KER Conference Attracts Guests from Around the WorldBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · March 21, 2017
Earlier this week, partner feed manufacturers and dealers from around the world attended this year’s Kentucky Equine Research (KER) conference, held near Sydney, Australia.
The conference featured speakers who are industry leaders in equine nutrition. On Monday, KER founder and president Joe Pagan, Ph.D., opened the conference with an introduction to KER and updated conference attendees on KER’s latest research findings relating to feed manufacturing and ingredient technology. Later, he spoke about nutrition and skeletal development in young, growing horses.
Following Pagan, David Nash, group manager of nutrition and quality at Ridley AgriProducts, based out of Melbourne, Victoria, spoke about how modern ingredient technology and manufacturing methods benefit horse health. Afterward, noted equine theriogenologist Angus McKinnon covered the subject of advances in assisted reproduction technology.
After lectures, conference attendees relaxed with a wine tasting and enjoyed dinner at Locavore Dining.
Tuesday included a choice of two focus groups. One focus group centered on business, covering point of purchase insights, modern marketing, and MicroSteed Ration Wizard. Another focus group discussed tools, tips, and tricks for breeding horses.
After spending the morning in focus groups, Pagan provided closing remarks, and the group departed for lunch at The Vines at Hollydene before touring the world-famous Thoroughbred horse farms Darley and Coolmore. The day concluded with an outdoor barbeque at the Sebel hotel in New South Wales.
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