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    NPB Innovation Awards given at Midwest


    March 17, 2016 – The National Pork Board Swine Innovation (Abstract) Awards were presented this week at the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

    The National Pork Board Swine Innovation (Abstract) Awards are divided into Research and Education categories, as follows:

    “Utilizing feed sequencing to decrease the risk of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) cross-contamination during feed manufacturing,”  Loni L. Schumacher¹, Roger A. Cochrane¹, J. C. Woodworth¹, Anne R. Huss¹, Charles R. Stark¹, Cassandra K. Jones¹, Qi Chen², Rodger Main², Jianqiang Zhang², Phil C. Gauger², Steve S. Dritz¹ and M.D. Tokach¹     ¹Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS     ²Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    “The feed enzyme xylanase improves finish pig viability and carcass feed efficiency,” C.E. Zier-Rush¹, C. Groom¹, M. Tillman¹, J. Remus² and R.D. Boyd¹     ¹The Hanor Company, Inc., Franklin, KY     ²Danisco Animal Nutrition, Spicer, MN


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    Animal well-being hot topic at Midwest


    March 17, 2016 – The 2016 Midwest Meeting held this week in Des Moines included several symposia, oral and poster sessions. Here is a summary of the two-part “Animal Behavior, Housing and Well-being Symposium” by our Australian communications interns.

    Animal Behavior, Housing and Well-being Symposium: Part I

    By Chloe Mitchell, ASAS/ASAP communications intern

    An Animal Behavior, Housing and Well-being Symposium was held on March 15 at the 2016 Midwest Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Part I of the symposium focused on solutions to challenges in animal well-being. Welcoming remarks were given by symposium chair, Jennifer A. Brown of the Prairie Swine Centre.


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    Gonzalez-Vega receives Stahly/Peo Award


    March 17, 2016 – Jolie Caroline Gonzalez-Vega is the recipient of the Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Graduate Student Award, presented at the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Gonzalez-Vega is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois under the guidance of Dr. Hans H. Stein. Her research is focused on determining requirements for digestible calcium in pigs and to elucidate interactions among calcium, phosphorus, phytate, and phytase. Ms. González-Vega has a Masters degree in swine nutrition from the University of Illinois and a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the National University of Colombia. As an undergraduate student she worked on pig farms in the Dominican Republic and at the University of Illinois. Caroline has published 11 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation and look forward to working as a swine nutritionist in the feed industry.

    The Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award is sponsored by the ASAS Foundation’s Tim S. Stahly and Ernest R. Peo, Jr. Memorial and Tribute Fund.

    About the photo: Caroline Gonzalez-Vega accepts the Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Graduate Student Award from Dr. Greg Lardy, ASAS Foundation representative.


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    Midwest graduate student competition results


    March 17, 2016 – Graduate student competitions at the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, included oral and poster competitions, as well as an Academic Quadrathlon. The student competition awards are sponsored by the ASAS Foundation Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club, and AFIA/iFeeder.

    Graduate students also could attend a “Graduate Student Breakfast and Learn,” which included an interactive “interview workshop” led by Dr. Mike Moseley, Director in Global Development & Operations and Global Project Team Leader for Zoetis. Dr. Mosely, a Dale Carnegie Instructor for 25 years, discussed the interview process and how to prepare yourself for a job interview. The workshop also included mock interviews with potential job candidates. The breakfast and learn was sponsored by Zoetis, Zinpro, ARPAS, and ASAS.

    Here are results of the graduate student oral and poster competitions. See results of the undergraduate student oral and poster competitions here.

    1st place – Abstract #97: Effects of standardized ileal digestible valine:lysine ratio on nursery pig performance.  A.B. Clark*1, M. D. Tokach1, S. S. Dritz1, K. J. Touchette2, M.  A.D. Gonçalves1, J. M. DeRouchey1, R. D. Goodband1, and J. C. Woodworth1.  1Kansas State University, Manhattan, 2Ajinomoto Heartland, Inc., Chicago, IL


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    Midwest undergrads big on science


    March 17, 2016 – Undergraduate student competitions at the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, included oral and poster competitions, as well as an Academic Quadrathlon. The student competition awards are sponsored by the ASAS Foundation Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club, and AFIA/iFeeder. Here are the results of the undergraduate student oral and poster competitions. See results of the graduate student oral and poster competitions here.

