Featured Articles

  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Ruminant conceptus-maternal interactions: interferon-tau and beyond


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    Early pregnancy losses are common in cattle. This review describes how critical the interplay between the developing conceptus (embryo and extraembryonic membranes) and endometrium is to maintaining pregnancies in cattle and other ruminants.

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  • Jul
    14
    Interpretive Summary: History, insights, and future perspectives on studies into luteal function in cattle


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    The corpus luteum (CL) forms on the ovary from the cellular remnants of the follicle following ovulation. The function of the CL is to produce progesterone that is required for successful pregnancy.

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  • Jun
    30
    Senate Ag Committee Passes the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act


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    The United States Senate Agricultural Committee has passed the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act (S. 4030), a bill that would establish pricing mechanisms for live animal purchases.

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  • Jun
    30
    Study finds plant-based protein not as nutritious as real meat


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    A new study by researchers at Ohio State University found that human cells currently do not absorb the same level of nutrients from plant-based protein as they do from meat from animals. While plant-based proteins have risen in popularity, this study shines a light on how the body reacts differently when compared to meat.

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  • Jun
    30
    Call for nominations for the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are calling for nominations for the 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). ASAS President-Elect Teresa Davis was a 2020-2025 member of the DGAC.

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  • Jun
    30
    USDA unveils the Food System Transformation framework


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the details of the Food System Transformation framework. The framework was designed to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers, and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating markets for small and mid-size producers.

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  • Jun
    30
    Supreme Court filings for California’s Proposition 12 underway


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    The National Pork Producer’s Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently filed the initial brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case against California’s Proposition 12 (Prop 12). The Proposition bans the sale of pork not produced according to the state’s production standards.

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  • Jun
    30
    Operation Fly Formula created to help US families


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    Aimed to target the infant formula shortage, President Joe Biden has announced Operation Fly Formula. Under Operation Fly Formula, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are authorized to use Department of Defense (DOD)-contracted commercial aircraft to pick up overseas infant formula that meets U.S. health and safety standards, so it can get to store shelves faster.

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  • Jun
    30
    New report finds the demand for meat outweighs meat avoidance


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    Researchers from Kansas State University and Purdue University have released the report Meat demand outdoes meat avoidance. The report found that even with the increase in plant-based fake meat products, Americans are still consuming meat.

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  • Jun
    30
    Kansas’ fake meat law to go into effect July 1st


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    A new law has been signed by the Governor of the state of Kansas to require producers of fake meat products that use meat terms to include a disclaimer indicating the product does not contain meat on the label in prominent and conspicuous font size in close proximity to the meat term.

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  • Jun
    30
    Chavonda Jacobs Young confirmed as USDA REE Undersecretary


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    Earlier this month, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young to be the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) undersecretary of agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics (REE).

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  • Jun
    30
    Biden Administration proposes changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act


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    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional support, resources, and rulings to strengthen the American food supply chain, promote fair and competitive agricultural markets, prevent abuse of farmers by poultry processors, and make prices fairer for farmers and American consumers.

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  • Jun
    30
    Americans are changing their eating habits as inflation soars


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    As inflation soars, many Americans are changing the ways they shop and consume food. Currently, inflation is the highest it has been in over 40 years. Food-at-home prices have increased 11.9%, over the past year, up almost a point from May 2022, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  • Jun
    23
    Interpretive Summary: Body weight of newborn and suckling piglets affects their intestinal gene expression


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    Under hyperprolific situations, piglets must deal with a reduced birthweight and a severe sibling competition for nutrients. Therefore, light body weight newborn and suckling piglets may also have physiological disadvantages compared to their middle-weight littermates.

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  • Jun
    23
    Interpretive Summary: ASAS-NANP symposium: mathematical modeling in animal nutrition: limitations and potential next steps for modeling and modelers in the animal sciences


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    Modeling in the animal sciences has received a boost by large-scale adoption of sensor technology, increased computing power, and the further development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) models.

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  • Jun
    23
    Interpretive Summary: Genetic aspects of piglet survival and related traits: a review


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    Piglet survival is under genetic control and there are clear differences between individuals in their ability to live. Animals that do not survive their first weeks will obviously not reproduce as this is natural selection. Animals that survive still harbor relevant genetic differences.

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  • Jun
    23
    Interpretive Summary: Review: Physiology and nutrition of late gestating and transition sows


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    The transition period is a short period of the reproductive cycle spanning from 7–10 d prepartum to 3–5 d postpartum in sows. Nonetheless, it is highly important for the productivity of sows because it is when the majority of piglet deaths occur.

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  • Jun
    23
    Interpretive Summary: Improving young pig welfare on-farm: The Five Domains Model


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    Considering welfare through the “neonatal and nursery pig perspective” is an exciting approach. Overlaying this with the Five Domains Model, as we suggest in this review, points to practical on-farm improvements that provide each pig the opportunity to experience positive mental states.

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  • Jun
    23
    Interpretive Summary: Biological sex: an understudied factor driving disease susceptibility in pigs


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    It has become increasingly evident that females and males differ in their susceptibility to disease and mortality. Females typically have higher survivability rates during pandemics and environmental challenges compared with males.

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  • Jun
    23
    Interpretive Summary: Impact of housing environment and management on pre-/post-weaning piglet productivity


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    Achievement of pre-/post-weaning piglet success requires careful environmental management to ensure the thermal needs of the pigs are adequately met to reduce stress and promote livability, performance, and health.

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