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International Poster Session Launched at Symposium

Over 1,300 professionals in the field of animal nutrition attended the second day of Alltech's 2004 International Feed Industry Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, yesterday, May 25. Participants were invited to explore new nutritional possibilities and solutions enabled by new technologies which can will equip agribusiness professionals with the tools necessary to 're-imagine' the animal feed industry.

With over 250 posters on display, Tuesday marked the opening of the Symposium's international poster session. Researchers from across the globe presented data on a wide range of topics - from practical nutrition for enhanced immunity to formulating for specific food animal products, carcass composition and environmental objectives. The poster session allowed symposium delegates to interact with the scientists involved with the various studies presented which reflected Alltech's goal for the Symposium: - to provide cutting edge research and innovative nutritional concepts to those most able to put it into practice - feed manufacturers, producers and veterinarians.

At the pig symposium, Jim Hedges of Ralco-mix Products, Inc., discussed why successful feed companies of the future must employ specialists and a salesforce that actually calls on customers, and must have excellent research, product quality and superior service. Later, Prof. Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, showed how to reduce costs and environmental impact through phase feeding and how using organic (Bioplex) minerals, which are more bioavailable than organic sources, produces similar levels of performance with significantly reduced levels of mineral excretion.

During his discussion on equine nutrition, Prof. Trevor Smith of the University of Guelph, Canada, explained that exercising horses are more sensitive to mycotoxins than non- exercising horses. Results such as decreased feed intake and losses in body weight, can be prevented by using a yeast cell wall organic polymer. Prof. Mathias Bojer from the University of Cologne in Germany, talked about a new scientific approach to horse training using lactic acid blood analysis, and the analysis of speed and of movement of jumping horses.

On the poultry side, Prof. Mingan Choct, University of New England in Australia, explained how Allzyme SSF with its seven different enzyme activities in a natural complex can be used to better digest a broad range of feed raw materials in poultry production. Dr. Gordon Rosen, Pronutrient Services Ltd, spoke on re-imagining the feed industry and how pronutrients (feed additives) such as Bio-Mos and Sel-Plex can improve the nutritive value of ingredients in poultry feed.

For more details on the 20th International Feed Industry Symposium, sponsored by Alltech, email: mmiller@alltech.com


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