    1st place – Abstract #406: Differential expression of genes in the liver associated with gain and intake in beef steers.  C.M. Zarek*1, A. K. Lindholm-Perry2, and H. C. Freetly3, 1U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE, 2USDA, ARS, US MARC, Clay Center, NE, 3USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE

    2nd place – Abstract #402: Circulating blood urea nitrogen and glucose concentrations of neonatal beef calves during the first 72 hours.  K.A. Pearl*1, J. M. Larson1, and A. M. Meyer2, 1Division of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2University of Missouri, Columbia

    3rd place – Abstract #401: Impact of initiating a fixed-time AI program on herd calving date and weaning weight.  L.K. Quail*1, R. A. Cushman2, and G. A. Perry3, 1South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, 2USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE, 3Department of Animal Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings


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    16
    Dahlen named Outstanding Young Extension Specialist


    March 16, 2017 – Dr. Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University, received the Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award during the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Dr. Dahlen joined the North Dakota State University faculty in 2010 as the beef cattle extension specialist. Dahlen received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota.

    Dr. Dahlen’s Extension program focuses on finding solutions to current problems faced by beef producers and identifying future opportunities to improve production. His extension efforts have included a state-wide survey of beef producers that was used as the basis of legislative actions and programs to support the beef industry, development of the PregCard and BullTest data collection platforms that enhance the role of veterinarians as multipliers of production-related information, and leading integrated Extension and research efforts taking place on over 350 commercial beef operations.

    Dr. Dahlen has been instrumental in developing innovative training methods that empower county, area, and state Extension personnel to better serve their beef-producing clientele.


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    Dilger receives Outstanding Young Researcher Award


    March 16, 2016 – Dr. Ryan N. Dilger, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Researcher Award, presented last night during an awards ceremony at the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Joint Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Dr. Dilger earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Purdue University, and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon completion of his doctorate, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois and joined the Animal Sciences faculty there as an Assistant Professor in 2010. His research program integrates the interdisciplinary fields of nutrition, immunology, and neuroscience. Research themes in Dr. Dilger’s laboratory include nutritional strategies to improve efficiency of swine and poultry production, as well as use of the domestic pig as a translational animal model to study the effects of early-life nutrition on cognitive development.

    The Outstanding Young Researcher Award is sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.

    About the photo: Dr. Ryan Dilger (left) receives the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from Jon Bergstrom, DSM Nutritional Products, Inc., during the awards ceremony at the 2016 ASAS Midwest Meeting.


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    16
    See you in Omaha in 2017!


    March 16, 2016 – The 2016 Midwest Meeting wraps up today. Watch for more news and award announcements from this year’s meeting in upcoming issues of Taking Stock. Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for the 2017 Midwest Meeting, to be held March 13-15, in Omaha, Nebraska!

    The awards, scientific sessions, student competitions and events held during the 2016 meeting of the American Society of Animal Science Midwestern Section and the American Dairy Science Association Midwest Branch would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors!


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    Bradford honored with Outstanding Young Teacher Award


    March 16, 2016 – The American Society of Animal Science Midwestern Section honored Dr. Barry Bradford, Kansas State University, with the Outstanding Young Teacher Award at the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Dr. Bradford completed dual bachelor’s degrees at Iowa State University and a doctorate in animal nutrition at Michigan State University. In 2006 he joined Kansas State University as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2011. Over the last 9 years he has impacted well over 1,000 students by teaching courses including Fundamentals of Nutrition, Physiology of Lactation, and Dairy Cattle Nutrition. He also oversees an active research program and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers on the interactions of inflammation and metabolism, use of alternative feedstuffs in dairy cattle, and physiological regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.

