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  • Jul
    20
    Register for Virtual JAM


    July 20, 2016 – Didn’t make it to JAM this year?

    You can still register for the 2016 Virtual ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting!  At a cost of $575, this webinar gives you the opportunity to view the meeting when and where you want.

    Recordings of symposia will be available within 48 hours, and all other presentations will be available in 30 days.

    View the JAM Program online to see all that is taking place this year. The Abstract Book also is available online.


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  • Jul
    20
    AQ teams shine


    July 20, 2016 – The Academic Quadrathlon teams got a chance to relax today after two days of competition. Teams wrapped up oral presentations and quiz bowl competitions yesterday at Utah State University in Logan. Tonight they find out how they did and who will take home top honors!


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  • Jul
    19
    JAM Abstract Book online


    July 19, 2016 – The 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) Abstract Book can be found online only. It is currently available as a pdf. In 30 days, it will be available in fully formatted, searchable form on the Journal of Animal Science web site.

    Access the pdf of the Abstract Book.


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  • Jul
    19
    AQ teams tackle lab practicum stations


    July 19, 2016 – Utah State University welcomed four ASAS Academic Quadrathlon teams yesterday. Students competed in nine lab practicum stations and a written exam. After a day of intense competition, students got to relax and mingle with the ASAS Board of Directors during a bowling and pizza mixer.

    The competition culminates today with the four teams (representing Chico State University, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Rhode Island) competing in oral presentations and a quiz bowl.

    The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday evening during the ASAS Awards Program.

    The AQ program is a platform to integrate more undergraduate involvement at our meetings. Please join ASAS in supporting these young animal scientists!


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  • Jul
    19
    2016 JAM Virtual Meeting available


    July 19, 2016 – Are you unable to attend JAM this year?

    Don’t worry, register for the 2016 Virtual ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting today!  At a cost of $575, this webinar gives you the opportunity to view the meeting when and where you want.

    Recordings of symposia will be available within 48 hours, and all other presentations will be available in 30 days.

    View the JAM Program online to see all that is taking place this year. The Abstract Book also is available online.


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  • Jul
    19
    GLNC highlights feeding global population


    July 19, 2016 – The 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference (GLNC) comes to a close this morning after a successful three days discussing solutions for enhancing management, production, and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes. With around 140 attendees, it has been a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and generate new ones. Attending talks discussing similar research is great way for graduate students to confirm that they are on the right track.

    These talks have been focused especially on efficiently raising meat to feed the growing world population. An emphasis has been placed on doing this in an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable manner.

    Joyce Turk, retired from the US Agency for International Development, discussed the issue of world hunger and how beef and dairy products can be a solution. As developing countries are projected to consume more milk and meat than developed countries by 2050, it is important to find ways to increase production and supply to feed the increasing demand. Ms. Turk recommend education for developing countries on nutrition and health to help reduce the issue of hunger and malnutrition.

    Dr. Kim Stackhouse from JBS USA discussed the meaning of global sustainability. She pointed out that sustainability requires profitability, and therefore it is important to consider sustainability from a multi-faceted standpoint. Dr. Stackhouse acknowledges that consumers of younger generations desire sustainable foods, yet this can create issues for production systems that have proven to be sustainable and efficient for years. She contends that what is needed is not knowledge of how to be sustainable, but rather how to be more sustainable. Organizations such as the US Round Table for Sustainable Beef have been working at ways to measure and increase sustainability in beef production.


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  • Jul
    18
    2016 JAM begins tomorrow


    July 18, 2016 – The 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®), the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS), and the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) convenes tomorrow in Salt Lake City, Utah. More than 3,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend, making the meeting a major scientific hub for individuals in the global animal science community.

    The scientific program includes nearly 1,800 abstracts to be presented. View the JAM program to see the multitude of scientific presentations, symposia, poster sessions, and student competitions that make this conference one of the most comprehensive animal science meetings of the year. The Abstract book also is available.

    There are also a multitude of social events and awards ceremonies where participants can catch up with other animal scientists. The JAM Opening Session and Opening BBQ that follows will blend returning JAM favorites like the Battle of the Brats and Big Scoop Competition with new features, including AnimalX TED-style talks and the launch of a JAM Instagram contest. In addition, the respective societies will host award ceremonies to honor scientists making notable contributions to their field of animal science.

    We hope you will be joining us for this week of collaboration and celebration of animal science.


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  • Jul
    18
    5th GLNC taking place in Park City


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    July 18, 2016 – The 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference (GLNC) is currently taking place in picturesque Park City, Utah. Meeting presentations focus on enhancing management, production, and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes. This year, the meeting has taken on an international perspective with the realization that livestock grazing occurs around the globe in extensive grazing scenarios.

