During the Conference days, were we will live a new learning experience, international experts will share key information to be used in your market.
Wednesday, December 2
SOIL HEALTH AND AGRONOMIC MANAGEMENT
DAN UNDERSANDER, PhD
Agronomist and Forage Quality Expert at the University of Wisconsin
The presentation of Dr. Undersander will give us a great chance to learn aspects related to how to grow and harvest alfalfa for hay and haylage with high yields and quality.
Decrease lost of leaves during harvest, to achieve good storage management with the right moisture, packing management and extraction are some of the subjects Dan will share with the attendees.
- Dr. Dan Undersander grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. He joined the University of Wisconsin as extension and research forage agronomist in 1988 where he coordinates the multi-department Extension forages team at the University of Wisconsin.
- Dan has worked with farmers across North and South America, Eastern Europe and China. He has published over 1,500 articles and is an advisor to several regional and national organizations.
JORDANA RIVERO, PhD
Grazing Livestock Systems Specialist and Sustainable Agriculture Sciences
Jordana will share with us subjects related to some projects and research she has been working during the past years, related mainly with the efficient and continuous flow of nutrients through the soil, water, plant, animal and atmosphere specially on grazing systems
She will use some examples of sustainable systems with metrics obtained.
- Jordana started her career in Uruguay, developing breeding goals under pasture-based systems. She was awarded a PhD in Agricultural Science from the Universidad Austral de Chile (2013).
- In her recent studies at Rotherdam Research, she will be involved in research projects related to nutrient flow efficiency through soil-water-plant-animal-atmosphere continuum in gazing systems, sustainable metrics and sustainable farming systems.
EMILIO CUEVAS, MSc
Soil & Plant Health and Animal Nutrition Consultant (C2 Consultores)
Precision nutrition to maximize yield and quality of forages with focus of grasses, is part of what Emilio will show us at the conference.
He will discuss fundamental and technical aspects, with current on field results to demonstrate that we can suggest some challenges to achieve both forage yield and also optimal nutritional quality, which have a direct impact animal performance and farm profitability.
- Emilio obtained his Master in Sciences degree with focus on improving and management of forages and animal Nutrition at the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACH)
- He has developed his technical and comercial expertise in the Agricultural sector (Dairy milk system and also Crops) working lately on Comprehensive Nutrient Management from the Soil to the Animal Programs.
JOE LAUER, PhD
Professor at the Department of Agronomy of the UW. Madison
Dr. Lauer will share with us key and up to date information about grow development of corn plant for silage.
Aspects like plant population and density versus quality, results of hybrids performance related to soil type and harvesting considerations to obtain the balance between yield and quality will be some of the aspects that Joe will show us based on more than 25 years of research, development and extension.
- Joe grew up in north central Minnesota and holds degrees from St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota. In 1994, Joe joined the Agronomy faculty at the University of Wisconsin where he is responsible for conducting corn management applied research and delivering Extension educational programming for Wisconsin farmers, advisors and industry.
- Research emphasis is on farmer decision making regarding crop productivity, profitability, risk, quality, and efficiency of cropping systems.
RAFAEL LARRAÍN, PhDD
Associate Professor of the Department of Animal Science at Pontificia Universidad Católica
The presentation of Rafael will talk about what is the regenerative livestock system, the foundations which sustain this management and why the soil must be the center of the livestock production.
He will also review some principles and managements to show the benefits of this type of production system offers to the farmer but also environmentally advantageous.
- Rafael is an Agronomist with studies of MSc (PUC) and PhD at University of Wisconsin on Animal Nutrition and Production in Ruminants.
- Dr. Larraín has a wide expertise in topics related to beef cattle production, from the soil to the table. His work has been focused on the relations between on field management practices and their effects on Quality products and the environment. His last focus of interest has been regenerative livestock.
SJOERD SMITS, Ing.
Consultant at HortiNova Groep BV and NovaCropControl
Sjoerd will discuss and share technical and practical information about how to focus on plant health using data coming from an interesting technological tool which is SAP analysis.
