Alltech Global Dairy 500

Chuck Zimmerman

During most of Monday I’ll be on the agriblogging highway to Lexington, KY for the Alltech Global Dairy 500. The theme is “Sustainability in a Changing World.” The program has been so successful that this year they’ve added a “Global Beef 500” as well! I’m looking forward to seeing my Alltech friends and enjoying a frosty Kentucky Ale! My coverage …

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International Participation at Dairy Solutions Symposium

Chuck Zimmerman

Instead of listening to presenters from the Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech, let’s hear from some of the participants. I spoke with many of them but only interviewed four. I think they give you a pretty good sense of how international this conference is. Let’s start with Georgios Valergakis, Greece. He attended since he thinks we live in an …

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SARA In Grazing Dairy Cows

Chuck Zimmerman

One of our presenters at the Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech focused on the issue of sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) in grazing dairy cows. Finbar Mulligan is from University College Dublin, Ireland. He was presenting some new research on this subject. He found that diet is important and that you shouldn’t assume that because grazing cows may be eating …

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Summing Up Dairy Solutions Symposium

Chuck Zimmerman

The Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech has come to an end. It has been two days packed with presentations on a very specific topic that is of growing importance to the industry, Rumen Health: A 360 Degree Analysis. I think we did look at the subject from just about every angle possible. I started my coverage of the conference …

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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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