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Are you prepared for the challenges in this year’s harvest?
Join us as Pat Crowley reports on what is going on in the field and what the cows are telling us. Dr. Max Hawkins will report on the harvest this year and how corn silage, forages and fermented grain is looking as we close the year.
Record rainfall and high temperatures have been recorded across the Midwest this year, and looking back on the past three years, the average mycotoxins per sample has grown substantially. From drought and chopping silage in July to delayed harvest and increased mycotoxins, crops are in trouble, and producers in some regions have already begun feeding the new crop.
Pat Crowley is a member of the On-Farm Support Team at Alltech with almost 25 years of experience in the dairy industry. Pat is based in Wisconsin and supports many nutritionists and consultants to help troubleshoot numerous issues on farms in the Midwest. He specializes in mycotoxins, designing forage storage areas, walking cows, and evaluating TMR equipment accuracy. Pat also works to implement time lapse cameras and go-pros to evaluate procedures and be an extra set of eyes to support dairy producers and their nutritionists.
Dr. Max Hawkins
Dr. Max Hawkins works with the Alltech Mycotoxin Management team, providing risk assessment and technical support at all levels. He brings years of experience — not only in mycotoxin management but also in livestock production, nutrition, breeding and genetics, covering all livestock species. He has previously worked at the University of Illinois, the University of Tennessee, Morehead State University, California Polytechnic State University, the National Swine Registry, Continental Grain Company, Hubbard Feeds and Micron Bio-Systems.
In addition to his duties with Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management team, Hawkins provides support to Alltech’s Feed Division and many Alltech customers. Dr. Hawkins resides in Noblesville, Indiana.