2016 EAAP Novus Travel Award - Akke Kok

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At the EAAP 2015 meeting in Warsaw, I received the Novus Travel Grant for my presentation about the effective lactation yield: a measure to compare the milk yield of cows with different dry period lengths. The grant enabled me to visit Novus International and the ADSA/JAM in 2016.

I had never been to the USA before, but I was lucky to travel with two experienced colleagues. We arrived in Salt Lake City on Tuesday afternoon. The climate outside was like being in a toaster (almost 40 C). Inside, however, air-conditioning did a good job at keeping a very(!) cool climate. The conference centre was enormous, and posters were displayed electronically in a central hall, a perfect place to meet people! The interactive posters included much information, and many small-scale oral presentations were given.

Together, my colleagues and I had 3 presentations about consequences of shortening the dry period in dairy cows, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. My presentation was on the last day, and I was grateful that so many people attended it. After the conference, we visited Yellowstone NP. The park was amazing: full of geysers, mud pools and other colourful 'geothermal features', and at the same time full of wildlife.

Next was a visit to Novus International headquarters, Missouri. There I attended a research meeting and had a tour around the labs and facilities. Also, I could visit the research farm Green Acres for a tour. I felt very welcome, and it was interesting that mechanisms behind the feed additives and also the effects of processing were studied.

My visit in the USA was a wonderful experience, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Novus International (especially Heather Tucker and Barbara Repking), ADSA (especially Alois Kertz), and EAAP (especially Abele Kuipers) for making it possible.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputADSA Dair-e-news
PublisherAmerican Dairy Science Association
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Publication series

NameNieuwsbrief EAAP en andere congressen
PublisherWageningen Livestock Research

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    Kok, A. (2016, Aug). 2016 EAAP Novus Travel Award - Akke Kok. American Dairy Science Association.