The Alltech 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium concluded on the paradigm shifts that agriculture and society need to feed a global population of 9 billion people by 2050. The Symposium highlighted the wide range of solutions available to society to meet this challenge. Also, Alltech Young Scientist global winners were announced.
Alltech’s founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons, captured the audience’s attention by reiterating that our time is now, and we must keep in mind all the points discussed during the time here, and take action.
Lyons stated, “I challenge you to be the game changers of our industry. You have the technology, you have the support, and you have the camaraderie. Climb with me and dream with me.”
Dr. Mark Lyons, director of North America for Alltech, presented on “Game Changers: The 7th Step for the Health and Vitality of Mankind.” He emphasized, “There is a sea of change taking place in our industry. Food and healthcare are at odds and the cost of both is spiraling out of control.”
Director of worldwide research for Alltech, Dr. Karl Dawson, presented on Programmed nutrition: Imagine a beef animal going to market in half the number of days with cholesterol levels lower than those of chicken: Tasty and beneficial. Condition your animals to grow with less, while doubling production.
Dawson stated, “Nutrition is a process; it goes back to when you were a child, to when you were in your mother, even back to the things your mother ate before you were conceived. You are what your mother ate.”
Declan Coyle, Andec Communications, Dublin, Ireland, discussed how to get on what he calls “The Green Platform,” a state of mind demonstrating how each individual can take control of their own lives to be their own game changer. He explained that to be a game changer you need to recognize your power to choose one of two platforms: the negative, blaming, complaining “red platform” or the positive, constructive, proactive “green platform.”
Alltech Young Scientist global winners
With an overwhelming 5,000 entries, the Alltech Young Scientist global winners were announced at the Symposium
. The next generation of scientists were well represented by the exceptional talent that was displayed in the submitted entries. Alltech announced the prestigious winners of its annual Young Scientist
competition during Tuesday’s general session.
“Growing extensively each year, to more than 5,000 entries in this fifth year since its inception, the goal of the programme is to increase the number of students studying animal science,” said Mark Lyons, director of North America. “This competition is bringing together the brightest scientific thinkers in colleges and universities across the globe.”
This year’s graduate winner is Wai-Fun Leong, who represents the Asia region and is a student at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Leong won with her paper, Preparation and characterisation of sucrose palmitate and sucrose laureate stabilised water-soluble phytosterol nanodispersions.
Yakov Tsepilov, winner of the undergraduate level, submitted The development of new detection and characterisation of salmonella enteric in meat and poultry products. Tsepilov advanced as the regional winner from Russia and is a student at Novosibirsk State University.
To participate in this programme, students wrote a scientific paper based on a topic about animal feed technologies. The first phase of the programme included a competition within each competing country. The winners of each local competition moved on to a regional phase and the regional winners competed in the global phase.
Nine regional winners representing the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America came to Lexington to compete to present their research before a panel of international judges, for the graduate grand prize of $10,000 and the undergraduate grand prize of $5,000.
The Alltech Young Scientist Program is currently taking applicants for its 2012 competition. To enter visit the Web site at www.alltechyoungscientist.com