Rumen Adapts Well To Increased Feed Intake

Chuck Zimmerman

Dr. Andre Bannink, Wageningen UR Livestock Research, conducted a presentation titled, “Variation in rumen fermentation and rumen wall during transition period” during the Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech. I spoke with him about his topic during our gala dinner reception. He is a “modeler” which means he develops mathematical models which predict how the animal responds on a diet. …

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Rumen Fermentation Key To Feed Efficiency

Chuck Zimmerman

The final day of the Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech, was started by Dr. Ad van Vuuren, Wageningen UR Livestock Research. We sat together on the bus from our hotel this morning and I asked him about the session he would be moderating. His session focused on rumen adaptation and animal health. He says “rumen fermentation in dairy cows …

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Dairy Solutions Symposium Continues

Chuck Zimmerman

The Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech, is not only technical presentations on rumen health but an opportunity to network with fellow dairy industry professionals and have some fun. Our gala dinner last night took place at the DierenPark Amersfoort, a very nice zoo. We ate very near the elephant exhibit in a facility called De Oliphant. I sat with …

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Using Yeast To Improve Rumen Function

Chuck Zimmerman

Dr. Juan Tricarico brought the history of yeast research to the audience at the Dairy Solutions Symposium. He is Research Manager for Ruminant Nutrition for Alltech. He says there is a lot of information about yeast and its mode of action. He hopes that participants in the symposium will leave with a better understanding of how yeast affects rumen function …

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Reducing The Risk Of Acidosis

Chuck Zimmerman

“Modifying the rumen to reduce the risk of acidosis” was the title of Prof. Sergio Calsamiglia’s presentation at the Dairy Solutions Symposium. He works in the veterinary school at Universitat AutÒnoma de Barcelona. He says research shows that acidosis is not just a pH problem but related to the type of feed you’re using. There is evidence that although using …

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Incidence and Impact of SARA

Chuck Zimmerman

Prof. Joachim Kleen, Alta Genetics Germany, told us all about SARA in dairy herds at the Dairy Solutions Symposium. SARA is sub-acute ruminal acidosis and becoming a real problem. Understanding it better and what is being done to reduce or control it was the subject of his presentation. As most dairy farmers might think, proper nutrition and animal care is …

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Rumen Health Subject of Dairy Solutions Symposium

Chuck Zimmerman

The Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech, was opened by Prof. Wouter Hendriks, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. There are 250 attendees at this year’s event being held at Utrecht University. The overall topic for the Symposium is rumen health in dairy cows. I spoke with Wouter just before we got started. He says that the good rumen health will result …

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Preview of Dairy Solutions Symposium

Chuck Zimmerman

The presenters for the Dairy Solutions Symposium 2010, sponsored by Alltech, got together for dinner this evening. I’ll be interviewing most of them over the next couple days. To get a preview of what this conference is all about I spoke first with Sylvie Andrieu, European Ruminant Technical Manager, Alltech. She says that the initial idea for this conference came …

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Dairy On Display In Utrecht

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello from Utrecht, Netherlands where I’ll be attending the 2010 Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech. Just got in this morning and after a short nap went for a walk. Right away I came to an outdoor market and was very pleased to see dairy products on display. For lunch I had a really good brie and vegetables sandwich. I …

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