Cameron University Department of Agriculture to present first Equine Improvement Conference

The Cameron University Department of Agriculture, in partnership with Cargill, Inc./Nutrena®, will host its first Equine Improvement Conference, focusing on equine nutrition, on Friday, March 6.  The workshop will take place in the McCasland Ballroom in the McMahon Centennial Complex and is open to the public at no charge. Starting at 6 p.m. with a meal, the workshop will appeal to horse owners in general as well as to licensed veterinarians, who will be eligible to receive two hours of continuing education credit from the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The conference is open to the public at no charge. Attendees are asked to RSVP to 581-2275 by March 3.

“Oklahoma ranks first in the nation of horses per capita, according to the American Horse Council,” says Dr. Leon Fischer, Mary Dixie Mullin Endowed Chair in the Sciences and Chair, Department of Agriculture. “Cameron is pleased to offer this informative session to horse owners and veterinarians throughout southwest Oklahoma. Due to the on-going drought in this part of the country, many are challenged to maintain a proper nutritional balance for their horses. This workshop will offer potential solutions.”

Kirk W. Carter, Equine Enterprise Team Consultant for Nutrena®, and Jim Ward, Jr., DVM, Equine Management Consultant for Cargill, Inc., will present information pertinent to the nutritional needs of performance horses. Ward will address “Challenges of High Energy Feeding,” and will a session on “Body Conditioning Scoring and Top Line Evaluation.” Carter will focus on “Hay Testing” and “Relative Feeding Value.”

The workshop will conclude with a demonstration of Ration Balancing Software. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop computer as the software will be furnished to participants.

Carter is an Equine Enterprise Team Consultant representing Nutrena® and Progressive Nutrition® serving Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He has a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science from California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University.  His extensive experience includes a diversified blend of equine, small animal, and food animal nutrition and veterinary medicine sales, including eight years as Territory Manager/Sales Trainer for Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. Veterinary Division. In that capacity, he worked to educate and train veterinarians and their staff on therapeutic diets and disease category nutritional management.

Ward, a graduate of Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine, practiced equine veterinary medicine for 40 years. He has been extensively involved in the equine industry, owning and managing several breeding farms. He has served as Equine Management Consultant for Cargill, Inc., since 2000 and is a member of the Cargill Product Development Team and the Cargill Equine Enterprise Team.  His passion has been to develop feeds that would provide solutions for veterinarians and horse owners for diseases such as Colic, Laminitis, Tying-up, Developmental Orthopedic Disease, Cushing's Disease and Equine Metabolic Syndrome. 

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Agriculture at 581-2275.

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February 23, 2015

PR# 15-034