The 2014 Global Nutritech Symposium, which took place in Turkey from April 8 through the 11th, was an incredible success. Seminars were held in several cities, including Gaziantep, Konya and Nigde. This year’s tour also included several in depth farm visits throughout Turkey, including Kahramanmaras, Bursa and Balikesir. It was an engaging experience and an interactive forum that allowed the attendees to discuss and consider some of the biggest challenges in agriculture today. This year’s symposium also offered a unique opportunity for attendees to network and exchange ideas with feed industry experts, including nutritionists, veterinarians, researchers, manufacturers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and university personnel, all under one roof.
Speakers at this year’s event included Felix Soriano, President and founder of APN Consulting, headquartered in the U.S. With more than 10 years of experience working with dairy producers, Mr. Soriano is dedicated to improving dairy performance and profitability by developing and implementing training and labor management support programs as well as carrying out on farm feed management diagnosis and diet formulation. At this year’s seminar, Mr. Soriano’s presentation, FEEDING MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO REDUCE FEED COST AND LOSSES, AND IMPROVE HERD PERFORMANCE, was well received by all those attending. Also speaking this year was Dr. Levent Ozduven, associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Namik Kemal University in Tekirdag, Turkey. Dr. Ozduven specializes in silage fermentation and ruminant nutrition. Dr. Ozduven’s presentation, SILAGE PRODUCTION, USAGE, AND FACTORS THAT EFFECT NUTRIENTS AND NUTRITIONAL LEVELS OF SILAGE, was also well received.