Scott was born and raised on a dairy and swine farm in southwestern Wisconsin. He earned his BS in animal science from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.
After working as a nutritionist with Land O'Lakes for six years, he began an 19-year career with Merricks, Inc. as a national territory manager. Then in October of 2017, he took a position with Milk Specialties Global as a national account manager.
Scott works with calf units of all sizes, from 20 to 60,000 head.
I grew up on a 200 head Dairy farm and 500 head custom calf raising operation in North Central Minnesota. I started my own custom steer raising business while in high school. I raised dairy steers as wet calves to 300-400lbs. I also have over 10 years experience working and managing calves along with 10 years of shadowing veterinarians and interning at vet clinics. I graduated from South Dakota State University May 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science, Science specialization and minor in Chemistry. I choose to work for a year and then returned to SDSU for my graduate program. I graduated from SDSU May 2014 with a Master's in Biological Science, specialization in Dairy Science with an emphasis in Calf and Heifer Nutrition. My research was evaluating the growth performance and health of calves fed a modified accelerated 24:20 milk replacer at a moderate feeding rate compared to calves fed a milk replacer having similar or higher crude protein and lower fat concentrations. I have worked industry for 5 years as a Calf and Heifer Specialist. I currently reside in East Central Wisconsin with my husband and son.
Dr. Marcia Endres is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota with an extension/research appointment. She has studied how various housing and management systems can influence health, welfare and performance of dairy cattle. In recent years, Dr. Endres has also conducted research and outreach on precision dairy technologies, including robotic milking systems, automated milk feeders and individual cow behavior sensors. She has published numerous peer reviewed research articles, abstracts, proceedings, and popular press articles, in addition to 6 book chapters. She teaches two classes in dairy herd management and coaches the University of Minnesota Dairy Challenge teams. Dr. Endres currently serves as director and committee chair on the PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) Board (the national organization that certifies animal welfare audits and auditors) and as President of the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council. In addition, Dr. Endres has chaired US and International Precision Dairy Conferences and serves as chair of the International Precision Dairy Farming Association. Dr. Endres received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, M.Sc. from Iowa State University, and Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Parana, Brazil.
Dr McSweeney grew up in the dairy industry in Virginia. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in dairy science, Dr. McSweeney managed several dairies from Virginia to Colorado. He then moved on to work for Dr George Seidel at Colorado State University, helping to develop the process to sex sperm that is used today commercially. Dr. McSweeney then received his veterinary degree from CSU and immediately afterward moved on to a Master's degree at CSU focused on dairy cattle reproduction. It was during this time that Dr. McSweeney developed protocols around ultrasound and timed AI that he uses in his dairy practice, Bovine Reproduction Specialists, to improve synchrony to timed AI and conception rates. Along with the veterinary practice, Dr. McSweeney has created a training program in reproductive ultrasound, embryo transfer, and IVF for both veterinarians and non-veterinarians called International Bovine Training Solutions. To maximize the effectiveness of their training program and for research purposes, Dr. McSweeney also started a commercial dairy farm, Summit Dairy Learning Center near Greeley, Colorado.
Dr. Matthew Sellers has been working for Milk Specialties Global for 3 ½ years and currently serves as the Manager of Technical Sales and Service for the Animal Nutrition team. Matt received his Ph.D. in Animal Science from Texas Tech University in May of 2015, where his focus was on the relationship between nutrition and immune function in both dairy calves and transition cows. Matt resides in Lubbock, TX and works with dairy consultants and producers in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas.