Friday, July 24, 2015

Ruminant conference Aug. 20-21 in Grapevine, Texas

DALLAS – The Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference will be held Aug. 20-21 at the Embassy Suites, 2401 Bass Pro Drive in Grapevine. The conference is sponsored by the Texas Animal Nutrition Council and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Presenters include experts from the American Feed Industry Association, Perdue AgriBusiness Animal Nutrition, Cornell University, Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, Texas Tech University and the University of Georgia.
Six continuing education credits by American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists have been approved and five continuing education units by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners are pending for conference attendees.

The Aug. 20 agenda will begin with lunch from noon-1 p.m., followed by presentations on the implementation of the Food Safety Act, landscape of formulation platforms, high-resolution forage testing and using the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System in formulations. Presentations will be followed by a formulation round table and demonstrations.

Agenda items on Aug, 21 include breakfast for those staying at the hotel, followed by a Texas Animal Nutrition Conference meeting at 7:30 a.m. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. with the topic of how early life nutrition impacts health of cattle that may persist later into life. Additional topics include a comparison of sorghum silage versus corn silage and an update on regional Extension research. The conference will adjourn at noon.

Individual registration is $150 postmarked before Aug. 3 and $175 thereafter. The cost for membership in the Texas Animal Nutrition Council is $25. Make checks payable and return to Texas Animal Nutrition Council, Attn: Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75252-6599. For online registration with a credit card, go to For more information, call 972-952-9201.

Embassy Suites has a special conference rate of $149 per night for conference attendees. The deadline to receive this rate is July 29. For reservations call 1-800-EMBASSY or 972-724-2600 and identify yourself as a member of the Texas Animal Nutrition Council.

Each attendee will receive complimentary lunch on Aug. 20 as well as break refreshments, and one copy of the 2015 conference proceedings.

Additional copies of the 2015 conference proceedings are available for $20 each for U.S. delivery, $30 for Canada and Mexico, and $35 to other countries. To order, use the same address and contact information as for conference registration. Proceedings may also be ordered online from the Texas Animal Nutrition council website.

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