He will discuss and connect economical decisions, based on forage crop management programs and also help us to identify some opportunities based on deficiencies or excess of the most and critical nutrients in the plant.
- Sjoerd does consulting to forage growers and he is specialist in subjects related to maximize yield and quality of forages through managing the soil/plant relationship with a rational use of fertilizers and pesticides.
- He has been one of the developers and promoters to the SAP Analysis for more than 15 years to support farmers, growers and advisors to adjust plant nutrition and health programs, making fast and efficient fertilizers adjustments.
BRIAN LUCK, PhD
Extension Specialist in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
One of the main goals of Brian´s presentation is how to support the farmers and crop growers on data collection and use, and also implement observations and monitoring methods to follow up the operation.
Dr. Luck will combine mechanical and biological engineering with agronomic managements to show the attendees how we can optimize yield results, decreasing production costs and minimizing environmental impacts.
- Dr. Luck received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Kentucky and his PhD from Mississippi State University.
- Dr. Luck has over 10 years of experience with precision agriculture technologies relating to row-crop production and forages, machinery management and optimization, remote sensing via Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and sensor development.
CRISTIAN MATTAR, PhD
Biosphere Laboratory Director and AgTech Developer
Cristian´s talk will present the most common methods to estimate crop water footprint, evapotranspiration and drought.
He will show diverse technologies to validate those methods and also analyze real case studies using satellites and drones with the goal to know the water balance and achievable efficient use of this resource.
- Cristian is a Natural and Renewable Resources Engineer, obtaining his Master in Science and PhD in Thermodinamics and Environmental Physics at the Valencia University. From 2012 has worked in multiple projects related to the use of satellites and drone information to monitor wáter resources and utilization.
- Currently he is working on initiatives related to aerospace technoligies to support precision agriculture 4.0
Thursday, December 3
Nutrition and Animal Health
RANDY SHAVER, PhD
Expert in dairy cattle nutrition, forages, grains and byproduct feeds for dairy cowss
Randy will present interesting topics related to considerations that farmers must have during the harvest of corn silage based on recent harvest season in Wisconsin, and how agronomist and animal nutrition advisors interaction can help farmers to take better decisions to reach yield and quality goals and at the end better operational margins od the dairy producers.
- He completed his PhD degree in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after conducting research at UW-Madison and U.S. Dairy Forage Research center.
- Dr. Shaver’s extension and research programs focus on applied nutrition of lactating dairy cattle. His research focuses on improving nutrient utilization of corn silage and corn grain.
ARTURO SCHEIDEGGER, PhD
Dairy Nutritionist and Preventive Medicine International Consultant
Dr. Scheidegger will share with the audience updated information based on data from his work and expertice as independent consultant on feed managements throught ration formulation on confined Dairy Systems.
He will connect topics like animal nutrition, and teamwork, specially feeders and feedbank managements, all with the objective to achieve the best economical impact of thhis customers.
- Dr. Scheidegger studied Veterinary at Universidad de Chile. He obtained his PhD degree at the Hannover Vet School.
- Member and attendee of the AABP group (American Association of Bovine Practitioners). He has orginzed several workshops, seminars, conferences and field days for consultants, farmers and herd managers.
MARY BETH HALL, PhD
Scientific and Researcher for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Hall will share and discuss information related to the specific characteristics of Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC) and its impact on ruminal function and animal performance.
The idea is to make WSC a tool to be used to feed dairy cattle and reach the desired milk production and health performance.
- Dr. Hall works at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison. Her degrees in Animal Science are from Cornell University and Virginia Tech.
- Hall’s research focuses on the nonfiber carbohydrates in dairy cattle diets. She promotes taking an integrative approach to describing complex systems, quantitatively determining balances of inputs and outputs, and doing so with an eye to practical application of research findings.
DUARTE DÍAZ, PhD
Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Duarte Díaz will help us to understand why there has been an increasing interest in mycotoxin. Based on new studies and trends to understand better the role on feed production he will present aspects of significant economical impact of mycotoxin related to less yields, quality and nutritional aspects of the ingredients.
