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  • Jul
    18
    Nonruminant Nutrition Symposium I


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    Dr. Chris Parks delivered the first talk about “Integrated Pork Production During a Global Pandemic: Impact on the Live Production Supply Chain, Feed Mills, & Nutrition''. According to him, the U.S. has an integrated pork system resulting from vertical integration. This means that a single company controls pork production from farmers to consumers allowing them to capitalize on the economics of the scale, create consistent products, and spread out risk.

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  • Jul
    18
    Swine Species Symposium


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    Dr. Belstra began the Swine Species Symposium by addressing critical gaps in swine reproduction. Today's talk was about the identification of swine reproduction opportunities, especially those that add value by addressing industry challenges and leveraging assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

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  • Jul
    18
    Meat Science and Muscle Biology Symposium


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    Dr. Hocquette began the Meat Science and Muscle Biology Symposium by reviewing past research in muscle biology and energy partitioning between the muscle and adipose tissues. Dr. Hocquette stated that a precise definition of variables and repeatability of measurements are crucial for this research.

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  • Jul
    17
    Companion Animals Symposium II


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    The 2021 ASAS-CSAS-SSASAS Annual Meeting at the Louisville Convention Center in Kentucky, Companion Animals Symposium II (July 16, 2021), comprised of four presenters from diverse educational backgrounds. The overarching theme was brewing and fermented ingredients in pet nutrition.

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  • Jul
    17
    Companion Animals Symposium III


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    The Companion Animal III Symposium at the 2021 ASAS National Meeting focused on dietary supplements in companion animal nutrition. Several speakers presented different, though highly relevant, perspectives on the potential, discovery, development, and regulatory concerns about the inclusion of dietary supplements in the diets of companion animals.

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  • Jul
    17
    Forages and Pastures Symposium I


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    The Forages and Pastures Symposium I on Friday, July 16th, began with Dr. DelCurto discussing the ongoing challenges of designing research for beef cattle production in extensive environments. Previous study designs trying to get enough observations for statistical inference required cattle to be brought in from the rangeland each day, sorted, fed, and then let back out.

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  • Jul
    17
    Cell Biology Symposium


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    The 2021 ASAS Cell Biology Symposium that took place on Friday, July 16th, focused on the role of epigenetics in production and health. Dr. Peterson started off the symposium by discussing the role epigenetics has in maternal and fetal programming specifically looking at the pancreas.

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  • Jul
    16
    SSASAS: Kunkle Symposium


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    Dr. Poore jump-started the SSASAS Kunkle Symposium to discuss byproduct feeds in the Southeastern beef production systems. There are many alternative feeds available and used for both cow/calf and stocker cattle in this region. In addition, classification of the feeds (waste materials, waste products, byproducts, and coproducts) may also influence when to use these alternatives.

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  • Jul
    16
    A Letter From American Red Cross


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    Thank you so much for hosting the blood drive at your annual conference. 23 donors attempted to donate. We had a fantastic number of first-time donors (13) who came forward. We ended the day at 84% of the hospital pledge with 21 units.

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  • Jul
    16
    Animal Breeding and Genetics Symposium I


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    Dr. Maltecca's presentation began by introducing how feed costs, amount, and quality of lean products, improving diets, exploiting livestock genetic variability and focusing on individual variation all play a role in producing protein efficiently. His research group focuses on applying the gut microbiome in swine production, with a particular focus on growth and feed efficiency.

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  • Jul
    16
    Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium


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    The 2021 ASAS Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium focused on the integration of parents and offspring in the promotion, evaluation, and improvement of gut health. Overall, the speakers agreed that there are very defined times in young animal lives, before and after birth, when an intervention can improve, or in some cases, decrease their potential for health and productivity.

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  • Jul
    16
    Teaching/Undergraduate and Graduate Education Symposium


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    Genomics is a rapidly expanding field that requires unique education to use knowledge from quantitative genetics. However, it is challenging to provide education to meet the needs of the rapid genomic revolution particularly with limited funding, faculty, and expertise. In the early 2000s, the USDA defined a need for solid infrastructure to deliver information about advances in animal genetics.

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  • Jul
    16
    SSASAS: SCC 81 Symposium


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    Dr. Christine B. Navarre presented the first talk about “Best Management Practices for Parasite Control in Beef Herds in the Southeastern United States”. Recently, it has been difficult to create a parasite control program as the ability of cattle dewormers has been worsening overtime. Since there are no new products in development, a new way of managing parasites is needed to slow down resistance.

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  • Jul
    16
    Physiology and Endocrinology Symposium


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    Dr. Spicer began by discussing how reproductive efficiency is one of the main factors affecting profitability in farm animals and how the overall goal is to improve reproductive efficiency. Understanding the mechanisms that control ovarian follicular development may lead to ways to improve reproductive efficiency.

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  • Jul
    16
    Companion Animals Symposium I


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    Nora Bello of Kansas State presented a riveting discussion focused on “Statistics for Reproducible Research in Companion Animal Nutrition”. The major topics of the discussion explored current understanding of P-values and hypothesis testing with a lens of companion animal nutrition and the associated argument that statistical analyses must be fully understood by the user.

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  • Jul
    16
    Ruminant Nutrition Symposium II


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    The Ruminant Nutrition Symposium II began with Dr. Daniel Loy reviewing the past forty years of the cattle industry in the Midwest. The industry consistently deals with change; technology advancements (adoption), black swan events (reaction), and disruptive technologies.

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  • Jul
    15
    The Evolution and Application of Information Technology to Assist with Animal Production Analytics


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    The symposium focused on “The Evolution and Application of Information Technology to Assist with Animal Production Analytics” and was introduced by Luis O. Tedeschi, PhD from Texas A&M University. The Nation Animal Nutrition Program (NANP) was established in 2010 to support research requested by stakeholders. It addresses challenges in research, education, and teaching, and supports agencies in animal agriculture.

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  • Jul
    15
    A Letter From our President


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    It is with great excitement that we are meeting in person this year for the American Society of Animal Science annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Section American Society of Animal Science (SSASAS) and virtually with the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS).

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  • Jul
    08
    Accreditation of BS Animal Science Programs continues to move forward


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    The National Meetings will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn the latest steps taken towards implementation of voluntary accreditation for BS degree Animal Science programs.

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  • Jul
    01
    ASAS Journals earn highest impact factors in journals histories for 2020


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    American Society of Animal Science Journals earned large Impact Factor increases, led by Animal Frontiers, 5.304 (co-published by ASAS, EAAP, AMSA, CSAS, and WAAP) and Journal of Animal Science, 3.159, according to Clarivate’s annual Journal Citation Report (JCR) for 2020.

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