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Prepare for the VFD and visit Alltech at the 50th World Dairy Expo

WHAT:           Visitors to the Alltech booth at World Dairy Expo will have the opportunity to learn more about viable solutions and alternatives for antibiotics in view of the upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). The Keenan InTouch system, a live nutritional review and support service, will also be on display.

WHEN:           Oct. 4 – 8, 2016                        9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST

WHERE:         Booth #EH 3201, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin

MORE:           Stop by the Alltech booth to receive a 3-D printed cow doorstop and learn more about our new My Farm, My Future contest.

Alltech to host innovation forums for Kentucky entrepreneurs in Bowling Green and Pikeville in October

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Kentuckians in Bowling Green and Pikeville will have the opportunity to attend the Alltech Innovation Forum: Harnessing Kentucky’s Entrepreneurial Spirit on Oct. 6 and 7, respectively. These forums will explore opportunities in investing in Kentucky, utilizing Kentucky resources and building sustainable industries in the state.

The Bowling Green forum will feature Dr. Pease Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Jenean Hampton, U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie and other guest experts, who will speak at 2:30 p.m.– 4 p.m. CDT on Oct. 6, 2016, at the Western Kentucky University Center for Research and Development.

In Pikeville, Dr. Lyons will be joined by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, Kentucky Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Don Parkinson and other guest experts from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT on Oct. 7, 2016, at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

To reserve your seat at one of these forums, please RSVP to Tatjana Jovanovic-Kalamanda at or call 859-887-8915.

Quantity not equal to quality: U.S. beef and dairy producers must remain vigilant to mycotoxin threats

Evidence of mycotoxins was found on this U.S. corn cob in Sept. 2016.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The U.S. is expecting a large corn crop, projected as high as 15.09 billion bushels, and the 2016 wheat crop yields have been at or near record levels in several wheat classes. However, Alltech mycotoxin expert Dr. Max Hawkins has a warning: Quantity should not distract producers from being vigilant regarding quality and the potential for mycotoxin risk.

Hawkins noted the spring wheat harvest across the northern Great Plains experienced wet weather, which led to increased crop stress and Fusarium head blight. Likewise, much of the U.S. Corn Belt experienced above average temperatures and moisture through August, creating the right environment for mold and subsequent mycotoxin issues.

A look at TMR samples from the 2015 harvest

Alltech recently collected more than 100 TMR samples from the U.S., composed of feed crop from the 2015 harvest, and analyzed them through the ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 accredited Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analytical services laboratory, using LCMS/ MS technology to determine mycotoxin presence and growth through the storage months. The 37+ analysis tests for over 37 individual mycotoxins in a given sample and shows the risk that mycotoxins in stored crops can pose to herd health and performance.

Of the samples, nearly 18 percent contained 6–7 mycotoxins, 42 percent had 4–5 mycotoxins, 35 percent had 2–3 mycotoxins, and less than 2 percent had either one mycotoxin or none. Of the mycotoxins present, type B trichothecenes and fusaric acid were most prevalent in 83 percent and 92 percent of the samples respectively.

The toxicity of Fusaric Acid is significantly enhanced when feed is co-contaminated with type B trichothecene or DON. Together, the mycotoxins present in the sample group have a REQ, or risk equivalent quantity, of 187 for beef cattle and 211 for dairy cows. For the dairy cows, this level of risk could represent a 0.5-liter loss in milk production per cow per day.

Symptoms in a herd dealing with type B trichothecenes and fusaric acid might include:

  • Anorexia

  • Depression

  • Diarrhea and other digestive disorders

  • Udder edema

  • Enlarged mammary glands

  • Feed refusal

  • Increased somatic cell count

  • Increased mortality

  • Infertility

  • Hemorrhaging

  • Lameness

  • Lethargy

  • Liver damage

  • Malformation of the embryo

  • Poor antioxidant status

  • Reduced milk production, feed efficiency, feed intake, growth, immunity, reproductive performance and rumen function

  • Skin lesions

  • Stillbirths

  • Vomiting


What this could mean for the 2016 harvest

The TMR samples analyzed contained feed crops from the 2015 harvest. However, based on their data, as well as observations from the field, mycotoxin experts expect TMRs from the 2016 harvest could represent an elevated risk.

“The inventory of the 2015 crop is almost fed, and we look forward to the 2016 crop,” said Hawkins. “However, even with a huge crop awaiting, quantity does not indicate quality. Producers should be proactive in investigating and identifying potential issues that can impact herd performance and health.”

Derek Wawack, a member of the Alltech Mycotoxin Management team in Wisconsin, noted that he has been fielding an increasing number of calls, emails and texts about fungal infections.

“Within just the last couple weeks, these fungal infections have really started to show as the summer has progressed,” said Wawack. “Stress from dry to overly-wet conditions, then cooler weather, has allowed these molds to begin growing on the ears.”

Wawack recommends carrying out a 37+ analysis early, even on fresh crop, if possible, and monitoring throughout feed out to stay ahead of any major problems.

“Years where we have seen high levels of both Fusarium and Penicillium in the field have typically led to high mycotoxin levels in storage,” continued Wawack.
“The results have been drastic production losses, loose manure, edema, bloat, conception problems, abortions, bloodshot eyes, bleeding from the ears and nasal passages and even high mortality rates, along with false positive antibiotic tests within milk from the Penicillium mold.”

Further information on managing the threat from mycotoxins can be found at Post-harvest data on the risks of the 2016 crop will be shared as analyses become available.     

In a photograph taken on Aug. 31, 2016, corn grown in Kansas displays signs of mycotoxins.