    Media contact: kims@asas.org

     


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    Neill receives Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award


    March 16, 2016 –  Dr. Casey Neill, Pipestone Veterinary Services, is the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award, presented during the 2016 ASAS Midwest Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Joint Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Dr. Neill grew up on a diversified farming operation by Cummings, KS. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science and in 2005 with his M.S. in Swine Nutrition. After completing his M.S., he joined Christensen Farms in Sleepy Eye, MN as a Research Coordinator. In this position he provided daily oversight to their reach program and provided leadership to study design and developing new research.

    In 2007, Dr. Neill began employment for PIC as a Technical Service Nutritionist where he formulated diets for 174,000 sows in commercial production around the world, was a core member of their nutritional research team, and was the primary author for the PIC Nutrition Guides in 2008 and 2011. In 2013, Casey was hired by the Pipestone System as their first company Nutritionist. In his current role, he formulates diets for 230,000 sows in 6 states and wean-to-finish diets for 1.5 million pigs.

    Dr. Neill and his wife Shanna have a son Ryan.


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    Midwest Young Scholars honored


    March 15, 2016 – A total of seventeen Young Dairy Scholars and Animal Science Young Scholars were honored last night during the opening reception of the 2016 Midwest Meeting.

    Pamela R.F. Adkins – University of Missouri

    Katherine Boesche – Purdue University

    Abigail J. Carpenter – Kansas State University


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    Congratulations to Purdue's AQ team!


    March 15, 2016 – A team of four undergraduates from Purdue University took top honors at the 2016 Midwest Academic Quadrathlon, held in conjunction with the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting. Teams from Kansas State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Illinois rounded out the top four.

    The Purdue winning team members (shown left to right in the photo) include: Wyatt Krom, Jim Vinyard, Dakota Cook, and Joel Flanders.

    Here’s how the Midwest teams placed in the lab practicum, oral presentation, written exam, and quiz bowl competitions:

    1st – University of Illinois


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    In Memory: Dr. Robert Koch


    March 15, 2016 – Dr. Robert Koch, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska, died on March 10, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Dr. Larry Berger, head of the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shared the following summary about Dr. Koch’s career:

    Bob joined the University of Nebraska in 1950. His career with the University included serving as Superintendent at the Fort Robinson Beef Cattle Research Station, Crawford; consultant at the University’s Mission in Colombia, South America; and Chairman of the Animal Science Department. In 1966, Bob returned to research full-time and in 1972 moved to the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center. Bob retired in 1992 but continued his affiliation with the Animal Science Department as Professor Emeritus.

    Bob had a stellar career as an animal scientist and was an avid supporter of the University of Nebraska and retained a warm affection for the Animal Science Department until his death. We extend our sincere sympathy to his family and know that he will also be missed by his many friends and colleagues.


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    Bentley Lecture focuses on heat stress


    By Chloe Mitchell, ASAS/ASAP communications intern

    March 15, 2016 – The Bentley Lecture at the 2016 Midwest Meeting was given by Dr. Frank Dunshea from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Dunshea’s presentation was entitled “Dietary strategies to ameliorate the physiological effects of heat stress in livestock.”

    Over 200 people attended the lecture and lunch, where Dr. Dunshea spoke on the use of antioxidants, chromium, betaine, and grain treatments to alleviate the effects of heat stress in livestock such as sheep, cattle and pigs. In particular, he focused on the effects of heat stress on gut integrity.

    When given at levels above normal requirements, vitamin E and selenium may improve animal health and production during times of heat stress, as they reverse the effects of heat stress on the gut. These antioxidants were shown to prevent an increase of reactive oxygen species in lambs, thus preventing oxidative damage during heat stress, as well as reducing respiratory rate and rectal temperature without reducing feed intake.


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    Insights from Allee Symposium at Midwest


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    By Holly Webb, ASAS/ASAP communications intern

    On March 14, the Gary Allee Symposium was held at the 2016 Midwest Section Meeting. This year the symposium was entitled “Changing consumer/customer demands, opportunities for nutritionists.” It was sponsored by the ASAS Foundation’s Gary Allee Appreciation Club.

