Dr. Thomas R. Overton

Associate Professor
Cornell University

Thomas R. Overton, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University. Overton is recognized nationally and internationally for his research and outreach efforts relating to metabolism and nutritional physiology of the transition cow and his work on milk component production in cows. He serves as director of the PRO-DAIRY program at Cornell and works with statewide and regional teams within New York to enhance the dairy industry in New York state. He teaches or co-teaches the introductory course in dairy cattle nutrition for undergraduates, the dairy herd health course for undergraduates, an upper-level seminar course for dairy oriented undergraduate students, a course in dairy nutrition for veterinary students and works with students in the Dairy Fellows program.

Overton is a native of northern New York who grew up primarily in Massachusetts. He has a B.S. degree from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He returned to Cornell as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications and numerous technical articles for conference proceedings, extension publications and popular press articles. He was awarded the Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award by the American Dairy Science Association in 2006 and the ADSA Foundation Scholar Award in 2007.

For more information on current research, go to the Cornell Animal Sciences Web site.

Van Amburgh
Dr. Mike Van Amburgh

Associate Professor
Cornell University

Mike Van Amburgh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University where he has a dual appointment in teaching and research. His undergraduate degree is from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. is from Cornell University. He teaches multiple courses and works extensively with the Dairy Fellows Program, advises approximately 50 undergraduate students and is the adviser for the Cornell Dairy Science Club. A major focus of Van Amburgh's research program for the last 14 years has been the nutrient requirements of dairy calves and heifers and aspects of endocrine control of developmental functions such as mammary development and puberty. A major focus of his current work is whole animal and ruminal nitrogen metabolism and regulation of milk protein synthesis and the interaction between forage and feed chemistry, rumen function and nutrient supply. He currently leads the development of the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System, a nutrition evaluation for formulation model used by over 2,000 professionals worldwide, and through that effort is focused on enhancing the efficiency of nutrient use by ruminants to improve the environmental impact of animal food production. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer review articles and many conference proceedings and is the recipient of several awards including the American Dairy Science Associate Foundation Scholar Award, the Land O’Lakes Teaching and Mentoring Award from ADSA, the AFIA Award for research and the CALS Professor of Merit Award.

E-mail: mev1@cornell.edu

For more information on current research, go to the Cornell Animal Sciences Web site.

Dr. Larry E. Chase

Professor & Extension Specialist in Dairy Nutrition

Larry Chase is a native of Ohio and a Professor at Cornell University. He has degrees from Ohio State University, North Carolina State University and The Pennsylvania State University. Since 1975, Chase has held a joint extension-research appointment in dairy cattle nutrition at Cornell. His extension program involves educational programming and technical support for dairy producers, extension educators, agriservice personnel and veterinarians. Chase serves as the general chairman of the Cornell Nutrition Conference. In 2000, he received the DeLaval Dairy Extension award from the American Dairy Science Association. Chase received the Distinguished Nutritionist award from the Distillers Feed Research Council in 1990. He has presented lectures and seminars in 14 foreign countries. Current research interests include improving forage and silage quality to provide a base for higher forage dairy rations. He was a cooperator on a large 3-year field study on phosphorus nutrition on dairy cows. This study included 96 dairy herds in four states. A current focus is the application of the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System model on dairy farms to improve the efficiency of nutrient use and decrease nutrient excretion to the environment.

E-mail: lec7@cornell.edu

For more information on current research, go to the Cornell Animal Sciences Web site.

Dr. Julia Dibner

Novus International

Dr. Julia J Dibner works as a Senior Research Consultant for Novus International. Dibner has been involved in poultry and animal science research for over 20 years, first as an employee of Monsanto Company and later with Novus. Her formal training is in Cellular and Developmental Biology (Ph.D. Washington University, 1980). Dibner’s scientific achievements have been repeatedly recognized with nomination to Monsanto’s Science Fellow program, and subsequent promotions as Novus’ first Distinguished Fellow. In May 2003, a jury of scientists and technology experts from Washington University and St. Louis University awarded Dibner with The St. Louis Technology Award for her contributions to the development of ADVENT® coccidiosis control. Her record of accomplishments has been exemplar of a creative and productive industrial scientist, applying her ideas to support several commercial endeavors and pioneering new areas of research.

Dr. Barry Bradford

Kansas State University

Barry Bradford was raised on a cow/calf operation in southwest Iowa and was heavily involved in the operation from a young age. He received his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University, then went on to obtain his doctorate in animal nutrition at Michigan State University, where his research focused on metabolic regulation of feed intake in dairy cattle. In 2006, Bradford began his current position at Kansas State University with a 60 percent research, 40 percent teaching appointment. Bradford oversees an active research program focused on uses of alternative feedstuffs in dairy nutrition, transition cow health, and physiological regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. He also teaches over 150 students per year as an instructor in Fundamentals of Nutrition, Physiology of Lactation and Dairy Cattle Nutrition. Bradford lives in Manhattan, Kan., with his wife, Sarah, and their children, Hannah and Kiernan. The Bradford’s love spending time outdoors, reading, and traveling whenever possible.

Tom Quaife

Dairy Herd Management

Tom Quaife has served as editor of Dairy Herd Management since 1992. During that time, the magazine has evolved from one that emphasized government policy and industry issues to one that has a strong business focus. Quaife believes in publishing articles that producers can act upon directly, particularly as it relates to the management of the dairy farm business. Quaife graduated from Iowa State University, and his areas of expertise include health, milking equipment, dairy genetics, facilities and milk quality. Prior to joining the Dairy Herd Management team, he spent four years as editor of Swine Practitioner and 5 years as an associate editor with Pork magazine. Quaife's experience in the pork industry gave him valuable insight that he applies to the dairy industry. Quaife is located in the Lenexa, Kan., office.

E-mail: tquaife@vancepublishing.com

Dr. Marina von Keyserlingk

Associate Professor
University of British Columbia

Marina von Keyserlingk's love of animals began at a very young age while growing up on a beef cattle ranch in British Columbia. After leaving the ranch, she went onto complete her undergraduate in agricultural sciences at UBC, and her M.Sc. in Animal Science at the University of Alberta. She returned to Vancouver to complete her Ph.D. in Animal Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She joined the animal welfare program after obtaining several years of experience as a research scientist working for the animal feed industry and was appointed as a NSERC Industrial Research Chair in 2008, and is recognized internationally for her research on care and housing for dairy cows and calves. von Keyserlingk also recently co-authored the definitive scholarly text "The Welfare of Cattle" in her core area of research (Springer Verlag, 2008). Because of this work as an educator on farm animal care, the impact of her research can now be seen on farms around the world. von Keyserlingk's studies have focused on the under-researched areas including behavior, housing and management and how these contribute to animal health and welfare of dairy cattle.

Ed Galo

National Sales Manager
Novus International Inc.

Ed Galo is the National Sales Manager for the Dairy Business Unit at Novus International Inc. He is responsible for the sales and technical teams that represent Novus in the US dairy market. Galo's previous role with Novus provided technical support to the U.S. and Latin American markets. He received his B.S. in agronomy and Animal Sciences from Zamorano University in Honduras, and M.S. in ruminant nutrition from the University of Vermont. Galo has worked in the agricultural industry of Latin America and the United States since 1996. He worked as an independent nutritionist in California and Mexico before joining Novus.Galo is a member of ARPAS, and vice chairman of the California Animal Nutrition Conference Committee.