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We are ramping up for Forage Focus 2022! Please keep checking in on our progress, topic details and bios will be updated as we receive the information!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – Dr. Debbie Cherney Topic: grass in dairy rations

Wednesday, November 23, 2022- Luiz Ferraretto: Connecting the dots – fiber digestibility, animal performance, and feeding behavior

Feeding highly digestible forages to dairy cows is vital for dairy profitability. This presentation will discuss strategies to improve fiber digestibility in corn silage and how more digestible forages modulate the intake and feeding behavior patterns of dairy cows.

Thursday, November 24, 2022 – OMAFRA specialists; Tracey Baute, Entomologist- Field Crops, Christine O’Reilly, Forage and Grazing Specialist, Tom Wright, Dairy Cattle Specialist Topic: Bt-resistant corn rootworm

Bt-resistant corn rootworm is a major threat to feed supplies on Ontario livestock farms. OMAFRA specialists Tracey Baute, Tom Wright, and Christine O’Reilly will walk through the issue, including how resistance to below-ground protection develops, the impact this pest has on feed supplies and livestock production, and strategies to keep rootworm populations low and corn in the ration.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Debbie Cherney – Pending

Luiz Ferraretto – Dr. Luiz Ferraretto is originally from Brazil where he earned his B.S. in Animal Science from São Paulo State University in 2008. Immediately after the completion of his B.S. Degree, Luiz joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison for an internship (2009) followed by an M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in dairy science with a focus on applied dairy nutrition and forage quality. After the completion of his Ph.D., Luiz joined The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. From 2016 to 2020, he worked as Assistant Professor of Livestock Nutrition at the University of Florida. Currently, Luiz is an Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his research interests are applied dairy cattle nutrition and management with emphasis on starch and fiber utilization by dairy cows, corn silage and high-moisture corn quality and digestibility, the use of alternative by-products as feed ingredients, and supplementation of feed additives to lactating cows.

OMAFRA Specialists

Tracey Baute – Tracey grew up on a cash crop farm in Tilbury, Ontario, and has been the Field Crop Entomologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for 22 years. Her recent areas of focus include research and extension work on Bt resistance and management of western bean cutworm, corn rootworm, and dimethoate-resistant spider mites. Tracey is the chair of the Canadian Corn Pest Coalition and co-chair of the Insect Surveillance Community of Practice under the Canadian Plant Health Council. She is also the administrator of the Great Lakes and Maritime Pest Monitoring Network and co-administrator of the Corn Rootworm Trap Network.

Christine O’Reilly – Christine O’Reilly is the Forage and Grazing Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. Her areas of focus include the benefits of forages and grazing within cropping systems, forage production, and grazing systems for northern Ontario, and improving the productivity and profitability of forages. Christine joined the ministry in 2017 and is based out of the Lindsay office.

Tom Wright -Pending

2021 Sponsors



Speaker Sponsors


              Renato Schmidt                                                                                                       Anita Heeg


                   Kim Cassida

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The 2020 conference was sponsored by Kubota and Ontario Sheep Farmers. Panel sponsored by Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance. Presentation by Kendall Guither sponsored by Trillium Mutual Insurance Company, Pioneer, Minto Ag, and Krone. Presentation by John Winchell sponsored by Growmark, SGS Agrifood Laboratories, and Belisle Solution Nutrition, Inc.

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