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NIRS Workshops Helps Get Most Out of Feed Ingredients

9 October 2012, at 7:53am

CANADA - With the rising cost of feed, anything that can improve feed efficiency is a plus. Next month, Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) workshops are coming to Alberta, featuring international speaker Geoff Smith from DFS, Newell, Iowa. The workshops will focus on the routine use and economic value of NIRS in feed milling and farm operations.

Other speakers: Dr Mary Lou Swift, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development; Dr Ruurd Zijlstra, University of Alberta; Ron Gietz, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development; Rob Hand, Alberta Crop Industry Fund (ACIDF).

Topics include:

  • Practical experience using NIRS technology
  • Economics of NIRS technology
  • Value for livestock & crop producers
  • Hands on experience using NIRS machines
  • Developing and managing calibration equations
  • Available NIRS networks & services
  • Grant for NIRS machines

These workshops will be of interest to: livestock producers, feed mills, nutrition consultants, crop producers & consultants, and ingredient procurement companies.

Times and Dates:

  • Wednesday November 14, 2012 Coast Lethbridge Hotel and Conference Center, 526 Mayor Magrath Dr., Lethbridge, AB. 10 am to 3:30 pm
  • Thursday November 15, 2012 Lacombe Memorial Centre, 5214 50th Avenue, Lacombe, AB. 10 am to 3:30 pm.

Doors open at 9:30. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. For further information or to register, please contact Brenda McLellan at 1-800-387-6030 or [email protected] .

Final registration date is November 7, 2012.

The following companies will be demonstrating their NIRS equipment at the workshops: Bruker Ltd., Foss North America, and Unity Scientific.

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