THE American Dairy Science Assn. (ADSA) Foundation announced Aug. 26 that its initiative to accelerate the update of the National Research Council's (NRC) Nutrient Requirements for Dairy Cattle to an eighth edition has resulted in full funding of NRC's estimated budget request.
The ADSA Foundation committed $204,000 to meet NRC's test of 51% funding from financially disinterested parties and then secured 11 co-sponsoring organizations that committed to contributing $19,600 each. The co-sponsors are IFEEDER (Institute for Feed Education & Research), Zinpro Corp., Kemin Industries, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Cargill Animal Nutrition, BASF, Hubbard Feeds, Evonik Industries AG, Elanco Animal Health, Ajinomoto Heartland Inc. and Novus International Inc.
As with the previous updates of the manual, NRC will control all aspects of the committee selection process and the development and production of the eighth edition.
The ADSA Foundation initiative is twofold. First, full funding was secured prior to NRC submitting the update proposal to its governing board, which will allow work to begin immediately. As a result, the update will be available three to four years earlier than would otherwise be possible. Second, ADSA asked the global dairy industry to provide input for the update in the broad categories of "updates," "expansions/refinements" and "additions."
Suggestions are being accepted through Sept. 30 at www.fass.org/survey/survey.asp?ID=117. All input received by the deadline will be submitted unedited to NRC.