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Astounding Leaps Forward in the Dairy Industry!

In this week's North American Ag Spotlight Chrissy Wozniak learns about the incredible advances that have taken place in the dairy industry over the last few decades. Austin Gellings director of Agricultural Services for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) & Fabian Bernal M.S., PAS, the Global Head of Sustainability, DeLaval Group, talk about their recent study of the industry. The results are truly astounding!

Austin is a Wisconsin native that grew up on his family farm where he still helps raise hay and livestock today. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens point with a major in marketing. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he received an MBA.

In his roll with AEM Austin serves as the liaison for AEM’s dairy, manure management, specialty crops, sprayer, and water management equipment groups. He also works with agricultural members to help address and solve various industry issues.

Fabian is a native of Bogota, Colombia and attended the University of La Salle. He graduated from WKU with a major in Agri-Business and Ag-Economics. He also graduated with a Master’s degree in animal science (large animal nutrition) from WKU. His special interests are Animal welfare, Dairy Sustainability, Livestock Management, Dairy Nutrition, Physiology of Lactation, Animal Pathology, Cow Comfort, and Ag Business Management. Sustainability is a key part of DeLaval’s business strategy, and in this role, Fabian helps ensure that DeLaval is at the forefront and delivering upon our vision by supporting Group Management as well as working in close cooperation with all parts of the DeLaval organization.

AEM is the leading organization in North America advancing construction and agriculture equipment manufacturers and their value chain partners in the global marketplace. In enabling growth together, AEM and its members build momentum for the equipment manufacturing industry and the markets it serves.

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Just an excellent discussion. Since Austin brought up Sustainability, I do wonder if there might have been a question of how we sustain the communities around the farmers. Is there a number of cows per farm at which we should aim to sustain the farmer and the community? I know that the 50 cow herd is a thing of the past but are the 5000 cow herd the thing of the future to reach these improved efficiencies? Thank you Chrissy.

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