Breakout Sessions

Location: Convention Center Meeting Rooms 13-14

Sponsored by Alforex Seeds

The new highly digestible alfalfa varieties with HarvXtra® and Hi-Gest® Technologies offer dairymen a home-grown forage option for more efficient milk production, while maintaining field performance and management flexibility. The Breakout Session will detail the advantages of the highly digestible alfalfa varieties versus conventional alfalfa in the field and ration. An ample question and answer period will follow.

Dr. Don Miller

Dr. Donald R. Miller is currently the Director of Product Development for Alforex Seeds and is based out of Nampa Idaho. During his forty-year career in the public and private industry, Dr. Miller has authored or co-authored numerous agricultural publications and conducted 300 plus training seminars for Universities and Grower organizations. Dr. Miller has developed or co-developed 150 alfalfa, 6 red clover and one Teff grass variety during his plant breeding career. Dr. Miller’s has also developed and/or registered alfalfa varieties for use in Argentina, Australia, China, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia and Spain. He is a past President of the Western Society of Crop Science; the Western Alfalfa Improvement Conference and has served two four-year terms on the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board. Most recent activities has been in the introduction of Hi-Gest® alfalfa technologies; and their adaption by progressive growers all across the U.S.

Dr. Michael Hutjens

is a professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and an Illinois Extension Dairy Specialist. He was raised on a Holstein farm near Green Bay, Wisc. His bachelor, masters, and Ph.D. degrees were awarded from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From 1971 to 1979, Dr. Hutjens was extension dairy specialist at the University of Minnesota where he coached the national champion team in 1978 at the World Dairy Expo. Since 1979, he has been a member of the University of Illinois Animal Sciences Departments as extension dairy specialist. He speaks at 60 to 70 meetings at conferences in 46 states, 17 foreign countries, and nine Canadian provinces. Mike writes feed columns for Hoard’s Dairyman and Dairy Today and hosts the Hoard’s Dairy monthly webinars.

Award recognitions include the Undergraduate Teaching Purina Award from the American Dairy Science Association, National DeLaval Extension Worker Award, ADSA, Applied Nutrition Award from ADSA, Outstanding Extramural Instructor (University award) in 1993 and 2000, and two citations from the Minnesota Board of Regents. Mike was president of the American Dairy Science Association. In 2008, he was select “Service Person of the Year” by World Dairy Expo. In 2009, he received the Award of Honor from ADSA and Fellow. He also received the “Eagle Award” from the IL Farm Bureau Association. In 2013, Dr. Hutjens received the national DHI Service Award.

He resides in Savoy, Ill., with his wife, Carol and five children and seven grandchildren. Mike served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve Mike retired from the University of Illinois on Dec 31, 2010 and continues to teach part time.


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