Andrew Linscott, ruminant specialist with Alltech, focused on the hidden threat from mycotoxins and what can be done to identify them.
“Twenty-five percent of a cow’s genetic potential is stolen by mycotoxins, but sometimes the problem is invisible,” said Linscott. “On top of this, the process of making DDGs has been shown to potentially concentrate the mycotoxin threat by a factor of three. With the 37+ Program we can currently test for 38 different mycotoxins, and this number is still growing. There is no need for guesswork anymore.”
Carbon footprint was also a hot topic at Global 500, with Kevin Tuck of Alltech discussing the opportunities that come with this new issue.
“The more productive the cow, the lower the emissions are. We need to increase milk yield or weight gain per cow, feed lower carbon ingredients – so no soybean meal, manage dietary proteins and improve overall feed efficiency. Carbon foot printing is not an imposition but rather a fantastic opportunity to make us more efficient and increase our margins out of this system,” said Tuck.
Robert Walker, European director for Alltech Crop Science, spoke about forage and making the most out of it with Grain-Set®.
“The treated plants have nice fibrous root systems and have more of the bigger anchoring roots to keep them full in the ground. That’s what makes the difference. In the United States this year, we had a massive drought. In northern Europe, we had floods. When you have roots like this, you can protect your crops. Visible results are very significant,” said Walker.
Farmers and producers from around the world shared their unique regional challenges and successes with each other, and all went away with something new to consider.
"This event brought forth many great ideas, such as the gene chip. I've never been to a conference before that makes me want to go home and do things differently," said Andy Hofer, a beef farmer who runs a 1,000 cow operation, conception to consumption, near Alberta, Canada.
For more information on Global 500 and more detailed information about the presentations, visit the Alltech blog and, for photos, visit Alltech's online photo gallery. Presentations can be viewed on demand through the AlltechAgNetwork.