Speakers

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Pamela Ruegg, DVM, MPVM

Dr. Ruegg currently holds the David J. Ellis Chair in Antimicrobial Resistance and Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University and is focused on research and outreach that help to improve dairy animal health and dairy farm sustainability.

Michael DeGroot PhD PAS

Mike DeGroot has been an independent dairy nutrition and management consultant for over 17 years. He received a B.S. degree in Dairy Science and Agribusiness from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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Michael DeGroot PhD PAS

Mike DeGroot has been an independent dairy nutrition and management consultant for over 17 years. He received a B.S. degree in Dairy Science and Agribusiness from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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DR. Trevor DeVries

Dr. Trevor DeVries is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. Trevor received his B.Sc. in Agriculture from The University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2001.

Dr. Wyatt Smith

Wyatt was born and raised on a dairy farm in Tennessee, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Middle Tennessee State University, his Master of Science degree in Dairy Science from Louisiana State University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Dairy Science from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Wyatt Smith

Wyatt was born and raised on a dairy farm in Tennessee, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Middle Tennessee State University, his Master of Science degree in Dairy Science from Louisiana State University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Dairy Science from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Dr. Jose Santos

José E. P. Santos is a Research Foundation Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, USA, where he conducts research and extension in dairy cattle nutrition, health, and reproduction.

Dr. Blaine Nicks

Dr. Blaine Nicks is a 2012 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, he spent time practicing in both Wisconsin and California prior to settling in at The Dairy Authority in Colorado.  At The Dairy Authority, he focuses on milk quality and dairy production on dairies throughout the US. 

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Dr. Blaine Nicks

Dr. Blaine Nicks is a 2012 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, he spent time practicing in both Wisconsin and California prior to settling in at The Dairy Authority in Colorado.  At The Dairy Authority, he focuses on milk quality and dairy production on dairies throughout the US. 

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Donald De Jong

Co-owner/Chief Executive Officer of Natural Prairie Dairy

Donald grew up working on his family’s dairy farm in California and attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, majoring in agribusiness management.

Dr. Chris Holderman

Chris Holderman is a veterinary entomologist working for Central Life Sciences in development of EPA registered pesticide products for cattle and other livestock.