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Alltech, Transylvania University launch lecture series with true story of science and adventure

WHAT: A lecture based on the book “How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog” will feature the fascinating true story of researchers in Siberia who domesticated silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time. The book’s co-author will reveal the inside stories of science, politics, adventure and love that shaped this groundbreaking mission.

Attendees are invited to share in the journey captured in a book The New York Times calls “Sparkling…part science, part Russian fairy tale and part spy thriller. It may serve — particularly now — as a parable of the lessons that emerge from unfettered science, if we have the courage to let it unfold.”

WHO: Dr. Lee Alan Dugatkin, prominent biologist, science historian and co-author of “How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog.” Dugatkin is a professor and university scholar in the department of biology at the University of Louisville. His main areas of research interest are the evolution of social behavior and the history of science. Dugatkin has spoken about his research and books at more than 150 major universities around the world.                               

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 26

            7 p.m.

WHERE: Mitchell Fine Arts Center, Transylvania University

MORE: This event is part of Down to a Science, a lecture series presented by Alltech and Transylvania University. The collaboration aims to make science accessible and relatable for everyone, promoting a scientific dialogue within the local community. Lectures are free and open to the public. 

Hope After Harvey: Alltech launches relief efforts for Texas farmers and ranchers

Alltech launches Hope After Harvey relief program for Texas farmers and ranchers. For more information or to donate, visit

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The Lone Star State should not stand alone in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s deluge. The historic hurricane’s damage could be devastating to Texas farmers and ranchers, who lead the U.S. in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep and goat production, contributing more than $20 billion annually to the economy. There are countless reports of thousands of head of cattle in America’s “cattle country” that could not be rescued before Harvey hit.

To deliver relief specifically to Texas’ farm and ranch community, Alltech is launching Hope After Harvey. Alltech is donating $20,000 to kick off the relief fund and will then match the first $80,000 in donations made to its 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Alltech ACE Foundation by September 15, 2017. To give to Hope After Harvey, visit           

Additionally, the Alltech family has committed to donating $100,000 in value of animal feed and crop products.

A team of employees is preparing to deploy to Texas this week to help rope cattle. Additional employee teams are being organized for trips in the months ahead to support farmers and ranchers wherever they need extra hands, whether in installing new fencing, rebuilding barns, restoring fields or herding animals.

“Harvey hit home for many of our customers and employees in Texas, and, therefore, Harvey has hit ‘home’ for the Alltech family globally,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Our Lone Star friends will not stand alone; they will have our support every step of the rebuild.”

Donate to Alltech’s Hope for Harvey at

KEENAN establishes strong support presence in the Midwest

KEENAN is establishing a stronger presence in the Midwest with the formation of a new service outlet network.

New service outlet network underlines KEENAN’s commitment to farmers “Never Missing a Feed”

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Noted Irish diet feeder manufacturer KEENAN has been building an impressive presence in North America since it was acquired by global nutrition company Alltech in spring 2016. With a new dealer and service network that includes four retail operations throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota, its support of U.S. farmers is gaining further strength.

Unique in the rumen friendly mix it produces, KEENAN machines have helped farmers around the globe achieve consistent performance. KEENAN provides technology to increase on-farm productivity and maximize feed efficiency, with global results showing an average increase of 200 grams per head per day in beef live weight gain and a 16 percent increase in milk production, all achieved with less feed.

In addition to the performance benefits of KEENAN feeders, the machines have long been a popular choice with farmers due to their reliability, durability and ease of maintenance.

Working with technology leader Intel, KEENAN has also developed a smart, connected and secure technology called InTouch. Data is fed back from the farm wirelessly to an expert team of nutritionists who can monitor feed efficiency parameters and adjust diets in real time.

“At KEENAN, we endeavor to ensure that our customers ‘Never Miss a Feed,’ and this promise is proven daily on farms throughout the U.S.,” said Dan Gard, KEENAN North America sales manager. “These machines are providing excellent levels of service while producing a consistent ration to maximize livestock performance.”

KEENAN’s new dealer and service network will help to ensure that farmers working with KEENAN have the highest level of access to support, service and the dedicated expertise of the KEENAN team.

Our new retailers have been chosen for their excellence, their understanding of what sets KEENAN apart and a strong commitment to bringing the performance benefits and reliability of the KEENAN system to farmers in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and into Nebraska and South Dakota,” said Gard.

J. P. Scherrman, Inc., Nelson Farm Supply, Post Equipment and Terra Products Co. are now positioned to support farmers in the Midwest.  


