Florida Ruminant
Nutrition Symposium

January 29-30, 2008

Best Western Gateway Grand
Gainesville, FL

19th Annual Meeting



Welcome to the 19th 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 29, at 11:45AM.

  • A reception will be held on Tuesday evening, January 29, 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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Novus International Pre-Conference Seminar
     Tuesday, January 29, 2008
     Best Western Gateway Grand
(Springhills Ballroom)


Novus International will hold a pre-conference seminar on the morning of Tuesday, January 29, 2008 prior to the Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium. The seminar will feature several well-known speakers from the industry, and is open to anyone who would like to attend at no charge.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Managing the Freestall: From the Cow’s Perspective – A Link to Nutrition Dr. Jim Nocek, Spruce Haven Farm & Research Center 


Organic Trace Minerals:  Bioavailability and Function in Animals Dr. Dennis Nuzback, Novus International, Inc.




Understanding the Biology of Milk Fat Depression:  From Basic Concepts to Practical Application Dr. Thomas Jenkins, Clemson University


Improving the Antioxidant Status of the Dairy Cow through Nutrition Dr. Ernest Keith, Novus International, Inc.


Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Ernest Keith at ernest.keith@novusint.com or 417-861-4257
if you plan to attend.

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Registration (until 5:00pm)


Buffet Lunch


Welcome & Introductions


Glycerol and Other Energy Sources as Aids for Metabolism of Transition Dairy CowsDr. Arnold Hippen, South Dakota State University, Brookings


The Effects of Heat Stress on Production, Metabolism, and Energetics of Lactating and Growing CattleDr. Lance Baumgard, University of Arizona, Tucson


Bringing Feed Efficiency Technologies to the Beef Industry: Challenges and OpportunitiesDr. Gordon Carstens, Texas A&M University, College Station


Refreshment break


Can Nutrient Synchrony Affect Performance of Forage-fed Cattle? Dr. Matt Hersom, University of Florida, Gainesville


Corn Silage – Facts, Fantasies, and the FutureDr. Fred Owens, Pioneer Hi-Bred Int’l, Johnston, Iowa


Recent Advances in Silage Inoculant TechnologyDr. Adegobla Adesogan, University of Florida, Gainesville


Welcome Reception (until 7:30pm)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Morning Refreshments


Gossypol Intake from Cottonseed Feedstuffs – A Performance Concern for Ruminants?Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida, Gainesville


Utilization of Whole Cottonseed and Hay in the Diets of Beef Cows Dr. Gary Hill, University of Georgia, Tifton


Alternative Feeds for Beef Cattle During Periods of Low Forage AvailabilityDr. Matt Poore, North Carolina State University, Raleigh


Refreshment Break


Influence of Dietary Plasma Proteins on Supporting Animal Immunity Systems
Dr. Joy Campbell
, APC, Inc., Ankeny, Iowa


Potential Effects of Dietary Essential Fatty Acids on Animal ImmunityDr. Charles Staples, 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. 31, 2007)
Regular Registration Fee
(After Dec. 31, 2007 and Onsite)
UF Faculty Registration Fee $10.00


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.
You may register onsite at the symposium.

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 11, 2008. A $15.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after January 11, 2008.

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).

Best Western Gateway GrandAll 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 $89.00 per night plus tax (currently at 9.25%). All standard rooms have two double beds, a coffee maker and coffee.
  • Deluxe-king rooms are available at a rate of $94.00 per night plus tax  tax (currently at 9.25%) 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 Monday, January 7, 2008 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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2008 Organizers and Sponsors

The 2007 symposium was graciously sponsors by 32 industry leaders. Their contributions were greatly appreciated, and certainly enhanced the program.

If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2008 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

Jhanna Gilbert, 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
PHONE: 1-352-392-5930
FAX: 1-352-392-4044
EMAIL: jhanna@ufl.edu

Sponsorship Information

Sabrina B. Robinson
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
P O Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611-0910
PHONE: 352-392-1958
FAX: 352-392-1931
EMAIL: sbro@ufl.edu

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