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    Jun
    20
    Next "beef NRC" webinar scheduled


    June 20, 2016 – The third in a series of ASAS webinars about the Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition (2016) is coming up on Wed., June 29 at noon (CDT). Registration is free!

    Join us for a discussion of key changes in the Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition (2016). Guest speakers include Dr. Joel Caton, North Dakota State University, and Dr. Joan Eisemann, North Carolina State University. They will discuss revisions related to protein, vitamins, and minerals.

    To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Access recordings of the first two “beef” webinars here.


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    Jun
    20
    Oral stomach tubing effectively collects ruminal dissolved hydrogen


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    June 20, 2016 – Ruminal gases include carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and methane. Hydrogen is an essential substrate for methanogens (methane-producing rumen bacteria) to produce methane, and also influences fermentation pathways in the rumen. Dissolved hydrogen is the form of hydrogen available to rumen bacteria.

    Little is known about how sampling techniques, including oral stomach tubing with different insertion depths and sampling from different rumen sites through a cannula (see image), affect the measurement of ruminal dissolved hydrogen.

    Min Wang and colleagues at the Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences and AgResearch, have found that oral stomach tubing may be a feasible method to collect ruminal dissolved hydrogen in intact animals.


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    Jun
    20
    GLNC lodging in Canyons Village Resort


    June 20, 2016 – Still not registered for Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference (GLNC)? Register today and reserve a one, two, three, or four bedroom suite in Grand Summit Hotel (see right) or Silverado Lodge in the Canyons Village Resort of Park City, Utah. With spacious rooms, mountain views, and fun activities for all ages, this is an ideal trip for the whole family!

    Both hotels offer amenities to suit your needs, including heated outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, exercise facilities, and child-care centers for a parent’s get-away. Additionally, each suite comes with complimentary Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and a gas fireplace.


    Although Park City is known for its snow skiing, the resorts boast a range of outdoor summer activities. Tee up at Utah’s newest golf course, Canyons Golf (see right). Canyons Golf offers 18 holes of challenging and enjoyable golf over 97 acres characterized by memorable shots and spectacular views.

    For those craving thrills, check out the infamous Alpine Slide at Park City. With over 3,000 feet of track, you can have a taste of Olympic luge. Twist and slide down the mountain on four different tracks. Children over the age of two are able to join in on the excitement! For more adventure, there is an Alpine Roller-Coaster as well as zip-lining tours to combine incredible sight-seeing with exhilarating thrills!


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    Jun
    20
    2016 JAM Family Fun Day at Hogle Zoo




    June 20, 2016 – Are you registered for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) in Salt Lake City, Utah? Bringing your family? Make sure to join us from 9:30-4:00 on Thursday, July 21 for JAM Family Fun Day at Hogle Zoo. Discover wonders of the animal kingdom that kids of all ages can enjoy!

    With 249 different species and over 800 animals, Hogle Zoo has an incredible diversity of life to see. Exhibits contain creatures from across the animal kingdom including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and spiders.

    Visit the new African Savannah exhibit and see the three new lion cubs, Brutus, Titus, and Calliope. Tour the African Savannah exhibit by foot or hop on the Zoofari Express (see right) to view the wildlife by train ($2 per ride).


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    Jun
    20
    Animal Science Image Gallery launch party


    June 20, 2016 – The Animal Science Image Gallery began as a partnership between the Animal Science Education Consortium (fifteen colleges and universities in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states) and the National Agriculture Library (NAL), funded (2003-2007) by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge Grant. In 2007, the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) assumed responsibility for oversight of new submissions to the Gallery.

    Now, come join ASAS at the Joint Annual Meeting for the launch of the new and vastly improved Animal Science Image Gallery!



    This new site is designed to provide images for classroom and outreach learning while offering a friendly browsing experience utilizing the latest web design trends. The Polaroid gallery is a fun and creative way to show images. Images can be viewed full-size with a click.


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    Jun
    20
    JAM and ISAG draft programs available


    June 20, 2016 – A full draft of the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) Conference program is currently available online. This program will be finalized by Wednesday, June 22.

    A draft of the scientific program and Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) schedule is currently available online. Due to last minute changes to the program, a full draft will not be available until Wednesday, June 22.

    The meeting Apps for both meetings will launch on Friday, June 24.


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    Jun
    20
    2016 ASAS national elections close June 21


    June 20, 2016 – As a member of the American Society of Animal Science, you have the opportunity to vote for President-Elect and three Directors-at-Large to serve on the Board of Directors of ASAS. The term of office for each will be three years. You will also have the opportunity to vote for a Graduate Director to serve on the ASAS Board for a two-year term. Terms for these offices began at the conclusion of the 2016 JAM in Salt Lake City, UT.