Approved KEENAN service outlets:



Covering Northeastern Iowa, Northwestern Illinois, Southwestern Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota

Tel: 1-800-373-0625


1350 1st Avenue NW

Farley, IA 52046



Covering Southwestern Iowa

Tel: 1-800-772-6184 or 1-712-755-3115


1410 Hwy 44 East

Harlan, IA 51537



Covering Northwestern Iowa, Northeastern Nebraska, Eastern South Dakota and Southwestern Minnesota

Tel: 1-712-476-4500


2553 320th Street

Rock Valley, IA 51247



Covering Southeastern Iowa, Northern Missouri and West Central Illinois

Tel: 1-319-723-4234


340 Main Street

Nichols, IA 52766

Alltech supports young agricultural communicators at Ag Media Summit

The 2017 Livestock Publications Council Student Award Program travel scholarship award winners (right to left): Topanga McBride, Kansas State University; Katie Friedrichs, Oklahoma State University; Jill Seiler, Kansas State University; and Taylor Belle Matheny, Kansas State University; with Jenn Norrie, on-farm communications manager for Alltech.

[SNOWBIRD, Utah] – Young agricultural communicators are the voices of the future, and helping these passionate leaders join the global conversation is key to educating the world’s consumers about where their food comes from.

Alltech is proud to support young agricultural journalists at the Ag Media Summit through the Livestock Publications Council Forrest Bassford Student Award and, new in 2017, the American Agricultural Editors’ Association Alltech Cultivating Young Ag Journalists Awards.

The 2017 Livestock Publications Council Forrest Bassford Student Award, sponsored by Alltech, was presented to Topanga McBride, a senior at Kansas State University who is majoring in agricultural communications and journalism as well as agricultural economics. McBride was presented with a $2,000 scholarship and a plaque during the Ag Media Summit.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, McBride grew up showing Milking Shorthorns for her 4-H dairy project. While she initially had no intention to stay in the agriculture industry, her peers’ lack of knowledge regarding their food sparked her passion for agricultural communications.

“When I realized that my teachers’ and friends’ sole connection to agriculture was me, I knew that I had to use my voice,” said McBride. “Agriculture is an industry that touches everyone’s lives, and we cannot afford to sit out on the conversation.”

McBride is currently a media relations intern for Monsanto Co. She will return to her role as a communications intern at the Kansas Department of Agriculture in the fall. Previously, she served as a public relations intern for Look East and the Center for Food Integrity.

In addition to her intern experiences, McBride is heavily involved in collegiate and national organizations. She serves on the Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team along with nine other collegiate agriculture leaders. She is an active member of Sigma Alpha, a professional sorority for women in agriculture, a Kansas State University ag ambassador and editorial director for Kansas State University’s chapter of Spoon University.

The Forrest Bassford Student Award honors excellence, professionalism and leadership among students. Each year, following a competitive application process, the LPC Student Award Program provides travel scholarships for four students to attend the Ag Media Summit. In addition to McBride, this year's travel award winners were:

  • Katie Friedrichs, Oklahoma State University
  • Taylor Belle Matheny, Kansas State University
  • Jill Seiler, Kansas State University

During the Ag Media Summit, the four finalists’ portfolios were reviewed, and each was interviewed by a panel of professionals.

2017 marks the 32nd year of the LPC Student Award Program. In 1992, Forrest Bassford's name was attached to the LPC Student Award in honor of his contribution to LPC and his particular interest in furthering the Student Award. Alltech has co-sponsored the award since 2012.

“Alltech is proud to support young agricultural communicators as they share the stories that need to be told within the agriculture industry as well as educate the urban population on where and who their food comes from,” said Jenn Norrie, on-farm communications manager for Alltech.

2017 also marked the first year of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association Alltech Cultivating Young Ag Journalists Awards, providing the opportunity for active AAEA agricultural journalists 35 years old or younger with a travel stipend to attend the Ag Media Summit as well as an invitation to attend ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE18), May 20–23, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky.

The 2017 American Agricultural Editors’ Association Alltech Cultivating Young Ag Journalists Award recipients were:

·        Ann Hess, AGDAILY/Carbon Media

·        Anna McConnel, Successful Farming/Meredith Agrimedia

·        Kasey Brown, Angus Media

·        Shelby Mettlen, Angus Media

“The American Agricultural Editors’ Association believes it is vital to provide professional development and education opportunities for its younger members to attend the annual Ag Media Summit,” said Samantha Kilgore, executive director of AAEA. “The Cultivating Young Ag Journalists Awards, made possible by Alltech, will help reach that goal of continuing to provide development and education for the nation’s leading ag communicators.”

The 19th annual Ag Media Summit hosted more than 600 agricultural communicators, media professionals and students at the Snowbird resort outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, July 22–26, 2017. The Ag Media Summit is a joint meeting of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA), the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) and the Connectiv Agri-Media Committee, and it offers opportunities for professional development and industry networking. 

