diagnosis and the association between genetic variation and susceptibility to infection. Subsequently, he completed the Residency Program in the Food Animal and Reproduction Medicine Service of the University of Florida and joined Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor in Ruminant Health.

Pablo’s work at Colorado State University includes the analysis of reproductive and genetic data in large populations and his main research goal is to improve the health, well-being, and productivity of dairy cattle by use of emerging tools, such as genomic analysis and precision dairy technologies.

Fertility is a fundamental component of modern dairy production systems. However, a trend for declining dairy fertility has been evident in diverse production systems. Although fertility traits are strongly influenced by the environment, there is evidence for genotypic variation providing opportunity for selection, as suggested by a partial recovery in dairy fertility since the incorporation of daughter pregnancy rate into bull genetic evaluations.

There are current efforts in place for collection of high numbers of accurate fertility phenotypes associated with the corresponding genotypes, coupled with large scale evaluations of the association between direct measures of fertility and genomic variation on dairy cows. If adequate markers and causal variants for fertility traits are identified, molecular breeding values could be more accurately estimated for each trait, enabling efficient selection to proceed population-wide. 

Ed Pajor James Quigley

Presentation: Pre-weaning Effects on Nutrient Supply Post Weaning
Thursday, March 8, 2018; PM Concurrent Session V

Prior to joining Provimi, Dr. James Quigley was Vice President and Director of Calf Operations for APC, Inc. in Ankeny, Iowa. He was responsible for sales, marketing, research and technical activities for the Calf Operations group. Jim also served as Vice President of Research for Diamond V Mills and held positions as Associate Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Tennessee and Dairy Nutritionist at Cargill, Inc.

James received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1985 and B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses on dairy calf nutrition, health and management. Jim has published over 200 refereed journal articles and abstracts related to the nutrition and health of young calves and heifers. He has spoken throughout the world on calf management subjects and has won several awards from scientific societies for his research contributions. Dr. Quigley also maintains the web site Calf Notes.com, which is recognized internationally as a source of information related to calf management.

Jim is an accomplished marathon runner (completed over 25 marathons) and has recently participated in several triathlons, including some at the half-ironman distance.

Calves are born with a fixed genetic potential to make milk and contribute to the profitability of the dairy farm.  Though we cannot increase this “upper limit” of milk production capability, it is possible to depress it by inaccurate management of the animal as a calf.  This presentation will review some critical health, nutrition and management practices during the first 4 months of life that can affect an animal’s ability to make milk after calving.


Greg Penner Steven Roche
ACER Consulting

Workshop for All: Milk Quality - The Drive for Consistent Delivery of Top Quality Milk                                                                                                                                          Tuesday, March 6, 2018; 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Presentation: Motivating on-Farm Change
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; PM Concurrent Session II

Dr. Steven Roche is a researcher and consultant in the fields of epidemiology and agricultural extension, holding an MSc and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Guelph. His doctoral research focused on developing and evaluating novel approaches to improve the adoption of on-farm management practices by farmers to control Johne’s disease in the Ontario dairy industry.

Steven is passionate about understanding on-farm behaviour and designing new approaches to help producers be more effective herd managers. He is currently the director and principal consultant of ACER Consulting, where he continues this work within producers, veterinarians, and industry organizations across Canada and abroad.

His talk will focus on improving communication with partners, staff and advisors, by exploring why do people do what they do, discussing common barriers to change, and offering practical skills and tools producers can use to be more effective at communicating on and off the farm.

