by Jennifer Showalter
ROANOKE, VA — The 67th Annual Virginia State Feed Association and Nutritional Management “Cow” College recently drew around 120 people from up and down the east coast and as far west as Saint Louis to the Hotel Roanoke for three days of informative discussions and presentations.
The Virginia State Feed Association and the Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science worked hard to organize a conference that featured topics of interest to nutritionists, feed mill managers, and progressive dairy producers. Those in attendance learned about animal nutrition, feed grain markets, risk management strategies for grain and milk, and issues in Washington, D.C.
As in years past, Henry Graves, a soybean meal trader for Bunge, gave an update on the global supply and demand of grains and oil seeds. “In 2011 and 2012, South and North America droughts resulted in the most dramatically tight food stocks situation in modern agriculture,” said Graves. He mentioned that low world supplies of wheat will not allow it to be pushed into feed rations as it was last year. Continue reading