Dairy Nutrition


International Dairy Nutrition Symposium 2013: Feed efficiency in dairy cattle

Feed efficiency is an important aspect for sustainable dairy farming in the future. Not only in an economical but also in an environmental perspective, through high nutrient or resource use efficiency. Feed efficiency is a complex parameter, influenced not only by ration composition but also by specific nutrients, management factors, animal health status and genotype.

To highlight the various aspects of feed efficiency in dairy farming, seven experts from the Netherlands and abroad will present their vision on improving feed efficiency in dairy production in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on Thursday 21 November 2013.

The symposium is organized by the Centre for Animal Nutrition, in cooperation with Balchem Corporation, Diamond V, Dupont Pioneer and Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences.

Representatives from feed and feed additive industry, dairy industry, research institutes, governmental organizations, students and others who are interested are invited to attend the 2013 symposium!


Time Title Speaker Organisation
09:00h Coffee and registration
09:30h Welcome and opening
09:45h Dairy production in a global perspective abstract - presentation - Q&A Theun Vellinga Wageningen UR Livestock Research
10:30h Forage harvesting and preservation and feed efficiency abstract - presentation - Q&A Bill Mahanna DuPont Pioneer
11:15h Increasing Dairy Profits by Reducing Variability in TMR’s and PMR’s abstract - presentation - Q&A Kevin Leahy Diamond V
12:00h Lunch break
13:30h Feed additives in relation to feed efficiency abstract - presentation Karl-Heinz Südekum Bonn University
14:15h Nutrient losses during digestion and metabolism abstract - presentation - Q&A Jan Dijkstra Wageningen University
15:00h Coffee break
15:30h Protein and amino acid efficiency abstract - presentation - Q&A Chris Reynolds University of Reading
16:15h Animal health management to improve longevity and feed efficiency abstract - presentation - Q&A Ad van Vuuren Wageningen UR Livestock Research
17:00h Closure and farewell drink


The registration procedure is closed. We are looking forward to meet you in 2014!


For more information, please contact the organizing committee at info.dairysymposium@wur.nl

Location & Hotel accommodation

Hof van Wageningen, Hotel and Conference Centre
Lawickse Allee 9
6701 AN Wageningen
The Netherlands
Phone +31 317 490 133
route description

Hotel accommodation can also be arranged at the Hof van Wageningen Conference Centre.

For people travelling by air, it would be easiest to travel to Amsterdam Schiphol airport and then take the train from Schiphol to train station "Ede-Wageningen". From there you would need a taxi or a bus to get to the conference venue Hof van Wageningen. You can plan your travel by public transport on this website.