Sponsored by Chr. Hansen
Not only are cows creatures of habit, but they respond and produce better when their environments are clean…not the least of which is their feed. Nutrient-robbing microorganisms, often pathogenic, undermine the health and productivity of high producing dairy cows. This discussion will focus on the potential threats to optimal productivity of herds due to contamination by undesirable microorganisms and practices to mitigate these challenges.
Dr. Keith Bryan earned three degrees and spent 20 years at Penn State University in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science. He then transitioned to the feed additive industry, focusing on silage inoculants and nutritional supplements that featured yeast, probiotic bacteria, prebiotics and digestive enzymes. Dr. Bryan’s experience and expertise extends across a multitude of species and disciplines, focused primarily on nutritional support of production, reproduction and health for improved performance and sustainable economic return on investment.
From 2013-2016, as Technical Services Manager for Silage Inoculants and Ruminant Probiotics at Chr. Hansen, Dr. Bryan’s time was devoted to improving efficiency of nutrient preservation and utilization at critical control points (CCP) through scientifically based and proven microbial technologies.
For the past 2 years, Dr. Bryan served as Global Technical Portfolio Manager for Silage Inoculants and Dairy Cattle Probiotics in Commercial Development, where he was primarily responsible for the interface of new product development, pricing, placement and promotion as the conduit between Innovation and Sales.
Very recently, Dr. Bryan returned to the North America Technical Services Team focusing on silage inoculants and forage management, along with life-cycle feeding of probiotics to dairy cattle.
His professional interests include the integration of microbial technologies from Farm to Fork, including seed and soil amendments impacting plant health, improving nutrient preservation and digestibility from forage inoculants, enhancing health and nutrient utilization of dairy animals fed probiotics daily, and the impact of these technologies on the health and well-being of a rapidly growing human population.