    The conference opened Sunday, July 17 with an opening talk from Joyce Turk (US Agency for International Development, retired) discussing the role of grazing livestock in meeting food demands and reducing global hunger and malnutrition. Ron Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) presented his invited poster, “Are plant waxes reliable dietary markers for cattle grazing western rangelands?”

    GLNC continues through Tuesday, July 19. With more than 40 abstract presentations throughout the conference, GLNC facilitates a forum where researchers, practitioners and students can meet, explore advances, and study the science of grazing animal nutrition.

    View the GLNC program here.


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  • Jul
    18
    Academic Quadrathlon 2016 underway


    July 18, 2016 – The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon (AQ) competition is currently underway at Utah State University. Four undergraduate teams representing the Midwestern, Northeast, Southern, and Western sections are competing in lab practicums, written exams, oral presentations, and a quiz bowl. Teams from Chico State University, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Rhode Island are competing to be the overall winner.

    This evening the students will have a special opportunity to network with ASAS Board Members during a bowling and pizza mixer. The AQ competition culminates on Tuesday, July 19 with the Quiz Bowl Finals.

    The AQ program is a platform to integrate more undergraduate involvement at our meetings. A special presentation will take place at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) during the ASAS Awards Program on Wednesday night to congratulate the AQ participants. Please join ASAS in supporting these young animal scientists!

    The ASAS National Academic Quadrathlon is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health and National Block and Bridle.


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  • Jul
    18
    2016 JAM Opening Session


    AnimalX
    July 18, 2016 – Five AnimalX TED-Style Talks will take place during the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) Opening Session on Tuesday, July 19. The 3-5 minute presentations replace a keynote speaker. The Opening Session will be preceded by a meet and greet and followed by the Opening BBQ, which includes a Battle of the Brats competition and the Big Scoop Competition.

    The line-up for the AnimalX TED-style Talks includes:

    Dr. Shawn Archibeque, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University

    “Animal Science Comes From Many Roots — We Must Care for All of Them”


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  • Jul
    18
    2016 JAM Instagram launch


    July 18, 2016 – The Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) is increasing its social media presence with the launch of an Instagram account instagram.com/2016jointannualmeeing/, hashtag #2016jam.



    The debut, set for Tuesday, July 19, will coincide with a challenge to those attending the JAM Opening BBQ to post their cutest, silliest pictures using the hashtag #2016jambbq. The Instagrammer whose picture receives the most likes will win a gift bag containing great American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) swag. Voting will end Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 pm. The winner will be announced the following day (Friday, July 22) at the ASAS Business Meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

    Follow the 2016 JAM Instagram account for updates throughout the meeting and to share your pictures.


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  • Jul
    14
    New NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Research




    July 14, 2016 – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has announced the creation of the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Research, which will recognize extraordinary contributions to agriculture by scientists up to 20 years since completion of their Ph.D. A $100,000 prize will be awarded annually to one recipient or a group of individuals for a collaborative accomplishment that has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species significant to agriculture or food production. This award has been endowed by FFAR and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Nominations are currently open until October 3, 2016 for the 2017 recipient in fields including plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics. Click here for more information about submitting nominations.

    Establishing the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences is part of FFAR’s efforts to elevate food and agriculture research in the scientific arena and highlight the critical need for scientists working toward more productive, sustainable agriculture and better health through nutritious food.


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  • Jul
    14
    ASAS Foundation Heritage Lunch


    July 14, 2016 – The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Foundation is sponsoring the Foundation Heritage Lunch at the annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Each year the ASAS Foundation Heritage Lunch fundraiser honors notable animal scientists for their achievements. In 2016, ASAS is partnering with Equine Science Society to honor a recent loss to animal science, Dr. Josie Coverdale of Texas A&M.

    The program will consist of a special tribute to honor the many contributions of Dr. Coverdale. There will be a short presentation with ample opportunity for former students and colleagues to provide comments relative to their association with Dr. Coverdale.

    Dr. Coverdale was an associate professor at Texas A&M and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in equine nutrition. She also directed research in equine nutrition with an interest in forage utilization and hindgut fermentation. She was sought internationally for her expertise in equine nutrition and taught classes around the globe, including South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama and Dubai.

    The Foundation Heritage Lunch will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 21 in the Canyon A/B room of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.


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  • Jul
    14
    Methane matters: an interpretive summary


    By Lucy Schroeder, ASAS Science Communications Intern

    July 14, 2016 – The growing concerns posed by climate change have fueled animal science research into reducing methane emissions from livestock. Currently, some studies report that emissions from ruminant livestock are estimated to be as great as 20 percent of global annual methane emissions. Considering the demand for milk and meat, (estimated to increase by 60 percent within the next 35 years) experts believe it is vital that approaches be taken to manage ruminant livestock emissions.



