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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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  • Feb
    02
    Meet the 2017 USA Communications Interns


    The Australian Society of Animal Production and the American Society of Animal Science offer two places each year for Australian students to travel to the USA to participate in an internship in science writing and communications.

    The internships are open to final-year undergraduate students enrolled in animal science or agriculture degrees, and are selected via a competitive application process.

    Successful applicants receive:

    This year the two interns selected were Ashlee McEvoy from the University of Adelaide and Penny Young from the University of Melbourne.


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  • Feb
    02
    Current understanding of Acute Bovine Liver Disease in Australia


     



    Ashlee McEvoy ASAP/ASAS Intern 

    A paper recently published in MDPI has outlined the current published and unpublished understandings of acute bovine liver disease (ABLD) and its links to certain types of grass, fungi and toxins that the disease may be associated with.


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  • Feb
    02
    Australia Day Honours List




    Congratulations to Hugh Dove for his recognition as a Member in the General Division of the order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Australia Day Honours list. The Award citation for Hugh’s AM was, ‘For significant service to agricultural science as a researcher and editor, and to the study of animal nutrition.’

     Hugh Dove was an Honorary Research Fellow at CSIRO Agriculture, Canberra, but recently retired after a 40-plus year career with the organisation. After completing an agricultural science degree, a diploma in education and then a PhD at the University of Melbourne, he joined CSIRO Plant Industry in 1975 and since then, has been involved in studies on the nutrition of grazing animals, principally sheep and cattle. Much of his work has been directed toward obtaining data with which to relate animal performance to pasture conditions, and data on the interaction between pastures and supplements. His work has been mainly with sown pastures but in the past decade, he has also worked extensively on the role of dual-purpose winter crops in grazing systems. In 2007, he was awarded the Research Medal of the Nutrition Society of Australia for services to animal nutrition research.


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  • Feb
    01
    New issues of APS, JAS, TAS and Animal Frontiers available online


    The latest issues of Animal Production Science and the Journal of Animal Science are now online.

    The digital issue of Animal Production Science Vol. 57 No. 4 (April 2017) is now online.

    Access the Table of Contents.

    See what’s Online Early.


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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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