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Mike Allen is University Distinguished Professor of Dairy Cattle Nutrition at Michigan State University. His research is focused on understanding the control of energy intake and partitioning in lactating cows and he conducts extension programs in dairy cattle nutrition. He is author or co-author of over 750 publications including journal articles, technical papers, book chapters, research abstracts, extension publications and popular press articles. He has delivered over 330 presentations at scientific society meetings and conferences for dairy producers or technical advisors in 20 countries. He is member of the current NRC committee for Dairy Cattle Nutrient Requirements, a co-author of the Spartan Dairy Ration Balancer (versions 2 and 3) and has received several awards for his research accomplishments from the American Dairy Science Association.
Dr. Bradford is a Professor of Metabolic Physiology in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University. He completed his PhD at Michigan State University where he studied mechanisms underlying nutrient-induced satiety. He currently oversees a diverse research program focused on interactions of inflammation and metabolism, signaling effects of nutrients, and novel approaches to formulation of dairy cattle rations. In addition, he teaches more than 180 students per year in animal nutrition and physiology courses. Through his research and education efforts, Bradford seeks to improve the sustainability of animal-derived foods primarily by improving the health and productivity of dairy cattle.
Dr. William A. Dozier is currently a Professor in the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Auburn in Alabama. He received his BSc in Animal and Dairy Science from Auburn University (1992), his MSc from the University of Kentucky (1997), and his PhD in Poultry Science (Poultry Nutrition) from Auburn University (2000). Earlier in his career, he worked as a researcher at the USDA-ARS Poultry Research Unit and as an Extension Poultry Scientist and Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia. Dr. Dozier’s current research includes the evaluation of the nutritional needs of broilers.
Richard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (www.piccc.org.au) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on strategies for reducing the environmental impacts of livestock production, with a recent focus on carbon farming and options for livestock production systems to respond to a changing climate. He is a science advisor to the Australian, New Zealand and UK governments, and the UN FAO, on climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy developments in agriculture.
Franklin Evans works as Director, Science and Technology for Acadian Seaplants Ltd. of Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta in Animal Physiology. His postdoctoral studies took him to the University of Guelph where he conducted research into endocrinology and growth physiology. There, he also utilized his extensive background in practical agriculture to participate in the provincial extension program, where over the course of several years he presented on a wide variety of topics to help increase animal productivity. After working for Ralston Purina as Director of Canadian Technical Services for nine years, he joined Acadian Seaplants Ltd. For the past eighteen years, he has been researching, in collaboration with various academic and scientific research institutions, the effects of seaweed bioactive compounds on animal productivity. He is the author or co-author of numerous research papers showing the improvement in productivity, health and wellness from macroalgae. In particular, he has been studying the effects of Tasco®, a sun-dried, high quality version of the seaweed species, Ascophyllum nodosum, on animal physiology.
Dr. Farmer is a research scientist in sow lactation biology working at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She obtained her B.Sc. from McGill University (1980), her M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan (1982) and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University (1986). Dr. Farmer’s research goal is to increase sow milk yield, hence piglet growth. She was a pioneer in studying mammary development in gilts and sows and identifying factors affecting it. She published 140 scientific manuscripts and is the sole editor of a recently published book entitled “The gestating and lactating sow” that is currently being translated in Chinese. Her expertise is recognized internationally as evidenced by her being guest-speaker in 13 European countries as well as Canada and the USA. In 2003 she received the Award for Technical Innovation in Enhancing Production of Safe Affordable Food from the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) and in 2017 she received the most prestigious award from this society, namely the CSAS Fellowship Award. Dr. Farmer was on the executive of CSAS for 12 years (president in 1998-99), and on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of animal Science for 11 years, being its Editor-in-Chief from 2006 to 2010. She is currently a board member of the American Society of Animal Science.
Jesse Goff is a professor of biomedical sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University where he teaches courses in clinical veterinary nutrition and digestive physiology. A New York state native, Dr. Goff earned his bachelor's degree at Cornell University. He went on to earn his Master's, DVM and PhD degrees at Iowa State University. His research has focused on the metabolic diseases that occur in transition dairy cows, including the role of hypocalcemia on immune function and predisposition to other metabolic diseases. Dr. Goff previously spent 22 years as a researcher at the USDA-ARS National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, which led to the development of SoyChlor®, a commercial anionic supplement for close-up dry dairy cows. He later served as Director of Research and Development for the manufacturer of SoyChlor®, in a research and technical support capacity. Dr. Goff has authored more than 135 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is routinely invited to speak to groups throughout the world and has been the recipient of many formal honors and awards during his career, including the American Dairy Science Association Zoetis Physiology Award in 2016.
