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Our Team: Consultants

GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC is an integrated team of independent consultants who will work together to provide a broad offering of services, tools, and expertise to deliver success to your dairy and to help you achieve your most challenging goals.

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King Hickman, DVMKing Hickman, DVM is a founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC (2009). He has been working in the Dairy industry since 1989 and became an owner and partner of Dairy Production Services, Inc. in 2006. Dr. Hickman provides extensive independent nutritional and management consulting including feeding and bunk management, planning and implementation of forage plans, procurement of bids, and sourcing and implementation of growing heifer programs. Other services include review and design of vaccination schedules, biosecurity and herd health protocols; milk quality consultation as well as review of and advice on reproductive programs and overall monitoring of herd performance. more

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Jim Barmore, MSc, PASJim Barmore, MSc, PAS is a founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC (2009) and has extensive national and international experience providing technical service and management expertise to dairies. In 2003, he started and was owner/operator of Five-Star Dairy Consulting, and later in 2009 a founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting. Jim provides comprehensive independent nutrition and management consulting to larger dairies, focusing in the areas of forage management, feeding and bunk management, ingredient procurement and inventory management, herd performance monitoring and financial evaluation, cow comfort and facilities expertise, and heifer management. His consulting also involves training, leadership and people development, commercial development and product evaluation, and technical support in the area of nutrition and herd management. more

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Marty Faldet, PhD, PAS Marty Faldet, PhD, PAS is a founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC (2009). Marty has been consulting with Dairy farms in the areas of nutrition and management since 1990. He became owner/operator of Faldet Dairy Consulting, Inc. in 2002. As an independent dairy consultant he provides extensive nutrition and management consultation to dairies, focusing in the areas of feeding and inventory management, feed procurement, record and herd performance analysis, cow comfort, heat abatement, facilities, forage and crop plans, and heifer management.

Dr. Faldet received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, his masters from Oklahoma State University and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. more

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Robb Bender, PhD, PASRobb Bender, PhD, PAS is owner of Bender Dairy Innovations, LLC. Robb provides independent whole-farm management consulting to dairies in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest, with a strong focus on integration of nutritional data and reproduction.

Dr. Bender received his Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He also obtained his Master of Science in Dairy Science Reproductive Physiology in the laboratory of Dr. Milo Wiltbank. His Master's work was focused on reproduction and nutrition interactions in dairy cattle, with an emphasis on applying varying reproductive protocols on commercial farms. Following his Master's, Robb continued at Madison and obtained a PhD in Dairy Nutrition with Dr. David Combs, focusing on integration of nutritional data on dairy farms and methods to quantify and improve fiber digestibility in forages. more

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Don Deetz, PhD, PASDon Deetz, PhD, PAS is owner of GW Dairy Consulting, LLC. A native of west central Wisconsin, Don offers greater than twenty years of experience in providing dairy nutrition and management counsel to dairy operators, primarily in the upper midwest and northeast regions of the United States. Don provides exclusive, independent counsel in the areas of nutrition and management programs, featuring evaluations of herd production, health and reproductive performance records; forage inventory evaluations; planning and implementation of forage plans; and implementation of programs for growing dairy heifers.

Early in his career, Don was engaged in Extension dairy and livestock education with the University of Wisconsin, an experience during which he began to gain proficiency in farmstead organization and long-term facility design. more

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Jordan HuntJordan Hunt owns and operates Hunt Dairy Consulting, LLC providing dairy nutrition and management consulting to dairies primarily in the north eastern Iowa and south eastern Minnesota area as well as throughout the broader region.

Jordan resides with his wife Amanda and daughter Payton in the Delhi, Iowa area where he was raised on a dairy farm. He is a graduate of Iowa State University earning a double degree in Dairy Science and Agricultural Business.

Upon graduation, Jordan began his nutrition consulting career as a Dairy Specialist servicing dairy accounts on all facets of their operation from calves to milk cows.

