Presentations will be followed by the Texas Animal Nutrition Council meeting at 4:30 p.m., then a reception to begin at 5:35 p.m. that will include light hors d’oeuvres.
The April 24 program will be from 8 a.m.-noon and will focus on nutrition efficiency.
Topics and presenters for that morning will be:
• Maximized Feed Intake: Access and Consumption, Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus. DeVries will discuss how to maximize feed intake without compromising the health and well-being of the animals and ways to enhance access and consumption; thereby improving animal well-being.
• Production Efficiency and Sustainability of the Cattle Industry, Dr. Frank M. Mitloehner, University of California – Davis. Mitloehner will speak about the growth and environmental impact of the dairy industry, including how to decrease the carbon footprint and improve sustainability by increasing feed efficiency.
• Using Models on Dairy Farms-How Well Do They Work? Dr. Larry E. Chase, Cornell University. Chase will discuss and compare different nutritional systems in differing environmental situations and how well they may predict animal performance.
• An Economic Comparison of Conventional vs. Intensive Heifer Rearing, Dr. Michael W. Overton, Elanco. Overton will present performance data as well as health data from multiple locations to evaluate the economic returns from switching to an intensive heifer rearing program and share this comprehensive analysis with the audience.
• Panel Discussion on Efficiency of Nutrition – Next Steps.
Regular conference registration is $175 per individual. Early registration postmarked by April 2 is $150. There are no group rates. Make checks payable to Texas Animal Nutrition Council and mail to TANC, Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas, Texas 75252-6599.
For online registration using a credit card, go to the Texas Animal Nutrition Council website.
Embassy Suites is offering a special conference rate of $145 per night if rooms are reserved on or before April 2, Jordan said. For reservations call 1-800-EMBASSY or 972-724-2600.
Conference proceedings will be available at an additional cost.