Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - An international video conference on the nutrient requirements of dairy cattle will be held Jan. 16-17 at New Mexico State University's Skeen Hall, the former Center for Sustainable Development of Arid Lands.
Presenters for the video symposium are members of the National Research Council subcommittee, which recently reviewed and updated national dairy cattle nutrient requirements.
"This is an excellent opportunity to learn about these new requirements for dairy cattle," said Mike Looper, dairy specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "The nutrient requirements had not been updated since 1989."
Looper said NMSU is one of the few satellite downlinks in the Southwest presenting the interactive conference, which originates from Iowa State University. "Participants can ask questions and make comments to be forwarded to the panel for answers and discussion during the presentation," Looper said.
Subjects will include dry matter intake and feed management, transition cows, metabolic disorders, feed composition and other related topics.
In addition, Charles Sniffen, ruminant nutritionist and president of the Minor Institute in Chazy, N.Y., will be at the Las Cruces symposium to facilitate discussion and answer questions. Sniffen will also demonstrate ration evaluation software.
"Dr. Sniffen is an eminent dairy nutritionist and an excellent presenter," Looper said. "He'll go over the software that accompanies the new requirements. These include feed requirements for different stages of dairy cows."
Reservations are required for the conference and should be made by Dec. 15. NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service and Monsanto Dairy Business are hosting the symposium. For more information, call the Extension animal resources department at (505) 646-3325.
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