2014 Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference is April 23-24
The 2014 Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference will be held April 23-24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Grapevine, Texas.
The program is presented by the Texas Animal Nutrition Council and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with various cattle and dairy industry groups, associations and businesses.
“These conferences provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the most recent developments in ruminant nutrition and from some of the nation’s foremost experts,” said Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist based in Dallas and member of the conference planning committee. “They consistently draw over a hundred people from the dairy industry and associated businesses and organizations across the U.S.”
Jordan, also a member of the Texas Animal Nutrition Council, said the conference will provide attendees with important information on the future of the dairy industry and on the technologies and management practices that will help ensure adequate milk supplies for a growing global population.
She said conference programming has been approved for six continuing education units from the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner and seven continuing education units from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.
The April 23 program will be from noon-4:30 p.m. and will address human versus animal nutrition, particularly fact and fiction about food and feed.
Lunch, which is included in program registration, will be from noon-1 p.m., followed by topics and presenters to include:
• Enough: The Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow, Colleen Parr Dekker, Elanco director of communications. Dekker will speak about safe technologies, vaccines and disease control as means of helping provide enough milk to meet future demand.
• Milk, Milk Fat and Human Health: Challenging Popular Misperceptions, Dr. Adam L. Lock, Michigan State University. Lock will address milk and human health, as well as the impact of changing management techniques on milk composition.
• The Interface Between Animal and Human Health: Antibiotic Use, Resistance and Controversy, Dr. Guy Loneragan, Texas Tech University. Loneragan will discuss the use of antibiotics in food animal production and the potential impacts on antibiotic resistant microbes, as well as explore the relationship between antibiotic use and resistance.
• A Decade of Algae Technology R&D: Hopes, Hypes and How Animal Ag May Benefit, Dr. Peter J. Lammers, New Mexico State University. Lammers will discuss an algae-based co-product of biodiesel production that may have use as an animal feed and risks associated with the introduction of this new feed product.