Alltech presents student research award to Purdue University student

Matthew Aardsma wins award for paper on relative metabolizable energy values for fats and oils in young broilers and adult roosters


[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — Connecting the farm to the lab through research is critical for agricultural innovation. Illustrating its commitment to encouraging student research, Alltech presented the 34th Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award to Matthew Aardsma of Purdue University during the 106th annual Poultry Science Association meeting, held in Orlando, Florida, July 17–20.

The Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award is given to a student who is the senior author of an outstanding research manuscript in Poultry Science or The Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Aardsma’s winning paper titled, Relative metabolizable energy values for fats and oils in young broilers and adult roosters, focused on developing a bio-assay where feed-grade fats and oils were evaluated for their relative metabolizable energy content quickly and accurately. The paper showed results for several fats and oils that are commonly fed in the poultry industry, and that the results obtained for adult roosters are the same with young broiler chickens.  

"Research is an integral part of Alltech and the poultry industry's success to date," said Dr. Ted Sefton, director of poultry for Alltech Canada. "Alltech is proud to sponsor the Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award to encourage students to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals and communicate new technologies and discoveries being made in the lab that can have a direct impact on the farm."

Aardsma grew up in Central Illinois, where his parents encouraged him to explore his interests in agriculture and animal production. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and his master’s degree in animal sciences with an emphasis in poultry nutrition in 2015, working with Dr. Carl Parsons. After a summer internship at Southern Illinois University working in aquaculture nutrition, he began a Ph.D. program in animal nutrition at Purdue University. Aardsma is currently studying with Jay Johnson and focusing on nutrition-based stress physiology in poultry and swine.

Alltech has sponsored the Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award since 2000, recognizing young leaders in scientific innovation for their commitment to publishing and sharing their work within the poultry sector.

The Great Green Getaway: Alltech & KEENAN launch sweepstakes for U.S. dairy producers

Alltech and KEENAN have launched The Great Green Getaway sweepstakes for U.S. dairy farmers to enter for a chance to spend the week of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

The Great Green Getaway: Alltech & KEENAN launch sweepstakes for U.S. dairy producers

Three winners will receive trip for two to Ireland for the week of St. Patrick’s Day 2018

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Ireland is known as “the land of a thousand welcomes,” and staying true to its roots, Alltech is upholding the enduring tradition of Irish hospitality by launching The Great Green Getaway. In partnership with KEENAN, an Alltech company, maker of the “Green Machine” mixer wagon, the sweepstakes invites American dairy farmers to enter for the opportunity to win one of three travel-expense-paid trips for two to Ireland in March 2018, coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day.

The tour destinations include a “how it’s made” tour of the KEENAN production facility in Borris, County Carlow, Ireland, a guided VIP experience at the new Pearse Lyons Distillery (opening summer 2017), visits to a host of high-performance Irish dairy farms and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin City Centre.

“We are proud to work with dairy farmers around the world and provide technology to increase on-farm productivity and maximize feed efficiency,” said Robert Walker, chief executive officer of KEENAN. “We are looking forward to welcoming the sweepstakes winners to Ireland to show them our innovations while also celebrating Irish traditions.” 

The sweepstakes opens June 28, 2017, during National Dairy Month, and the winners will be announced on Oct. 7, 2017, at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. The sweepstakes is open to U.S. dairy farmers who have 50 cows or more and are over 18 years of age.

For more details and to enter The Great Green Getaway sweepstakes, visit

Alltech and Hubbard Feeds contribute to successful Prime Time Gala in support of Feeding South Dakota

The KEENAN MechFiber 320, donated by Alltech South Dakota, was the highest-bid item at the Prime Time Gala auction, raising $40,000 for Feeding South Dakota. Photo credit: Robb Long Imaging

[BROOKINGS, S.D.] – The agriculture community recently banded together at the fourth annual Prime Time Gala to support Feeding South Dakota, which provides food assistance to hundreds of men, women and children across the state. Both Alltech and Hubbard Feeds, an Alltech company, supported the successful event, which raised a total of $236,508.

The highest-bid item at the event’s fundraising auction was a KEENAN mixer wagon donated from Alltech South Dakota, which raised $40,000 and was sold to Mike Winter from Brandt, South Dakota.

“Alltech is proud to support the Prime Time Gala with the donation of a KEENAN mixer for auction, as the money raised for Feeding South Dakota will go back to the people in our communities who need it most,” said CJ Tanderup, Alltech regional sales manager.

The event, hosted by the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, welcomed more than 1,540 guests. To date, the Prime Time Gala has raised a total of $737,508 for Feeding South Dakota, which has helped purchase 414,644 pounds of beef for those in need across the state since 2014. Also presented during the gala were $10,000 in scholarships to four students attending South Dakota schools who are interested in improving beef production and promotion.

