Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium

The Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium was hosted by University of Florida on February 3-5, 2020. The conference included the latest research and advances on diet formulation and nutritional management of dairy and beef cattle to improve efficiency of nutrient utilization, and animal production, health, and reproduction.

As a proud sponsor, Virtus Nutrition provided a pre-conference with a lineup of experts in fatty acid nutrition. Dr. Tom Jenkins guides us through the event with casual sit-down interviews from both the pre-conference and the symposium itself.

Dr. Tom Jenkins with Dr. José Santos (Part 1)

Improved Reproduction with Fatty Acid Nutrition

In this interview with Dr. Jenkins, Dr. Jose Santos reviews his presentation of evaluating the effects of fatty acid nutrition and fertility responses using data from a meta-analysis summary. Dr. Santos explains that the results clearly show that supplementing lactating cows early with fatty acids enhanced the overall reproductive performance of the herd.  



Dr. Tom Jenkins with Dr. José Santos (Part 2)

Fat Supplementation & Reproduction

Listen in to hear Dr. Jose Santos summarize how additional fatty acid  supplementation leads to significant reproductive responses such as improved conception and reduced pregnancy loss. Regarding the mechanism behind the responses, Dr. Santos explains how prostaglandin levels increase or decrease depending upon which fatty acids are fed.  



Dr. Tom Jenkins with Dr. Barry Bradford

Fatty Acid Interactions with Production and Cow Health

Dr. Barry Bradford with Michigan State University shares the mechanisms of how fatty acids function as signaling molecules within the cells, along with the direct benefits and roles that omega fatty acids have on the immune cell function. 



Dr. Tom Jenkins with Dr. Joe McFadden

Insulin Sensitivity & Energy Partitioning 

Dr. Joe McFadden explains insulin sensitivity and how specific fatty acids can either reduce or improve it, which impacts both milk production and overall cow health. Dr. McFadden also defines ceramides and their function as a lipid mediator and how to refine feeding fatty acids to target ceramides and control insulin stimulated glucose utilization.



Dr. Tom Jenkins with Dr. Kevin Harvatine

Fatty Acids Variation in Feeds

Dr. Harvatine with Penn State University briefly shares his knowledge of variation in fatty acids within feeds, specifically corn silage. As it is being fed in today’s diets, corn silage needs to be counted as a significant contributor of fatty acids and fatty acid variability.



Dr. Tom Jenkins with Dr. Bill Thatcher

In Memory of Dr. Charlie Staples

Dr. Bill Thatcher remembers the late Dr. Charlie Staples and shares his memories of working alongside Dr. Staples at the University of Florida studying reproduction and nutrition. Dr. Charlie Staples was a large part of the continued success of the Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium and the conference hopes to continue his legacy for many years to come.  


See the full proceedings from the University of Florida!