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  • Feb
    20
    Midwest Section officer elections open


    Midwestern Section Members: Officer elections for the ASAS Midwest Section are now open. Voting will remain open through 11:59 p.m. (CST) on March 10, 2017.
    For the 2017 election cycle, the ASAS Midwest Section must fill positions for 1) ASAS Midwest President-Elect, 2) Midwest ASAS National Director-at-Large and 3) Midwest Section Graduate Director. The nominees for ASAS Midwest President-Elect are Dr. Richard Coffey and Dr. Steve Moeller. The nominees for Midwest ASAS National Director-at-Large are Dr. Michael Azain and Dr. Ryan Dilger. The nominees for the ASAS Graduate Student Director are Ashley Conway and Jeffrey Wiegert.

    If you are a Midwestern Section member, you should have received an email with a link to the ballot, as well as an Elector ID and password. Please contact ASAS headquarters if you have questions: asas@asas.org

    Please take a minute to vote for the 2017 ASAS Midwest Section Officers.

     


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  • Feb
    15
    Upcoming Events


    March 21-22nd 2017, Leduc, Alberta.

    For more information on this event please click here.

    March 28th, BCRC webinar.

    For more information please click here.


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  • Feb
    15
    TB outbreak - Light at the end of the tunnel for cattle producers in Alberta and Saskatchewan


    Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern

    The bovine tuberculosis (TB) outbreak traced to Jenner, Alberta late last year that set off a massive investigation involving over 60 farming operations finally has an end in sight. The investigation, overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), has found no affected animals aside from the six identified in the index herd.

    Using trace-back and trace-forward approaches, the CFIA identified and subsequently quarantined around 58 operations across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Testing of animals on these properties resulted in the selection of 18 properties for culling and testing procedures due to the presence of positive responders to the tuberculin test. These procedures resulted in the loss of around 10,000 mature cattle and most calves of the 18 farming operations, however it was found that no animals presented with tuberculosis in the enhanced post-mortem testing. In addition to routine searches for characteristic tuberculosis lesions, this testing included examination of tissue under microscope (looking to detect presence of Mycobacterium bovis), PCR, and tissue culture.

    What’s next?


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  • Feb
    15
    CSAS symposia at 2017 Annual Meeting


    We are excited to announce that we will be holding two CSAS symposia at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting in Baltimore in July.

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

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

    Speakers:


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  • Feb
    15
    Warm Pacific water linked to seabird deaths


    Written by Ashlee McEvoy ASAS/ASAP Intern

    Early 2016, tens of thousands of common murres washed up starved on beaches from California to Alaska. The cause of this death has now been linked to unusually warm water temperatures that had affected the fish they fed upon.

    Volunteers and researchers counted carcasses of 46000 dead murres in Alaska, with another 6000 being found in California, Oregon and Washington. CTV News interviewed John Piatt, a research wildlife biologist in the U.S. Geological Survey. Piatt states that this was only a fraction of the dead birds that would have met the shore. And only fractions of the Alaskan coastline was surveyed, this causes a conservative extrapolation to indicate that more than 500000 common murres died in this time.

    “They died of starvation because there was no food. There was no food because there was no fish. And there was no fish because these warm waters did something to them,” Piatt states.


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  • Feb
    15
    2017 ASAS award nominations now open


    ASAS is pleased to announce that the 2017 ASAS National Awards are now open for nominations. The ASAS Awards Program is set up to honor the most significant contributions of our members to Animal Science, Animal Agriculture and to ASAS. The National Awards are one of our favorite programs in the office, because the awards honor our history, celebrate our membership and help us to glimpse the future. Here are a few things about the ASAS National Awards Program that you might not know:

    ASAS Award winners are recognized online, in the awards program, at the awards ceremony and in press releases issued by the society.

    L.E. Casida Award and the H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award are only given every 3 years. These 2 awards will be given in 2017.

    Please nominate your colleagues for the 2017 ASAS National Awards.
 If you would like to re-nominate a colleague from a previous nomination, please email Melissa at Melissab@asas.org.


