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    Feb
    10
    Southern Section Abstract book available online


    The 2017 Abstract book for the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science is now available online in .pdf format and in searchable .html format on the Journal of Animal Science website.

    Download PDF Version of the SS Abstract Book

    View as JAS Supplement

    The 2017 Southern Section Meeting was held Feb. 4-7, 2017, in Franklin, Tennessee at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.


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    Feb
    09
    Southern Section elects new officers


    The Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science installed new officers during the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held February 4-7, in Franklin, Tenn.

    During the Southern Section Business Meeting on Mon., Feb. 6, the President’s gavel transferred from Dr. Jane Parish to Dr. Charles Rosenkrans.

    Newly elected Southern Section Officers include:

    Christy Bratcher, who will serve as the Secretary-Treasurer Elect.


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    Feb
    09
    Greene receives Distinguished Service Award


    Dr. L. Wayne Greene, Auburn University, was honored with the Southern Section Distinguished Service Award at the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held Feb. 4-7,  in Franklin, Tenn.

    Greene received B.S. and M.S. degrees from North Carolina State University in 1977 and 1979, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech in 1981. He is a U.S Navy veteran and is currently Head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University.

    Greene served on the faculty at Texas A&M University from 1981 to 2005 in teaching, research and Extension positions. In 1997, he relocated to the Texas AgriLife Research Center in Amarillo and was jointly appointed at West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University.

    Greene presented the 1st-place Graduate Student Competition Paper in 1981 and was named the Southern Section-ASAS Outstanding Young Animal Scientist – Research in 1991. He was recognized as a Texas AgriLife Research Fellow and a Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow in 2003. He has served in all elected officer positions in ARPAS, SS-ASAS, Plains Nutrition Council, and as Director of PAACO.


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    Feb
    09
    Banta receives Extension Award


    Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, received the Southern Section Extension Award at the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held Feb. 4-7,  in Franklin, Tenn.

    Banta has worked as an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the past 11 years. He developed a highly successful and well-recognized Extension Program, which includes presentations at more than 550 Extension meetings. A highlight of Dr. Banta’s career has been the co-development of 5 banner programs that provide clientele with daylong, in-depth training on specific topics such as bull selection or hay production and purchasing.

    Banta has been an active ASAS member. From 2009 to 2011 he served on the Executive Committee of the Southern Section Extension Group; serving as Chair in 2011. In 2013, he served on the Extension Education Committee for the National ASAS meeting. In addition to his Extension activities, Banta has been a valuable collaborator on several research projects, served on 7 graduate student advisory committees, and annually teaches an applied nutrition course for Texas A&M’s 3rd year veterinary students.

    Congratulations, Dr. Banta!


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    Feb
    09
    Lemley receives Young Animal Scientist Research Award


    Dr. Caleb Lemley received the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Research Award at the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held Feb. 4-7,  in Franklin, Tenn.

    Lemley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University. He received a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2005 from West Virginia University. He received a M.S. in 2007 and a Ph.D. in 2010 in Reproductive Physiology from West Virginia University. Lemley worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at North Dakota State University from 2010 to 2012. During this time he secured, as principal investigator, $200,000 in postdoctoral fellowship grants.

    Lemley joined Mississippi State University in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. His research at MSU focuses on reproductive endocrinology, with an emphasis on hormone bioavailability and function during conceptus development. He has published 39 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapters, and 82 conference abstracts. Lemley has advised 3 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. students as well as serving as a committee member for 12 graduate students.

    Congratulations, Dr. Lemley!


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    Feb
    09
    Ramanathan receives Young Animal Scientist Education Award


    Dr. Ranjith Ramanathan received the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Education Award at the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held Feb. 4-7,  in Franklin, Tenn.

    Ramanathan is an Assistant Professor of Meat Science in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. He earned his Bachelor of Veterinary and Animal Science in 2004 from Kerala Agricultural University, India, followed by an M.S. from the University of Connecticut. Ram received his Ph.D. degree in Animal Science (with Meat Science concentration) from the University of Connecticut in 2012.

    Ram’s primary responsibilities include teaching food science classes, conducting research in beef quality, and undergraduate student advising. Ram teaches 6 different courses ranging from freshman level to graduate level. Ram’s research focuses on both fundamental and applied factors that influence fresh meat quality, and specifically on postmortem biochemistry and meat color.

    Ram is an active member of the ASAS, American Meat Science Association, and the Institute of Food Technologists. Ram is married to Anjana and lives with his family in Stillwater. They have three children.


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    Feb
    09
    Smith receives Emerging Young Scholar


    The Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science is pleased to award William “Brandon” Smith with its Emerging Young Scholar Award. Smith accepted the award during the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held February 4-7, in Franklin, Tenn.

    Smith is a native of Slocomb, Alabama. He received dual B.S. degrees from Auburn University (agronomy & soils; animal sciences) in 2012 and an M.S. from the University of Arkansas (ruminant nutrition) in 2014.

