The Texas Animal Nutrition Council has set the annual Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference for April 7-8, organizers said.

It will be held at the Hilton Arlington Hotel, 2401 East Lamar Blvd., in Arlington. The program will tee off with a noon golf tournament on April 7, which will be followed by registration at 4:30 p.m. and a hospitality hour at 6 p.m. Registration on April 8 begins at 7:30 a.m., and the conference will end after a 4:50 p.m. nutrition council meeting.

Conference fees are $25 for nutrition council members and $95 for non-members. The golf tournament costs $70 per person.

“This year's program focuses on improving nutritional efficiency as the industry switches to using alternative feed sources as a result of the increasing cost of corn and other commodities due to the competition from the ethanol industry,” said Dr. Ellen Jordan, a dairy specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas.

Presenters will “provide nutrition consultants, veterinarians and dairy support industry professionals with the most current research results,” she said.

Topics will include:

- Changes in the Concentration of Minerals in Blood of Peripartum Cows. - Steady as She Goes: Rethinking Dry Cow Nutrition. - Improving Feed Efficiencies with Feed Additives. - Forage Successes in Dairy Rations. - Reaping the Most Nutrients: Working with Starch and Non-fiber Carbohydrate Digestibility. - Strategies to Improve Reproduction During Heat Stress. - Limit Feeding Dairy Heifers to Improve Feed Efficiency.

To register, make checks payable to the Texas Animal Nutrition Council and mail them to Dr. Ellen R. Jordan, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75252-6599.

For more information, call 972-952-9201 or visit http://www.txanc.org/index.html.

The event is sponsored by AgriLife Extension, the Texas Animal Nutrition Council and the Texas A&M University System, Jordan said.