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  • Feb
    15
    Annual Meeting symposium preview


    A Growth and Development Symposium featuring the History of Adipocyte/Adipose Tissue Research in Meat Animals is being planned for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Baltimore, Md. Here is a sneak peak of the speakers and their presentation topics.

    Ever since animals were first domesticated for food, trends in human consumption of meat have influenced the types of animals most highly prized. For most of this history, selection of animals was largely based on visual appraisal. However, by the early 20th century it had become apparent to producers that investigating the tissue and chemical composition of carcasses was integral to improving production and thus the field of adipose tissue research was born. This innovative research began to change how animals were selected, and the changes in meat and lard consumption after World War II spurred further research into adipose tissue and adipocytes.

    This Growth and Development symposium pays tribute to those early researchers who laid the foundations for our current knowledge. The presentations shed light on a range of topics within the field of adipose tissue research, from the history of those early projects to recent findings.

    With a focus on meat animals, Dr. Gary Hausman from the University of Georgia will address the history of research into carcass composition, fat deposition and marbling, while Dr. Werner Bergen of Auburn University will present on the history of adipose tissue metabolism research. Continuing on with the exploration of the history of this field, Dr. Terry Etherton from Penn State University will present an overview of adipocyte cellularity research in meat animals.


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  • Feb
    15
    Midwest Meeting coming up next month


    The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS is fast approaching. Join us in Omaha, Nebraska on March 13–15, 2017.

    REGISTRATION
    Register today for the 2017 Midwest Meeting in Omaha. Registration information can be found on the 2017 Midwest Meeting website under the registration tab. A printable registration form is also available.

    HOUSING
    Rooms are going fast! Reserve your room online through the hotel links on the meeting website.  Special meeting rates available at the Hilton Omaha. Housing deadline is February 20, 2017.

    WELCOME RECEPTION
    Join us at The Durham Museum for a special Omaha welcoming reception on the evening of Sunday, March 12th. The museum is in the historic Union Station building, which first opened its doors to the public on January 15, 1931, as one of the finest of Art Deco architecture in the United States. This magnificent facility served millions of rail travelers and was well-known for its “modern” amenities and lavish style.


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  • Feb
    15
    Newer respiratory pathogens prove hard to spot


    Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern

    An article by Roy Lewis posted late last year on Grainews identified two lesser known pathogens that are emerging as causes of respiratory disease in cattle. The article also highlights how management practices are important in helping to minimize the impact of these diseases, given there is little specific prophylaxis or treatment available.

    One of the agents identified was a Coronavirus, a virus family most commonly associated with scouring in new calves and winter dysentery in mature cattle. However, the virus can also cause respiratory disease. While this respiratory disease is typically milder or subclinical, it poses threats to calves’ health as it can infect the respiratory epithelium, which can increase susceptibility to secondary bacterial infection. It also poses a problem because large amounts of the virus are secreted in the nasal mucus, allowing the disease to be easily spread to other cattle, especially amongst housed animals.

    While vaccines containing coronavirus exist for scours, no respiratory vaccines containing the virus are currently on the market. Hence to prevent disease, it is vital that the immune systems of the calves are kept in top form as immunocompromise due to vitamin/mineral deficiency, stress or parasites may increase the risk of coronavirus respiratory infection. This is especially important to consider when bringing many susceptible animals together, such as newly weaned calves moving to a feedlot. This kind of non-specific protection through improving immunity is crucial given there is no specific defense or treatment offered. Rigorous vaccination programs for other respiratory diseases is also important as Coronavirus is commonly seen in association with the other, more prominent, respiratory viruses and bacteria.


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  • Feb
    15
    Open sow system push


    Written by Ashlee McEvoy ASAS/ASAP Intern

    The gestation stall was introduced in the 1970’s. The stall was used to prevent sows fighting amongst themselves and allow sows to receive individual care. Because of this, more live piglets were produced than what had been previously.