    Smith is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University, specializing in forage agronomy and the forage-animal interface. His undergraduate research centered on production practices to improve annual ryegrass yield in Alabama, and his M.S. research focused on limit-feeding byproduct feedstuffs. Smith is currently evaluating the use of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) in stocker supplementation programs on actively-growing warm season perennial pastures. He gave the Emerging Scholar presentation, “Impact of DDGS supplementation of cattle grazing bermudagrass on the plant-animal-environment nexus,” during a Pastures and Forages session on Tues., February 7.

    Smith has one manuscript in addition to six extension papers, one book chapter, two popular press articles and 26 abstracts. He is a past Graduate Director of both the American Society of Animal Science and the American Society of Agronomy Boards of Directors. Smith plans to finish his Ph.D. program in May 2017.


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    Feb
    07
    Lectureship honors Dr. Ron Randel


    The first of two lectureships honoring Dr. Ronald Randel was held today during the Physiology Session I at the 2017 Southern Section meeting in Franklin, Tennessee. The Ronald D. Randel Lectureship honors Dr. Randel’s contributions to the field of animal physiology and endocrinology. Read more about the inception of the lectureship in this Taking Stock article.

    Today’s Physiology I session included a guest lecture, “Who Influenced You?” by Dr. W.M. Moseley. Part II takes place tomorrow, February 7, with an invited lection on “Interferons During Early Pregnancy and Fetal Response to Viral Infection by Dr. T.R. Hansen.

    Photo: Dr. Ron Randel, pictured with family and many of the people he has influenced in the field of animal physiology and endocrinology. Photo by Dr. Deb Hamernik.



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    Feb
    07
    Texas Tech wins Southern Section AQ


    Congratulations to Texas Tech University, overall winner of the 2017 Southern Section Academic Quadrathlon! Second place went to Auburn University, followed by Texas A&M University in third place. A total of 10 teams participated in this year’s competition, which was held Feb. 4 at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center in Spring Hill and Feb. 5 at the Spring Hill GM Visitors Center.



    Colleges represented at this year’s competition included Auburn University, Berry College, Middle Tennessee State University, Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Tuskegee University, University of Arkansas, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    The teams competed in a lab practicum, written exams, oral presentations and a quiz bowl competition during the two-day event. Here is a listing of the top 3 placings in each of these categories:


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    Feb
    07
    See the papers published in TAS


    Have you seen what’s been published lately in the new Translational Animal Science journal? See the Table of Contents for the inaugural issue: Vol. 1, Issue 1, February 2017.

    Meet the TAS Editorial Board in this Taking Stock article.

    Learn more about submitting articles to TAS here.

    TAS uses both traditional and open review. Help review articles in Open Review.


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    Feb
    07
    Meet the TAS Editorial Board


    Meet the Editorial Board of our newest journal, Translational Animal Science. Also check out the papers published in Vol. 1, as listed in this Taking Stock article.

    James Sartin, Editor-in-Chief

    Sigrid Agenas, Uppsala University, Sweden

    Dustin Boler, University of Illinois, USA


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    Feb
    07
    JAS Section Editor favorites from 2016


    Dr. Jim Sartin, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Animal Science, shares some of the JAS Section Editors’ favorite JAS articles from 2016. Take a look!

    Effects of United States Department of Agriculture carcass maturity on sensory attributes of steaks produced by cattle representing two dental age classes L. Semler, D. R. Woerner, K. E. Belk, K. J. Enns and J. D. Tatum.  J. Anim. Sci. 2016. 94:2207–2217

    Enteric methane and carbon dioxide emissions measured using respiration chambers, the sulfur hexafluoride tracer technique, and a GreenFeed head-chamber system from beef heifers fed alfalfa silage at three allowances and four feeding frequencies. A. Jonker, G. Molano, C. Antwi and G. C. Waghorn. J. Anim. Sci. 2016. 94:10: 4326-4337.

    Effect of shade on animal welfare, growth performance, and carcass characteristics in large pens of beef cattle fed a beta agonist in a commercial feedlot. J.A. Hagenmaier, C. D. Reinhardt, S. J. Bartle, and D. U. Thomson. J. Anim. Sci. 2016. 94:5064-5076.


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    Feb
    03
    Southern Section convenes on Saturday


    The 2017 ASAS Southern Section Meeting is almost here! The meeting begins this Saturday, Feb. 4, with Academic Quadrathlon events and a pre-conference summit on Delivery Systems for Protein and Energy Supplements. Hope to see you in Franklin, Tennessee!

    Don’t miss this great meeting or any of the events, including:

    Pre-Conference: Industry and Academic Summit – Delivery Systems for Protein and Energy Supplements
    Learn more about the Summit, taking place all day on Saturday, February 4, in this Taking Stock article. Sign up online.

