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Ag Media Summit: University of Missouri student chosen for 2016 Forrest Bassford Student Award

Nora Faris (left), University of Missouri, receives the 2016 Livestock Publications Council Forrest Bassford Student Award from Ann Hess (right), on-farm communications manager for Alltech, during the Ag Media Summit in St. Louis, Missouri, July 23–27.

[ST. LOUIS] – Nora Faris, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural marketing and broadcast reporting at the University of Missouri, took home the 2016 Livestock Publications Council (LPC) Forrest Bassford Student Award sponsored by Alltech. Faris was presented a $2,000 scholarship and a plaque during the Ag Media Summit (AMS) held in St. Louis, Missouri, July 23­­­–27.

Faris, the daughter of Paul and Betty Faris from Concordia, Missouri, is currently interning for FLM+ Public Affairs, a marketing and strategic communication agency in Washington, D.C. In the past, Faris has pursued media and policy internships with the U.S. Senate, Missouri State Senate, Missouri Farm Bureau and KBIA public radio.

As a former undergraduate research fellow, Faris has conducted and published research on crop and land markets as well as consumer perceptions of agriculture and representations of the agriculture industry in the mainstream media. She has participated in national research and policy conferences, including the Farm Foundation Round Table in Tucson, Arizona. Faris plans to obtain a law degree and pursue a career in government affairs in the agriculture industry.

“Members of the agriculture industry know that it’s not just about growing corn and soybeans and raising livestock — it’s about growing opportunities for the next generation of agricultural leaders,” said Faris. “I’m honored to have been selected to represent the Livestock Publications Council as this year’s Forrest Bassford Student Award recipient. As I pursue my career in agricultural law, policy and communications, I look forward to cultivating conversations about modern agriculture and communicating the stories of America’s farmers from the cornfields to Capitol Hill.”

The Forrest Bassford Student Award honors excellence, professionalism and leadership among students. Each year, following a competitive application process, the LPC Student Award Program gives four young people travel scholarships to attend AMS. In addition to Faris, this year's travel award winners were Audrey Green, Kansas State University; Chamonix Mejia, Texas Tech University; and Tim Taylor, Oklahoma State University. While at the meeting, the four finalists’ portfolios were reviewed and each was interviewed by a panel of professionals.

2016 marks the 31st year of the Student Award Program. Forrest Bassford's name was appended to the LPC Student Award in 1992 in honor of his contribution to LPC and his particular interest in furthering the Student Award. Alltech has co-sponsored the award since 2012.

“We need strong, young, energetic agricultural communicators to share updates on the latest innovations and on-farm practices within the agricultural community, but also to educate and inform an ever-increasing urban population,” said Ann Hess, on-farm communications manager for Alltech. “We are proud to present this award to Nora as she exemplifies all of these qualities already in her early career path in agricultural journalism.”

PSA Symposium: Industry addresses challenges of antibiotic-free production, asks what’s next for consumer demand

Symposium presenters (left to right) Dr. Greg Mathis, Southern Poultry Research; Dr. Peter Spring, Bern University of Applied Sciences; Dr. Randall Singer, University of Minnesota; Dr. Peter Ferket, North Carolina State University; and session chair Aidan Connolly, Alltech, discuss gut health physiology issues, coccidiosis and antibiotic resistance following the Symposium: Challenges with Antibiotic-Free Poultry Production sponsored by Alltech at the 2016 Poultry Science Association meeting in New Orleans o

[NEW ORLEANS] – No matter where poultry operations place their mission statement on the spectrum of traditional and antibiotic-free production, the consumer-driven issue is having a “snowball” effect on the industry. This fact was evident as 650 poultry academia and industry members packed the Symposium: Challenges with Antibiotic-Free Poultry Production sponsored by Alltech at the 105th Poultry Science Association (PSA) meeting in New Orleans last week.

