Dr. Phil Cardoso of the University of Illinois speaks to the crowd at Rock River Laboratory's open houseEvents 

Educational event content and future event and touring details

Knowing and Growing Hemp in 2020 Virtual Event: Watch the Recording

While still in its infancy, the hemp industry continues to grow and in doing so, much has been learned about this crop over the past year. Rock River Laboratory, along with their hemp industry partner, Pride Analytics and Consulting held a virtual hemp event to peer into these findings! Over the course of an hour and a half, hemp experts Dustin Sawyer and Scott Fleming discussed: 

  • An overview of the federal regulation status

  • Research and statistical analysis of the 2019 hemp crop – THC, CBD, and varietal data

  • Health and safety testing – heavy metals, microbials, mycotoxins, pesticide use, etc. 

  • Observations from the field in 2020

Check out the full event video:


Conferences and Supporting Proceedings

Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference Proceedings Paper 

Dr. John Goeser presented "Understanding fiber for profitable ration decisions' at the Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference, August 6-7th, 2019. Read the full proceedings paper here


Interested in touring Rock River Laboratory? We recommend touring our Watertown, Wis. headquarters facility, which features both our agronomy and nutrition laboratory components. Please call our headquarters to arrange a tour and the Rock River Laboratory team of experts will work with you to establish the goals of your tour for the most benefit to your group. 

Past Event Content

Feed Hygiene in the Current Environment, A Rock River Laboratory Exclusive Webinar

Focusing on the topic of feed hygiene, Dr. John Goeser, Animal Nutrition, Research and Innovation Director for Rock River Laboratory discussed:

  • An introduction to feed hygiene
  • Harvest dos and don'ts for proper feed hygiene
  • The impact of feed hygiene on the health, performance, and farm's bottom line
  • How to mitigate or lessen the impact of poor feed hygiene

View this recorded webinar on our YouTube channel here

World Dairy Expo Dairy Forage Seminar 2016: This series of educational forage seminars was held in conjunction with the World Forage Analysis Superbowl at the 2016 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. The seminar list included the topic of "What to Look For When Feeding This Year's Forage" presented by our on-staff forage expert, Dr. John Goeser. Click the link below to view the full PowerPoint presentation that was shared to guide this discussion: 

World Dairy Expo Forage Seminar: What to Look For When Feeding This Years (2016) Forage

Nutrition Workshop 2014: This educational event held in Wooster, Ohio offered nutritionists key insights on the hot nutrition topics in the dairy and beef industries via key industry leaders. Speakers included Dr. Fancis Fluharty of The Ohio State University, Dr. John Goeser or Rock River Laboratory, Dr. Bill Weiss of The Ohio State University and Jeff McCutcheon of Ohio State University Extension. Full presentations were captured on video. Click the links below to view: 

Dr. Francis Fluharty: Ruminant Anatomy and Carbohydrate Digestion: Increasing Forage Digestibility, and Cow Nutrition in the Four States of Production

Dr. Bill Weiss: Feed and Diet Composition Varies

Dr. John Goeser: NDF and Starch Digestion

Jeff McCutcheon: Dietary strategies to improve nutrient utilization and reduce excretion in livestock