Ermias Kebreab received BSc degree from University of Asmara, Eritrea and MS and PhD from University of Reading, UK. He joined University of California, Davis in 2009 as a Professor and holds the Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Animal Agriculture. Dr. Kebreab conducts research on environmental sustainability of livestock systems. He has authored over 200 peer- reviewed articles, 34 book chapters, and edited 5 books. Dr Kebreab received several awards from Canadian and American societies of animal science. He serves on several committees including National Academy of Science, FAO and IPCC.
Paul Kononoff is a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Paul holds a BSA and a MSc in Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK) and a PhD in Dairy Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA). A dairy nutritionist, he has industry experience as a Technical Support Specialist for Renaissance Nutrition (Roaring Spring, PA) and as a Project Director of the Ruminant Feed Analysis Consortium, formally located at the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH). Paul is currently an Associate Professor of Dairy Nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Paul’s research focus is to better understand how practical nutritional decisions affect the supply of nutrients to the lactating dairy cow. He is also a coinventor of the Penn State Forage and TMR Particle Size Separator.
Dr. Wenting Li has been working as an Innovation Senior Scientist in Animal Nutrition at Dupont, based in Marlborough, UK since 2015. She received her Ph.D at Michigan State University with a focus on using nutritional strategies to reduce greenhouse gas and noxious gas emissions from farm animals, including swine, poultry, and beef cattle. Dr. Li continued her research efforts at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she designed several new models to study the impact of dietary calcium on phytase efficacy and phosphorus digestibility in poultry. Dr. Li is the lead author for more than 10 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has led or co-authored more than 20 conference proceedings and abstracts.
Dr. Moriel is originally from Brazil, but obtained his master’s degree at the University of Wyoming in 2008, and doctorate degree at the University of Florida in 2013. He was an assistant professor at North Carolina State University from October 2013 to May 2016, and joined the University of Florida faculty in June 2016. Since 2008, he has published 40 articles in refereed journals (29 articles as faculty) and obtained 32 grants totaling $2,385,056. His research program focuses on 3 main topics: metabolic imprinting, fetal-programming, and nutritional manipulation of calf immunity. Dr. Moriel is committed to evaluate the impact of gestational nutritional on growth, reproduction, and health of Bos indicus-influenced calves. Dr. Moriel also strives to identify optimal calf nutrition strategies to promote growth and boost immunity of stressed beef calves.
Dr. Martin Nyachoti is a Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba. He holds a B.Sc. (Agric) from the University of Nairobi and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in animal nutrition (majoring in poultry and pig nutrition) from the University of Guelph. Dr. Nyachoti’s current research focuses on nutrition and gut health in the non-ruminant, energy and nutrient (mainly nitrogen and phosphorus) utilization, and feed ingredient evaluation. He has served on Editorial Boards of several journals including Journal of Animal Science and British Journal of Nutrition. His current publication record includes 212 peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2005 and 2013, Dr. Nyachoti won the Canadian Society of Animal Science Pfizer Young Scientist Award and Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Sciences, respectively, as well as Merit Awards for Research excellence from the University of Manitoba in 2006, 2010 and 2013.
Dr. Greg Penner is an Associate Professor and holds a Centennial Enhancement Chair in Ruminant Nutritional Physiology at the University of Saskatchewan. He joined the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 after obtaining his BSA (2004) and MSc (2004) degrees from the same university, and his PhD from the University of Alberta (2009). His research covers forage utilization, ruminant nutrition, and regulation of gut function in cattle. He has developed two indwelling pH measurement systems that have been adopted by the research community worldwide. Dr. Penner has received the Young Scientist Award from the Canadian Society of Animal Science (2013) and the Early Career Researcher Award from the American Society of Animal Science (2017). He has a well-funded research program and currently supervises 10 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has published 90 peer-reviewed papers and provided over 50 invited presentations.
