2022 Maine Dairy Seminar and MDIA Annual Meeting

Thursday March 10, 2022, 9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Elks Lodge Waterville, Maine

It has been two years since the Maine dairy community last met in person. The 2022 Maine Dairy Seminar and Maine Dairy Industry Association (MDIA) Annual Meeting provided those in the dairy field an opportunity for gathering together for fellowship, a trade show, and several presentations from various experts in the subject matter. (Schedule and Speaker Bios)

Sincerely, Glenda Pereira and David Marcinkowski, UMaine Extension Dairy Specialists, and Tade Sullivan, Executive Director, MDIA

VIDEO: Featured Virtual Speaker Rick Grant, Boosting Milk Components with Top-Notch Management

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Dairy Industry Association hosted the Maine Dairy Conference March 10, 2022.

“Boosting Milk Components with Top-notch Management” was presented by Rick Grant, president of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, New York.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Dairy Livestock Team provides both full and part-time livestock producers with a wide array of research-based, educational programs, and information. For more information visit the Dairy page on UMaine Extension’s Livestock website.

Registration Closed, Event Has Passed

For All Participants:

Advanced registration was FREE (Sponsored by the Maine Dairy Industry Association, additional Event Sponsors listed below) and included refreshments and lunch (general and food accommodation information at the bottom of this page).

For Vendors:

You should have received a registration form in the mail. Please fill out the registration form and mail it back with your check.


Please contact either Melissa Libby Babcock, at melissa.libby1@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.2788, or contact Glenda Pereira, at glenda.pereira@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.3240.

Schedule of Events, March 10, 2022

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Refreshments, and Trade Show

9:30 a.m. — Featured Speaker: Dr. Juan Romero, University of Maine, (Bio) “Recent Updates on the Use of Preservatives for Hay and Wet Brewer’s Grain Silage”

10:15 a.m. — Featured Speaker: Dr. Glenda Pereira, University of Maine, (Bio) “Comparison of Crossbreds to Holsteins for Confinement and Pasture Production Herds”

10:45 a.m. — MDIA Annual Meeting Election of Officers Legislative Update

  • MDIA Projects and Activities

11:45 a.m. — Maine Dairy Shrine Awards

12:00 p.m. — Introduction of Trade Show Participants

12:15 p.m. — Buffet Lunch and Trade Show

1:30 p.m. — Industry Updates

1:45 p.m. — Maine Dairy Farm Family of the Year, Virtual Tour

2:00 p.m. — Maine Dairy Promotion Board Update

2:15 p.m. — Featured Virtual Speaker: Dr. Rick Grant, The Miner Institute, (Bio) “Boosting Milk Components with Top-Notch Management”

3:15 p.m. — Questions and Adjourn

Speaker Bios:

Juan Romero Ph.D., University of Maine

Juan Romero

Dr. Romero is an Associate Professor of Animal Nutrition in the School of Food and Agriculture. Romero aims to expand the understanding of the factors that affect forage quality and conservation in order to develop novel additives that will improve the profitability of livestock producers. Specifically, his program focuses on the methodological use of fungal enzymes to solve specific issues in silage production and the development of biologically-based additives to enhance the stability of conserved forages. In order to better understand the processes that affect silage and hay production, Dr. Romero not only relies on well-established agronomic and nutritional techniques but also on next-generation sequencing and proteomics to push the envelope by developing novel research hypotheses. Dr. Romero pioneered the use of proteomics to compare commercially-available fibrolytic enzymes in animal nutrition, suggesting for the first time specific enzymes involved in improving ruminal fiber digestibility, and the use of next-generation sequencing to assess the corn and oats silage microbiome. Dr. Romero has also used next-generation sequencing to describe bacterial communities in the liquid and solid fractions of the rumen under the influence of different biological additives.

Glenda Pereira Ph.D., University of Maine

Glenda Pereira

Dr. Pereira is the Extension Dairy Specialist and an Assistant Professor in the School of Food and Agriculture. In this role, Pereira conducts applied research and develops educational programs for dairy producers across the state of Maine and New England. Dr. Pereira is a recent grad of the University of Minnesota where she focused on precision dairy, crossbreeding, low-input, pasture-based, and feed efficiency.

Rick Grant Ph.D., The Miner Institute

Rick Grant

Dr. Grant received his B.S. degree in Animal Science, with a dairy science emphasis, from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He received a Ph.D. in Animal Science-Ruminant Nutrition from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Subsequently, Dr. Grant was a post-doctoral scientist at the US Dairy-Forage Research Center located at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, working with Dr. Dave Mertens on measuring and modeling rumen forage degradation and passage. From 1990 to 2003, Dr. Grant was a Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since 2003, he has been President of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, NY, a non-profit educational and research institution focused on dairy cattle, forage, equine, and nutrient management.

Event Sponsors:

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact either Melissa Libby Babcock, at melissa.libby1@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.2788 or Glenda Pereira, at glenda.pereira@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.3240 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.