High Quality Fermented Forage: Investigating CCP (Critical Control Points)

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Target Audience:

  • Dairy Producers
  • Nutritionists

Dr. Goeser will review forage quality trends throughout various US dairy regions for 2011 to 2013 crops. In 2013, forage quality turned for the worse relative to 2012 and 2011. He will discuss why energy levels decreased for both hay and haylage crops and corn silages, and opportunities to enhance animal performance. Beyond the harvest, Dr. Goeser will review what happens during the onset of fermentation and management steps to consider to preserve every ton of silage possible. Moreover, even the best kept silos can expect 5 to 8% fermentation losses; Goeser will discuss options to keep losses to a minimum.

Dr. Bryan will review various aspects of specialized new inoculant technologies, along with critical relationships focused on haylage and silage density.  He will share data collected as part of Chr Hansen’s Nutrient Scorecard™ and ongoing emphasis on improving nutrient retention and utilization at CCP with science-based microbial technologies.


Dave Natzke
Editor, Dairy Herd Management


John Goeser, PhD, PAS
Rock River Laboratory, Inc

John Goeser grew up with his family’s 1,000-cow dairy farm located near Plymouth, Wis.  After studying Agronomy and Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, John earned M.S. degrees in both Plant Breeding & Genetics, and Dairy Science, and then earned his PhD in Dairy Nutrition.  During his tenure as a grad student at UW Madison, Goeser focused on carbohydrate digestion and metabolism.  Following his passion for helping the dairyman, Goeser moved on to a new opportunity - partnering with dairies around to US to provide technical dairy and forage consultation.  In his current role as Rock River Laboratory’s Director of Nutritional Research and Innovation, Goeser offers nutritionists and consultants counsel and expertise to complement analysis results and solve challenges in the field.  Through oversight and guidance of other staff in continued research, teaching as an adjunct professor at UW Madison, and offering insights and education to captive audiences at various conferences and meetings, Goeser remains dedicated to continuing dairy dietary research to progress the industry. 

Keith Bryan, PhD
Chr. Hansen, Inc.

After earning three degrees and spending 20 years at Penn State University in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Dr. Bryan transitioned to the feed additive industry, focusing on silage inoculants and nutritional supplements that featured yeast, beneficial bacteria (probiotics), prebiotics and digestive enzymes.  Keith’s experience and expertise extend across a multitude of species and disciplines, focused primarily on nutritional support of production, health & reproduction for improved performance and sustainable economic return.  As Technical Services Manager for Silage Inoculants & Ruminant DFM at Chr. Hansen, Inc., Dr. Bryan’s time is devoted to improving efficiency of nutrient preservation and utilization at critical control points (CCP) through scientifically based and proven microbial technology.

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