Panel Speakers

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. 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.

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. 

Data Integration Panel

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.