International feed efficiency conference in swine approaches
The International Conference on Feed Efficiency in Swine, set for Nov. 8-9 at the Hilton Hotel/Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska, is the first major activity of a $5 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food & Agriculture coordinated by Iowa State University and directed by animal science professor John Patience.
"Our objective is to provide, in a single forum, the current state of all aspects of feed efficiency in growing/finishing swine," Patience said. "With more than a dozen diverse topics ranging from in-barn management to nutrition to genetic selection on the agenda, this is a unique opportunity."
The two-day agenda features 15 sessions presented by experts from five countries with affiliations to a variety of private industry and educational institutions.
The conference is geared toward more technical aspects of pork production, with specific topics ranging from the influence of feed processing on feed efficiency to the role of dietary amino acids or energy on feed efficiency to the role of genetic selection on feed efficiency. The primary audience is pork producers, nutritionists, veterinarians and geneticists.
Early registration by Oct. 5 costs $175 per person and $50 per student and includes a binder of presentations to be handed out at the meeting, plus a bound book on feed efficiency in swine to be mailed to attendees in mid-2012..
After that time, the fee increases to $275 person and $100 per student. More details on the conference, including the full program and registration forms, are available at: www.ans.iastate.edu/ICFES.
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