Featured Articles

  • Jun
    29
    Changes in D.C. will be felt in rural America


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

    In the last few months, President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order for Agriculture, and we have seen Sonny Purdue confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture.

    President Trump’s Executive Order confirmed his intentions of continued economic prosperity in America. Within the order, he created a Task Force with a minimum of 21 members and the ability of the President or Secretary of Agriculture to designate other members.

    The main purpose of the Task Force is to identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life in rural America. Ten areas of interest were highlighted:


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  • Jun
    29
    ASAS-ASN food security symposium is July 8




    The pre-conference is a ticketed event, so please make sure to add it to your meeting registration. Cost is $150 for professionals and $35 for students.

    Conference co-chair, Dr. Teresa Davis, will kick off the symposium with a presentation on the Nutritional and social importance of animal sourced proteins.


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  • Jun
    29
    Animal Frontiers focuses on GMO crops


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    By Dr. Michael Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee


    The theme of the April 2017 issue of Animal Frontiers was “GMO Crops in Animal Nutrition.” Articles in this issue provide an excellent update and review of the history and future of GM crops, a review of studies where GM crops have been fed to livestock and the methods of assessing their safety, the potential for use of gene editing technology in livestock, and the politicization of food security.

    The editorial entitled “Human needs and future challenges,” by Zaheer and Reuter highlights the need for increased crop yields to support a greater human population, but also the expected increased demand for livestock products and the impact that climate change could have on production.

    In “The future of genetically engineered plants to stabilize yield and improve feed,” Dhariwal and Laroche outline potential crop modifications that can lead to improved digestibility in livestock or enhance biofuel production from plants.


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  • Jun
    29
    What is the ASAS Public Policy Committee?


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    The ASAS Public Policy Committee (PPC) was formed in 2009 to help ASAS shape public policy and public opinion related to all aspects of food animals and companion animals by engaging policy makers. The committee has been actively involved in a variety of activities!

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  • Jun
    29
    Meet D.C. intern Ben Rietmann


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    We are pleased to introduce you to Ben Rietmann, Oregon State University. Ben is one of six ASAS Science Policy interns currently in Washington, D.C. Ben is interning with the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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  • Jun
    29
    $20 in ’17 Campaign launches


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    ASAS has launched a new campaign to support our Public Policy program. It is called the $20 in ’17 Campaign. ASAS is asking each professional member to donate an extra $20 in 2017! Please read this letter to learn more about this important effort.

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  • Jun
    29
    New additions to 2017-2018 Executive Committee


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    Meet the new talented people who have accepted to serve on the 2017-2018 CSAS Executive Committee:

    Eastern Director: Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller (Assistant Professor, University of Guelph)


    Anna Kate Shoveller grew up on a hobby farm where she eagerly raised horses, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits and a host of cats and dogs. It is no surprise that she translated her love of animals into a desire to learn as much as possible about them. Her personal mission is to conduct research that will help improve the lives of cats and dogs, while also teaching and mentoring the next generation of companion animal scientists and pet product experts. Shoveller received her BSc, Honours in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph in 1997 and her PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta in 2004. Her PhD thesis was focused on sulfur amino acid metabolism in baby piglets and the role of the gut.

    In 2009, Shoveller was selected by the American Society for Nutrition to receive the Peter J. Reeds Memorial Young Investigator Award, which recognized her contributions to the understanding of neonatal sulfur amino acid metabolism and specifically for the changes that have been made in the parenteral feeding industry due to the knowledge developed in her PhD. Shoveller served as the provincial equine nutritionist for Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (2003-2004) prior to joining the University of Guelph as a post-doctoral fellow in companion animal nutrition (2004-2007). Her post doctoral research developed and validated a minimally invasive technique to measure amino acid requirements in dogs and will provide the basis for better understanding the variables that affect amino acid requirements in dogs.


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  • Jun
    29
    Take in these symposia at Annual Meeting


    Two CSAS symposia will be taking place at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show 8-12, July, in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Title: From one to all biological components – the new approach of Systems Biology

    Date and Time: Sunday July 9th, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

    See the speaker list!


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  • Jun
    28
    CSAS events at Annual Meeting




    You are all cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) where important issues affecting us as a society will be discussed and decisions taken.

