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    Apr
    07
    Translational Animal Science update


    We are proud to announce that 3 months in, Translational Animal Science (TAS) is in great shape. We have decided to create quarterly issues. Therefore, at the close of the first quarter, TAS has 12 published articles, 6 new articles in Open Review, and 6 articles in First Look. Articles in the first issue have been authored by some of the most prestigious animal and dairy scientists in our society, including: Joel DeRouchey, Mike Tokach, Bob Goodband, Sarah Reed, Steve Zinn, Kristen Govoni, Rupert Bruckmaier, Cathy Ernst, Sung Woo Kim, Jeff Carroll, Nicole Burdick Sanchez, Anna Dilger, Dustin Boler and Dave Casper.

    Articles are moving from submission to publication in under 6 weeks, with an average rejection rate of 30%. People are beginning to get the hang of Open Review with the number of quality comments increasing with each new batch of papers. To be amongst the first to review a paper visit: https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/tas/open-review, submit an online review or a question and wait to see if the author responds.

    Open review is designed to create a new networking platform between authors and readers, improving both the science and educational opportunities presented with each paper. TAS is the first animal science journal to use a hybrid between traditional and open review!

    In addition to Open Review, all articles are Gold Open Access. With a publication fee of only $1300 for members, TAS is the least expensive Open Access animal science journal available.


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  • Shadow
    Apr
    06
    More than just a cute bunny


    The March 2017 issue of Jr. Animal Scientist is “All About Rabbits!” In the issue, kids learn about feeding pet rabbits, as well as the different uses of rabbits.

    Has your child’s subscription to Jr. Animal Scientist expired? Contact kims@asas.org to renew or start a subscription for the Jr. Animal Scientist in your life! An individual subscription is just $15 per year and is published six times per year (January, March, May, July, September, November). Kids look forward to receiving their very own copy in the mailbox!

    Stretch those STEM skills in the classroom! Jr. Animal Scientist and AnimalSmart.org website are a great complement to elementary classroom science curriculums. Learn more about sponsoring a classroom or group subscription by contacting kims@asas.org, or visit AnimalSmart.org today!


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  • Shadow
    Apr
    06
    USDA authorizes emergency grazing


    The USDA released the following bulletin on April 4, 2017:

    USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump’s Directive



    USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers, who are facing the ruination of their herds due to lack of sufficient grazing land.  The authorization is pursuant to appropriate restrictions and conservation measures, which can be found in the Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum.


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  • Shadow
    Apr
    06
    Caught on tape: Badger buries big meal


    Apparently badgers make good undertakers. Scientists have the tape to prove it.

    According to a recent article in The New York Times, it took a 16-pound badger 4 days to bury a 50-pound calf carcass.

    An e-newsletter summary from SmartBrief states that researchers from the University of Utah’s Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab laid out several calf carcasses to study the scavenging behavior of badgers and “were amazed to see the lone badger bury its prize over four days when they reviewed video from a camera trap.”

    Watch a video of the badger.


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  • Shadow
    Apr
    04
    Block & Bridle students visit D.C.


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention convened this weekend in Arlington, Virginia. The University of Connecticut and ASAS co-hosted the convention, which drew more than 300 students, representing Block & Bridle chapters from across the country.

    Convention sponsors included: ASAS, the ASAS Foundation, the University of Connecticut, Elanco, Monsanto, the North American Meat Institute, and the Spocott Windmill Foundation.

    Dr. Debora Hamernik, ASAS President, and Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, ASAS CEO, delivered the opening keynote on March 31, focusing on the convention theme “Scientific Voice in Agriculture.”

    On the evening of March 31, students toured various D.C. monuments via bus, making stops at the U.S. Capitol, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.


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  • Shadow
    Apr
    04
    Students and clubs honored at Block & Bridle banquet


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention held its annual banquet and awards program on the evening of April 2, following a weekend of sight seeing, farm tours, and educational sessions. Here is a breakdown of the 2016-2017 National Block & Bridle chapter and outstanding member awards!

    There are many photos of the award winners on the ASAS Facebook page. Be sure to visit and “Like” them! More news from the convention can be found in this Taking Stock article.

    1st – Ellen Rankins, Auburn University

    2nd – Emily Von Edwins, Texas A&M University


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  • Shadow
    Apr
    04
    Block & Bridle photos on Facebook


    Stop by the ASAS Facebook page for photos from the 97th National Block & Bridle Convention in Arlington, Va. Here are just a few from the evening tour of Washington, D.C. on March 31 and the farm tours in Maryland on April 1!

    The evening tour of monuments in Washington, D.C. included stops at the U.S. Capitol, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Farm tour visits included Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm, Madhouse Oysters, the dairy farm at the University of Maryland’s Central Maryland Research & Education Center, and historic Spocott Farm.

    Photos from the educational sessions, the awards banquet, and the Capitol Hill visits can also be found on the ASAS Facebook page.

    Top photo: Block & Bridle students tour the dairy farm at the University of Maryland’s Central Maryland Research & Education Center.


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    30
    New in Translational Animal Science


    Help review new papers in Open Review.

    See articles in First Look.

