2009 Silage Research Roundtable Topics and Presenters

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Title of Presentation Speaker Description Speaker Bio
Navigating the Corn Silage Maze Everett Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics and Past Vice President, Agricultural Programs, William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute With feed costs rising due to high input costs and price volatility, dairy producers need to analyze hybrids carefully for yield, net energy and digestibility. Everett Thomas discusses how to choose corn hybrids for silage production, based on herd size, production and storage. Everett Thomas has worked as an agronomist in northern New Yorksince 1966, first as a regional Extension specialist for CornellUniversityand from 1981 to 2008 at the William H. Miner Institute. He is recognized by the industry as an expert in crop production and research and has received numerous industry honors. Ev holds a B.S. degree in animal husbandry from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. degree in Extension education from Cornell University.
An Update on Forage and Silage Management Limin Kung, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Ruminant Nutrition and Microbiology, University of Delaware Forage and silage management is critical for on-farm efficiency. Limin Kung reviews a variety of best management practices, including managing bunk and pile silos with various types of covers, best practices when using silage inoculants. Limin Kung Jr. serves as a researcher and professor of ruminant nutrition and microbiology in the Department of Animal and Food Science at the University of Delaware. Limin joined the University of Delaware in 1987 and has served in his current role since 1999. Through his research, Limin strives to improve the productive efficiency of ruminants. Limin holds a B.S. degree in animal science from the University of Hawaii, an M.S. degree in ruminant nutrition from the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in dairy nutrition from Michigan State University.
Brown Mid-Rib Corn Silage in Transition Cows Bill Stone, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director of Technical Support and Field Research, Eastern U.S. and Eastern Canada, Diamond V Mills Transition cow diets are critical to getting fresh cows off to a healthy and productive start. Bill Stone reports on research he conducted while at Cornell University, providing insights into how feeding highly digestible brown mid-rib (BMR) corn silage during the transition period benefits early lactation cows. Bill Stone has spent his career helping dairy producers, veterinarians and nutritionists become more successful in their businesses. Bill received a veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and practiced veterinary medicine in Wisconsin from 1987 to 1990. After earning a Ph.D. in dairy cattle nutrition from Cornell University in 1995, Bill operated a dairy nutritional/management consulting business and then worked with the PRO-DAIRY program at Cornell University before joining Diamond V Mills in his current position in 2007.
Practical Implications of Brown Mid-Rib Corn Silage on Progressive, Profitable Dairies Dan Button, Dairy Nutrition and Management Consultant, Cayuga Marketing Group Dan Button provides perspective on successfully managing rations containing BMR, based on his experience working with leading dairies in Cayuga County, New York. Dan Button is a dairy nutrition and management consultant in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He works with 27 dairy operations, with an average herd size of 1,100 cows, assisting in all areas of their dairies, including nutrition, facility design and dairy records analysis. Several of these herds rank in the top 5 percentile nationally for profitability per cow. Dan holds a B.S. degree in animal science from Cornell University and spent 12 years with Cargill Animal Nutrition. He entered dairy consulting in 2001.