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  • Jun
    28
    USDA to Enforce Packers and Stockyards Act


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will initiate the implication of 3 proposed rules to support the enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S).

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  • Jun
    24
    Interpretive Summary: The effect of a multiforage diet as opposed to a single forage diet on animal intake, performance, welfare, and urinary nitrogen excretion


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    A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to determine whether feeding animals a diet of equal proportions of cut fresh herbages alter dry matter intake, animal performance, nitrogen excretion, and animal welfare in comparison to a conventional monotonous diet of ryegrass.

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  • Jun
    24
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of feeding diets containing low crude protein and coarse wheat bran as alternatives to zinc oxide in nursery pig diets


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    A recent paper published in the Journal of Animal Science by Batson et al., “Effects of feeding diets containing low crude protein and coarse wheat bran as alternatives to zinc oxide in nursery pig diets” to describe how the addition of fermentable fiber (wheat bran) and synthetic amino acids, and reduction of crude may reduce post-weaning growth lag and diarrhea incidence in piglets.

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  • Jun
    17
    Interpretive Summary: Ancient grains as novel dietary carbohydrate sources in canine diets


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    A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to evaluate the effects of the novel carbohydrate sources on total apparent total tract digestibility, fecal microbiota, and fermentative end-product concentrations and to evaluate the effects of novel carbohydrate sources on the postprandial glycemic and insulinemic responses in healthy adult dogs.

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  • Jun
    17
    Interpretive Summary: Evaluation of vitamin A status on myogenic gene expression and muscle fiber characteristics


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    A recent article published in the Journal of Animal Science used 30 yearling crossbred steers being fed a steam-flaked corn-based diet to evaluate the effects of dietary vitamin A supplementation on myogenic gene expression and skeletal muscle fiber characteristics during the finishing phase.

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  • Jun
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Intravenous infusion of glucose improved farrowing performance of hyperprolific crossbred sows


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science took this a step further by investigating whether intravenous infusion of glucose from observed nest-building behavior to 24 hours postpartum would affect the farrowing kinetics and colostrum production in sows.

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  • Jun
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Concomitant versus separate vaccination against brucellosis and clostridia in dairy heifers


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    Researchers studied how concomitant versus separate vaccination against brucellosis and clostridiosis affected the intake, performance, behavior and immune responses of dairy calves in this recent Journal of Animal Science study.

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  • Jun
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Temporal kinetics of bovine mammary IgG secretion into colostrum and transition milk


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    Recently published in the Journal of Animal Science, this study assessed the components of transition milk and early postpartum mammary IgG kinetics.

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  • Jun
    10
    Interpretive Summary: Supplementing organic-complexed or inorganic Co, Cu, Mn, and Zn to beef cows during gestation: physiological and productive response of cows and their offspring until weaning


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    A recent work published in the Journal of Animal Science by Harvey et al. evaluated the effects of supplementation of organic complexed and inorganic Co, Cu, Mn, and Zn to beef gestation diets on growth and reproductive performance of calves.

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  • Jun
    10
    Interpretive Summary: Negative effects of energy supplementation at peak lactation of sheep can be offset by the addition of Lactobacillus-fermented plant extracts


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    The authors of this recent Journal of Animal Science study hypothesized that Lactobacillus-fermented plant extracts would offset these negative effects by ameliorating oxidative stress.

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  • Jun
    10
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of protein supplementation to steers consuming low-quality forages on greenhouse gas emissions


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to identify the effects of protein supplementation of either cottonseed meal or dried distillers grains with solubles on greenhouse gas emissions and energy loss of steers fed low-quality forage.

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  • Jun
    10
    Interpretive Summary: Assessing dairy cow welfare during the grazing and housing periods on spring-calving, pasture-based dairy farms


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    The objective of this study that was recently published in the Journal of Animal Science, was to devise and conduct an animal-based welfare assessment during both the grazing and housing periods of dairy cows

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  • Jun
    07
    Interpretive Summary: Lactobacillus-fermented plant extracts reduce oxidative stress and increase milk yield in ewes during peak lactation


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    The authors of this recent Journal of Animal Science study hypothesized that Lactobacillus-fermented plant extracts would offset these negative effects by ameliorating oxidative stress.

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  • Jun
    07
    Interpretive Summary: The influence of extended supplementation of quebracho extract to beef steers consuming a hay diet on digestion, ruminal, and blood parameters


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science examined the influence of extended supplementation of quebracho extract to beef steers consuming a hay diet on digestion, ruminal, and blood parameters.

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  • Jun
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Maternofetal inflammation induced for 2 wk in late gestation reduced birth weight and impaired neonatal growth and skeletal muscle glucose metabolism in lambs.


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    Data from the current study suggests that sustained maternofetal inflammation in late gestation results in tissue-specific fetal programming and alters neonatal growth rates, body composition, and metabolism.

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  • Jun
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Time budgets of group-housed pigs in relation to social aggression and production


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    In this recent Journal of Animal Science study, pigs were observed over specific time intervals to create “time budgets” associated with specific behaviors.

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  • Jun
    03
    “Bringing the world of swine nutrition to Iowa"


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    Industry and academic swine nutritionists will gather on the Iowa State University campus on August 11th and 12th, 2021, for the International Conference on Swine Nutrition.

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  • May
    27
    Social Events Highlighted


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    ASAS and the Overall Programming Committee are really excited about the quality and the size of our social program this year, but honestly, we are also just plain thrilled to get to see everyone and socialize after a year of isolation.

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  • May
    27
    2021 ASAS-CSAS-SSASAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show COVID-19 Meeting Safety Plan


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    This week ASAS will release our full COVID-19 meeting safety plan! Ensuring that our attendees are safe and able to network and share science is our number one priority in 2021.

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  • May
    27
    2021 ASAS-CSAS-SSASAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show


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    Members, volunteers and staff spend 18 months planning every meeting, but no matter how organized or ahead of schedule we are on meeting planning, the success or failure of a meeting comes down to the last 8 weeks!

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