Gregory Turay appointed Alltech Artist-in-Residence at Centre College

[DANVILLE, Ky.] — He has graced the most prominent stages across the globe. The London Times has hailed him as “one of the brightest natural talents to have emerged from the United States in recent years.” And now, world-renowned American tenor and Metropolitan Opera veteran Gregory Turay will share his talents at Centre College as the Alltech Artist-in-Residence.

Over the coming year, Turay will give a recital, offer vocal workshops and collaborate with Centre’s choral conductor Johann Van Niekerk. Turay will also teach an opera workshop during the three-week CentreTerm in January and collaborate with Centre Associate Professor Nathan Link, who specializes in 18th-century opera, on a team-taught course. And for a fortunate few, Turay will also offer private voice lessons.

The appointment exemplifies not only Alltech’s on-going support of the arts but also its continuing partnership with Centre. President John A. Roush could not be more pleased.

“Anything we do with Alltech occurs at the highest level, including our most recent partnership that brought the Vienna Philharmonic to the stage of the Norton Center for the Arts,” says Roush. “We remain grateful for Dr. and Mrs. Lyons’ vision and generosity, which benefits our students and entire campus community, not to mention the commonwealth and our region.”

Pearse Lyons is the founder and president of Alltech and was responsible for bringing the Vienna Philharmonic and talented Venezuelan virtuoso conductor Gustavo Dudamel to Centre as part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.

“Alltech’s continuing support of such endeavors,” Roush adds, “exemplifies how successful corporations can have a direct, immediate and positive impact for good in the lives of young people. Pearse and Deirdre’s commitment to Kentucky and the region is legendary.”

This type of support should come as no surprise. In 2012, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honored Alltech as one of the Top 10 Companies Supporting the Arts in America.

A Lexington resident and alumnus of the University of Kentucky, Turay began his meteoric rise in 1995 when, at the age of 21, he won the Metropolitan Opera National Councils Auditions. After training in the Met’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Turay made his Met debut in “Ariadne auf Naxos” conducted by James Levine. He has since appeared on the Metropolitan Opera stage for 10 consecutive seasons.

Turay’s impressive resume includes engagements with notable companies like the San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, and he has also performed with leading orchestras and prominent conductors such as Seiji Ozawa.

Since returning to Lexington, Turay has developed a long and deep relationship with Alltech through the School of Music at his alma mater. Highlights include performances at Alltech’s 25th anniversary of its presence in China and entertaining at Alltech’s annual dinner in Dublin, which honors members of Ireland’s diplomatic corps, including consuls general, ambassadors and other dignitaries representing more than 70 countries. 

“I anticipate that Gregory’s appointment at Centre will achieve many inspiring goals,” says Lyons. “This includes what I hope to be a greater connection between Centre and the University of Kentucky, bringing two great Kentucky institutions to a whole new level of excellence.”

Music lovers wishing to hear Turay perform will have an opportunity on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., when he offers a recital, “A Tour of America in Song,” on the stage of Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts. The recital will be open to the public.

Discovering the solutions of tomorrow today: Alltech Young Scientist program calls all future innovators

The 2016 Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) graduate winner Richard Lally of the Institute of Technology, Carlow in Ireland, pictured (center) with Dr. Aoife Lyons (left), director of educational initiatives at Alltech, and Victoria Liu (right), AYS program manager, received a fully funded postdoctorate position and $10,000 USD. Registration is now open for the 2017 competition, and students can register at

[LEXINGTON, KY.] – The Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program, the world’s largest university-level competition in agri-science, seeks to attract future innovators for its 2017 term. Regional first-place winners will be invited to attend an all-expense-paid Alltech Young Scientist Discovery Week, culminating at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Here, the brightest minds will compete to obtain a fully funded Ph.D. position (undergraduate) or fully funded postdoctorate position (graduate) in addition to cash prizes of $5,000 USD and $10,000 USD, respectively.

“These bright minds have the potential to discover the solutions today to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives and engagement at Alltech. “The Alltech Young Scientist program continues to discover emerging research talent in agri-science, and we want these future innovators to join our global team.”

The AYS program, now in its 12th year, attracted approximately 200 student nominees from 144 professors representing the world’s top 117 universities from 42 countries last term.

Richard Lally, a postgraduate student at the Institute of Technology, Carlow in Ireland, developed a paper based on plant growth promotion to win first place in the graduate competition. Lally took home $10,000 USD and secured a two-year, fully funded postdoctorate contract with Alltech.

“It has been one of the most exciting and enjoyable experiences of my life and has been my greatest achievement to date,” said Lally. “I hope to contribute to the understanding of plant growth-promoting bacteria and their role in sustainable agricultural practices.”

Alonna Danielle Wright, an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, developed a paper based on the viral super-infection of the corn earworm pest to take home the global undergraduate title and $5,000 USD. Wright is currently searching for a Ph.D. program to continue her line of study.

Registration is now open for the 2017 competition and will close on Oct. 31, 2016. Students must be nominated by a professor in order to participate and may submit scientific papers on topics such as animal health and nutrition, crop science, agriculture analytical methods, food chain safety and traceability, human health and nutrition, and other sectors related to agri-science. Paper submissions may be completed online through to Dec. 31, 2016.

Each student’s paper will first compete within their home region of North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe or Africa. Each regional winner will then present his or her paper to a panel of international judges and a live audience during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held May 21–24, 2017.

For more information and to register for the Alltech Young Scientist program, please visit and stay connected through Facebook.

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.”

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.”