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Bob James, PhD, PASBob James, PhD, PAS is the owner of Down Home Heifer Solutions, Inc. Bob established his consulting business upon “retiring” from the Virginia Tech Dept. of Dairy Science where he had a productive career in extension, teaching and research. The majority of his research over the last 10 years of his career was conducted on dairies in the eastern and western US with a focus on improving feed management on whole farm nutrient balance and on calf facilities and management of on farm pasteurizers and automatic calf feeders. He taught applied dairy nutrition and dairy herd management courses and was the co-coach of Virginia Tech Dairy Challenge team... more

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Jay JoyJay Joy is the owner of Milk Money, LLC, a financial consulting and “CFO for Hire” service founded in 2012 to provide progressive, forward-thinking dairy producers with access to independent, CFO-level talent but for a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time employee.

Prior to founding Milk Money, Jay spent several years as a commercial banker providing financing to large dairies, commercial cattle feeders, and grain companies located primarily in the High Plains region (CO, KS, TX, OK, and NE). In addition to his banking and consulting experience, Jay has served as a partner on a 700 cow dairy in Northeast Kansas, as the General Manager for an 8,000 cow dairy and large farming operation in Western Kansas, and as... more

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Edwin J. Kreykes, DVMEdwin J. Kreykes, DVM, owner of Dairy Health Services, located in Sanborn, Iowa since 1990 has been a respected dairy consultant for over 30 years. Before starting his dairy production medicine practice Dr. Kreykes was in a general mixed practice in Hartley, Iowa. He currently provides quality independent nutrition, reproduction, record analysis, biosecurity programs, milk quality, and other production medicine services for dairy herds in western and central Iowa and South Dakota. Other areas of interest include general management consulting, protocol development, employee training, and continuous improvement within the whole dairy enterprise. Extensive use is made of dairy records software programs PCDART and Dairy Comp 305 for monitoring of herd performance. more

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Erin Mosley, PhDErin Mosley, PhD as owner of Mosley Dairy Consulting, LLC, Dr. Mosley provides independent dairy nutrition consultation focusing on the utilization of currently available software and technology to aid in the evaluation of feed and cow health related data to help identify key areas of opportunity for production, health, and financial improvement. She comes to Minnesota after working as a nutrition manager for a large dairy operation in Idaho where her role focused on quality control for feed inventory, handling, and usage for over 30,000 dairy cattle and 20,000 heifers, including preparation of routine financial feed related information. Dr. Mosley also developed calf and heifer rations and monitored cow health related data. more

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Kristy PagelKristy Pagel, owner of Leading Edge Consulting, LLC works directly with dairies and agri-business delivering personal and professional development coaching through her expert knowledge, industry experience and relentless passion. With over 15 years of proven experience, she has gained the role as "trusted advisor" with many dairies throughout the industry. Kristy focuses on strategic evaluation of organizational structures, individual leadership coaching to build teams and a winning culture. She also provides professional meeting facilitation and trains on critical communication techniques.

In addition, she serves as the Director of Business Development and Strategic Leadership for GPS Dairy Consulting LLC, as leader of the education and people development platform offered to their clients. more

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Bonnie TappBonnie Tapp grew up on a small dairy farm in Northeast Iowa. As our Office Administrator Bonnie provides support in accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reports, payroll, invoicing, and assists with event coordination.

Bonnie brings GPS Dairy Consulting proficiency in all areas of office operations with more than 25 years experience. Early in her career she was co-owner of Ooodles Restaurant in Calmar IA and Elms Motel in West Union IA actively involved in every aspect of the business; also worked in banking for over five years. She was more recently employed as a bookkeeper and secretary for Mihm Transportation in Fort Atkinson IA; and office manager and financial secretary for two local parishes in Calmar IA and Postville IA.

Bonnie currently resides in Austin, MN with her husband Bryon.

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Travis Vlietstra, DVMTravis Vlietstra, DVM is owner of Heartland Dairy Health, LLC based in Northwest IA. He provides independent consulting services to dairies with a focus on nutrition, records analysis, reproduction, milk quality, protocol development, and employee training and education.

Dr. Vlietstra was born and raised on a farm in Northwest IA and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2014. Prior to launching his independent consulting business, Travis practiced in Northwest IA and the Central Valley of California for 5 years, focusing on dairy cow health and management. more

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