    A reminder that the CSAS Awards Banquet is on Monday, July 10, beginning at 6:00 p.m. During the banquet we will recognize and celebrate outstanding professional and student members of our society. You are all invited to join in the celebration of great achievements. Come and cheer your colleagues on! This activity will be followed by the Members Mixer, an occasion where ideas flow freely and where partnerships are forged. This is a must attend event. Remember to attend and encourage our students during the student poster and oral competitions.

    Here are details on activities and times:


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  • Jun
    28
    Student events at Annual Meeting


    Students: Here are some events for you at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. The meeting is coming up 8-12 July in Baltimore, Maryland!

    Sunday, 9 July:  CSAS Graduate Student Poster Competition

    Sunday, 9 July: CSAS Graduate Student Oral Competition

    View information about CSAS symposia taking place at the Annual Meeting.


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  • Jun
    28
    Read latest issue of CJAS online


    The latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Animal Science (June 2017, Volume 97, Number 2) is now online!

    Access the Table of Contents.

    Access Just-IN articles.

    See e-First articles.


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  • Jun
    26
    Dr. Jack Whittier honored at Western Section Meeting


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Jack C. Whittier has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Whittier was raised on a diversified livestock and crop farm in northeastern Utah, and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Utah State University in 1979 and 1981, respectively. Dr. Whittier completed a Ph.D. degree in ruminant nutrition in 1985 from the University of Nebraska. Since 2014, Dr. Whittier has been Director of the University of Nebraska Panhandle District Panhandle Research and Extension Center and Professor of Animal Science.

    He has fulfilled significant leadership roles in WSASAS. Most recently, Dr. Whittier served on the ASAS Board of Directors as Western Section Director for two 3-year terms (2010 to 2016). His applied research has focused on range beef cow nutrition and reproduction management. He has helped generate over $2.2 million in extramural funds as PI or Co-I, participated in training 37 graduate students, and authored or co-authored 49 refereed publications and numerous non-refereed and Extension papers. Currently, Dr. Whittier supervises 12 Ph.D. Research and Extension Specialists and 22 Extension Educators.

    Dr. Whittier has contributed as an active leader with Boy Scouts of America, in numerous leadership roles with his church, and with the Scottsbluff/Gering Rotary Club. Dr. Whittier and his wife, Robynn, have 2 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. They also own a small-scale Simmental-Angus seedstock beef herd.


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  • Jun
    26
    Dr. Russell Hovey named WSASAS Distinguished Teacher


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Russell Hovey has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Hovey is Professor of Animal Science and Mammary Gland Biologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of California-Davis. He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Animal Sciences) from the University of Queensland, Australia, and then a Ph.D. in Animal Science from Massey University.

    Since arriving at the University of California-Davis in 2007, Dr. Hovey’s laboratory has focused on the endocrine regulation of mammary gland growth and function, as well as cancer. His contributions to lactation were recognized by the American Society of Animal Science where he received the H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award in 2011.

    Dr. Hovey has taught several classes and strives to build an exceptional learning environment outside of the classroom. He is dedicated to undergraduate learning and committed to the development of strategies that improve the overall educational experience and give tools for life-long learning.


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  • Jun
    26
    Dr. Reinaldo Cooke receives WSASAS Extension Award


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Reinaldo Cooke has been named the recipient of the Extension Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Cooke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. He is stationed at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns. His faculty appointment is split between Extension and research responsibilities in beef cattle management and nutrition.

    As the principle State Beef Specialist, Dr. Cooke has developed several Extension activities to serve the Oregon beef industry, which has also extended to national and international audiences. Dr. Cooke co-chairs the Western Beef Resource Committee. To date, Dr. Cooke has published 111 Extension articles, and has given more than 162 Extension talks to over 12,000 attendees. Dr. Cooke works closely with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and the Oregon Beef Council, serving as liaison between these institutions and Oregon State University.

    In 2014, Dr. Cooke received the Oregon Beef Council Distinguished Service Award in recognition for his service to the Oregon Beef Council and Oregon’s Beef Industry. In 2016, he received the WSASAS Young Scientist Award, and was the first Extension specialist to receive the OSU/College of Ag – F. E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research. Reinaldo and his wife Flavia are the proud parents of three children, Victor, Lucas, and Isabella.