“Alltech’s latest review shows that there is legislation or planned legislation being implemented on the use of antibiotics in feed in 47 countries globally,” said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer at Alltech and chair of the symposium. “This trend is inevitable and is why the industry is moving toward other programs.”

Dr. Peter Ferket, extension specialist and nutritionist at North Carolina State University, kicked off the symposium with a timeline of the role antibiotics have played in the poultry industry and the opportunity today to incorporate smart “blue sky” strategies as the industry shifts to antibiotic-free production in his presentation “Physiology of Gut Health and the Road to ABF.”

“The gut microflora is so complex,” said Ferket. “We must ask ourselves: Are we really feeding chickens, or are we truly feeding their enteric ecosystem?”

Ferket offered three feeding strategies to control the enteric ecosystem:

  1. Establish the ecological environment by cultivating early enteric development and gut motility and by seeding the gut through direct-fed microbials.

  2. Secure a nutrient balance by feeding enzymes, XOS, FOS and MOS products.

  3. Maintain symbiotic microflora stability by weeding out pathogens through the use of antibiotics, essential oils, organic acids and MOS products.

Dr. Randall Singer, professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, shared the latest developments in antibiotic resistance, pointing out that as the industry moves to antibiotic-free production, antibiotic resistance will still be an ongoing battle, as disease treatment requires higher doses of antibiotics than the growth promotion and disease prevention administrations.

“Antibiotic alternatives don’t take us off the hook for antibiotic resistance,” said Singer. “Some of these alternatives have antimicrobial properties and could exacerbate antibiotic-resistant bacterial populations that are already present. Everyone needs to focus on responsible use of antibiotics, regardless of whether these birds are grown antibiotic-free or in a more conventional manner.”

Dr. Greg Mathis, president of Southern Poultry Research, examined the influence of antibiotic-free production on coccidiosis. With the new Veterinary Feed Directive regulations going into effect January 1, 2017, producers will only be able to utilize seven of the 12 anticoccidial drugs on the market, putting more pressure on producers to utilize cocci vaccines.

“The concern is we are giving live parasites to chickens, and a whole army of them,” said Mathis. “These coccicidia are alive and cycling through the bird and through the house. Live coccidian parasites that recycle introduce re-infection and increase immunity challenges with repeated recycling.”

While Mathis suggests a hybrid program (a vaccine plus a low level anticoccidial drug), he offered several viable alternatives for controlling coccidiosis in antibiotic-free production units, such as yucca (quillaja), phytoceuticals, essential oils, probiotics, prebiotics, botanicals and combination products.

“Consumers appear to believe these alternatives are safe; they are generally used to support coccidia vaccination, and they are not anticoccidial drugs,” said Mathis.

Dr. Peter Spring, professor at Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, followed with his presentation on the current European position on antibiotic-free production. Spring said after the 2006 European Union ban on all growth promoters, too many producers/systems were not totally ready for the change and lost some performance during the first phase. Now more than 10 years later, Switzerland is treating only 5 to 12 percent of broiler flocks each year; treatments are below the level they were prior to the ban.

“It is a moving benchmark,” said Spring. “What is considered good today might not be acceptable tomorrow. In Europe, we have to keep working to getting to antibiotic-free as close as possible.”

The symposium concluded with a lively debate, with four operations offering their perspectives on antibiotic-free production. While each had different opinions on the antibiotic-free movement, all agreed that consumer choice is a positive and the move to “Never Antibiotics Ever” can’t happen overnight.

Fieldale Farms made the antibiotic-free switch in 1997 after customer requests. The northeast Georgia operation trialled 150,000 to 200,000 birds a week for two years before selling a single antibiotic-free chicken on the market.

“You can’t do it in 10 weeks,” said David Wicker, vice president of live operations at Fieldale Farms. “You can screw up a lot of chickens if you don’t do it right. Drugs still work. If you take them out, you are going to have a few surprises, and you need to be prepared for a learning curve.”

