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Meet the hosts

Dr. Abigail Carpenter

Dr. Abigail Carpenter received her B.S. from Michigan State University, her M.S. from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. from Kansas State University. Her first position was at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, where she held teaching, research, and service positions, focusing on dairy nutrition management in her research and outreach activities. In 2019, she moved back to the U.S. for an industry position as a dairy nutritionist at CSA Animal Nutrition in Dayton, OH. She returned to academia in 2021, accepting a position as Assistant Teaching Professor in dairy management at Iowa State University. She officially moved to her current appointment with ISU in July 2022, where she has an expanded role as the state dairy extension specialist.


Dr. Barry Bradford

Dr. Barry Bradford completed dual B.S. degrees at Iowa State University and a doctorate in Animal Nutrition at Michigan State University. He then served on the faculty at Kansas State University from 2006 to 2019, and in 2020, he returned to Michigan State as the Clint Meadows Chair in Dairy Management. Bradford’s research group has largely contributed with studies on dietary utilization of byproducts in lactation diets, the impacts of post-calving inflammation, and the roles of nutrients as signals. In his current role, Dr. Bradford works directly with dairy producers to apply both research and herd monitoring data to improve decision-making on dairy farms.


Dr. Joseph McFadden

Dr. Joseph W. McFadden received his B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, his M.S. from the University of Illinois, his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, and his postdoctoral fellowship from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology and a Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Faculty Fellow at Cornell University. Dr. McFadden leads a research program focused on dairy cattle nutrition and metabolism to enhance the efficacy of milk production – his areas of interest include transition cow biology, insulin resistance, nutrient digestibility, and bioavailability.



Dr. Mark J. Thomas

Dr. Mark J. Thomas earned his B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He also completed the Penn State Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program, is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) – certified in dairy practice –, and has received the AABP Merial Excellence in Preventive Medicine in Dairy Award. Dr. Thomas is a founding partner, consulting veterinarian, and the leader of the Dairy Health & Management research team. His main focus is production and preventative medicine, but he also engages in consulting services in the areas of nutrition, reproduction, milk quality, and replacement rearing. Dr. Thomas enjoys lecturing at meetings and also teaches veterinary students through various programs.


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Meet the founder

Dr. Marcio Goncalves

Dr. Marcio Goncalves earned his veterinary degree from UFRGS, a top university in Brazil, and his PhD in applied swine nutrition from Kansas State University and worked as Global Nutritionist for one of the major swine genetic companies where he led nutrient requirement updates, diet formulation & feeding program for nucleus farms, development of nutritional economic models, and reviewing diets from over 100 customers. Currently, he is the founder of Wisenetix, the largest network of podcasts in the agriculture industry.

He has over 15 years of experience in swine production with exposure to over 20 countries and 120 research studies in pig nutrition/production and his life purpose is to create a positive impact in the world through knowledge dissemination in the global ag industry.

Additionally, he is a member of the Non-Ruminant Nutrition Symposium Committee at the American Society of Animal Science. More information can be found at Google ScholarResearch Gate, and LinkedIn.