He will integrate agronomic managements, control and solution strategies and animal health.
- Duarte E. Díaz holds a M.S. and a Ph.D. in nutrition and toxicology from North Carolina State University were he studied under the supervision of Dr. Lon Whitlow. His research for the past 15 years has focused on the effects of mycotoxins on agriculture.
- Dr. Diaz served as editor of a publication that focused on the applied impact of mycotoxins on agriculture titled “The Mycotoxin Blue Book” (Notthingham University Press).
DAVE COMBS, PhD
Dairy Nutrition Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Combs has been doing lots of research, extension and also development of new tools like the Total Tract NDF Digestibility Indicator, combining forage factors and animal responses not only to recognize when we are in a presence of good or bad quality forage, but also to know the economic impact based on animal performance.
- Dr. Combs obtained his PhD in Dairy Science Nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He Works as an extensionists to teach farmers and profesionals in North and South America.
- He conducted his Research in Forage utilization specially focused on fiber digestibility and its impact in Dairy Cattle. He also develops energy and protein supplementation programs in Grazing cattle and also Works wiht high producing cows intake regulation.
LIMIN KUNG, JR, PhD
Dairy Nutrition and Silage Fermentation Lab University of Delaware
Based on several research projects and extension, Dr. Kung will share information related to the interpretation of fermentation profiles of forages and high moisture grains.
At the same time, he will present data about forage quality changes related to management and aerobic stability in silages using microbial and chemical additives, and how these affects the microbiome of silages during the fermentation process and aerobic contamination phases.
- Dr. Kung obtained his PhD in Dairy Nutrition at the Michigan State University and now works at S. Hallock du Pont Professor of Animal Science.
- He has conducted several Research projects related to forage quality like Improving the aerobic stability of silages with microbial and chemical additives, Understanding how additives affect the microbiome of silages during fermentation and aerobic spoilage.
VÍCTOR CABRERA, PhD
Professor Extension Specialist in Dairy Management
The presentation of Victor will give us the opportunity to know practical management tools to help us determine the current economical value of a current feed related to others available.
FeedVal v7.0 is designed to help milk producers, advisors and consultants to take the best and accurate decision when they evaluate alternative ingredients to which they are using currently.
- Dr. Victor E. Cabrera is a professor and extension specialist in dairy management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science Department
- Dr. Cabrera combines applied research, interdisciplinary approaches, and participatory methods to deliver practical, user-friendly, and scholarly decision support tools for dairy farm management.
FERNANDO BARGO, PhD
Consultant Smart Farming Argentina
Fernando will mix his expertise as a researcher and on field consultant to present and discuss about how can we use more and better forage, considering the impact of the variability of this feeds and its effects on productive parameters (milk and components) and also non-productive parameters (culling rate and sub clinical stress).
In addition, he will present improvement areas using fiber digestibility data and some technological opportunities.
- Dr. Bargo received a degree in Agricultural Sciences from University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences focused on dairy nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University (USA).
- Fernando has spoken at more than 40 dairy conferences worldwide, including Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, USA, Germany, and Japan. Fernando is also a lead nutritionist for several dairy farms in Argentina and other Latin-American countries.
ENRIQUE SCHOLNIK, MSc
Expert in Dairy Cattle, Herd Management Systems and TeamWork
Based in his expertise being part of the successful consultant firm Progressive Dairy Solutions, and with a focus to help customers goals, Enrique will share and discuss and introduce new ideas about how to achieve the dairy farm team engagement and labor management efficiency, implementing and monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPI) which can be agreed by all the persons involved.
He will use examples based in transition cows programs and crop harvesting.
- Dr. Enrique grew up in Argentina working with dairy cattle as a laborer and milker. At 19 years old he moved to the US to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and majored in Animal Science.
- Enrique emphasizes herd health programs, fresh cow performance monitoring, reproductive troubleshooting, and develops management systems and people.