For 84 years, the Cornell Nutrition Conference has provided industry leading research and information across the spectrum of animal nutrition to feed industry professionals and nutritional consultants.

October 17-19, 2023

2022 Agenda

Pre-Conference Symposium sponsored by Chr. Hansen Animal and Plant Health & Nutrition

Field to Fork: Pioneering Microbial Science for a sustainable future during unprecedented times

1:00 PM

Dr. Kimberly Morrill, Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition

1:10 PM

Sustainability from Field to Fork
Dr. Keith Bryan, Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Plant Health & Nutrition

1:40 PM

Microbial Solutions on the Farm to Improve Plant Health, Silage Preservation and Animal Health
Dr. Steve Lerner, Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Plant Health & Nutrition

2:30 PM


3:00 PM

Microbial Solutions to Increase the Sustainability of Food Production and Reducing Food Waste on a Global Scale
Rebecca Henrickson, Chr. Hansen Food Cultures and Enzymes

3:40 PM

Microbial Solutions for You and Me: Human Health Implications
Dr. Gregory Leyer, Chr. Hansen Scientific Affairs Human Health

4:30 PM

Wrap Up: Final Comments and Questions for All Speakers
Dr. Kimberley Morrill, Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Plant Health & Nutrition

5:00 PM

Social Hour and Reception

6:30 AM

Breakfast, sponsored by Phileo by Lesaffre

7:00 AM

Is This a Good Microbiome? What About That One? How Does the Microbiome Affect Efficiency and Productivity of My Herd?
Dr. Todd Callaway, University of Georgia

8:15 AM

Conference Welcome

8:20 AM

Nutritional Opportunities and Challenges with Robot Milked Cows
Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph

9:00 AM

Effects of Seaweed on Dairy Production
Dr. Andre Brito, University of New Hampshire

9:40 AM

NEAFA Update
Danielle Penney-Stroop, NEAFA President

9:45 AM

Presentation of Maynard Graduate Award and Danny Fox Graduate Fellowship
Dr. Tom Overton, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

9:50 AM

Sponsored by Marsyt

10:10 AM

Epidemiology of Bovine Colostrum Yield and Brix % in New York Herds
Trent Westhoff, Cornell University

10:30 AM

Varying Proportions of Alfalfa and Corn Silage for Lactating Dairy Cows
Dr. Rick Grant, Miner Institute

11:10 AM

Farm Systems Diet Modeling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Nitrogen Losses & Economic Performance of a Waikato, New Zealand Dairy Farm
Dr. Helwi Tacoma, New Zealand Dairy Consultant

11:50 AM


1:00 PM

Effects of Heat Stress and Dietary Organic Acids and Pure Botanicals on Gut Permeability and Milk Production in Dairy Cattle
Dr. Ananda Fontoura, Cornell University

1:30 PM

Lethal Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle: Unrecognized, Misdiagnosed and Needs Research
Dr. Buzz Burhans, Dairy Tech Group

2:10 PM

A New Method for Monitoring Forage Variability Improves Feed Efficiency and Profitability
Jorge Barrientos-Blanco, Cornell University

2:30 PM

Effect of Sheep Grazing Density on Forage Quality and Vegetation Management Success in Solar Arrays
Dr. Niko Kochendoerfer, Cornell University

2:50 PM

Programmatic Developments at Cornell Focused on Feed Additives for Methane Mitigation
Dr. Joe McFadden, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

3:10 PM


3:45 PM

Can Feeding Microalgae Decrease GHG Emission of Poultry Production?
Dr. Xingen Lei

4:20 PM

Inhibiting Methane Production to Enhance Performance: Is Such a Thing Possible?
Dr. Joe McFadden, Cornell University

5:00 PM

The Role of Buffers on In Vitro Digestibility of Encapsulated Amino Acids
Arianna Ferguson, Cornell University

5:30 PM

Evening Dinner Reception


6:30 AM

Breakfast, sponsored by Virtus Nutrition

7:00 AM

Inflammation During the Transition Period
Dr. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University

