2018 Conference Program

The Dairy Feed Quality Conference will be held on Thursday-Friday 1-2 November 2018 in Bangkok starting at 0900 hrs each day and finishing at 1700 hrs. A ‘meet-the-speakers’ cocktail party will be held at 1700 hrs until 1830 hrs on day one during which finger food and refreshments will be served.

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1-2 November 2018
Lotus Suites 5-7, 22nd floor
Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld
999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

PROGRAM – Thursday 1 November

0800 Registration opens, coffee available

0900 Welcome and introduction
Chris King, Conference Chairman and Program Director


Formulating Rations for Improved Outcome

Mike Hutjens
Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, USA

Prof Hutjens is a world-renowned dairy extension specialist. Raised on a Holstein dairy farm near Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, he earned his joint doctorate degree in dairy science and nutritional science with a minor in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Prof Hutjens writes feed columns for Hoard’s Dairyman, Dairy Today, Dairy Japan, Western Canadian Dairy Magazine, Wisconsin Agri-View, and Dairy Herd Management. He has authored 21 technical journal articles and abstracts, 540 popular press articles, three computer programs, four video tapes, and numerous slide sets. He has co-authored a textbook entitled ‘Principles of Dairy Science’.  He teaches a wide range of courses, is a member of numerous organisations and has received many prestigious awards related to the dairy industry.

Water – the first (but often forgotten) nutrient in dairy nutrition

Steve Little
Principal, Capacity+ Ag Consulting, Australia

Dr Little is an Australian dairy farm consultant providing support on dairy herd nutrition, reproduction, health and productivity. He has led or contributed to several Dairy Australia-funded research & development projects and extension programs including ‘InCalf’, ‘feed.FIBRE.future’, ’Feed2Milk” & ‘Cool Cows’. He has also recently developed an advanced level training program delivered by Dairy Australia – ‘Advanced Nutrition in Action” allowing dairy farmers and advisors to use on line resources and workshops to work together.

Having worked for ten years with Australia’s largest compound feed manufacturer Steve has a very good understanding of the role, challenges and opportunities faced by compound feed manufacturers.

Dr Little is a veterinarian with additional qualifications in ruminant nutrition and agribusiness management and consults to commercial agribusiness and & public sector organisations.


Differences in tropical vs temperate nutrition for dairy cows

Jean Margerison
Assoc Professor, Faculty of Science Nottingham University, United Kingdom

Prof Margerison grew up on a farm in Lancashire UK and has acted in a teaching capacity at the Universities of Leeds, Plymouth, Bangor, Shandong and the Tropical Feed Resources Research & Development Centre at Khon Kaen University.

She spent ten years at Massey University in a research and teaching role, researching and publishing a wide range of papers covering dairy nutrition, lameness, milking frequency, mammary development, genetic parameters, silage production, effect of cow nutrition on milk as functional food for humans, organic systems, temperate and tropical nutrition and management.

Prof Margerison has also conducted research and consideration of sustainable livestock production systems.

Timing, frequency and availability of total mixed ration (TMR) feeding

Brendan Wilkins
Dairy Consultant, Thailand

Mr Wilkins is an independent dairy consultant based in Bangkok covering the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia where he advises operating farms and farm set-ups.  Previous roles have included Manager of Farm Management Services South East Asia for DeLaval based in Vietnam, Assistant Farm Manager for Almarai, Saudi Arabia, and other farm management roles in Canada and Saudi Arabia. A BSc graduate from Harper Adams College and product from an English family dairy farm, Brendan brings vital first-hand knowledge in the Asian region with a previous global experience base.


1240 LUNCH

Practical observations on dairy production in South East Asia – where the emphasis should be placed/Importance of feed uniformity

Peter Robson
Independent Consultant, Vietnam

Mr Robson is based in Vietnam and currently consults to local and Asian-based feed and livestock sectors specializing in feed formulation, livestock productivity, livestock management and feed mill production, efficiency and quality systems.

He has worked in a range of nutritional roles and regions – feedmill management and production, animal heath, liquid feed management and production, premix management and production – these being based within Australia and Vietnam but also travelling to other Asian countries.

Australian feed grains – value and opportunities

Steve Little
Principal Capacity+ Ag Consulting, Australia

Selection of forage species in tropical environments

Michael Hare
Professor, University of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Professor Hare received his Master of Agricultural Science in Plant Science from Lincoln, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and his PhD in Seed Technology from Massey University, New Zealand. He has been involved with seed production of tropical and temperate forage grasses and legumes for over four decades in Thailand (tropical) and New Zealand (temperate). He developed the first forage seed production programme in Thailand at the Department of Land Development and at the Department of Livestock Development, Thailand.

