Module 6: Nutrition Problem Solving for Veterinarians

September 15-16, 2022

Expand your nutritional expertise to work more closely with beef herds

This module will involve the use of the Beef Ration and Nutrition Decisions Software (BRaNDS) from Iowa State University.  Participants will be trained to construct and evaluate rations for mature cows, replacement heifers and bulls, and weaned calves. Important topics such as body condition scoring, understanding a feed analysis, supplementation programs for grazing animals, limit feeding, and least cost rations will be discussed. Common feeding errors and ration trouble-shooting will be highlighted as well. There will also be a lab component on using the Penn State Particle Separator ("Shaker Box") to evaluate the construction and mixing of a ration. The BRaNDS software will be provided at no additional charge to the participants. Faculty for this module will include Dr. Garland Dahlke (Iowa State University), Dr. Mark Hilton (Elanco Animal Health), and Dr. Bob Van Saun (Penn State University).


Dr. Mark Hilton

W. Mark Hilton 

Dr. Hilton was born and raised on a swine and beef farm in Central Indiana. He received a degree in Animal Science in 1980 and a doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, both from Purdue University. He spent the first 15 years of his career as a partner in the DeWitt Veterinary Clinic, an 80% food animal practice in DeWitt, Iowa. Hilton developed the Total Beef Herd Health Program, a beef cow-calf production medicine program where the goal was assisting his clients in having a healthier and more profitable herd. In 1996, Dr. Hilton became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the beef cattle specialty. 

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Dr. Garland Dahlke

Garland Dahlke

Dr. Garland Dahlke completed his undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls followed by a Master’s degree in Animal Production and a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition, both from Iowa State University. He is currently an assistant scientist at the Iowa Beef Center with Iowa State University. 

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Dr. Van Saun

Bob Van Saun

Dr. Robert Van Saun is a Professor of Veterinary Science and Extension Veterinarian in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Pennsylvania State University. He has been on faculty at Penn State since 2000 with responsibilities in teaching, extension, and field investigation. 

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Dr. Dan Loy

Dan Loy

Dr. Dan Loy is a University Professor in Animal Science at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Beef Center.  He has also served as an Extension Beef Specialist for Iowa since 1982, giving leadership to ISU’s program to the cattle feeding industry.  His research interests have focused on applied feedlot nutrition and beef production and management systems.

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