Speakers 2018

Full Speaker List Coming Soon!

Robert Hagevoort profile shotRoger Hagevoort, Associate Professor & Extension Dairy Specialist, New Mexico State University’s Agriculture Science Center at Clovis

For the past 12 years, Robert Hagevoort has helped place the New Mexico State University dairy science program on the map. Hagevoort, an associate professor and Extension dairy specialist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, joined the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences in 2005. He helped launch the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium in 2008.


Aerica Bjurstrom photoAerica Bjurstrom, Agriculture Agent & Associate Professor, UW-Extension Kewaunee County

Aerica Bjurstrom has served as the Agriculture Agent specializing in dairy and livestock production in Kewaunee and Door Counties since 2007. Aerica worked in sales and marketing in the dairy equipment and artificial insemination industries before joining UW-Extension. With a background in both dairy and meat animals, Aerica incorporates experience and technology into reaching producers across the state. Her primary work focuses on farm management, employee training, cow comfort, and animal health.

Casey Davis, Cattle Procurement Manager, JBS Green Bay

Bio coming soon!


Kay Johnson Smith photoKay Johnson-Smith, President & CEO, Animal Agriculture Alliance

Kay Johnson Smith is the chief spokesperson leading the national advocacy of the Alliance, supervising its many outreach and education programs in support of American animal agriculture. She serves on a number of strategic agriculture industry coalitions and has provided hundreds of presentations on the opportunities and challenges facing agriculture today.  Johnson-Smith has served the Alliance since 1994, first as Vice President, and later as Executive Vice President. Previously, Johnson-Smith was the Executive Director of the Alliance’s predecessor association, the Animal Industry Foundation.

Sarah Mills-Lloyd photoSarah Mills-Lloyd, Agriculture Agent & Assistant Professor, UW-Extension, Oconto County

Dr. Sarah Mills-Lloyd joined UW-Extension Oconto County in 2013 as the Agriculture Agent specializing in dairy and livestock. With her veterinarian background and certification in Milk & Dairy Beef Quality Assurance program, Sarah provides educational programs related to animal health and animal husbandry not only in Oconto County, but across Wisconsin.  Sarah incorporates new innovative technologies with university-based research to provide educational and outreach efforts for producers focusing on animal well-being, calf management and transition cow management.

Aaron LaVoy standing next to cow in chuteAaron LaVoy, Owner of Midwestern Hoof Care, LLC

Owner/operator of Midwestern Hoof Care, LLC, LaVoy has been a professional hoof trimmer since 2004 and serves the very top dairies in Wisconsin.  Prior to starting Midwestern Hoof Care, LLC, LaVoy started his agricultural career working on a 1,000 head custom heifer farm where he learned the priority of quality and animal welfare.  He is a member of the Hoof Trimmers Association and has written articles featured in Progressive Dairyman. With Midwestern Hoof Care provided a professional hoof trimming school, hoof care, and hoof care consulting.