Alltech also recognized the 33rd Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award winner Dr. Marisa Erasmus, assistant professor and extension specialist at Purdue University, during the PSA meeting. Erasmus holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, Ontario, and a doctorate degree from Michigan State University. As an extension specialist and teacher of animal well-being, Erasmus focuses on welfare challenges and inspires students to become interested in animal welfare and to be engaged with the agricultural industry. In addition to teaching, Erasmus’ extension and applied research activities are focused on generating science-based methods for objectively assessing and improving animal well-being and identifying individual animal characteristics that enable animals to cope under different circumstances.

The Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award recognizes a senior author of an outstanding research manuscript in the international journal Poultry Science or The Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Alltech has sponsored the award since 2000, highlighting exceptional scholars for their research presentations at the annual PSA meeting and their scientific contribution to the poultry industry.

Ike Kang (left), associate professor at California Polytechnic State University, accepts the 33rd Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award on behalf of winner Dr. Marisa Erasmus, assistant professor and extension specialist at Purdue University, from Ted Sefton, director of poultry at Alltech Canada during the 105th annual Poultry Science Association meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 11–14.


Alltech Crop Science finalizing new product registration in China to meet growing global demands

As its population grows, China strives for new agricultural practices to feed the over 1.3 Billion people who call it home.      

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – As World Population Day places focus on population issues this month, Alltech Crop Science continues to look at what the world needs to feed itself. The company believes in applying technology at a local level to meet growing global needs. In particular, the company is looking at serving the needs of a rapidly growing middle class in China.

“For years, there has been much discussion about who will feed China,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China for Alltech. “The answer is: China will feed China.”

Working in alignment with Alltech’s China Now initiatives, Alltech Crop Science China was established and has worked to gain product registration approval for two of the company’s natural plant and soil activators. The company is now finalizing registration of its unique products, designed to streamline plant processes for optimal performance and to help revitalize soils.

“The excellent results from the registration and demonstration trials conducted thus far make us extremely excited about the future of this technology in China and the role Alltech can play to support the development of new agricultural practices in this country,” said Dr. Xue Kai, technical and project manager for Alltech Crop Science China.

Globally, China is the second largest producer of potatoes, wheat, corn and other commodities. As the country’s population continues to migrate to urban areas, it is demanding healthier, safer and more nutritious food. To help meet these expanding international needs at a local level, Dr. Lyons moved to China four years ago to lead Alltech’s efforts.

“The agriculture industry in China is awakening to the same issues we are successfully addressing in the U.S. and Brazil,” said Dr. Steven Borst, Alltech Crop Science compliance manager.

Some common issues include addressing nutrient management needs not only for soil health, but as part of integrated crop and livestock systems.

“Across the globe, farmers are working to become more precise with nutrient management,” explained Borst. “With our global experience, we can share best practices with producers and others involved in Chinese agribusiness.”

Known for its leadership in global animal health issues, Alltech is participating in numerous educational and research initiatives in China. The company has been operating in China for 22 years and has recently partnered with Nestlé in the creation of a world-class training center, the Dairy Farming Institute in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang province. In addition, 10 of the company’s nearly 30 research alliances are focused on providing local support for this growing region, noted Dr. Lyons.

“Consumers and producers alike are demanding more natural alternatives and products that fit into sustainable management systems,” concluded Borst. “Alltech Crop Science is focused on providing new solutions that meet environmental sustainability and food safety standards.”

  • World Dairy Expo

  • Alltech showcases latest cattle research at 2016 JAM

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Global animal health and nutrition leader Alltech will feature five oral abstracts and five poster presentations highlighting the most recent ruminant research at the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 19–23.

    JAM is a collaborative meeting hosted by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®), the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) and the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS).

    “This year’s research shines a light on the exploration we are uncovering through academia partnership as well as through real-time on-farm data collected by our key acquisitions,” said Dr. Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech. “Our global research team is focused on tackling the latest industry issues by incorporating new technologies into nutrition programs and helping our customers stay profitable in new and emerging markets. We are excited to share the latest data at JAM.”