Eduardo Ribeiro Mike Van Amburgh
Cornell University

Presentation: Post-natal Communication from the Dam to the Calf: The Various Roles of Colostrum and Milk
Thursday, March 8, 2018; PM Concurrent Session V

Dr. Mike Van Amburgh is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University where he has a dual appointment in teaching and research. His undergraduate degree is from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. is from Cornell University. He teaches multiple courses and leads the Cornell Dairy Fellows Program, advises approximately 50 undergraduate students and is the advisor for the Cornell University Dairy Science Club. For the last 20 years, a major focus of his research program has been to describe the nutrient requirements of dairy calves and heifers and aspects of endocrine control of developmental functions such as mammary development. This has evolved into describing and working to understand factors in neonatal life that establish lifetime productivity functions and outcomes. Mike currently leads the development of the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System, a nutrition evaluation and formulation model used worldwide and through that effort is focused on enhancing the efficiency of nutrient use by ruminants to improve the environmental impact of animal food production.

A significant focus of his current work is to understand whole animal and ruminal nitrogen metabolism and amino acid supply and requirements to enhance the development of the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System. Further, his group is active in developing methods to better describe the interaction between forage and feed chemistry, rumen function and nutrient supply to compliment the model. He has authored and co-authored over 70 journal articles and many conference proceedings and is the recipient of several awards including the American Dairy Science Foundation Scholar Award, the Land O’Lakes Teaching and Mentoring Award from ADSA, the American Feed Ingredient Association Award for Research, the CALS Professor of Merit Award and the CALS Distinguished Advisor Award and in 2016, was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, the highest teaching award given by Cornell University.

Mike’s talk will describe the role that components of colostrum and levels of nutrient intake prior to and through weaning play in establishing improved feed efficiency, nutrient availability and overall productivity of calves.

Jack Rodenburg Brian Van Doormaal
Canadian Dairy Network

Presentation: Farm Management Decisions in the Era of Genomics
Thursday, March 8, 2018; PM Concurrent Session VI

After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Guelph, Brian Van Doormaal has dedicated his professional career of more than 30 years to the genetic improvement of dairy cattle in Canada. This included nine years in an A.I. management position, two years as CEO of Holstein Canada and 22 years as General Manager of Canadian Dairy Network (CDN), a position he has held since CDN's creation in 1995. During this time, CDN has introduced new genetic evaluation services including traits such as Herd Life, Daughter Fertility, Mastitis Resistance, Metabolic Disease Resistance with Digital Dermatitis being new in December 2017. Two revolutionary new services offered by CDN in recent years include the introduction of genomic evaluations in 2009 and Canada's profit-based genetic selection index tool, Pro$. Brian has also represented Canada for over 20 years at the international level being actively involved with Interbull and the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR).

While managing the development, implementation and delivery of world recognized genetic and genomic evaluations for all dairy breeds in Canada, he is also well known for authoring hundreds of bilingual extension articles over his career aimed at helping dairy producers better understand genetic improvement principles and Canadian evaluations. A proud family man, he recognizes the positive influence of his parents, the loving support of his wife, Karen, and is a dedicated father with six grandchildren.

Margaret Smith Tine van Werven
Utrecht University

Presentation: Managing the Dairy Cow with Less Anitbiotics
Wednesday, March 7, 2018; AM Plenary Session I                                                                                                                                                                                                             and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Presentation: New Developments in Mastitis Research
Friday, March 9, 2018; AM Plenary Session VII

Dr. Tine van Werven is an Associate Professor of Dairy Herd Management at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After finishing Veterinary School in Utrecht she did her PhD on “The role of leucocytes in E.coli mastitis”.  Beside her job at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine she works at the University Farm Animal Practice in Harmelen, the Netherlands. In this large dairy practice she is responsible for the Herd Health Programs of the 330 dairy herds. Besides the preventive approach on dairy herds, she is conducting many randomized clinical trials in the field, in order to become more evidence for new and existing therapies.

Within the large dairy practice she has been working several years on the responsible use of antibiotics. The University Farm Animal Practice was the first practice in the Netherlands who gained insight into the use of antimicrobials of all the dairy herds.  Based on the figures of the antimicrobial use several workshops were held in order to motivate dairy farmers to use antimicrobials in a more prudent way. Within five years an antimicrobial reduction of 35% was achieved. In 2013 she was a member of the national committee who created the guideline “The use of antimicrobials at dry cow treatment”.  









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