Panel Speakers

Automated TMR Feeding Panel

Doug Andriessen Farms, Listowel Ontario, Canada. Doug and his son Kyle milk 140 cows in a slatted floor free stall barn, with 350 head on the farm. They work 750 acres and have 14000 units of chickens. Doug has had an Autoration for 15 years. It has been upgraded to Valmetal’s newest version, Autoration Pro. The system runs approx. 7.5-8 hours per day batching/ mixing and feeding the animals by belt feeders.  

Jan Hendrik Deiman, Deiman-Ottens Farm, Netherlands. They milk 250 cows and the number of automated daily feedings is 34, divided over the different groups: 20 for the dairy cows, 4 for the dry cows (two groups), 7 for the young stock (four groups) and 3 for the bulls. They use the Triomatic T30 feed kitchen system with WP 2300 feeding robot

Dan Venteicher, Honey Creek Dairy. Honey Creek Dairy, located in Strawberry Point, Iowa, milks 180 cows with three Lely A5 robots and uses a Vector Feeding System to feed them. The barn was retrofitted with a small addition to accommodate the technology at the end of 2019.

Robotic Milking Panel

Dan Bolin, New Day Dairy. New Day Dairy, located near Clarksville in North Central Iowa, has been milking 120 Holsteins with a 2-box single-arm AMS Galaxy USA Astrea 20.20 since 2015 in a custom-designed outside feeding 6-row naturally ventilated freestall barn. Anyone can come #sleepwiththecows in the connected GuestBarn which has loft windows overlooking directly into the barn.

Lee Pattison, Pattison Dairy. Pattison Dairy, located in Garnavillo, IA milks 700 cows with 12 Lely A4 robots in two retrofitted 4-row tunnel ventilated free stall barns. Robots were installed with the focus of maintaining high production and increasing labor efficiencies.

Jon Qual, Qual Dairy. Jon Qual is one of six family members operating Qual Dairy near Lisbon, North Dakota.  The 60 stall GEA DairyProQ robotic rotary milks 1400 Holsteins, 3 times a day.  The system has been in operation since April of 2018.

Kristin Quist, Minglewood Inc. Minglewood Inc, located in Deer Park, WI, milks a total of 1,200 cows on their farm. They currently milk 480 cows with 8 DeLaval VMS Classics in a milk-first guided flow layout. The remainder of their cows are milked in a parlor. Last year they opened a retail store that sells cheese, meat, and other products.

Nutritionist's Panel

Marty Faldet, PhD, PAS is a founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC.  As an independent dairy consultant, he provides extensive nutrition and management consultation to dairies across the Midwest. He is passionate in inspiring change, achieving goals and creating success for his clients.  

Chad Kieffer grew up on a 300-cow dairy farm in SE MN. He graduated from UW River Falls in 2002 with a dairy science degree. He has worked at Ag Partners Coop for the past 19 years working as a dairy nutritionist. He is also managing Robotic Nutrition Solutions, a subsidiary of Ag Partners, which is focused on robotic nutrition and consulting. In addition, he is part owner of his family dairy and they milk with robots.

Veterinarian's Panel

Dr. Don Niles graduated from the University of Minnesota with a D.V.M. in 1982. Since 2001, he has been the co-owner and manager of Dairy Dreams LLC, a 2800- cow dairy in NE Wisconsin.  Recently, he was elected as president of the newly formed Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer-lead environmental stewardship organization in Kewaunee and southern Door Counties. He participates in the following organizations: AVMA ; AABP; DCWC; DBA and NMC.

Dr. Megan Schrupp graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. In 2016, Megan and her sister purchased the larger of two of their family dairies operating under the NexGen name along with their husbands. As CEO and veterinarian, Megan is responsible for herd health, the reproduction program and the management of the milking parlor. In addition to her role at NexGen Dairy, Megan has her own dairy veterinary practice, Dairy Performance Service, LLC. 

Dr. Mark Thomas is Managing Partner, Research Management Team Lead at Dairy Health and Management Services in New York. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners certified in dairy practice. He has served as an active member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and is currently in the position of president-elect. In 2011 he received the AABP Merial Excellence in Preventive Medicine Dairy Award.

Data Integration Panel

Mitch Breunig is owner of Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, which is located near Sauk City.  The farm milks about 450 cows and raises crops on 1050 acres.  Mystic Valley Dairy focuses on breeding high type cattle with longevity and profitable production.  The farm's prefix is Jenny-Lou and is recognized worldwide for breeding Toystory, the world’s only 2 million unit of semen sold sire. The current rolling herd average is 32,381 lbs. of milk 1323 fat and 1024 protein per cow.

Victor E. Cabrera, PhD, is a professor and extension specialist in dairy management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science Department. A primary focus of Dr. Cabrera's Extension work is the creation and delivery of computerized, integrated, data-driven decision support tools using simulation techniques, artificial intelligence, and expert systems. 

Alex Huisman and his family immigrated to Alberta, Canada from the Netherlands in 1994 where his parents started milking 45 cows. Alex, his wife, Coranda, and 5 awesome girls took over the recently renovated farm a few years ago which has expanded to about 150 milking cows. They use UNIFORM-Agri herd management, 3 DeLaval VMS 300 robots, and a SMARTBOW activity and location system. Technology on the farm has allowed for more family time and improved cow comfort, as well as improved data for herd management.