Animal health company Alltech is again holding Kentucky Ale Club meetings, April 7-10, to update Californian nutritionists, veterinarians, and dairymen on the latest research in animal health.
Dr. Frank Delfino will present the topic, "Dairying in the desert: dealing with heat stress based upon 12 years of experience in the Saudi Arabia."
Frank was raised in the Southern California Desert as a member of a livestock and farming family. After completing his BS at UC Davis, MS and PhD at the University of Arizona, Frank's interest in arid agriculture took him to Saudi Arabia where he was a nutritionist for a large integrated dairying operation.
After returning to the US, he started Delfino Nutrition and Management. He is currently consulting in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Jordan, India, Turkey, People's Republic of China, Thailand, and South Africa. Primary areas of interest include: Reduction of stress factors to maximize cow comfort and feed intake; heat stress management; transition cow management to reduce post-calving problems; improvement of feed handling and management practices; utilization of locally available forages with a goal to identify better alternatives; and identification of new feed ingredients/additives to maximize productive efficiency.
Diet formulation can be used to manage some of the problems that occur in heat stressed cows. As a cow eats, fermentation of feedstuffs in the rumen creates heat. Some nutritional supplements help improve fermentation and decrease body temperature. The meetings will take place in four California cities on the following dates:
• April 7th at the Jacalito Grill Restaurant on Panama Lane in Bakersfield at 6:00 p.m.
• April 8th at the Double "L" restaurant in Visalia at 6:00 p.m.
• April 9th at the Branding Iron restaurant in Merced at 12:00 p.m.
• April 9th at the Barnwood restaurant in Ripon at 6:00 p.m.
• April 10th at the Kountry Kitchen restaurant in Orland at 12:00 p.m.
Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP by calling (559) 226-0405. There will be a drawing of 1 ton of Yea-Sacc Farm Pak 2x from Alltech at each of the meetings. Alltech will host its 24th International Feed Industry Symposium on April 21-23, 2008, in Lexington, Ky. More is at www.alltech.com.