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  • Feb
    01
    Welcome to 2017!


    2017  A big year for Animal Production in Australia!

     Dear ASAP member

     Welcome to 2017.  It promises to be a great year for animal production in Australia!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the outlook for animal enterprises as bright as they are this year.  Prices and markets for most of our products are very solid.  Rainfall across wide areas of the country, albeit in unusual patterns in some parts, has generated vast feed resources.  The gross value of animal production is expected to be $31bill in 2016/17 accounting for more than half of the nation’s agricultural production of $60bill.  Lamb exports are up 4%, wool up 3% and cattle prices are forecast to rise a further 7% over the next year.  Even dairy farmgate prices are forecast to rise 1%.  Rebuilding of depleted stocks after poor seasons is taking some of the value out of the system but is a great sign for the future of animal production. 

     Never before has the Australian Society of Animal Production been more relevant to the future prosperity of our animal industries!!


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  • Feb
    01
    SAVE THE DATE: Animal Production Conference 2018




    When: 2-5 July 2018

    Where: Wagga Wagga, NSW

    What: The 32nd Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production. The Animal Production conference is completely focused on animal production systems and whole-of-chain approaches to animal production.


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  • Jan
    31
    The importance of a good start




    Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP intern

    Many people could tell you that a runt animal will be affected by its poorer start over the course of its life, and this understanding has prompted greater research into how those early life events can have a lasting influence on an animal’s development. In biomedicine, this concept is known as the “developmental origins of health and disease” (DOHaD) and is a current focus of interest. However, our understanding of the underlying mechanisms and how we might manage this influence to improve the likelihood of healthy and productive development is still limited.

    A review by Gatford et al. from the University of Adelaide, “Off to the Right Start – How Pregnancy and Early Life Can Determine Future Animal Health and Production”, introduces this new perspective of DOHaD and the history of the field, and, largely in the context of pig production reviews some of the evidence for the long-term impact of early life on welfare and productivity in an animal population. The review also discusses intervention options and how these might improve long-term outcomes.


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  • Jan
    31
    Possible legal meat consumption changes in South Australia




    Ashlee McEvoy ASAP/ASAS Intern

    At the end of 2016, the State Government opened up a consultation on revising the Food Standard Code definition of game meat in South Australia; a proposal that has been condemned by animal groups.

    Currently the animals that fall under the game meat definition include goat, rabbit, hare, kangaroo, wallaby and any bird that has not been confined or husbanded in any way. The proposal is looking at adding wild horse, donkey, buffalo, camel, deer, pig or possum that has been slaughtered in the wild state to the game meat definition, which if these changes go ahead, will begin in September 2017.


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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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  • Jan
    23
    Celebrate the success of JAS


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    The Journal of Animal Science (JAS) made incredible strides in 2016! Celebrate with us, and keep submitting, reviewing and utilizing the journal.

    JAS has long been recognized internationally as the premier journal in animal science, but we have struggled, like all journals, with review times and access issues. After five years, investments in the journal, a change in production offices and three amazing EiCs, 2016 culminated in a banner year for JAS!  JAS now boasts the fastest time to publication among journals in its field:

    To put this in animal science terms: Publishing a paper in JAS used to be equivalent to the gestation length of cattle. Today, it is close to the gestation length of sheep. The next goal swine!

    Other stats of interest:


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  • Jan
    23
    Reminder: WSASAS Young Scholar nominations due soon


    The Western Section ASAS will host its fifth annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) at its annual meeting in June. The deadline for nominations for this program is quickly approaching. During the meeting, WSASAS will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. Each recipient will receive a plaque, complementary meeting registration, waived page charges for Proceedings and a $350.00 monetary award. These recipients will also provide an abstract and proceedings paper and give a 30-minute invited presentation about their graduate program.

    Submit YSRP nominations online by 11:59 PM CDT on February 1, 2017. Information and guidelines for the YSRP are posted online.

    The 2017 Western Section meeting will be held June 20-23 in Fargo, North Dakota at the Fargo Dome.