    Voting must be completed by Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

    Click here to Vote

    For the 2016-2017 election cycle, the ASAS National Board filled the following positions:


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    Jun
    16
    Meet the communications interns


    June 16, 2016 – ASAS welcomed two communications interns this month. Please join us in welcoming Lucy Schroeder and Jamie Hawley.



    Michigan State University

    Lucy Schroeder is attending Michigan State University, where she will be entering her third year in pursuit of B.S. degrees in Plant Biology and Genetics and Molecular Genomics with a minor in Science, Technology, and Environmental Public Policy. She is also a member of the Honors College.


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    Jun
    16
    Like grandfather, like father, like son


    By Lucy Schroeder and Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Interns

    June 16, 2016 – It’s true: the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    Case in point: Phillip Miller is full professor in Swine Nutrition at the University of Nebraska. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis and Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. He has served as a reviewer, editorial board member, associate editor, and division editor for the Journal of Animal Science. His father, Robert Miller, Jr., was a livestock specialist in Tulare County, Calif. for nearly 40 years. His grandfather, Robert Miller, was a leading authority in the sheep industry of the West while serving on the Animal Science faculty at the University of California, Davis. He earned a B.S. from Texas Agricultural College and M.S. from Iowa State College.

    And now Phillip Miller is in a very similar position his grandfather held before retiring, continuing that legacy.


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    Jun
    16
    NIFA AFRI rules for professional costs reimbursement


    June 16, 2016 – American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) members conduct a significant amount of research that is sponsored by National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grants. NIFA AFRI grant recipients generally receive the funds necessary to cover the expenditures directly associated with a project. However, there are other expenditures that the federal government deems inappropriate and will not reimburse. The government refers to these categories of costs as unallowable.

    Is reimbursement for a subscription to the Journal of Animal Science allowable? Yes.

    Is reimbursement for costs of membership to the ASAS allowable? No.

    Per 2 CFR Part 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards – § 200.454 Memberships, subscriptions, and professional activity costs:


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    Jun
    13
    Heat stress affects pig’s digestive and absorptive capacity


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    June 13, 2016 – Pigs exposed to ambient temperatures high enough to provoke heat stress change their physiology, metabolism, and behavior to maintain a stable internal environment. As a result, exposure to heat stress may affect the gastrointestinal tract to impair the digestive and absorptive capacity of pigs.

    Morales and colleagues at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH have found that heat stress negatively affects the digestive and absorptive capacity of pigs and that the metabolism of some amino acids (proteins) is modified in pigs to counteract the negative effects of the heat stress.




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    Jun
    13
    Register for the ISAG Gala Dinner




    June 13, 2016 – After you have experienced picturesque scenery, interactive mining history, and designated historic landmarks during the afternoon tours on Tuesday, July 26, join us at This is the Place Heritage Park (see image) for the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) Gala Dinner. With food and entertainment this is not an event to miss!



    In This is the Place, you can take a step back in time to see the West as it was in the early settlement of Utah. There will be a miniature train running during the evening to take you around the village to see all the historic homes, businesses and communities of yesteryear. In addition to the fascinating historic surroundings to explore, you can enjoy our cowboy entertainers singing and performing trick roping, and even have a chance to try some ropin’ of your own!


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    Jun
    09
    Opening BBQ returns to 2016 JAM


    June 9, 2016 – After the opening session of the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) on Tues., July 19, make plans to join us at This is the Place historic village for the return of the JAM BBQ. With food, entertainment, competition, and fun for all ages, this is not an event to miss!



    In This is the Place, you can take a step back in time to see the West as it was in the early settlement of Utah. In addition to the fascinating historic surroundings to explore, we will have traditional BBQ games that all ages can delight in. As a special treat, you can enjoy our cowboy entertainers singing and performing trick roping, and even have a chance to try some ropin’ of your own! We will also have the Big Scoop ice cream competition along with the Battle of the Brats competition to see who is a true BBQ champ.

    Buses will be available from the Convention Center to the BBQ from 6:30 to 6:45 pm and will begin returning to the Convention Center at 8:45 pm.


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    Jun
    09
    Get involved in future meetings


    June 13, 2016 – Planning for the scientific programs of 2017 ASAS meetings is currently underway, and members are invited to submit their ideas for symposia. Submitting symposia ideas provides membership with the opportunity to steer the direction of the meetings and ensures that meetings are timely and relevant.

    Membership suggestion forms for the meetings below are open until June 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm, CDT. These ideas will then be forwarded to program committees for review and possible development into a symposium.

    ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show

    ADSA Midwest Branch and ASAS Midwestern Section Meeting


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    Jun
    09
    GLNC early registration ends June 17


    June 16, 2016 – The 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference is scheduled for July 17-19, 2016 in picturesque Park City, Utah.  

    The early registration deadline ends tomorrow, June 17. Register today to take advantage of the $25 savings.