Prof Hare has worked at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand researching new pasture species for dairy farmers in Thailand and developing a village farmer seed production of tropical forages. In 2 he formed a forage seed company, Ubon Forage Seeds, which contracts over 1000 village farmers in Thailand and Laos to produce tropical forage seeds of various species.


Managing the energy balance post-calving for optimal health and reproductive performance

Steve Little
Principal, Capacity+ Ag Consulting, Australia



Light refreshments and finger food as you meet and mix with speakers and colleagues – until 1830 hrs.

PROGRAM – Friday 2 November

0800 Coffee available


Chris King, Conference Chairman and Program Director

Nutrition strategies for performance and economic returns

Mike Hutjens
Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, USA

Nutritional strategies for health and performance

Yoshinobu Nakatsuju
Ruminant Technical Manager, DSM Nutritional Products, Japan

Dr Nakatsuji graduated Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine and has a veterinary license. After veterinary school, as a practitioner for dairy cow and beef cattle, he was engaged in promotion of embryo transfer for Japanese black cow (Wagyu). In addition, he designed feed for Wagyu to get good beef marbling-vitamin A control and a program for decreasing Wagyu calves mortality. Thereafter he joined animal health companies and has studied development of vaccination program, anti-parasite, immunology-especially defence mechanism of epithelium and intercellular lipid& chemical substances. Recent he has studied the ability of beta-carotene to be an immune enhancer in mucosal epithelium for prevention of intestinal and respiratory disease and influence colostrum quality.


Use of alternative raw materials and impact on rumen function

Metha Wanapat
Professor, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Professor Wanapat has been engaged in teaching and research in ruminant nutrition for 39 years at Khon Kaen University, Thailand, where he has focused on the use of local feed resources to support the performance of beef cattle, dairy cattle, buffaloes as well as small ruminants. He has been publishing his research work in International Journals with high impact factor of more than 250 papers. In addition, he has been frequently invited as a key-note speaker to deliver presentations at International Conferences, as well as serving as a consultant for international organizations to supervise on animal agriculture development and human resource development.

Role of carotenoids in improving fertility & udder immunity

Chandr Shakhr
Senior Dairy Nutritionist, DSM Nutritional Products India Pvt Ltd, India

After studying all the mandatory courses of Dairy Nutrition, Dr Shakhr started pet nutrition research at IVRI, Izatnagar, India. He has used his skills of marketing management learnt at LBSIM, New Delhi during a post graduate program in management to promote Innovative dairy concepts at all levels from dairy farmers and veterinarians. He has worked on a mastitis control program in India under technical guidance of Ghent University, Belgium.


1200 LUNCH

Key aspects of good silage production

Jean Margerison
Assoc Professor, Faculty of Science Nottingham University, United Kingdom

What the future holds for the Thailand dairy industry

Supanya Budprom
General Manager, CP-Meiji Co Ltd, Thailand

Dr Budprom is a graduate in veterinary medicine from Khon Kaen University in Thailand and has served as a dairy farm vet with the Department of Livestock Thailand, been a farm veterinarian, a trainer for Vinamilk Vietnam, a livestock manager in Malaysia and is currently General Manager CP Meiji Co Ltd Thailand overseeing 6,300 farmers supplying milk to CP Meiji.


Ingredients evaluation and dairy diet formulation

Ercole Zerbini
Global Ruminant Technology Director, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Italy

Dr Zerbini’s most consistent job has been milking cows starting when he was four at the family farm in Italy. He worked and studied agriculture in Italy and then moved to USA where obtained a MSc and PhD in airy science at Virginia Tech before joining Ralston Purina International with different technical and management R&D responsibilities. Dr Zerbina has also worked with the International Livestock Research Institute in Ethiopia and ICRISAT in India. He returned to the feed industry initially as a EU Ruminant R&D manager for Agribrands Purina Spain and then with Cargill in Italy.




1530 Delegates must nominate to attend one of three simultaneous sessions:

Extension in the dairy industry – Prof Mike Hutjens will lead the workshop firstly with some observations on his experience in the US and other countries covering concepts such as current extension methodologies and the future, challenges, what it takes to be an educator, guidelines for being a successful educator and cost recovery – leading in to an open discussion on what are the requirements and implementation in Asia.

Practical guidelines on dairy feed formulation and how both farm and consultant can be on the same platform using a practical user-friendly formulation program – Dr Steve Little will run a live session demonstrating through the Rumen8 program how key principles and objectives can be met and shared. Participants will be able to download the Rumen8 program before the workshop and get a shared experience how it works and some practical examples through the workshop.

Choosing the right dairy farming system – Prof Jean Margerison who has had experience in a range of dairy production systems around Asia and Europe, will discuss options available to dairy producers which will lead in to open discussion on the selection and implementation in your local environment.

1700 Conference closes

* Please note that this program may be subject to change.