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  • Jan
    23
    Lactation pre-conference at annual meeting


    The Triennial Lactation Symposium and Biology of Lactation of Farm Animals (BOLFA) will occur as a pre-conference to the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Make plans to attend this pre-conference on July 8, 2017! The speaker line up is one of the most impressive in BOLFA history.



    “The Biology of Lactation – From Genes to Cells to Milk” includes:

    View the meeting registration brochure for full meeting details.


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  • Jan
    19
    Join us for Kunkle Beef Symposium




    The symposium schedule is as follows:

    Abstracts for this symposium can be found in the Abstract book. View the Southern Section Program book.

    Photo from the 2016 Bill E. Kunkle Interdisciplinary Beef Symposium


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  • Jan
    19
    Call for nominations for 2017-2018 ASAS Board


    ASAS is now accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 ASAS Board. Leadership positions open for election in 2017-2018 include President Elect and 3 Director-At-Large Positions. 

    To serve on the ASAS Board of Directors: Most board positions are 3-year terms and are elected by the membership (Sectional directors are elected by the sections, JAS Editor-in-Chief is appointed, and Foundation Chair is elected by the Foundation). Leadership positions open for election in 2017-2018 include:

    Please send nominations or a statement of interest in running for one of these positions to Dr. Mike Looper (ASAS Past President and Chair of Nominating Committee) at: looper@uark.edu or to the ASAS staff at asas@asas.org.

    ASAS collects names for nominations to leadership positions and for service all year, but to be considered for service in the 2017-2018 election cycle, please submit names by February 20, 2017.


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  • Jan
    19
    New lectureship at Southern


    The Executive Committee of the Southern Section is pleased to announce the establishment of an annual invited lectureship to the Physiology Section of the Southern Section annual meeting. The Ronald D. Randel Lectureship honors Dr. Randel’s contributions to the field of animal physiology and endocrinology. His contributions have benefited animal agriculture around the world. Dedicating his research career to investigating the reproductive physiology of beef cattle, especially for tropically adapted breeds, Dr. Randel evaluated the role of nutrition on reproduction, elucidated the fundamental reproductive biology of Brahman cattle, developed strategies to reduce livestock production risks and resolved practical problems in beef cattle reproduction. This year he will be honored by a two-part lectureship at the beginning of each Physiology Session.

    The following talks will take place at the 2017 meeting:

    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4-7, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Register online. A printable registration form is also available.

    Industry and Academic Pre-Conference Summit on Delivery Systems for Protein and Energy Supplements.


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  • Jan
    17
    Job outlook good for Animal Science majors


    Good news for the field of animal science! According to a StartClass article posted on December 21, 2016, college students majoring in Animal and Plant Sciences, as well as Agriculture, have some of the lowest post-graduate unemployment rates. In fact, Animal and Plant Sciences ranked #9 out of 26 college majors with the lowest unemployment rates post-graduation! Agriculture (in general) came in #2 out of 26. 

    Read the StartClass article, College Majors with the Lowest Post-Graduation Unemployment.

    See which majors have the lowest post-grad unemployment rates, and specifically how Animal and Plant Sciences ranked and Agriculture in general.

    StartClass is an education research site. StartClass arrived at its top-26 list by using data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


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  • Jan
    16
    Join us for Southern Section pre-conference




    Our goal is to share the perspectives of producers, academic, and industry personnel on multiple topics related to supplementation strategies, including limit grazing of high-quality annuals, infrequent feeding of supplements, use of protein tubs and liquid supplements. The summit was designed to complement the SERA41 symposium on Sunday, February 5 and the Bill Kunkle symposium on Monday, February 6. A social will follow the conclusion of the summit.


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  • Jan
    16
    Call for Annual Meeting abstracts


    Abstract submission for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is now open. The submission deadline is March 1, 2017.

    Members are encouraged to submit original research, teaching, and extension papers. Abstracts should consist of original, completed work that has not been accepted for publication in a journal. Authors need to be aware of patent considerations before submitting abstracts for publication.

    Criteria for acceptance or rejection will include those outlined on the Call for Papers page, as well as originality, clarity, and merit. Consolidation of results into one combined paper is urged whenever possible.

    The ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show currently offers 5 competitions for student participants. Competition categories include:


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