In keeping with our ethos of Delivering Global Dairy Expertise, we will have expert speakers from around to world to bring you updates on the latest research in their field and practical take home messages to implement on your farms.
Michael Ballou is an Associate Dean for Research and an Associate Professor of Nutrition, Applied Immunology, and Health in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. He completed a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis in 2002. Michael remained at UC Davis and completed a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology with an emphasis in Immunology in 2007. Michael's research is primarily focused on how nutrition and management influence the health and performance of dairy calves, heifers, and transition cows.
He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and 100 scientific meeting abstracts. Michael has received research support from private foundations, industry, and federal and state agencies.
Jean-Baptiste is currently working in the R&D Ruminants department of Trouw Nutrition, a global animal nutrition company. In 2013, he completed his MSc in Animal Sciences with the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands) and Ecole Supérieure d'Agricultures (France). For the past 3 years, he has been working on his PhD which he obtained in 2016. The PhD was undertaken at INRA and Trouw Nutrition and was about the dynamic prediction of milk yield and composition responses to dietary changes in dairy cows.
Dr. Paul M. Fricke was raised on his family's row crop and dairy farm located near Papillion, Nebraska where his family continues to farm today. After receiving a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1988 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Paul went on to complete a M.S. degree in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in 1996 in Reproductive Physiology from the department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1996, Paul accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate between the Department of Dairy Science and the Department of Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Paul joined the faculty in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, and he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004 and to Full Professor in 2009. His current position includes 70% Extension and 30% research appointments in dairy cattle reproduction.
Dr. Fricke's research program focuses on understanding the biology underlying the many reproductive problems presented by modern dairy cattle. Dr. Fricke has authored or co-authored 79 peer-reviewed scientific journal publications, 106 scientific abstracts, and 5 book chapters. In 2014, Dr. Fricke was awarded a six-month research sabbatical as a visiting scientist at the Teagasc Moorepark Animal & Grassland Research Innovation Centre in Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland. The goal of Dr. Fricke's extension program is to improve reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by applying knowledge gained through scientific research to develop practical management strategies and assess new reproductive technologies, and to disseminate that information throughout Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.
Dr. Ric Grummer obtained his BS degree in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1977) and his MS (1980) and PhD (1984) degrees in Dairy Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He started as an Assistant Professor in Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall of 1984. Since that time, he progressed to the rank of Professor and served as Chairman of the Department of Dairy Science from 2004 to 2010. In September of 2010, he retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined Balchem Corporation as Ruminant Technical Director until 2015. Currently, Dr. Grummer is an independent consultant specializing in transition cow nutrition and management. Dr. Grummer has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and 9 book chapters in the area of dairy cattle nutrition with particular emphasis on transition dairy cows and metabolic diseases. He has lectured on these topics in 23 foreign countries. He was a member of the National Research Council Subcommittee on Dairy Cattle Nutrition (NRC 2001). In 2002, the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) named him a Highly Cited Researcher. He has received the American Feed Industry Award (1994), Nutrition Professionals Applied Nutrition Award (2004), and Fellow Award (2010) from the American Dairy Science Association.
Jud is a native of Sullivan County New York, where he was raised on a small Holstein farm.
Jud has been with Penn State since 1982 working in the areas of dairy nutrition and management with an emphasis in replacements; as well as dairy forages with an emphasis on diet particle size and physically effective fiber. Jud's interest in the growth and management of dairy heifers has allowed him to work on several population studies of growth rates of dairy heifers as well as revise the Holstein weight tapes currently used worldwide. He is also a co-inventor of the Penn State Forage and TMR Particle Size Separator.
Jud spent a sabbatical from 2008 to 2009 at the University of Bologna in Italy studying physically effective fiber needs of lactating cows. During a previous sabbatical from 1991 to 1992 with the USDA, he was in charge of the National Dairy Heifer Evaluation Project. He has authored over 135 journal articles and book chapters as well as many extension publications, primarily in the area of dairy replacements and forages.
Dr Miel Hostens currently holds a Post-doc assistant position in herd health management focusing on the optimisation of productive and reproductive performances in small and large herds with an emphasis on nutrition at the Ambulatory Clinic of the Department of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Herd Health, University of Ghent, Belgium. Miel gained his Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ghent in 2003, followed by a Masters in Veterinary Medicine in 2006. His PhD was "Health and Fertility Challenges in High Yielding Dairy Cows during the Transition Period and the Use of Dietary Fatty Acids as an Optimization Strategy".
Adam 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, he 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. 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.
John is a clinical assistant professor of farm animal health production at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. He graduated from the University of Bristol and worked in mixed and then farm animal veterinary practice in the Southwest before moving to Nottingham in 2011 to start a residency in dairy herd health and production. He joined the permanent staff as a clinical lecturer in 2014. John is a European Veterinary Specialist in Bovine Health Management and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production. Alongside his teaching and other commitments John is undertaking a PhD investigating oestrus detection patterns in a large number of UK dairy herds.
Ginny graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2011 and undertook a farm animal veterinary internship with the Royal Veterinary College and Westpoint Veterinary Group. She then worked in private farm animal practice for two years, before undertaking further training in bovine herd health as a resident at Nottingham University for three years. Ginny is interested in all aspects of herd health, but especially calf rearing and improving the performance of pre-weaned heifers. Ginny is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Nottingham. Her residency position and PhD are kindly funded by the Barham Benevolent Society.