    Abstracts to be shared at JAM’s oral session:

    • Effects of the EPNIX beef program on feedlot performance in diets containing no Monensin or Tylosin V.B. Holder*, J.S. Jennings, and R.S. Swingle, 1Alltech, Inc., Nicholasville, KY, 2Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Amarillo, 3Cactus Feeders, Amarillo, TX

    • Potential for live yeast culture to enhance nitrate mitigation of methanogenesis in Jersey dairy cattle R.A. Meller, J.M. Ashworth, A.M. Gehman and J.L. Firkins* 1The Ohio State University, Columbus, 2Alltech, Inc., Nicholasville, KY

    • Effect of prenatal and lactating cow trace mineral source on Angus and Brangus calf acute phase protein response to a weaning stressor D. M. Price*1, K. G. Arriola2, K. K. Arellano3, M. M. O’Neil1, W. B. Watson III1, D. M. Irsik3, D. O. Rae3, M. J. Hersom1and J. V. Yelich1, 1Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2Department of Animal Sciences, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, 3College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville

    • Effect of pre- and postnatal trace mineral (TM) source on Angus and Brangus heifer growth and body composition D. M. Price*1, M. M. O’Neil1, W. B. Watson III1, R. West2, D. O. Rae2, D. M. Irsik2, M. J. Hersom1, and J. V. Yelich1, 1 Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2 College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville

    • Effect of pre- and postnatal trace mineral (TM) source on Angus and Brangus heifer growth and reproductive performance D. M. Price*1, M. M. O’Neil1, W. B. Watson III1, R. West2, D. O. Rae2, D. M. Irsik2, M. J. Hersom1, and J. V. Yelich1, 1 Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2 College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville

    Posters to be presented at JAM:

    • Effect of imprinted polymer based ergot-alkaloid adsorbent on in vitro ruminal fermentation M.B. Kudupoje*Alltech-University of Kentucky Nutrition Research Alliance, Lexington

    • Effects of corn silage levels on methane emissions and blood metabolite concentrations of drying-off Xinong Saanen dairy goats P. Wang*1, Y. Xue2, G. Ma1 and J. Luo1 1Alltech-NWAFU Animal Science Research Alliance, College of Animal Science and Technology, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China, 2Alltech, Inc., Lexington, KY

    • Effect of total replacement of trace minerals with Bioplex proteinated minerals on the health and performance of light weight, high risk feedlot cattle V. B. Holder*1, J. S. Jennings2 and T. L. Covey3 1Alltech, Inc., Nicholasville, KY, 2Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Amarillo, 3OT Feedyard and Research Center, Hereford, TX

    • Performance and health of calves pre- and post-weaning when fed milk replacer supplemented with algae D. Schimek*1, B. Ziegler1, D. Ziegler2 and H. Chester-Jones2

    1Hubbard Feeds Inc., Mankato, MN, 2University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca

    • Ruminal metabolism of fatty acids from fish oil or algae in steers fed a finishing diet A. Pesqueira,* University of Kentucky, Lexington

    Alltech and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists announce 2016 A+ Award winners

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Alltech and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Alltech A+ Award for outstanding coverage of international equestrian sport.

    The A+ Award was established in 2010 by Alltech, in collaboration with the IAEJ, to reward creativity, passion and excellence in equestrian journalism. Initially, the focus of the awards program was coverage of the 2010 and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. The theme for the 2016 contest was “Stories of Triumph.”

    The highly competitive contest, which attracted entries from around the world, was judged by Grania Willis, FEI communications director, Alan Smith, former Daily Telegraph equestrian correspondent, and photographer Peter Llewellyn, photo manager for the 2012 London Olympic and 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. The judges deliberated without knowing the names of the contestants. No one from IAEJ or Alltech was involved in the judging process.

    “It is a delight to continue to honor the creative storytellers within the equestrian world,” said Susanna Elliott, corporate communications manager at Alltech. “They captivate us with their words, mesmerize us with their photos and draw us into a deeper understanding and appreciation of the horse.”

