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  • Apr
    24
    On-Farm Innovation Ups Production, Sustainability at NSW Piggery


    On-farm innovation ups production, sustainability at NSW piggery.

    Edwina Beveridge, pig farmer in NSW, will open the conference sharing her perspectives on the need for innovation in Australia’s livestock industries.  An innovator herself, Edwina will also share the innovation applied in their system, and her understanding of the needs of the consumer.  We sat down with Edwina and asked her to tell us a bit about herself, her enterprise and the innovative solutions implemented to increase efficiency and decrease costs.

    Who are you?

    Along with my husband Michael I am the owner of a large pig farm in NSW, which runs 23,000 pigs. Our Blantyre Farms piggery enterprise in located near Young in New South Wales. Besides the intensive livestock enterprise, we also have a diverse family-run operation which incorporates cropping, beef cattle, wool and lamb production.


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  • Jul
    09
    Join us for the 2016 JAM


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  • Jul
    09
    CSAS events at 2016 JAM


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  • Jul
    09
    2016 JAM program and abstract books online


    JAM 2016
    Conference information and the scientific program for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) are at your fingertips in the JAM Program. The 2016 JAM Abstract Book also is now available online.

    The program has everything you need to plan your time in Salt Lake City, Utah, including:

    General meeting information, a transportation schedule, sightseeing options, hotel information, special events, pre- and post-conference events, an exhibit directory, maps, meeting and award sponsors, oral and poster scientific sessions, and more.

    While you’re at JAM, keep up-to-date with the 2016 JAM app! Create a personalized schedule, browse abstracts, view maps of the meeting locations, receive special announcement notifications, and more!


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  • Jul
    09
    Events for students at JAM





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  • Jul
    09
    In memory: Dr. James Clarence Rennie


    The following article is a tribute to Dr. James Clarence Rennie, who passed away June 23, 2016.

    Dr. Clare Rennie passed away on June 23, 2016, at the age of 90. He will be remembered by his many students and colleagues at the University of Guelph, in the Government of Ontario, and in Semex Alliance and by the farming public, for his friendship, his leadership, and his service to mankind. Dr. Rennie also was a devoted member of the Canadian Society of Animal Science throughout his career.

    Clare studied at Guelph obtaining a Bachelor in Science, then studied at Iowa State for a Masters and Ph.D. He married his wife Shirley, and they were together for 64 years. He returned to Guelph where he taught, led research in dairy genetics and founded the first IBM computer lab on the Guelph campus, analysing production and conformation data for dairy sire evaluation, and leading in livestock improvement. As Chair of the Department of Animal Science, he recruited talented scientists and established them in a newly developed building, forming the base for one of the most influential Animal Science Centres in the world.

    A builder of immense energy, Clare was instrumental in establishing the Elora Research Centre and the Arkell Swine Centre. After 22 years of service at the University, Clare became Assistant Deputy Minister of Agriculture, where he led the development of Agricultural Education Centres at the diploma level throughout Ontario, and played a major role in research direction in Ontario and Canada. He was particularly energetic in developing the Vineland and Elora Research Centres, and was in demand world wide as a speaker on science and education.


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  • Jul
    08
    CSAS symposium to focus on reducing livestock antibiotic use





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  • Jul
    08
    Call for abstracts for 2016 Western Nutrition Conference




    Each graduate student who wishes to present his/her own research at the competition is encouraged to submit one abstract. If you would like to present a poster at the conference, please send your abstract electronically (in Microsoft Word or a compatible word processing program) to Dr. Peiqiang Yu, Department of Animal Science, University of Saskatchewan at peiqiang.yu@usask.ca and zyn847@mail.usask.ca on or before August 1, 2016, to facilitate publication of submitted abstracts in the conference proceedings. Each student submitting an abstract MUST be registered for the conference. Please visit the conference website, http://www.anacan.org/en/news-events/events/2016-western-nutrition-conference for registration information.

    Abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. Due to space limitations in the proceedings, abstracts cannot exceed a maximum of 2,300 keystrokes (including characters, spaces, and punctuation). Begin the count at the title and end the count with the last key word. Please use a 12 pt Times New Roman font for the abstract (see the 37th WNC Abstract Template). The abstract must contain comprehensive information and have the following sections:

    The board space available for each poster is 1 m wide and 1.2 m high. All posters should be mounted on the boards by 8:00 AM, September 21. Posters will be available for public viewing throughout the conference, and graduate students are expected to be present from 4:45 to 6:30 pm Wednesday, September 21, during which time judges will visit the posters. Winners will be announced at the conference banquet, and cash awards will be presented to first ($500), second ($300), and third ($200) place winners.


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  • Jul
    08
    Do we really know how smart animals are?


    Have humans been getting it all wrong when it comes to testing animal intelligence? In an ABC Radio National article, a world-renowned biologist and primatologist says we should judge an animal’s intelligence by testing the limits of its natural behaviours, and not by comparing it to our own standards.

    Read more in this article.

