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Gut Health Feature of European Lecture Tour

[Dunboyne, Ireland] - Alltech are pleased to announce details of the 20th annual European Lecture Tour (ELT). This year's theme focuses on the area of "Gut Health", an area of key concern for the industry due to the ban of antibiotic based growth promoters from January 1st 2006. The Lecture Tour will visit 38 countries throughout Europe from the 13th February-5th March 2006.

Presentations on the tour will be given by Dr. Pearse Lyons, President of Alltech who's topic will look at "How do we predict the future in animal production? By creating it - a time to use the latest technologies". Dr. Lyons will discuss the lessons learned over the past 25 years and the importance of applying new technologies and building collaborative relationships in order to maintain a competitive advantage in the business.

Dr. Karl Dawson, Director of Research Worldwide, Alltech and Dr. Ronan Power, Director of Research, Alltech will examine the area of "Nutritional augmentation of the natural barrier functions of the gastrointestinal tract". Their presentation will look at natural approaches to improving gut health that are cost effective, sustainable and farm specific. They will also examine the growing field of nutrigenomics. This new advancement in technology can determine the response of various genes to elements of nutrition and thereby determine which genes need to be "switched on" or off to reduce an animal's stress response.

Expamding on this theme, Dr. Peter Spring, Swiss College of Agriculture, Switzerland and Dr. Andreas Kocher, Bio-Mos Global Strategy Manager, Alltech will discuss the "Intestinal microflora: digestive tract health and function". They will urge producers to focus on the nutrition of the breeder to optimise the quality of the day old animal and the importance of an early substantial intake of the colostrums.

Dr. Jules Taylor-Pickard, European Pig Technical Manager, Alltech and Sylvie Andrieu, European Ruminant Technical Manager, Alltech will speak on "Improving immunity through nutrition-effects on intestinal health, function and performance" and they will highlight some of the recent developments in nutrition, which can lead to an improvement in health and immunity.

For further details on Alltech's 20th European Lecture Tour click here