Florida Ruminant
Nutrition Symposium

January 30-31, 2007

Best Western Gateway Grand
Gainesville, Florida

18th Annual Meeting



Welcome to the 18th Annual Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium. Our goal is to provide current information that will benefit your businesses.

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  • A Lunch buffet will be provided on Tuesday, January 30, at 11:45AM.

  • A reception will be held on Tuesday evening, January 30, at 5:30PM
    to welcome our guests to the symposium.

  • The Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium is approved for
    eight (8) ARPAS credits.

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Tentative Agenda
- NOTE: You may view speaker biographies by clicking on the hyperlinked names.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

11:00am – 5:00pm



Buffet Lunch


Welcome & Introductions


Dietary Energy Density for the Close-Up Dry Cow – Postpartum Performance -- Dr. Gabriella Varga, The Pennsylvania State University, College Park


Ruminal Acidosis in Dairy Cows: Balancing Physically Effective Fiber With Starch Availability -- Dr. Karen Beauchemin, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta


Nutritional Strategies to Enhance Immunity During the Transition Period of Dairy Cows -- Dr. Matt Waldron, University of Vermont, Burlington


Refreshment Break


Vitamins and Minerals Functioning as Antioxidants with Supplementation Considerations -- Dr. Lee McDowell, University of Florida, Gainesville


Effect of Selenium Source on Production, Reproduction, and Immunity of Lactating Dairy Cows -- Dr. William Thatcher, University of Florida, Gainesville


Effects of Pre-shipping Management on the Performance of Florida Beef Calves in the Receiving Feedlot -- Dr. John Arthington, University of Florida, Range Cattle REC, Ona

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Morning Refreshments


Strategic Addition of Dietary Fibrolytic Enzymes for Improved Performance of Lactating Dairy Cows -- Dr. Gbola Adesogan, University of Florida, Gainesville


Use of Milk or Blood Urea Nitrogen to Identify Feed Management Inefficiencies and Estimate Nitrogen Excretion by Dairy Cattle and Other Animals -- Dr. Rick Kohn, University of Maryland, College Park


Strategies, Benefits, and Challenges of Feeding Ethanol Byproducts to Dairy and Beef Cattle -- Dr. David Schingoethe, South Dakota State University, Brookings


Refreshment Break


Nutrition and Management During Gestation: Impacts on Lifelong Performance -- Dr. Joel Caton, North Dakota State University, Fargo


Do Grazing Beef Cows Benefit From Supplemental Anionic Salts? -- Dr. Matt Hersom, University of Florida, Gainesville


Ruminant Nutrition Symposium concludes

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The registration fee includes Tuesday’s buffet lunch, refreshment breaks, the welcome reception, one copy of the proceedings and conference materials.

Registration Fees

Early Reduced Registration Fee
(On or before Dec. 18, 2006)
Regular Registration Fee
(After Dec. 18, 2006 and Onsite)


Before clicking on the "Register Now" link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand, such as credit card, check number or purchase order number, if we are to invoice your institution.


Online registration is closed. We will be happy to register you onsite.

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences & Institutes on or before January 12, 2007. A $15.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after January 12, 2007.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within Florida.

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Meeting Site & Accommodations

Best Western Gateway Grand
 4200 NW 97th Blvd.
Gainesville, Florida 32606
(Exit 390 off of I-75).

All reservations must be made directly with the hotel in order to get the reduced group rate. Contact the hotel directly at 1-877-464-2378 or 1-352-331-3336, fax: 1-352-331-3337.

Be sure to specify you are attending the Ruminant Nutrition Symposium.

  • Standard rooms are available at a rate of $74.00 per night plus 9% tax. All standard rooms have two double beds, a coffee maker and coffee.
  • Deluxe-king rooms are available at a rate of $84.00 per night plus 9% tax upon availability. All deluxe-king rooms have a king size bed and a full size pullout sofa bed and also feature upgrades that include a refrigerator, microwave, ironing board and iron, hair dryer, and coffee maker.

* Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the lobby each morning for all guests.

* Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access.

* Complimentary Airport Shuttle - The Best Western Gateway Grand will provide complimentary transportation to and from the Gainesville Regional Airport. Courtesy phones are located near baggage claim in the airport terminal.

Reservations must be made prior to Tuesday, January 9, 2007 to assure availability and the group rate.

NOTE: Tax Exemption – In order for State sales tax to be properly waived, a guest must present their tax-exempt form upon check-in. Their form of payment must match the name on their tax exempt form (check or organization credit card). Cash, personal checks, and personal credit cards are not acceptable forms of payment for tax-exempt individuals or groups.

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2007 Organizers and Sponsors

The Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Animal Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. In addition, the following organizations help support the 2007 symposium:

  • ACG Products Ltd.

  • ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc.

  • Alltech Inc.

  • Alpharma Animal Health

  • Animal Science Products, Inc.

  • Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition

  • Balchem Corporation

  • Bernie Haskins Company

  • Degussa Corporation

  • Diamond V

  • Elanco Animal Health

  • Furst McNess Co., Inc

  • H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc.

  • Kemin

  • Lakeland Animal Nutrition

  • Land O Lakes Purina Feed

  • Loders Croklaan USA

  • MSC Specialty Nutrition

  • Micron Bio-Systems, Inc.

  • Milk Products Inc.

  • Monsanto Dairy Business

  • Mosaic Feed Ingredients

  • Novus International

  • PCS Sales (USA), Inc.

  • Pestell Minerals

  • Pioneer, A DuPont Company

  • Prince Agri Products, Inc.

  • U.S. Sugar Corporation

  • Virtus Nutrition

  • West Central/Soy Plus

  • Zinpro Corporation


The 2006 symposium was graciously sponsors by 33 industry leaders. Their contributions were greatly appreciated, and certainly enhanced the program.

If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2007 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, please contact Dr. Charles Staples or Dr. Adegbola Adesogan.

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Area Information

Gainesville Area and Airline Information: Air service is provided through the Gainesville Regional Airport, just north of Gainesville. Additional airports within a 2 - 3 hour drive of the University of Florida are located in Jacksonville (85 miles), Orlando (110 miles), and Tampa (130 miles).

 - Click on this link for a listing of restaurants and directions 
 starting from the Best Western Gateway Grand

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For Further Information

Conference Information

Dr. Charles R. Staples, Symposium Organizer
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, Florida 32611
PHONE: 352-392-1958
FAX: 352-392-1931
EMAIL: chasstap@ufl.edu

Dr. Adegbola T. Adesogan, Symposium Organizer
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Bldg. 459 Rm. 210D
P.O. Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611-0910
PHONE: 352-392-7527
EMAIL: adesogan@ufl.edu

Registration Information

Tracy Nininger, Symposium Coordinator
University of Florida, IFAS
Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI)
P.O. Box 110750, Mowry Road Building 639
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750, USA
OFFICE PHONE: 1-352-392-5930
: 1-321-256-2483
FAX: 1-352-392-4044
EMAIL: tnn@ufl.edu

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