8:15 AM


8:20 AM

Graduate Student Research Spotlights

Effects of Partial Rumen Content Transplantation and Dietary Betaine Supplementation on Heat Stress Cows
Awais Javaid, Cornell University

Effects of Dietary Methionine and Calcium Salts Enriched in Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Production and Liver Function in Transition Dairy Cows
Tanya France, Cornell University

Hand-held NIR Devices Used to Predict Grass % in Alfalfa-Grass Mixtures to Improve Nutrient Management and Whole-Farm Sustainability in Dairy Systems
Rink Tacoma-Fogal, Cornell University

Effects of Heat Stress and Dietary Organic Acids and Botanicals on Hepatic One-Carbon Metabolism
Victor Sainz de la Maza

9:10 AM

Charlie Sniffen Graduate Research Presentation, sponsored by Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health

Abomasal Infusions of Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids to Evaluate Energy and Amino Acid Utilization and Productive Efficiencies in Lactating Dairy Cattle
Andres Ortega, Cornell University

9:50 AM


10:10 AM

Effects of Poor Maternal Nutrition on Pre- and Post-natal Growth and Metabolism
Dr. Kristen Govoni, University of Connecticut

10:50 AM

What’s Taking So Long to Get CNCPS Version 7 Out?
Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

11:30 AM

Connecting Whole Farm N and P Balances with Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Carbon Footprints
Dr. Quirine Ketterings and Dr. Olivia Godber, Cornell University

12:00 PM


2023 Conference Hotel Information

Doubletree by Hilton

6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 432-0200

Group Room Rate

$135.00 per night single/double occupancy

Group Code: CNC
Book Online

Reservation Deadline: September 15, 2023

If you will need more than 5 reservations for your company, please contact Beth Bartlett at marybeth.bartlett [at] with your request.  Individual names for group reservations are due by October 1 to avoid penalty.

    • Book your hotel by September 15, 2023 to receive the reduced conference rate.
    • All hotel rates are subject to state, local and occupancy taxes.
    • Rates apply to reservations between October 15 and 18 only.  If you choose to make a reservation beyond these dates, the system will respond with no availability.
    • You may cancel your individual reservation up to 48 hours before your arrival without charge.
    • Individual names should be used when making reservations.  If requesting multiple rooms under the same name, you will be asked by the hotel to supply individual names no later than 45 days prior to check-in.  We have received an increasing number of cancellations which limits the availability of rooms to other guests.  We appreciate your assistance in making accurate reservations so that we can continue to offer discounted rates to conference attendees.

    Address: 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057

    Just off I-90 in east Syracuse, the hotel is within 15 minutes of Destiny USA shopping, Syracuse University, and the famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. A complimentary shuttle is available from the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, a six-mile ride from the hotel.

    • Restaurant services have been limited to breakfast (6:30 - 9:30 AM) and dinner/bar (5:00 - 10:00 PM). 
    • Room service and lunch are currently unavailable.

    More Information

    Future Conference Dates

    All conferences will be hosted at the Doubletree by Hilton, East Syracuse, NY

    • October 17 - 19, 2023
    • October 22 - 24, 2024
    • October 21 - 23, 2025


    Heather Darrow
    Conference Coordinator
    272 Morrison Hall | Ithaca, NY 14853
    Phone: (607) 255-4478 | Email: hh96 [at]

    Conference Committee

    • Tom Overton - Chair
    • dmconf [at] (subject: Cornell%20Nutrition%20Conference) (Heather Darrow) - Conference Coordinator
    • Ron Butler, Cornell University
    • Larry Chase - Cornell University
    • Heather Dann, Miner Institute
    • Debbie Cherney, Cornell University
    • Rick Grant, Miner Institute
    • Quirine Ketterings, Cornell University
    • Xingen Lei, Cornell University
    • Joseph McFadden, Cornell University
    • Kristan Reed, Cornell University
    • Mike Thonney, Cornell University
    • Nathalie Trottier, Cornell University
    • Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University