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    Apr
    17
    New Animal Frontiers available


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    The issue also includes society news from the European Federation of Animal Science, the American Society of Animal Science, the American Meat Science Association, and the Canadian Society of Animal Science.


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    Apr
    17
    Northeast awards nominations deadline extended


    The ADSA Northeast Branch/ASAS Northeastern Section is accepting award nominations for its 2017 awards. The nominations submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 26 at 11:59 PM CDT for the following Northeast awards:

    View the award descriptions.

    We hope that you will go online and submit nominees for these outstanding awards in Animal/Dairy Science.


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    Apr
    17
    Student develops potential solution to industry challenge


    Matthew Rooda, a pre-med student from Iowa, has invented a device that can be worn by a farrowing sow to reduce crushing of newborn piglets. Dozens of pork producers have expressed an interest in the technology, which is expected to be launched soon.

    In an Associated Press article recently published by Agri-View, the technology is described as “a cross between a shock collar for dogs and a fitness tracker for people.” Rooda’s inspiration, which has won him a national entrepreneur award, stems from working in the farrowing barn of a hog operation. The article points out that the device delivers a mild shock.

    The article also discusses the significance of crushing to the pork industry, as well as concern about the on-farm economic return of the the new technology and how it might affect the behavior and welfare of sows, with quotes from Dr. Donald Lay, with the UDSA’s Agricultural Research Service at Purdue University, and Dr. Lee Johnston, a professor of animal science and extension swine specialist at the University of Minnesota.

    Read more about Rooda’s invention in Student’s invention reduces piglet death.


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    Apr
    13
    Judges needed for student competitions at the Annual Meeting


    We are in need of judges for student poster presentations at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. This is a great way to connect with and mentor our undergraduate and graduate members!

    A total of 70 student presentations (poster presentations only) have been accepted for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The Ph.D. poster competition takes place on Sunday, July 9, between 7:15-9:15 a.m. The M.S. poster competition is Monday, July 10, between 7:15-9:15 a.m. The undergraduate poster competition is scheduled for Tues., July 11, between 7:15-9:15 a.m.

    If you are willing to serve as a judge please contact Dr. Mike Tokach [mtokach@ksu.edu; 785-532-2032].

    The 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is July 8-12, in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit the 2017 Annual Meeting website for registration, housing, and program information. A draft schedule also is available.


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    Apr
    13
    Annual 2017 draft schedule online


    A Draft Schedule for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is now available online. Please note: The draft schedule is not final. Presentation dates, times and locations may be subject to change.The schedule automatically updates nightly.

    View the Draft Schedule today to start planning your time in Baltimore!

    Symposia have not been fully added to the schedule yet. For a complete list of symposia, please see the Symposia Schedule. Please also note these Important Deadlines.


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    Apr
    13
    Recent JAS article in the news


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    A summary of a recent Journal of Animal Science article about soy protein concentrate in weanling pig diets can be found on the Science Newsline website. The summary is entitled Soy Protein Concentrate Can Replace Animal Proteins in Weanling Pig Diets and includes quotes from University of Illinois animal sciences professor Hans H. Stein.

    The research discussed in the Science Newsline article can be found in this JAS article: Nutritional value of soy protein concentrate ground to different particle sizes and fed to pigs.

    Don’t be shy! Email asas@asas.org and tell us where your recently published research has been highlighted. We want to know so we can share it with our Taking Stock readers!


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    Apr
    13
    Northeast: Submit your award nominations


    The ADSA Northeast Branch/ASAS Northeastern Section is accepting award nominations for the 2017 awards. The nominations submission deadline for the following Northeast awards is April 18 at 11:59 pm CDT.

    View the award guidelines.

    We hope that you will go online and submit nominees for these outstanding awards in Animal/Dairy Science.


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    Apr
    10
    Midwest abstracts now online in JAS


    Abstracts from the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch are now available online as a Journal of Animal Science supplement. Access the 2017 Midwest abstracts, which can be found in Vol. 95, Supplement 2 of JAS.

    Download the 2017 Midwest Program 

    Download a pdf of the 2017 Abstract Book


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    Apr
    10
    KFC pledges to reduce antibiotics important in human medicine


    Late last week, Yum! Brands’ KFC announced its plan to reduce antibiotic use in the chickens it buys. The chain’s U.S. poultry suppliers have until the end of 2018 to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine.

    The decision follows similar action by both McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A. Read more in this Reuters/CNBC report, Yum’s KFC to curb antibiotic use in the chickens it buys.


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    Apr
    10
    Western Section reminder


    Western Section ASAS awards nominations are due this Friday, April 14, at 11:59 PM (CDT)!


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    Apr
    10
    Annual 2017 Highlight


    Animal welfare continues to be an important consideration in food animal production. While this is in part driven by changes in consumer demands, good animal handling and welfare are also crucial to improving outcomes in production systems and ensuring the highest meat quality possible.

    During the 2017 Annual Meeting, the Meat Science and Muscle Biology Committee is hosting a symposium on Sunday, July 9, entitled “International Perspectives on Animal Handling and Welfare.” This symposium aims to highlight the connections between meat quality and animal handling and the impact of improving welfare on outcomes in meat production.

    This will be examined in the context of cattle (Dr. Carmen Gallo), pigs (Dr. Luigi Faucitano) and poultry (Dr. Trevor Crowe). Welfare and handling during transport will be a particular focus of the presentations. The three speakers work in Canada and Chile, hence they help to provide an international perspective on these issues, as well as showcase the work being done outside of the United States.

