Note: The Dairy Beef Short Course varies between tours and classroom programs.
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2023 as part of the pre-educational events for the Central Plains Dairy Expo. It will be held in the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD in rooms 8, 9, & 10.
I-29 Moo University – 2023 Dairy Beef Short Course
A registration fee of $40/adult will include the short course, lunch, with proceedings available digitally. College students may register for only $20.
Pre-registration is requested by March 21 and limited to 130 attendees on a first come, first serve basis. To register, visit https://go.iastate.edu/OFSVS8
You can also register by mailing the registration fee to Fred Hall at 400 Central Ave., NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041. Please include your contact information and any dietary restrictions when mailing in your registration information. For questions please contact, email@example.com or call (712.737.4230).
If attendees also plan on going to the Central Plains Dairy Expo, you are also encouraged to register for that ahead of time at
Alfredo DiCostanzo hails from Mexico, where he earned his B.S. degree
in Animal Science.
After completing his masters and doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota and serving in a postdoctoral position for a year in Missouri, he spent 2.5 years in
Mexico in a teaching college.
He then spent 28.5 years as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota conducting research
and education programs in beef cattle production and management. His main areas of focus are nutrition and management of cattle feedlots and cow-calf operations. Throughout his career, Alfredo focused on strategies and interventions that enhance financial return
in cattle enterprises.
His work contributed to the knowledge base on utilization of distillers grains and solubles.
Sheri Bundy, PhD is a consulting nutritionist for Cattlemen’s Nutrition Services (CNS) group. Sheri began
working at their families’ 10,000 head commercial feedlot near Oconto, NE at the age of 10 and has been part of cattle industry since. Sheri earned her Bachelor of Science degree at University of
Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master of Science under the guidance of Dr. Terry Klopfenstein and Dr. Rick
Stock. Sheri managed the research feedlot at South Dakota State University as she earned her PhD under guidance of Dr. Robbi Pritchard. Sheri worked for Big Gain feed company for 4 years and moved
back to Nebraska and worked for CHS for about 2 years, then became a consulting nutritionist with Corn Belt Livestock Services for about 9 years, she has worked with CNS as consulting nutritionist for about 6
years. Sheri consults for yards in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Sheri is married to Glenn Bundy and has 2 wonderful step-children, Devin who is in the National Guard and
works full-time at Premium Plant Services and Halle who is a munition in the United States Air Force.
They live near Eden Valley, MN.
Dr. Dale R. Woerner serves as the Cargill Endowed Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at
Texas Tech University. Dr. Woerner earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Texas Tech
University in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and earned his Ph.D. in Animal Science/Meat Science from Colorado
State University in 2009. He served on the faculty at Colorado State University for 9 years, and joined the faculty at
Texas Tech University in his current position in 2018. Dale is a past member of the American Meat Science
Association Board of Directors and has been recognized with the American Meat Science Association Achievement
Award, the American Society of Animal Sciences with the Early Career Achievement Award, the Texas Tech
University Department of Animal and Foods Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, the North American Meat
Institute’s Harry L. Rudnick Educator's Award, and the American Meat Science Association’s Distinguished
Teaching Award. In 2013, Dale was selected by Vance Publishing as a “40 Under 40” honoree as a young leader in
the agricultural industry contributing to the 2050 challenge, the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. Also,
Dale was named one of the Top Ten Industry Leaders under the age of 40 in 2014 by Cattle Business as a
“Difference Maker”. He has conducted more than 14 million dollars in industry funded research and has published
more than 300 scholarly works in the area of livestock production and meat science.
Jeremy Schefers DVM, PhD is a calf calf technical and research specialist for Milk Specialties Global. Prior to Milk Specialties, he was a food animal diagnostician at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. He obtained his BS, DVM and PhD from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Schefers is passionate about livestock health and production. His presentation will review his experiences with dairy beef production in the upper Midwest.
Tara Felix is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science. She is a member of the Livestock Extension Team and the state Extension Beef Specialist for Penn State University. Tara is a
member of the executive board for the PA Beef Producers Working Group, an organization of beef producers and stakeholders working together to monitor industry needs in order to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of beef producers in PA.
Dr. Felix also advises graduate and
undergraduate students in the Department of Animal Science and lectures on nutrition and cattle management topics. For the last 5 years, Dr. Felix has been investigating nutrition and management strategies to add value to dairy progeny used throughout the beef supply chain. She has a USDA CARE grant investigating ways to enhance the value of beef sired progeny from dairy cattle and collaborated on a NE SARE grant with UCONN to survey the attitudes driving beef x dairy breeding in the Northeastern United States. Dr. Felix resides in Centre County PA with
her husband and three beautiful daughters.
Dr. Nathan Pyatt, Beef Technical Consultant for Elanco Animal Health. Dr. Pyatt conducts product research and beef technical support for customers in the Upper Midwest region, with a focus on performance and economic improvement opportunities with Elanco feed additives,
implant programs, and Benchmark.
Nathan grew up on a diversified livestock and crop farm in southern Illinois, completed his undergrad at Illinois State University and earned his MS and PhD in Ruminant Nutrition at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Elanco in 2010, he worked for ADM managing feed ingredient and beef product research. He resides in Monticello, Illinois, with his wife and 3 sons.
"I liked how everyone talked and asked questions, it was more like a conversation and less like they were talking at you."
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