Dr. Janet Remus is a Senior Technical Director for Danisco Animal Nutrition-DuPont Industrial Biosciences North America. She was born and raised in western Nebraska, where she received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Nebraska in Agriculture/Animal Science. She competed her Master of Science and PhD at the University of Missouri in poultry nutrition/physiology. She has served in Product Development, Research and Development as well as Technical Service roles prior to her current position. She is an enthusiastic seeker of knowledge where nutrition and physiology intersect in the gut.
Bogdan Slominski is a Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Department of Animal Science, University of Manitoba. He received his MSc in microbiology and PhD in biochemistry from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Olsztyn, Poland, and his Post-doctoral Research Fellowship from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Uppsala, Sweden. Currently, Bogdan is actively conducting research on new feed ingredients evaluation, broiler chicken, laying hen, and turkey nutrition and how various feed components influence the gut microbiota, gut health, physiology and ultimately production traits. He has also been involved in extensive studies on natural alternatives to antibiotics for poultry and swine. He is an expert in carbohydrate chemistry and feed enzyme research. Bogdan’s publication record for the last five years includes 36 refereed articles, 8 conference proceedings (invited presentations), 42 scientific abstracts, 2 book chapters and 5 popular industry articles. He has received the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation as well as the NRC/Alberta Science and Technology Award for Innovation in Industrial Research with Canadian Bio-Systems. Bogdan has also shared the American Egg Board Research Award and the Polish Academy of Sciences Award for research on bioactive components of feed ingredients.
Dr. Cinta Sol has been a Product Manager of Physiological and Technological Additives at NOREL Animal Nutrition for the last three years. She received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad de Murcia in Spain in 2008, a degree in Food Science and Technology from the Universitat de Lleida in Spain in 2010, a MSc in Pig Production from the Universitat de Lleida, and a PhD in Animal Production specialized in Pig Nutrition from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain in 2016.
Dr. Peter Surai started his career in Ukraine where he got his PhD and DSc in biochemistry studying effects of antioxidants on poultry and later become a Professor of Human Physiology. In 1994 he moved to Scotland to continue his antioxidant-related research and in 2000 he was promoted to a full Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at the Avian Science Research Centre of the Scottish Agricultural College. Later, he spent 5 years at a biotechnology company as a head of antioxidant research. He also became an honorary professor at 6 European Universities and was elected as a foreign member of Russian Academy of Sciences. Recently he has also become the technical director of an innovative company Feed-Food.Ltd in the UK. His main interest has been concerned with molecular mechanisms of stresses and antioxidant protection in poultry and farm animals with a specific emphasis given to vitagenes. He has more than 750 research publications, including 150 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, twelve patents and 10 books. In 1999 he received a prestigious the John Logie Baird Award for Innovation for the development of “super-eggs” in the UK and in 2000 The World’s Poultry Science Association Award for research in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the development of the poultry industry. For the last 20 years he has been lecturing all over the world visiting more than 70 countries.
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 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. Mike currently leads the development of the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System, 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. 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.
Dr. Jason Woodworth completed his MS and PhD in swine nutrition at Kansas State University. After completing his PhD in 2001, he joined Lonza Inc., a life sciences-based company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. Over his 12-year tenure at Lonza, Jason transitioned through technical sales support and regional business management roles ultimately becoming a global business manager for the specialty feed portfolio of Lonza. In June of 2013, Jason rejoined the Applied Swine Nutrition team at Kansas State University as a Research Associate Professor and is currently an active member of the team whose mission is to be the leading applied swine nutrition team by developing, evaluating, and disseminating the latest information to increase profitability of pork producers. Along with Drs. Tokach, Dritz, DeRouchey, and Goodband, the KSU Applied Swine Nutrition Team trains approximately 12-15 MS and PhD students each year and utilizes over 25,000 pigs/year for their sow, nursery, and grow-finish pig research.
Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra is Professor and Chair at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He was born and raised in The Netherlands where he completed a M.Sc.-degree at Wageningen University. In 1996, he completed a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois and was first for 8 years at Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon, Canada as Research Scientist – Nutrition. He has produced 149 scientific papers on nutrition topics. His current research program is focused on unique aspects of starch and fiber nutrition, nutritional quality of co-products in pigs, and feed quality evaluation techniques.