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Minnesota Nutrition Conference: Future of Animal Production
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/16/2017

The Minnesota Nutrition Conference Planning Committee announced the agenda for the 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference. View it online at

This year, the conference will be held on Sept. 20 and 21 at a new location: Mankato City Center Hotel ( A block of sleeping rooms is being held for conference attendees. For details, visit

The conference committee, comprised of nationally recognized industry professionals and academics, has put together a full agenda with topics of interest to nutrition professionals, nutrition company management personnel and academics. During the general session, the committee chose to focus the discussion on broader issues shaping the future of animal production.

The conference kicks off on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. with four internationally known speakers who will address "The Future of Animal Production."

A dietitian, Leah McGrath of Ingles Supermarkets in Asheville, N.C., will deliver a keynote on "Food Fiction vs Food Fact: Understanding the Consumer and the Conversation." This topic will lay the groundwork for the other speakers to address "Technologies to Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics" (Dr. Clayton Johnson, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd, Carthage, Ill.), "Incorporating Animal Comfort and Welfare Measures in Livestock Production" (Dr. Courtney Daigle, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University), and "Economic and Societal Drivers Shaping the Future of the U.S. Beef Industry" (Thomas Peters, Corn Belt Livestock Services, Oregon, Ill).

Within each of the species sessions (equine, non-ruminant and ruminant) scheduled to start on Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m., species committees invited experts in the fields of nutrition, forage growth and management, immunology, microbiology, and nutrition and gut microbiota interactions to deliver highly educational and motivating talks that will coincide with the theme of the general session. Highlights of these talks across the various sessions include boosting the immune system of horses with nutrition, minerals in the diets of beef and dairy cattle and horses, vitamin nutrition of horses and pigs, dairy and beef production systems, nutrient management of cows milked by robotic machines, amino acid nutrition of pigs and poultry, nutrition-immunity interactions in horses and pigs.

The 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference is proud to be partnering with DuPont for the Pre-conference Symposium on Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the same venue. In keeping with the theme of the general session, our partners at DuPont chose the topic "Nutrition in the Future." Highlights of the Pre-conference Symposium talks include use of enzymes in animal nutrition, animal-gut-microbiome interactions, and strategies to improve production efficiency in beef and dairy cattle.

Given the scope of topics and speakers' credentials, the committee and conference chairs said that nutrition professionals, nutrition company management personnel, and academics will greatly benefit by choosing to attend the 78th Minnesota Nutrition Conference this year. For additional information, visit

Conference registration is available online at On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. each day.

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