The 53nd Florida Dairy Production Conference

The 53nd Florida Dairy Production Conference Thursday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Alto Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center




Alternative strategies for improving feed efficiency and sustainability (Michael VandeHaar, Michigan State University)


Improving efficiency of microbial growth in order to reduce protein feed costs for cows (Timothy Hackmann, University of Florida)


Lessons from 30 years working with dairy producers (Art Donovan, University of Florida)


Effects of prepartum acidogenic salts on calcium and energy metabolism in transition cows (Corwin Nelson, University of Florida)


Genetic and non-genetic effects on embryo production technologies (Peter Hansen, University of Florida)


Challenges, opportunities, and prospects of US dairy production (Gordie Jones, Central Sands Dairy Wisconsin)


The role of the modern dairy cow in improving the profitability of dairy production (Greg Andersen, Seagull Bay Dairy, Idaho)


Thinking outside the box: one panhandle farm’s quest for sustainability (Meghan Austin, Cindale Farms, Marianna, Florida)


Producer Panel (Greg Andersen and Meghan Austin; Moderator: Albert De Vries)

Dr. Gordon Jones, D.V.M. Central Sands Dairy, WI

Dr. Gordon (Gordie) Jones currently lives in De Pere, WI. He attended Michigan State University and received his B.S. in Dairy Science and his D.V.M. in 1977. He practiced Dairy Performance Medicine in Wisconsin for 22 years, and was a Technical Service Specialist for Monsanto Dairy for 3 years. Dr. Jones currently is an independent dairy performance consultant and a partner of Central Sands Dairy LLC, a 4,000-cow dairy. He also works for Quality Milk Sales as a production consulting specialist and a nutritionist for a consortium of large dairies. Dr. Jones is the designer of Fair Oaks Dairy in Indiana, a dairy farm with more than 20,000 cows. He was also the nutritionist and on the management team for the first 7 years, until starting Central Sands Dairy, where he was the designer and managing partner for 5 years.

Dr. Jones has consulted with dairy producers and veterinarians both across U.S. and internationally on dairy herd performance, nutrition, cow environments, dairy housing, expansion, dairy management, personal SOPs, and cow comfort. He has placed considerable emphasis on housing design to keep cows clean, dry, and comfortable. He has influenced the development of several cow comfort features in barn construction through work with environmental consultants and contractors. Dr. Jones has also consulted for many different dairies and companies in China – AustAsia Modern Dairies, Fonterra, WWS, Boumatic to name a few. Dr. Jones was awarded the Merial Excellence in Preventive Medicine Award for Dairy by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 2001. That is the highest honor for performance in AABP. Gordie and his wife, Mary, have been married 40 years and have 3 children.

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