    The winners of this year’s Alltech A+ Award are:

    • Article Category: Kim F. Miller, Newport Beach, California, USA; “The Comeback Kids” published in California Riding Magazine, August 2015 issue.

    • Broadcast Category: Jan Tönjes, Hamburg, Germany; broadcast from the FEI Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle featuring an interview with the top three riders; Aachen, Germany, broadcast on St. Georg LIVE on Aug. 16, 2015.

    • Photo Category: Julia Shearwood, Navenby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom; photograph of Laura Collett and Grand Manoeuvre from the 2015 Longines FEI European Eventing Championships hosted by Blair Castle International Horse Trials; published as the cover photo in Horse & Hound magazine, Sept. 3, 2015.

    Tönjes, the editor of St. Georg magazine, is a three-time winner, having also scooped the award in 2013 and 2015. Shearwood is also a repeat winner, having taken the top prize for another photograph in 2012. Each of the winners will receive an Alltech A+ Award trophy and a $500 USD prize.

    “The IAEJ is extremely grateful to Alltech for its continued recognition of the media and its contribution to equestrian sport,” said Pamela Young, IAEJ president. “Alltech’s generous support for these awards is much appreciated by our members, who work tirelessly to convey the passion and beauty of our sport worldwide.”

    The dates, times and locations for award presentations will be announced soon. For more information about the Alltech A+ Award IAEJ membership or to see past Alltech A+ Award recipients, visit and click on “Awards.”

    Innovative agri-business leaders from across the globe gather in Washington to share ideas

    Hills overlook a hops farm in the Columbia Basin, one of the stops on the Alltech Crop Science tour in Washington.

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – To stay competitive in agriculture today, stakeholders are looking for the latest innovative ideas to apply to their operations. Sometimes that means stepping out of their known geography and areas of crop expertise and into other arenas to look for new ideas.

    “Innovation to me means straying off the expected path and going in a new direction, even if that new direction ends up in a cul-de-sac,” said Simon Allen, an independent agronomy consultant based in the United Kingdom.

    For Allen, that unexpected path led him to a farm tour of the Pacific Northwest with like-minded individuals. The tour, sponsored and coordinated by Alltech Crop Science included a visit to the Warden Hutterian Colony in Moses Lake, Washington.

    At the colony, Allen found a willingness among the Hutterites to “accept and hunt down new ideas and then embrace technology and interpret it in their own way.” The colony’s ongoing efforts to understand the needs of McDonald’s, leading them to become one of the company’s largest potato producers, stood out to Allen.

    The tour also took the group to the Prosser Experiment Station and the Washington State University Vegetable Farm Station in Pasco, Washington.

    Silvia Suzuki Nishikawa from Tri-S Agribusiness in Brazil noted that both big and small ideas were gathered from the tour, which took place May 16 through May 20, 2016. Both she and Allen were looking for ideas that would scale up — or down — back in their countries. Located in São Gotardo, Minas Gerais, Tri-S began as a family business with potato planting in the region and is now nationally recognized for its importance to the agri-community. The 180-member co-op produces avocadoes, garlic, coffee, carrots, corn, soybeans and wheat in addition to potatoes.

    As a third-time tour participant, Nishikawa noted that Alltech’s founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons, has emphasized the importance of research when applying new technology. Nishikawa said that while touring the Washington State University research station, she saw small changes that had been made to machinery that she could apply back in Brazil and that would “make a big difference in our potato operation.”

    This “cross-pollination” of sharing ideas with others on the tour allowed participants to step outside their areas of expertise, shared Allen. He explained that while he has no experience in banana or citrus production, he appreciated visiting one-on-one with fruit producers from Brazil and Spain to learn how they approach common crop production hurdles.

    “We’re fundamentally all the same,” he added. “We’re working with root systems and leaf systems, but different farming types.”


