Purdue News

February 24, 2006

Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference set for April 25-26

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will co-sponsor the 15th annual Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference on April 25-26 at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The conference is broken up into three themes that include nutrition and animal health, ration formulation and forages, and nutrition and the environment.

"The general theme is new developments in dairy nutrition and feeding systems," said Timothy Johnson, Purdue Extension dairy specialist. "The nutrition and the environment topics are extremely important because we will cover the impact of dairy farms on air quality and nutrient management."

The conference will cover several additional topics, including feeding corn distiller grains and what is the maximum inclusion rate, recent research on energy intake and reproduction, digestibility of fat supplements, in-vivo digestibility of forages, and starch digestibility of corn and corn silage.

There also will be presentations honoring graduate students' research efforts.

"These presentations really give students a chance to interact with conference participants, which can lead to future employers," Johnson said.

Judges will select three student presentations to win a cash prize: first place will receive $1,000, second place $500 and third place $200. For the first time, the winner also will have the opportunity to present their research at the conference.

Co-sponsoring the conference, along with Purdue, are Michigan State and Ohio State universities. In addition to speakers from these universities, guest speakers will come from other institutions, including Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Illinois, ELANCO, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Utah State University, South Dakota State University, Kansas State University, Penn State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The conference is designed for feed industry personnel, nutrition consultants, Extension specialists, veterinarians and producers. Last year's event was attended by about 500 people.

Registration, which is due by April 7, is $130 per person and includes refreshments, one breakfast and a copy of the proceedings. For more information, go online.

Writer: Chelsea Carter, 765/494-8402, carterc@purdue.edu

Source: Timothy Johnson, 765/494-4810, tjohnso2@purdue.edu

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