    The symposium chair, Dustin Kendall, began by welcoming over 500 people present and introduced the first speaker, Collette Kaster. The invited presentation entitled, “Challenges of shifting consumer demand in the pork processing industry,” addressed several challenges that the pork industry faces in regard to changing consumer demands. As an example, Kaster focused on the wants and demands of the customer and consumer, addressing influential concepts such as “all natural” or “fed a vegetarian diet” in swine production. She explored the expected integrity of production, product labeling, antibiotics and adding value to pork products.

    Dr. Thomas Parsons was the next invited speaker, presenting “Electronic sow feeding (ESF): The lemonade of pen gestation.” Dr. Parsons detailed the advantages and potential opportunities associated with an alternative to gestation stalls: Electronic sow feeding (ESF). Parsons said that it is “the only crate alternative with upside potential.”


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    Midwest AQ competition kicks off in Ames




    The teams of undergraduate students rotated through lab practicum stations, testing their skills on a wide range of animal science topics. Teams also gave 8- to 12-minute oral presentations in front of a panel of judges. Teams had one hour to research and prepare for a presentation on either “alternatives to antibiotic use in livestock production,” “water use in livestock production” or “consumer influence on the animal product supply chain.”

    AQ activities continue today at the 2016 Midwest Meeting in Des Moines, beginning with written exams and quiz bowl preliminary rounds in the morning and culminating with the final AQ quiz bowl competition and awards presentation in the evening.

    A special thanks goes out to Agri-King, the ASAS Foundation and Iowa State University for supporting the Midwest AQ competition.


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    14
    Register for Midwest Virtual Meeting


    March 14, 2016 – Were you unable to attend the 2016 Midwest Meeting? If so, you can still register to attend the Midwest Virtual Meeting.

    All Midwest presentations will be available through online webinars within 24 hours of the presentation. The talks will all remain online for 30 days after the meeting. This will allow you to view any presentation at the Midwest Meeting when it is convenient for you.

    Access to the Virtual Meeting is $200 for Members and $350 for Nonmembers. All of the Midwest Meeting attendees will also be able to access the Virtual Meeting, for free, as part of their registration.

    All Midwest attendees and the Virtual Meeting registrants will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Virtual Meeting.


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    14
    Join us for Snack and Fact


    March 14, 2016 – The next “Snack and Fact” briefing hosted by ASAS is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The briefing will focus on the topic of “Land-Use Challenges for Animal Agriculture,” which is the subject of the October 2015 issue of Animal Frontiers.

    Please make plans to join us on March 16, 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. (Eastern) at 1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Dr. Deb Hamernik, University of Nebraska, and ASAS Public Policy Committee representative, will provide an introduction and goals of the briefing. Dr. Doug Tolleson, associate extension rangeland specialist and research scientist at the University of Arizona, will follow with a discussion on land use.


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    No difference in meat from rabbits fed GM soybean meal


    By Chloe Mitchell, ASAS/ASAP communications intern

    March 10, 2016 – A new study from researchers in Italy adds to a growing body of research that shows meat from animals fed genetically modified plant material is no different than meat from animals fed a conventional diet.

    The research, recently published online in the Journal of Animal Science, investigates the presence of transgenic plant material in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and meat of rabbits fed genetically modified (GM) soybean meal. The study was conducted by animal scientists at Tuscia University in Viterbo, Italy.

    Fifteen male New Zealand White meat rabbits were used in the study, constituting a treatment group of ten rabbits fed a diet containing GM soybean meal, and a control group of five rabbits fed a diet containing conventional soybean meal. The aim of the study was to examine the potential for the transfer of transgenic DNA from the GM feed to the tissues and GI contents of rabbits fed the GM diet. The treatment diets were fed from weaning to slaughter. Samples were collected, including blood, organ and muscle, as well as stomach contents, hair samples and fecal samples.


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    Midwest starts on Monday!


    March 10, 2016 – The 2016 Midwest Meeting is almost here. We anticipate another great meeting this year! If you will be joining us in Des Moines, here are some important meeting details:

    Registration Hours:

    Visit the Midwestern Section website for more meeting information.

    We look forward to seeing you in Des Moines!


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