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  • Jun
    26
    Dr. Jennifer Hernandez Gifford named Western Section Young Scientist


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Jennifer Hernandez Gifford has been named the recipient of the Young Scientist Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Hernandez Gifford earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from New Mexico State University (NMSU). She completed her Ph.D. at Washington State University (WSU) in Animal Science with an emphasis in reproductive physiology. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at WSU.

    Currently, Dr. Hernandez Gifford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at NMSU where she leads an active research program. A main focus of her research program is elucidating the role that the WNT/beta-catenin signaling pathway plays in follicular growth, development, and estradiol production. The long-term goal of her research program is to provide fundamental knowledge about the physiological role and mechanism of action of ovarian WNT signaling molecules in follicular development in the adult ovary.

    Dr. Hernandez Gifford has authored/coauthored 19 articles in refereed journals, one book chapter, 17 proceedings papers and 43 research abstracts. She has served as major advisor for 5 M.S. students, 2 PhD students, and on 9 additional graduate student committees. Research from her lab is moving the field forward and will enable reproductive physiologists to provide novel and innovative methods to ensure economic success for livestock producers concurrent with feeding the world’s growing population.


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  • Jun
    26
    New issue of Translational Animal Science


    A new issue of Translational Animal Science is now live! New Just Published content is now live as well, and a preview can be found below the Table of Contents preview in this post.

    Here is a preview of the Table of Contents, or you can access the Table of Contents of the latest issue of TAS at: https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/tas/tocs/1/2

    C. F. Huang, H. H. Stein, L. Y. Zhang, Defa Li and C. H. Lai
    Concentrations of minerals in pig feed ingredients commonly used in China
    doi:10.2527/tas2017.0013
    Translational Animal Science 2017 1:126-136

    N. McHugh, T. Pabiou, K. McDermott, E. Wall and D. P. Berry
    Impact of birth and rearing type, as well as inaccuracy of recording, on pre-weaning lamb phenotypic and genetic merit for live weight
    doi:10.2527/tas2017.0015
    Translational Animal Science 2017 1:137-145


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  • Jun
    26
    Meet our Jr. Platform Speakers


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    During the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show, we will highlight some of the best and brightest young scientists from each of the four ASAS sections! To do this, we have invited four Ph.D. students to give presentations at the beginning of sessions featuring 12-minute talks. Please see the list and plan to watch these outstanding students present!

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  • Jun
    23
    WSASAS recognizes Young Scholars


    The Western Section ASAS recognized three Young Scholars during the 2017 Western Section Meeting, held this week in Fargo, N.D.

    This year’s Ph.D. recipient of the Western Section ASAS Young Scholar Award is Dr. Kendall Samuelson, New Mexico State University and currently a postdoctoral research associate with Texas A&M AgriLife in Amarillo, Texas.

    The M.S. recipients of the Western Section ASAS Young Scholar Award include Kelsey Schubach, Oregon State University, and Matthew Crouse, North Dakota State University.

    All three Young Scholars gave presentations of their research during the Young Scholar Session on June 22. Samuelson’s abstract is #062. Schubach’s abstract is #063, and Crouse’s abstract is #064. All three abstracts can be found in the online proceedings. The meeting program also can be found online.


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  • Jun
    23
    Symposium honors Dr. Dennis Hallford




    This Taking Stock article pays tribute to Doc Hallford, who spent 41 years with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State.

    Dr. Ryan Ashley, New Mexico State University, provided introductory remarks and recalled memories of Doc Hallford in his presentation entitled “Doc Hallford: Chasing Hormones Ya’ll.”

    Dr. Ashley described Doc as a pillar for not only the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at NMSU, but also for the entire university. He was a shepherd and mentor to many, Dr. Ashley said, concluding his tribute with several “keywords” that describe Doc Hallford: legacy, selfless, kind, caring, mentor, advocate, encouraging, and dedicated.


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  • Jun
    23
    Farewell from Fargo


    The 89th Annual Meeting of the Western Section of ASAS wraps up today, June 23, with the section’s Business Meeting in Fargo, North Dakota. The meeting featured many scientific, networking and social events.

    Yesterday’s program included the Young Scholar Recognition Program, several oral and poster sessions, a Graduate Student Lunch and Learn, and a symposium dedicated to Dr. Dennis “Doc” Hallford. The day culminated with an Awards Banquet at the Fargo Air Museum.

    Watch for award winner announcements in the next issue of Taking Stock.

    In 2018, the WSASAS meets in Bend, Oregon. We hope to see you there!


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