    Sustainable agriculture

    New production methods that are more sustainable and that require fewer inputs were also of interest to Nishikawa and Allen. As water is becoming increasingly regulated in the U.K., Allen enjoyed learning how the Hutterites efficiently use water in their pivot irrigation systems.

    “Each of their pivots covered 100 acres,” he said. “That’s larger than most farms in the U.K., but their mindset (toward water efficiency) is something that is scalable.”

    For Nishikawa, maintaining soil health is a concern, and she has been working with Alltech to incorporate biologicals into her operation.

    “I’m learning to repopulate the soil with beneficial bacteria and fungi, bettering the soil for future generations,” she said. “I want something I can leave for my children.”

    After completing the farm tours of the Pacific Northwest, Allen and Nishikawa joined more than 3,000 participants from 71 countries who attended ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

    The Alltech Idea Lab: Access world-changing ideas and innovation in business, science and agriculture

    Many of the presentations from ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference are now accessible online at the Alltech Idea Lab.

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Alltech welcomed more than 3,000 attendees from 71 countries to Lexington, Kentucky, USA, for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, an international forum for world-changing ideas and inspiration. Speakers, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former CEO of Ford Alan Mulally, former Global Marketing Officer of Procter & Gamble Jim Stengel, renowned author and water expert Seth M. Siegel, Singularity University co-chair of Energy and Environment Ramez Naam and more shared their ideas to revolutionize business, science and agriculture.

    Recordings of many of the presentations are now accessible on the Alltech Idea Lab, following registration here:


    • “One and Done - One Season to Teach Skills Designed to Last a Lifetime,” John Calipari, head coach of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team

    • “One World Phenomenon: The Story of Riverdance,” Padraic Moyles, associate director of Riverdance

    • “One Vision: One World of Abundance and Endless Opportunities,” Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech

    • “One Finite Planet,” Ramez Naam, author and co-chair of Energy and Environment, Singularity University

    • “One Idea that Changed the World,” Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer, Inc. and chief scientist, Primary Data

    • “How to Make Your Competition Irrelevant,” Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham Professor of Marketing at the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

    • “One Idea, One Change, One Brighter Future,” Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech


    • “Rule Number One: There Are No Rules,” Mary Shelman, director of Harvard Business School’s Agribusiness Program

    • “Holistic View of the Food Chain,” Dr. Johanna Fink-Gremmels, former head of the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology at Utrecht University, Netherlands

    • “An Integral Part of the Food Chain,” Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia

    • “How Consumers Influence Food Production - The Antibiotics Example,” Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech


    • “Imagine That: Profitability and Sustainability on Your Farm,” Jay Johnston, CEO, Ritchie Feed and Seed Inc.

    • “Making Animal Agriculture Exciting to New Generations,” Dr. Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer, Alltech

    • “One Centimeter of Soil,” Robert Walker, global general manager, Crop Science, Alltech

    • “The Digital Farm,” David Hunt, co-founder of Cainthus and member of the Exponential Advisory Board, Singularity University


    • “The One Hundred,” Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer, Procter & Gamble

    • “One Sweet Problem: Sugar,” Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China, Alltech

    • “One Job at a Time: How Our Vision is Rebuilding a Community,” Brad Thomas, associate manager of economic development for East Kentucky Power Cooperative


    • “How the Desert Country of Israel Became Water Abundant,” Seth M. Siegel, businessman, water activist and bestselling author

    • “One Brand, One Break: Implications for Leaders from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences,” Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives, Alltech

    • “One Decision Away from a Crisis,” David Byrne, former European commissioner for health and consumer protection

    • “Trust, Chemistry, Teams and Sales,” Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball infielder


    • “The Keenan Experience,” Ian Lahiffe, new business development director, Alltech; and François Derot, French business manager, Keenan

    • “Fertility: The Role of DHA, Selenium and Other Nutrients,” Steve Elliott, global director of the equine and mineral divisions, Alltech