“Hubbard Feeds is honored to be part of the Prime Time Gala as our agriculture industry and community come together to raise money for those struggling with food insecurity and to show our support for the South Dakota beef industry,” said Tyler Melroe, beef nutritionist for Hubbard Feeds.  

For more information about the Prime Time Gala, please visit

Alltech awarded Preferred Supplier status by the National Animal Supplement Council for companion animal and equine feed products

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) has awarded Alltech with its Preferred Supplier seal for companion animal and equine feed products.

The NASC Preferred Supplier program ensures quality and confidence in the supply chain, from start to finish. For a company to display the NASC Preferred Supplier seal, it must meet and comply with strict criteria set forth by NASC.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded the National Animal Supplement Council’s Preferred Supplier status,” said Dr. Juan Gomez-Basauri, global director of Alltech’s companion animal business. “This award is a validation of Alltech’s long-standing commitment to the pet food and equine industries to provide nutrition that is safe and beneficial to animal health.”

Central to the development of all Alltech nutrition products and feeding programs is the guiding Alltech ACE principle. This principle sets the standard for all company efforts, from the lab to the production floor, and ensures that what Alltech delivers is safe and beneficial to the Animal, Consumer and Environment.

For more information about Alltech nutrition for pet health and horse health, visit or contact your local Alltech sales representative. 

Alltech South Dakota donates KEENAN mixer wagon in support of Feeding South Dakota

The KEENAN MechFiber 320 was donated by Alltech for auction at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation Prime Time Gala in support of Feeding South Dakota.

[BROOKINGS, S.D.] – Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech is proud to announce the donation of a KEENAN mixer wagon to be auctioned at South Dakota’s Prime Time Gala on June 17, 2017.

Hosted by the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation, the Prime Time Gala is an annual fundraiser that benefits Feeding South Dakota, an organization that provides emergency food assistance to thousands of people in any given week and hundreds of men, women and children every day across South Dakota.

“We understand the impact that an event such as the Prime Time Gala has, not only on our state, but our local community,” said CJ Tanderup, Alltech regional sales manager. “We are proud to donate the KEENAN mixer wagon to a great cause in order to raise money for those in need and to show our support for the South Dakota beef industry.”

Since hosting the first Prime Time Gala in June 2014, over $501,000 has been raised for Feeding South Dakota to purchase over 361,804 pounds of beef. Feeding South Dakota provides emergency food assistance for an estimated 190,000 people every year and nearly 50 percent of the individuals are children and infants. To learn more about how to support Feeding South Dakota through the Prime Time Gala and to order tickets, visit

Contest calls for equestrian sport’s best articles, photography and broadcasts

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – They chronicle the tragedies and triumphs of the world’s greatest athletes, human and horse. They write, photograph and broadcast rain or shine, carrying the heavy weight of their storytelling gear from stadiums to media centers, rising before the sun and sustaining themselves with caffeine and love of the story when day has faded into darkness.

The McCauley’s Alltech A+ Award turns the spotlight on these storytellers. Honoring the best of equine journalism, the awards program is now in its eighth year and includes a new partner, McCauley Bros.

Nestled in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, home and nursery of the world’s finest horses, McCauley Feeds (McCauley’s) has been nourishing champion equine athletes since 1938. McCauley’s, now an Alltech company, is a dedicated equine-only nutrition company specializing in the formulation of premium feeds and nutritional supplements. They are home to one of the equine community’s most trusted technical teams, aligning expertise and practical experience with personalized problem-solving.

From affordable maintenance to elite performance products, McCauley’s covers a wide range of needs and delivers quality-assured nutrition programs to all horses and horse owners. McCauley’s facility is a medication-free plant, dedicated exclusively to the production of premium equine feeds.

“The International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) is delighted that Alltech, through their company McCauley’s, has renewed their support for the A+ Awards,” said Pamela Young, president of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists. “We’ve had some great entries and winners since Alltech and the IAEJ first collaborated on these awards in 2010. I think I can speak for all our members when I say Alltech’s generous support is much appreciated by everyone who works tirelessly to convey the excitement of competition and the beauty of man’s relationship with horses. I am equally pleased that McCauley’s has agreed to expand the broadcast category to include our friends in radio and television.”

The theme for this year’s contest is “Partnership.” Articles, interviews and photos entered should convey the unique partnership between humans and horses. Winners receive $500 and a display award. Entry to the McCauley’s Alltech A+; Award is open now to submissions in the following categories:


Broadcast (including webcasts, podcasts, videos, radio and television)


For details and requirements of entry, please visit <>, and see contest news on the home page or click on “Awards.” The deadline for submission is January 30, 2018.