    However today, the views on animal welfare have changed dramatically, forcing hog producers to change with them. Due to the demands of consumers and the push of animal welfare, the Canadian Code of Practice for the care and handling of pigs (2014), now require that as of the 1st of July, 2014, all new buildings and renovations must accommodate sows in group housing during gestation. It was also stated that existing buildings that do not undergo renovation may continue with stall operation, but must provide additional requirements for providing greater freedom as of July 1, 2024. More information on the Code of Practice can be found here.

    Tom Parsons was a hog farmer before becoming a veterinarian and a professor in swine medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Parsons mentioned in an interview with The Western Producer after giving a talk at the Banff Pork Seminar in January that the drive to stop using gestation stalls was promoted by people with animal welfare on their minds.


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  • Feb
    13
    New JAS frequent reviewer rewards program


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    Why review for the Journal of Animal Science? What’s in it for me? The new JAS frequent reviewer rewards program is the answer! In 2016, the journal made incredible strides, and reviewers of JAS met and exceeded challenges presented to them. As a reward, we are rolling out a new journal frequent reviewer rewards program. Beginning with 2016, we will keep track of your lifetime review record and every time you complete 20 reviews you will be eligible to receive a free publication in JAS (1 free paper = 10 journal pages in length).

    We have pulled the journal review stats for 2016 to be used as a starting place, and a number of authors are already closing in on their first free paper. Please contact the ASAS office at asas@asas.org if you want to know where you stand.

    It’s easy! Collect 20 reviews. Then, when a paper that you submit is accepted, notify ASAS and collect your award to reduce your page charges.

    Remember to review papers and publish your work in ASAS journals:


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  • Feb
    13
    Southern Section student competition results


    Graduate student oral competitions took place during the recent Southern Section Meeting in Franklin, Tennessee. Winners were honored during the Awards Banquet, held Mon., Feb. 6. Here are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place rankings in each competition division:

    1st place – Abstract 044 – Intensified Cow-Calf Production in the Southern Great Plains.  A. L. McGee*, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

    2nd place – Abstract 037 – Zinc Source and Concentration Altered Physiological Responses of Beef Heifers during a Combined Viral-Bacterial Respiratory Challenge.  A. B. Word*, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USDA-ARS-Livestock Issues Research Unit, Lubbock, TX

    3rd place – Abstract 043 – Evaluation of Statistical Process Control Procedures to Monitor Feeding Behavior Patterns and Detect Onset of Bovine Respiratory Disease in Growing Bulls.  W. C. Kayser*, Texas A&M University, College Station


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  • Feb
    13
    Meet our 2017 Australian interns


    ASAS is pleased to welcome two communications interns from Australia to our headquarters in Champaign, Illinois. Our 2017 interns, Ashlee McEvoy and Penny Young, share their bios below. Welcome Ashlee and Penny!

    Hi everyone, I am Ashlee McEvoy (at right in photo) and I am one of the Australian interns selected for the 2017 ASAP/ASAS internship. I grew up on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia in a small, rural town called Minnipa, where I lived for over 18 years. I attended a small area school of 60-70 students called Karcultaby Area School. Here my favourite subject was always Agriculture as we got involved in many animal projects such as led steers and showing wethers. My father is a farmer and my mother a teacher and I grew up surrounded by horses, sheep, cattle and crops.

    In 2013 I graduated and in 2014 moved to Adelaide to complete my degree in Bachelor of Science (Animal Science). This degree went for three years and I participated in many side projects as well as the required subjects. Some of the things I participated in include the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging university team in Wagga Wagga, a university study tour in China about the conservation of tigers, I was a member of the university led steer competition at the Adelaide Royal show and also participated in a summer scholarship at the beginning of 2016 in reading cortisol levels in sheep wool.

    I’ve now completed my undergraduate degree and am currently looking to complete a Masters of Teaching in 2018 when I return to Australia after completing this internship in Illinois for the American Society of Animal Science.


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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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