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Photo Report: Alltech symposium

From May 18-21, Alltech held its 30th annual symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. Topics for this year included the opportunities in Africa, what can we do with algae and the use of technology in crop science and much more. Main messages were that being in the animal nutrition business is all about being in the human health business. The symposium attracted around 2,000 people from over 60 countries.

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    Lexington is home to the Annual Alltech Symposium. The conference this year – themed ‘What if?’ - attracted around 2,000 people this year.

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    SCAPA children's choir opens up Symposium 2014 with a performance of 'I Have A Dream'.

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    Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech at the opening session. “The face of agriculture is changing. And what if we can produce more meat with less water, reduced carbon footprint and less labour?”.

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    The attendees during the opening session.

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    New this year was the Humanitarian Award. It was granted by Alltech to US Olympian, Lopez Lomong. Lopez is a South Sudanese-born American track and field athlete. He is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, came to the United States at the age of 16 and became a US citizen in 2007. He told his story at the opening session.

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    Alltech has posthumously awarded the Father of the Green Revolution, the late Dr Norman E Borlaug, with the 23rd annual Alltech 2014 Medal of Excellence. Borlaug's granddaughter, Dr Julie Borlaug Larson, accepted the award on his behalf.

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    In addition to the conference session, fish (tilapia) among others were displayed in the main halls of the convention centre.

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    Aquaculture is one of sectors Alltech sees great potential and further growth in the future.

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    DHA enriched food was a big topic at the conference. Algae are rich in DHA and when added to animal feed, DHA enriched milk and eggs are being produced.

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    Visitors could even try the DHA eggs in the morning. Prepared on the spot and a good and healthy way to start the day!

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    The Africa session attracted many attendees. There are many opportunities in Africa to step up agricultural output. Those were discussed by many experts on the topic.

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    Mark Lysons (Alltech) at the Africa session: “There are 970 million smart phones in Africa. This has made a big difference for urban farmers. It shows that technology is the key for moving forward in agriculture”.

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    Africa’s agricultural drives.

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    Panel Discussion - Where to invest? In what to invest? (from left to right) Evans Darko, Ag Forte (Willmar Poultry Company), Harrisonburg, VA, USA; Christél Coetzee, Advit Animal Nutrition, Edenvale, South Africa; Charles Moore, Charles Moore Consulting, Cape Town, South Africa; Jandre Prinsloo, Alltech Inc., Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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    A corn plant on display. Crop science has become a big topic for Alltech. Without healthy plants, no quality animal feed.

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    Steven Borst (Alltech) discusses the risk of plant disease and the future of handling such issues at the Alltech 30th Annual International Symposium.

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    Drones on display. Drones are increasingly used on cop farms.

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    Speaker Patrick Wall, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland updated the audience on the topics the industry faces today and how we should approach them. He mentioned the horse meat scandal and the animal welfare issues.

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    Jean Kennedy (Alltech) at the ‘Farm of tomorrow’ session.

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    Algae are the future and Alltech dedicated a whole session to the ‘green gold’. Algae contains DHA, the most important fatty acids (omega-3). It is good for humans and animals. Alltech has its own algae production facility.

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    Philip Wilkinson, 2 Sisters Food Group, Harrowgate, Yorks., UK, explains Omega-3 DHA and its importance.

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    Attendees waiting before the next session begins.

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    The DNA displayed. Genetics are key for modern farming. How can we switch on and switch off genes to improve animal health and production?

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    Alltech announced the 'Eastern Kentucky Project', aimed to invest in Eastern Kentucky, a region that economically depressed. A brewery, distillery, aquaculture and layer farm are planned to be built in and around the town Pikeville.

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    A Roundel farm (invented by the Dutch) is planned to be built in eastern Kentucky. It is an animal welfare friendly and sustainable way of producing eggs.

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    Peter Koelewijn (with egg box in hand), director of the Roundel farms in the Netherlands was present at the symposium.

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    At the closing ceremony on Wednesday morning, Becky Timmons explained the importance of bees for agriculture.

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    Pearse Lysons wrapped up the main topics from the symposium: Africa: no longer the forgotten continent, is water the new oil and the future of algae tablets for human health.

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    See you next year – 17-20 May 2015.

Emmy Koeleman and Alltech

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