    While the symposium will evidently be of interest to meat scientists and those working in animal welfare and handling, it has a broader relevance and is also likely to be helpful for those who work in management and nutrition of these production species.


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    Apr
    07
    Translational Animal Science update


    We are proud to announce that 3 months in, Translational Animal Science (TAS) is in great shape. We have decided to create quarterly issues. Therefore, at the close of the first quarter, TAS has 12 published articles, 6 new articles in Open Review, and 6 articles in First Look. Articles in the first issue have been authored by some of the most prestigious animal and dairy scientists in our society, including: Joel DeRouchey, Mike Tokach, Bob Goodband, Sarah Reed, Steve Zinn, Kristen Govoni, Rupert Bruckmaier, Cathy Ernst, Sung Woo Kim, Jeff Carroll, Nicole Burdick Sanchez, Anna Dilger, Dustin Boler and Dave Casper.

    Articles are moving from submission to publication in under 6 weeks, with an average rejection rate of 30%. People are beginning to get the hang of Open Review with the number of quality comments increasing with each new batch of papers. To be amongst the first to review a paper visit: https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/tas/open-review, submit an online review or a question and wait to see if the author responds.

    Open review is designed to create a new networking platform between authors and readers, improving both the science and educational opportunities presented with each paper. TAS is the first animal science journal to use a hybrid between traditional and open review!

    In addition to Open Review, all articles are Gold Open Access. With a publication fee of only $1300 for members, TAS is the least expensive Open Access animal science journal available.


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    Apr
    06
    More than just a cute bunny


    The March 2017 issue of Jr. Animal Scientist is “All About Rabbits!” In the issue, kids learn about feeding pet rabbits, as well as the different uses of rabbits.

    Has your child’s subscription to Jr. Animal Scientist expired? Contact kims@asas.org to renew or start a subscription for the Jr. Animal Scientist in your life! An individual subscription is just $15 per year and is published six times per year (January, March, May, July, September, November). Kids look forward to receiving their very own copy in the mailbox!

    Stretch those STEM skills in the classroom! Jr. Animal Scientist and AnimalSmart.org website are a great complement to elementary classroom science curriculums. Learn more about sponsoring a classroom or group subscription by contacting kims@asas.org, or visit AnimalSmart.org today!


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    Apr
    06
    USDA authorizes emergency grazing


    The USDA released the following bulletin on April 4, 2017:

    USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump’s Directive



    USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers, who are facing the ruination of their herds due to lack of sufficient grazing land.  The authorization is pursuant to appropriate restrictions and conservation measures, which can be found in the Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum.


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    Apr
    06
    Caught on tape: Badger buries big meal


    Apparently badgers make good undertakers. Scientists have the tape to prove it.

    According to a recent article in The New York Times, it took a 16-pound badger 4 days to bury a 50-pound calf carcass.

    An e-newsletter summary from SmartBrief states that researchers from the University of Utah’s Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab laid out several calf carcasses to study the scavenging behavior of badgers and “were amazed to see the lone badger bury its prize over four days when they reviewed video from a camera trap.”

    Watch a video of the badger.


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    Apr
    04
    Block & Bridle students visit D.C.


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention convened this weekend in Arlington, Virginia. The University of Connecticut and ASAS co-hosted the convention, which drew more than 300 students, representing Block & Bridle chapters from across the country.

    Convention sponsors included: ASAS, the ASAS Foundation, the University of Connecticut, Elanco, Monsanto, the North American Meat Institute, and the Spocott Windmill Foundation.

    Dr. Debora Hamernik, ASAS President, and Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, ASAS CEO, delivered the opening keynote on March 31, focusing on the convention theme “Scientific Voice in Agriculture.”

    On the evening of March 31, students toured various D.C. monuments via bus, making stops at the U.S. Capitol, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.


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    Apr
    04
    Students and clubs honored at Block & Bridle banquet


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention held its annual banquet and awards program on the evening of April 2, following a weekend of sight seeing, farm tours, and educational sessions. Here is a breakdown of the 2016-2017 National Block & Bridle chapter and outstanding member awards!

    There are many photos of the award winners on the ASAS Facebook page. Be sure to visit and “Like” them! More news from the convention can be found in this Taking Stock article.

    1st – Ellen Rankins, Auburn University

    2nd – Emily Von Edwins, Texas A&M University


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    Apr
    04
    Block & Bridle photos on Facebook


    Stop by the ASAS Facebook page for photos from the 97th National Block & Bridle Convention in Arlington, Va. Here are just a few from the evening tour of Washington, D.C. on March 31 and the farm tours in Maryland on April 1!

    The evening tour of monuments in Washington, D.C. included stops at the U.S. Capitol, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Farm tour visits included Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm, Madhouse Oysters, the dairy farm at the University of Maryland’s Central Maryland Research & Education Center, and historic Spocott Farm.

    Photos from the educational sessions, the awards banquet, and the Capitol Hill visits can also be found on the ASAS Facebook page.

    Top photo: Block & Bridle students tour the dairy farm at the University of Maryland’s Central Maryland Research & Education Center.


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    Mar
    30
    New in Translational Animal Science


    Help review new papers in Open Review.

    See articles in First Look.

    View the Table of Contents of the latest issue.

    TAS now accepting submissions!


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    Mar
    30
    Nominate your colleagues


    Western Section ASAS awards nominations due 11:59 PM (CDT) on April 14.

    ADSA Northeast Branch/ASAS Northeastern Section awards nominations due 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on April 18.

     


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