    Photo: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-reduce-significantly-use-chimpanzees-research 


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  • Jul
    07
    New summary from July Animal Frontiers


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    By Lucy Schroeder

    American Society of Animal Science Communications Intern

    For over sixty years, it has been known that treating livestock with low doses of antibiotics can increase growth rate. In recent years, using antibiotics in this way has become a controversial topic, with critics concerned about the effect it may have on the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria important in human medicine. As a result, it is important to understand how the microbiota play a role in digestion so we better understand how to achieve efficient weight gain in livestock.

    Dr. Laura M. Cox of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School examined the effects of antibiotic use on gut microbes and weight gain in different species. She has observed that the effectiveness of low-dose antibiotic use in animals can be influenced by what age the animal receives the treatment, the variety of the animal’s diet, and the length of the animal’s growth cycle.


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  • May
    25
    Welcome to CSAS Matters!


    CSAS Matters is a monthly e-newsletter distributed by the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS). The newsletter is committed to providing the latest news, research, events and developments in all things animal production.

    CSAS is now part of a global animal science community, including the US, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. CSAS has collaborated with the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) to demonstrate that animal science is a global industry with growing opportunities.

    CSAS Matters has been developed due to the success of Taking Stock, a newsletter that has been distributed to ASAS members since January 2011. CSAS Matters hopes to follow the example of Taking Stock (ASAS) in continuing to provide the latest on upcoming events, research and news.

    Please join us at the 2016 CSAS conference which will be held jointly with the  American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®), and the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 19-23.


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  • May
    25
    A message from the President


    Dear CSAS Members and Visitors,

    Please let me start by wishing good health and humor, as well as inspiring ideas for any of your ongoing projects. A great deal of our current activity in the forthcoming month will be focused on the organization of the CSAS meeting in Salt Lake City.

    At the global and national stage, agriculture, food production and nutrition are topics that often do not get the attention they deserve. Taking the security and safety of food for granted is a risk. Food is, after clean air and water, the most vital component of our physiological needs. The future positive images are clouded when we forget to support a sustainable food production.

    Our society needs to foster a scientific hub to strengthen the relationship between applying science and governmental policies for a holistic and sustainable development for our future and the generations to come.


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  • May
    25
    Mark your calendar!


    Planning to attend the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 19-23?  If so, please join us for these events:

    CSAS AGM & Lunch, Thursday, July 21

    CSAS Awards Banquet, Friday, July 22

    CSAS Members Mixer, Friday, July 22


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  • May
    25
    Graduate student travel bursary available


    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL BURSARY.  

    Students eligible for the Travel Bursary must be graduate students of Canadian universities who are scheduled to present their abstract(s) at the CSAS annual conference (2016 Joint Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA). Eight awards are available this year upon confirmation of attendance at the annual conference.

    Nominations for the student travel award must be submitted by the department chair to Dr. Divakar Ambrose (Divakar.Ambrose@gov.ab.ca).

    For more details on awards and eligibility, visit www.csas.net.


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  • May
    25
    Renew your CSAS membership


    There are many great benefits of CSAS membership. In addition, a joint membership option is available with the American Society of Animal Science, which includes access to ASAS member benefits.

    Please take the time to renew your membership today to secure your continued access to the many benefits available to you as a member of the Canadian Society of Animal Science.

    To continue your CSAS membership, renew online.

    Don’t miss any of these great CSAS member benefits:


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  • May
    25
    10 reasons to publish with Canadian Science Publishing


    Canadian Science Publishing (CSP), publisher of the NRC Research Press suit of journals, publishes 21 scientific and technical journals.

    Choosing where to publish your next paper is an important decision. To help guide you, CSP has complied a list of “Ten Reasons to Publish with Canadian Science Publishing.”

    Read more about why you should publish your next research paper with CSP here.


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  • May
    25
    Topics wanted for WIANF 2017


    The next World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding is being planned for 2017, and WIANF is requesting suggestions for topics of special interest in the field of animal nutrition.

    The 1st World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding was held October 15 – 17, 2015, in Budapest, Hungary. The conference attracted 80 attendees from 23 countries, and included 6 keynote lectures, 17 oral presentations and 22 poster presentations covering the following topics in animal nutrition and feeding:

    Information from the 2015 conference is available online, including a PDF version of the book of abstracts.

    If you have any suggestions regarding topics for the upcoming 2017 WIANF conference, please contact WIANF at wianf-hu@akademiai.hu.


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  • Mar
    24
    Genome-wide association study of footrot in Texel Sheep


    By Chloe Mitchell, ASAS/ASAP communications intern

    Animal Production 2016 speaker highlight: Joanne Conington

    Footrot is an endemic disease of sheep, causing not only pain to the animal but also significant reduction in production as well as economic losses to the UK sheep industry.

    As footrot is highly contagious, its economic impacts are severe. There are major labour costs involved in management of the disease, as well as costs for prophylactic and veterinary treatment and the indirect costs incurred through reduction in sheep milk production, reduced fertility and other production losses.


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  • Mar
    24
    ASAS Communications Internship


    Holly Webb (USyd graduate) and Chloe Mitchell (UofA graduate) are currently working as interns at the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) head office in Champaign, IL. Please take a minute to read about their backgrounds and activities in the United States.



    Holly Webb

    I completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (BAnVetBioSc) at The University of Sydney, graduating with Honours. My studies and professional experience has sparked a wide range of interests including animal behaviour and welfare, livestock production and wildlife management.


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