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Conference Highlights the Future of Growth Promotion in Animal Feed

[Dunboyne, Ireland] - From the 1st January 2006, the EU implemented a new regulation banning the use of in-feed antibiotic growth promoters in the animal feed industry. As a consequence, the industry has had to source alternative technologies in order to overcome these implications. As a result, Alltech, one of the global leaders and providers of natural solutions centred their 20th European Lecture Tour (ELT) on the "Future of Growth Promotion." The lecture tour kicked off in Cork on Monday 13th February, before continuing on to Dublin and Belfast on the same day. Over 100 key industry leaders and customers were among the guests who attended the presentations.

During the session in Dublin, four undergraduate students were awarded science scholarships. The scholarship will allow the students to further their skills by contributing in the search for natural animal health solutions. The internship will take place at Alltech's global headquarters' in the USA. This year a special commemorative award was given to one of the four students for their outstanding efforts. The award was in honour of the great Irish horse-man, Michael Osborne.

A native of Naas, County Kildare, Osborne played an influential role in many of the major developments in Irish racing over the past 20 years, including Director of the Irish Horse Racing Authority and Horseracing Ireland. He was also Managing Director of the Irish National Stud and was chosen by Sheikh Mohammed to build up the Sheik's stud farm operations in Ireland and then establish international racing in Dubai. His outstanding quality was his ability to relate to and work with people of all ages and backgrounds and his unique talents and enthusiasm saw him succeed wherever he worked.

The first Michael Osborne commemorative award in acknowledgement of the pursuit of excellence went to Nicola Jones, third year student in Industrial Microbiology at UCD.

The other students who received the scholarships were:
Niamh McGee - third year student Biotechnology, NUI Maynooth
Mark Dalton - third year student, Biotechnology, NUI Maynooth
Amelie Fassbender - third year Industrial Microbiology, UCD.

The four speakers at the Irish stops highlighted the fact that in order to remain competitive we need to adopt new innovative technologies. "To maintain an advantage over competitors it is imperative to lower our costs by using alternative materials, such as fibre or better utilise existing raw materials," said Dr. Pearse Lyons, President, Alltech.

Dr. Andreas Kocher, Bio-Mos Global Strategy Manager, Alltech, explained that maintaining a stable and healthy intestine is core to intestinal health and maximising growth performance. Innovative products such as Bio-Mos? can be used as part of a natural strategy.

Speakers on the tour included:
· Dr. Pearse Lyons, President, Alltech
· Dr. Karl Dawson, Director of Research Worldwide
· Dr. Jules Taylor-Pickard, Technical Team Manager, Europe, Alltech
· Dr. Andreas Kocher, Bio-Mos Global Strategy Manager, Alltech.

Alltech's Lecture Tour will visit 39 cities in 34 countries throughout Europe over the next three weeks, where they will provide advice and examples of natural technologies, supported by research and practical results to optimise animal performance.

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