    A key factor in understanding methane emissions comes from studying the gut microbiome. Ph.D. candidate Emily Hoedt of the University of Queensland and colleagues have examined the prevalence of the lesser studied genus, Methanosphaera, and the resulting methane emissions in species across the animal kingdom. From studies of dairy cows to kangaroos to human beings, the presence of Methanosphaera was consistent with animals considered to be low emitters. Hoedt and colleagues Dr. Páraic Ó Cuív and Professor Mark Morrison discuss this research in the July 2016 issue of Animal Frontiers.


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  • Jul
    13
    2016 JAM convention center amenities


    July 14, 2016 – Heading to the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)? Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the various amenities provided at the Salt Palace Convention Center during the conference.

    Media Check-In & Media Room

    A media room will be available in room 150 D of the convention center throughout the meeting to provide a space for media representatives to work. Meeting press releases will be available there. Complimentary registration is available for members of the media. For more information, please contact: asas@asas.org.

    Speaker Ready Room


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  • Jul
    13
    Transportation at 2016 JAM


    July 14, 2016 – Worried about how to get around Salt Lake City while at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)? There are a number of transportation options for your convenience, whether you prefer to travel by train, bus, or car!

    To get from the airport to one of the JAM conference hotels, we have partnered with All Resort Express shuttle service. Discounted rates to the JAM conference hotels is $16.16 round trip and can be booked online or by phone at 1-800-457-9457 ext 2 by mentioning Group Code 11627. Complete details on the All Resort Express offerings, including private car service can be found here.

    Public transportation is also provided by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), with transport to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport. The TRAX/light rail Green Line leaves the airport every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends.  The TRAX stop is located at the south end of Terminal One. To locate the TRAX stop, visit our Airport Terminal Map. Public transportation for passengers with disabilities is provided by UTA’s Paratransit program. To make arrangements, contact UTA at (801) 287-7433 and visit the UTA Paratransit Services page for more information.

    TRAX Hours of Operation (departing SLC)


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  • Jul
    13
    Locating the correct e-poster at JAM


    July 14, 2016 – For the first time ever, all posters at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) will be displayed using electronic screens provided through the company ePosterBoards®. The electronic format enables diversified media usage, such as videos and animations.

    Wondering how to locate the poster you would like to view? Find the posters you want to view in the back of the program and identify the screen number (second number to the left of the abstract title). Then locate the corresponding screen in the back of the Exhibit Hall. During Poster Sessions only the poster scheduled for presentation will be available for viewing. At all other times, all posters presented throughout the week will be available for viewing on their assigned screens. E-poster technicians are available on-site if you need help finding a poster.

    When viewing a poster, you will be able to zoom in on the content of the poster, as well as manually advance the poster.

    Presenters will be able to advance a poster presentation manually using navigation buttons embedded in the presentation. A mouse device will be provided with each electronic poster so that presenters can advance their presentation at their own pace.


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  • Jul
    11
    Recordings of beef NRC webinars online


    July 11, 2016 – Recordings of all five webinars in the ASAS webinar series about the revised Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle are available online through the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) webpage.



    The latest webinar, recorded July 11, included presentations by Dr. Andy Cole, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Retired); Dr. Karen Beauchemin, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta; and Dr. Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. They discussed new chapters and revisions relating to environmental issues, and byproducts and feed composition.

    The fourth webinar featured guest speaker Dr. Luis Tedeschi of Texas A&M University in College Station discussing the development and evaluation of the mathematical model.


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  • Jul
    11
    2016 JAM abstract book available


    July 11, 2016 –  The abstract book for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) is now available online. With over over 1,000 abstracts from the authors presenting at JAM this year, there will be an abundance of scientific knowledge to be gained by attending the meeting.

    Register for JAM 2016 to be sure to connect with an author whose abstract interests you!



     


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  • Jul
    11
    ASAS Foundation Coffee Club at JAM


    July 11, 2016 – Perk up! Coffee will be available at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) for American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Foundation Coffee Club members. Simply bring your ASAS Coffee Club member mug and head over to ASAS booth (#401) at the Salt Lake Convention Center during the designated coffee hours and receive free coffee throughout the whole conference.

    Not an ASAS Coffee Club member? Signing up is easy! Visit the ASAS website to sign up online. If you are not registered yet for JAM, this is also the perfect opportunity to become a Coffee Club member. Check off the box and pay the $40 coffee club fee to enjoy the perks of being Coffee Club member for JAM and other conferences throughout the year. If you only want to join Coffee Club for JAM 2016, the cost is $20 for professionals and $15 for students.

    ASAS Coffee Club members are supporting the ASAS Foundation which sponsors various animal science symposiums, scholarships, and publications.

    See below for the 2016 JAM Coffee Club schedule:


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