About the Texas Animal Nutrition Council
The Texas Animal Nutrition Council, a nonprofit educational and professional association, was founded in 1992, as a forum to disseminate up-to-date information on animal nutrition and management to its members. Membership consists of nutritionists, veterinarians, university faculty, and industry representatives primarily interested in livestock nutrition and management. Members represent a substantial number of dairy operations and feed companies in Texas. The Council is not organized for the promotion of the business or private affairs of any of its members, individually or jointly. (TANC Council ByLaws)
The Council meets regularly, primarily in central and north Texas. Each meeting has an invited speaker to address current topics of interest. The annual meeting, held in February, is normally in Stephenville, Texas, while the fall meeting is in the Texas Panhandle. A third meeting is held in conjunction with the Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference. The Board of Directors consists of President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and two Directors.
In the spring of 2000, the Council drafted and approved the following resolution statement regarding phosphorus nutrition in dairy cattle:
"It is the position of the Texas Animal Nutrition Council that our members formulate rations for their clients' herds with the lowest level of P possible consistent with animal health and productivity. This is based on state and national research demonstrating that minimizing dietary P will reduce manure P excretion without being detrimental to animal health and production."
The letter demonstrates the Council's support of the dairy industry in Texas and its ongoing efforts toward environmental stewardship. (TANC Resolution Statement)