    • “Methane Digesters,” Dr. Michal Hulik, general manager, Alltech

    • “Facial Recognition,” David Hunt, co-founder at Cainthus and member of the Exponential Advisory Board, Singularity University


    • “EPNIX and the Rise of Profitable Nutrigenomics,” Dr. Vaughn Holder, research project manager – beef nutrition, Alltech

    • “The Building Blocks for Better Beef Production,” Dr. Dan Dhuyvetter, director of marketing, research and development and nutrition services, Ridley Block Operations

    • “Origin Green: The Irish Food Approach,” Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham Professor of Marketing, University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

    • “Beef's Growth in China,” Ian Lahiffe, new business development director, Alltech


    • “Disease Prevention and Eradication,” Russell Gilliam, U.S. swine business manager, Alltech

    • “Engaging the 98 Percent,” Lance Barton, director of wean to finish and genetic services, Belstra Milling Co.

    • “Novel Proteins,” Ernie Hansen, manager of swine nutrition and tech services, Hubbard Feeds

    • “The Danish Program,” Jacob Dall, swine nutritionist, technical and R&D manager, swine, Vitfoss, VILOFOSS Group

    • “One Favorite: The China Pork Story,” Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China, Alltech


    • “The Future of Genetics,” Dr. Peter Ferket, professor of nutrition and biotechnology, department of poultry science, North Carolina State University

    • “Feed Efficiency and Water Utilization,” Dr. Fernando Rutz, professor of physiology and monogastric nutrition, Universidade Federal de Pelotas

    • “Vet in the Poultry House: The Veterinarian's Role in the Poultry Industry,” Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia

    • “The World Post-Antibiotics,” Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech


    • “The Verlasso Story,” Brian Lawless, programmed nutrition coordinator, Alltech

    • “The Fish Oil Dilemma,” Becky Timmons, global director of applications research and quality assurance, Alltech

    • “The Future of Fish Farming,” Dr. Ioannis Nengas, aquaculture nutrition expert, Alltech

    • “Get it Right from the Start: Feeding the Young Fish,” Patrick Charlton, CEO, Coppens International


    • “Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Know and What is on the Horizon,” Dr. Gregory Jicha, professor of neurology, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

    • “Traumatic Brain Injury and CTE: Long-term Links to Neurodegenerative Disease,” Dr. Kathryn E. Saatman, professor in the departments of physiology and neurosurgery, University of Kentucky; associate director, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center

    • “Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Linking Metabolic Decline to Neurodegeneration,” Dr. Ronan Power, vice president, Alltech Life Sciences, Alltech


    • “Brewing Up a Storm,” Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech

    • “Working with Supermarkets and Distributors,” George Fisher, founder and president, Cavalier Distributing

    • “The Craft Distilling Industry,” Mark Coffman, master distiller and chief engineer, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company

    • “One Thirsty Nation: The China Beer Market,” Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China, Alltech; and Patrick Lin, Asia brand ambassador, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company


    • “Pesticides and Fungicides,” Dr. Steven Borst, compliance manager, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

    • “Water Worries: Efficiency in Arid Times,” Jomi Bernad Blanch, Iberia regional director, Alltech

    • “Water Works: Hydroponics and Aquaponics,” Nicolas Body, European technical manager, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

    • “What do Consumers Want?,” Rebecca Noble, business development executive, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech


    • “One Goal: Creating Exciting and Sustainable Pet Food Products, What You Need to Know,” Dr. Juan Gomez-Basauri, global director for companion animal business, Alltech

    • “Ornamental Fish Feeds: One High Profit Aqua Segment May Become Your Reality,” Alex Tsappis, applications nutrition specialist, Alltech

    • “Cuba: One-of-a-Kind Opportunity in a One-Party State,” Dr. Jorge Arias,
      global aqua director, Alltech


    • “Global Megatrends Affecting Agribusiness,” Christopher W. Nolan, Sr., managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC

    • “Food Integrity: Trends and Solutions,” Sally Bernstein, advisory partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    • “Risks and Opportunities in the Global Food Supply Chain,” Sally Bernstein, advisory partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; and Joe Mack, director of global supply chain, Alltech

    • “Mergers & Acquisitions,” Christopher W. Nolan Sr., managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC


    • “The Chipotle Crisis,” Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech

    • “Against The Grain,” Dr. Gearóid Cahill, European director of brewing science, Alltech

    To be part of this thought-provoking, life-changing conference next year, mark your calendar and register now for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, May 21–24, 2017, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. To learn more and register, visit

    Keep pig profits from melting this summer

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Stress is not only bad for the animal and the producer’s profits, but it also short-changes the consumer. Stress right before slaughter can result in pale, soft pork with greater drip loss, while long-term stress can cause dark, firm and dry pork.

    Stress also has major implications on the animal’s overall health, and with the summer heat approaching comes a perfect storm for stress. Pork producers not only have to worry about the normal sorting, loading and hauling stress on their herd, but they also have to address the additional challenges from heat stress.

    “Respiratory rates begin to increase around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and with high humidity, it becomes difficult for pigs to find relief from the heat on their own,” said Russell Gilliam, United States swine business manager for Alltech.

    When pigs become agitated from stress, one of the first things affected is their eating habits. When pigs eat less, they convert less feed into muscle, thus reducing average daily gain and potentially increasing their days to market. This also opens the door to an increased risk of health challenges and ultimately additional costs for producers.

    Though stress cannot be fully avoided, it should be a goal to minimize it as much as possible. Gilliam suggests some quick tips to reduce stress and its effects:

    • Reduce instances of large swings in temperature in the barn.

    • Ensure each pig has enough space and ventilation.

    • Provide pigs with unlimited access to fresh and cool drinking water.

    • Move, transport and work pigs early in the day.

    • Tailor diets to include technologies that support pigs during stress.

    Data has shown that offering pigs a combination of organic acids, electrolytes, enzymes and probiotics can support young animals during times of stress. Organic acids support probiotic growth in the gut, and enzymes can help enhance intake and digestibility. Electrolytes keep the animal hydrated, especially in times of heat stress.

    “A combination of technologies in the pig’s feed can work quickly to lower the pH of the water, as water is the major component in reducing stress and increasing feed intake,” said Gilliam. “Depending on the type of water and the target level for pH, these technologies can work on their own or with a combination of other ingredients to help optimize the gut environment.”

    Alltech acquires Ranch-Way Feeds in Colorado

    [MANKATO, Minn.] – Alltech, through Hubbard Feeds, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ridley USA Inc., has acquired Ranch-Way Feeds, a leading animal nutrition company that has done business in the Western United States for more than 60 years.

    Ranch-Way Feeds employs more than 50 people, producing over 50,000 tons of feed annually. The company markets its animal nutrition products and programs through an extensive dealer network in the Rocky Mountain region. The acquisition includes The Feed Bin, Ranch-Way Feeds’ retail store in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Ranch-Way Feeds’ sales, marketing and technical teams will merge with Hubbard’s operations to create a strong on-farm support network for dealers and Western region livestock producers. This support includes the delivery of superior animal nutrition backed by scientific research and tailored feeding programs supported by the expertise and experience of the technical and sales teams. Because of its long history and trusted name recognition, Hubbard Feeds plans to continue to market and sell the Ranch-Way brand at this time.

    “Hubbard Feeds and Ranch-Way Feeds represent a dynamic team of like-minded, science-driven and ag-passionate people,” said Kevin Levi, president of Ridley U.S. Feeds Operations. “We are confident that Western U.S. livestock producers will benefit from increased nutritional offerings, expanded sales and technical support, and access to cutting-edge technologies through the combined resources of Ranch-Way Feeds, Hubbard, Ridley and Alltech. This acquisition is driven by our shared motivation to strengthen our support of Western livestock producers.”

    Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.