    Ronald D. Randel Lectureship
    Lectures honoring Dr. Randel will be given at the start of each Physiology Session (Physiology I on Mon., Feb. 6 and Physiology II on Tues., Feb. 7) during the Southern Section Meeting. Learn more about this new lectureship in this Taking Stock article.


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    Jan
    30
    Ag Committee members and Secretary nomination announced


    By Dr. Penny Riggs, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

    As the 2018 Farm Bill looms in the not-too-distant future, membership of the House and Senate agriculture committees is nearly set for the 115th Congress. However, the confirmation hearing date for Agriculture Secretary nominee, Sonny Perdue, has not yet been set.

    House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) announced Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) as Vice Chairman and the addition of six new Republican freshmen to the committee, including Jodey Arrington (TX), Don Bacon (NE), James Comer (KY), Neal Dunn (FL), John Faso (NY), and Roger Marshall (KS). Ranking minority member, Collin Peterson (MN), announced new Democrat members as Dwight Evans (PA), Al Lawson (FL), Darren Sota (FL), Tom O’Halleran (AZ), and Jimmy Panetta (CA). These newcomers join a committee that includes 26 Majority members along with 21 Minority members.

    Six subcommittees include Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, chaired by Austin Scott (GA); Conservation and Forestry, chaired by Frank Lucas (OK); Nutrition chaired by GT Thompson (PA); General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, chaired by Rick Crawford (AR); Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, chaired by Rodney Davis (IL); and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, chaired by David Rouzer (NC).


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    Jan
    30
    Save the date for next Snack & Fact


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    The first Snack & Fact briefing of 2017 is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 27, in Washington, D.C. The theme of the briefing is “The use of performance-enhancing technologies in global livestock production” and is based on content from the October 2016 issue of Animal Frontiers.

    Guest speakers include: Dr. Mike Azain, University of Georgia, and Dr. Caird Rexroad, with the USDA ARS National Program for Aquaculture. Dr. Penny Riggs, Texas A&M University and Chair of the ASAS Public Policy Committee, will provide an introduction and overview.

    Mark your calendar and watch for more information to come.

    Learn more about the Snack & Fact program here.


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    Jan
    30
    Will stricter environmental policies come from the state level?


    By Dr. Casey L. Bradley, ASAS Public Policy Committee Member

    One of the key campaign stances of President Donald J. Trump was to cut regulations, particularly those from the Environmental Protection Agency, in the hope of giving industries in America a competitive edge again and bringing jobs back to the USA. This could potentially be seen as a win for the animal agriculture sector, or is it?

    Even though federal EPA regulations may change, individual states still have the right to create their own laws. One example is California’s Senate Bill No. 1383, which was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown in the fall of 2016. The bill requires a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from California livestock producers, mainly dairy producers, by 2024. Ryan McCarthy, a science advisor for the California Air Resources Board, was quoted by Terence Chea (in this AP article) as saying “We expect that this package … and everything we’re doing on climate, does show an effective model forward for others.”

    However, to meet these dramatic reductions of methane emissions, the state’s dairy producers face a huge economic investment. Chea also interviewed Arlin Van Groningen, a third-generation farmer, who stated that it is going to have negative economic impacts on California farmers. Methane digesters for farms can cost millions of dollars and the state has only set aside $50 million to help set up digesters.


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    Jan
    30
    Register now for Block & Bridle


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention will be held March 31-April 2, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. The meeting theme is “Scientific Voice in Agriculture.” Early registration ends February 3!



    The convention is co-hosted by the University of Connecticut and the American Society of Animal Science.

    Housing information is available here.  Learn more about local attractions and transportation.


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    Jan
    26
    Southern Section Meeting pre-registration ends soon


    Not yet registered for the 2017 ASAS Southern Section Meeting in Franklin, Tennessee? Complete your pre-registration and avoid the onsite registration line. Pre-registration ends at 11:59 PM (CDT) on Sunday, January 29th.

    Don’t miss this great meeting or any of the events, including:

    Ronald D. Randel Lectureship
    Lectures honoring Dr. Randel will be given at the start of each Physiology Session at the Southern Section Meeting. Learn more about this new lectureship in this Taking Stock article.

    Awards Banquet
    Don’t miss the Awards Banquet at The Factory at Franklin on Monday, February 6. Join us for an evening of food, drinks and catching up with friends as we honor the accomplishments of our 2017 Southern Section Award Winners. Sign up while registering for the meeting or add the banquet to your existing registration online.


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    Jan
    26
    Southern Section mobile app now live


    The mobile app for the 2017 ASAS Southern Section Meeting is now live! Here are just a few benefits and reasons why you don’t want to miss out on the app:

    You can view the app online or download it directly to your phone.

    Join us February 4-7 in Franklin, Tenn., for the 2017 ASAS Southern Section Meeting!


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    Jan
    26
    Get ready to submit Western Section papers




    Proceedings instructions and student competition rules are now available online. The WSASAS Meeting will be held June 20-23, 2017, in Fargo, N.D.


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