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Alltech Symposium Asks Farmers To Ruminate on “What If?”

Maurice Boland, professor at University College Dublin, presents on dairy fertility issues at last year’s Alltech International Symposium. This year’s Modern Farming session will examine “What If,” at the 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium in downtown Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 18-21.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Genetics, farm audits, government regulations, milk quotas, greenhouse gases, branding to the millennial consumer, employee training... every topic on the farm will be explored during The Three Pillars of Modern Farming: Genetics, Management, and Nutrition session at the “What If,” 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium. The event in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 18-21 will ask farmers to consider opportunities outside the farm gate and explore the latest prospects for efficiency and profitability.

“This session will go beyond the milk parlor and the freestalls to reach every parameter from feed to farm to fork,” said John Thornton, chairperson for the Modern Farming session at Symposium. “We will be taking an in-depth look at how to fine-tune ration formulations for improved production, assess individual farm data to improve financial gain, reduce greenhouse gases and create a positive brand image in a society increasingly disconnected from agriculture.”

With a new format in 2014, Alltech International Symposium Sessions will specifically focus on Crop Science, Life Sciences, Africa, Business and Technology, Modern Farming, and The Algae Opportunity by delving into “What if.”

The Modern Farming Session will examine an array of queries such as:

  • How can we use value-added branding to improve productivity?
  • What if nutrigenomics provided one extra pig per litter or 5,000 liters more milk per cow?
  • Can we be guided by programs and recommendations built on data from 30 years ago?
  • Integrators and the Quota System: What does the future hold?
  • Genetics: How do we help bring each farm to a consistent level?
  • How can we turn a farm audit into a positive, and greenhouse gases into a business opportunity?
  • How do we achieve 32,000 kilos of milk per cow per annum?
  • How can we predict and guarantee farm performance through information technology?

The other five sessions at the Alltech International Symposium will challenge attendees to see the world through the lens of possibilities, rather than roadblocks, and will include stimulating discussions on the possibility of diagnosing major diseases in a few seconds with a pin-prick test, the potential to harness the power of algae and aquaculture in Africa, and how drones could even be used to predict and influence farm yields.

Registration for Alltech’s 30th Annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 10. Standard registration after April 10 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs.

Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2013 Alltech International Symposium, 96 percent indicated that they plan to attend again.

For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit www.alltech.com/symposium or email symposium@alltech.com.