Jarrod Blackburn recently joined the Vita Plus Loyal team as a dairy specialist. Based in central Wisconsin, Blackburn will provide customized feed and nutrition strategies as well as management expertise for every area of the dairy farm. Utilizing farm-specific ration formulation and cutting-edge technologies, Blackburn will help dairy producers reach their unique production goals.
Blackburn grew up on a dairy farm in Inman, Kansas before attending Kansas State University (KSU) to receive his bachelor’s degree in animal science and industry. As an undergraduate, Blackburn was a member of the KSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team and Dairy Challenge Team. Blackburn worked for a full-service farm cooperative as a location service specialist providing on-site support at their different locations for several years before returning to KSU to earn his master’s degree in dairy cattle nutrition. During his graduate studies, Blackburn worked as the KSU Dairy Cattle Judging Coach and as a graduate teaching assistant, where he was the lead on dairy nutrition research projects focused on monitoring dry matter variation in corn silage with a hand-held near-infrared device and the use of a starling-resistant concentrate in dairy cattle feed.
Vita Plus Corporation is an employee-owned company headquartered in Madison, Wis. Vita Plus has been serving livestock producers since 1948. More than just a feed supplier, Vita Plus consultants offer the latest cutting-edge technology, nutrition and management information. For more information about the organization, call 800.362.8334 or go online at www.vitaplus.com.