    The meeting will focus on enhancing management, production and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes.


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    Jun
    09
    Vote: Constitution and by-laws to add new ASAS sections


    June 9, 2016 – The By-Laws vote concerning changes to ASAS governance is still open. This new ballot for a Constitution and By-laws vote is being brought forth by the ASAS Board of Directors to allow the board to continue to move forward with expansion of the ASAS Membership.

    In accordance with our governance, this vote is being opened more than 60 days before the business meeting. The vote will be closed down 14 days before the business meeting and reopened during the business meeting to allow final in person voting. Therefore, both sets of Constitutions and Bylaws votes will conclude at the 2016 ASAS Annual Business Meeting in July 2016.

    Reasoning for current proposal from ASAS Board of Directors: In responses to one of the objectives in the 2008 to 2014 ASAS Strategic Plan, ASAS has been actively recruiting members from outside the United States to expand and diversify our membership. As a result a full 30% of ASAS Professional Members are now from countries outside the United States. The ASAS Board of Directors would like to continue to provide services and to allow international members to fully engage in the society. Therefore, the ASAS Board would like to add language to the ASAS Constitution and Bylaws that will allow the addition of new sections. Please note, the board has been working with members of the Australian Society of Animal Production to have the Australians join us as our first international section. In order to make this partnership official, we need to add language to the Constitution and By-laws. The ASAS Board of Directors recommends a “yes” vote to the constitution and bylaws changes outline below.

    Change Article V Section 1 


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    Jun
    06
    Missed the beef webinar last Friday?


    June 6, 2016 – A recording of the June 3rd ASAS webinar about the newly released Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition (2016) is now available online. Webinar panelists included Dr. Joel Caton, North Dakota State University; Dr. Clint Krehbiel, Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Ron Lemenager, Purdue University. They discussed revisions relating to cattle maintenance, growth and reproduction. 

    The Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition (2016) is formerly known as the “Beef NRC.”

    A recording of the May 25th ASAS webinar, featuring an overview of the revised publication by Dr. Mike Galyean, Chair of the Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle, also is available. Access a recording of the webinar here.

    Plan ahead to attend a symposium focusing on the revised Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle, scheduled for the morning of Thursday, July 21, during the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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    Jun
    06
    New JAS interpretive summary


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    June 6, 2016 – Beef carcasses that exhibit dark cutting are known to have differences in tenderness and flavor, in addition to lean color that is undesirable to consumers. However, data addressing varying degrees of dark cutting on tenderness and specific flavor notes is lacking.

    Adria Grayson and colleagues at Texas A&M University, along with collaborators at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., observed that differences in beef juiciness, tenderness, and flavor were dependent on dark cutting severity. Their results are published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science.

    During carcass grading at a large U.S. commercial beef harvesting facility, 160 dark cutting and 160 matching normal carcasses were selected. Dark cutting carcasses were classified as shady, mild, moderate, or severe.


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    Jun
    06
    Vote: 2016 ASAS National Elections


    June 6, 2016 – Members of the American Society of Animal Science have the opportunity to vote for President-Elect and three Directors-at-Large to serve on the Board of Directors of ASAS. The term of office for each will be three years. You also have the opportunity to vote for a Graduate Director to serve on the ASAS Board for a two-year term. Terms for these offices begin at the conclusion of the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) in Salt Lake City, UT. Voting must be completed by June 21, 2016. 
    Click here to Vote

    For the 2016-2017 election cycle, the ASAS National Board seeks to fill the following positions:

    President-Elect:

    Director-at-Large (total of three positions):


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    Jun
    06
    We've got mail!


    June 6, 2016 – ASAS is accepting letters from the membership for publication in Taking Stock. Below is our first submission. If you would like to submit a letter for consideration, please follow these guidelines.

    Dear Fellow Members of the American Society of Animal Science,

    Every year I look forward to our annual regional Midwest Meeting, as it is a great venue for the most recent swine nutrition research. I was not disappointed this year, as there were many interesting papers presented. However, I was disheartened to hear discussions, feedback, or “buzz” surrounding “over-branding” of presentations this year. As a member of the allied industry and a relatively seasoned presenter at ASAS meetings, I feel that we could be sending the wrong message to our future scientists. Furthermore, is this “over-branding” message creating distrust among consumers?

    I have been trained and reminded yearly as a presenter not to over-brand my presentations, especially since I work in the allied industry. The rationale for this is that scientific meetings are for unbiased reporting of the facts. Science is already scrutinized and not trusted. “In science we trust…up to a point” by Adam Rutherford (The Guardian, August 22, 2015) points out how easy it is for people to mistrust data as ‘We are fed fudgings, misunderstandings, errors and fabrications every day.’ The author goes on to state that science can still be trusted for now, but there still is need for reform.


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