    View the Table of Contents of the latest issue.

    TAS now accepting submissions!


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    30
    Nominate your colleagues


    Western Section ASAS awards nominations due 11:59 PM (CDT) on April 14.

    ADSA Northeast Branch/ASAS Northeastern Section awards nominations due 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on April 18.

     


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    30
    Annual 2017 abstract decisions released


    The ASAS office began notifying presenting authors of Annual 2017 abstract status (accept/reject) on March 27, 2017. (Please note abstract status notifications are sent to presenting authors.) If you are the presenting author and have not yet received an Accept/Reject notice (as of March 29, 2017), please check junk or spam mail. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ASAS office at asas@asas.org. To facilitate rapid responses, please include your abstract ID in all correspondence.

    If your abstract was rejected, you do have the opportunity to appeal. Please submit appeals via the online Appeal Form. Please allow two full business days to receive a confirmation email. Appeals are due at 11:59 PM CST on April 4, 2017. Appeal decisions will be sent to the presenting author mid-April.

    All accepted abstracts must be presented. To reduce the number of no-show presenters the following policy is being enforced for the 2017 meeting:

    If the presenting author is a member of ASAS or CSAS, the presenting author has until the day of presentation to register for the conference. If no one shows up for the presentation or if the presentation author does not register by the day of the presentation, the abstract will be removed from the abstract book. This includes ePoster presentations.
    If the presenting author is not a member of ASAS or CSAS, he/she has three days from the time acceptance notifications are sent out to register for the meeting.
    If the presenting author does not register for the meeting or become an ASAS or CSAS member by 11:59 PM CST on April 2, 2017 the abstract will automatically be rejected.


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    30
    Hey, Facebookers!


    We are ramping up efforts to reach you with the latest information about the 2017 Annual Meeting, so like ASAS on Facebook and follow us for updates and vital information about the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, July 8-12!


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    30
    Renew your Jr. Animal Scientist subscription


    Did you let your child’s Jr. Animal Scientist subscription expire? You can renew anytime online or start a new subscription for the budding animal scientist in your life. Don’t let this great STEM opportunity go down the drain.

    Renew or join the Jr. Animal Scientist program!

    Family and classroom subscriptions also available.


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    28
    Chromium supplementation shows potential for heat stress management in pigs


    By Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern

    New research from the University of Melbourne and accepted for publication in Translational Animal Science finds that chromium supplementation may help to increase insulin sensitivity, normalize NEFA metabolism and reduce heat stress in pigs.

    Managing heat stress in animals is important from both economic and welfare perspectives, and the findings from this study make a case for the inclusion of dietary chromium in diets during periods where heat stress is anticipated.

    The team, headed by Fan Liu and sponsored in part by Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources via the Carbon Farming Futures Program, investigated several markers of heat stress in pigs and also looked into the effects of chromium supplementation on these indicators. Insulin sensitivity was a particular focus because research has suggested that increased insulin sensitivity may help to alleviate heat stress.


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    27
    In Memory: Dr. Gordon Niswender


    Dr. Gordon Niswender, Colorado State University, passed away on March 24, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. Dr. Niswender’s obituary speaks volumes of the impact that he had on agriculture and reproductive physiology.

    Dr. Niswender’s obituary is as follows, and can also be found here:

    Family and friends near and far mourn the loss of Gordon Niswender who passed peacefully on March 24th after a long and courageous battle with metastatic bladder cancer. Gordon was born in humble beginnings April 21st, 1940 in Gillette WY. He had a powerful work and education ethic, acquiring his Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Wyoming, his Masters of Science Degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska, and his PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology from the University of Illinois.

    Gordon began his career first as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan where he was instrumental in developing innovative techniques and materials to measure hormones in the blood of humans and animals that are still being used today. His love of the West led him to move to Colorado State University in 1972 where he worked until his retirement in 2010.


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    27
    Still time to comment on FDA draft guidance


    You have the opportunity to comment on the FDA’s draft guidance on the “Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals.” Please take the time to do so! Comments will be accepted through April 19, 2017 at the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2008-D-0394-0279

    Learn more about the draft guidance in this Taking Stock post.


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    27
    Block & Bridle Convention starts this Friday!


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention begins this Friday, March 31, and runs through April 2, with an optional Congressional Hill Visit day on April 3. The convention will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. 

    Secure your spot today and join us for a great meeting, including a day of farm tours on April 1. Tours to include:

    Tours will include a grab and go breakfast, lunch and an evening BBQ with DJ at historic Spocott Farm on Gary’s Creek.

    In addition to the tours, we have great social events planned for the evenings, including:


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    27
    FASS-AFIA award nominations now open


    Nominations for the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award are now being accepted. The deadline to submit nominations is May 1, 2017. Nominate your colleagues today!

    The award is designed to stimulate, acknowledge, and reward pioneering and innovative research relevant to the nutrition of animals that benefits humankind and the nutritional value of foods from animals. The award will be presented at the meeting of choice of the award winner (during the ADSA, ASAS, or PSA Annual Meeting) in the summer of 2017.

    Procedures: Nominations should be submitted on the FASS website: https://www.fass.org/about/fass-afia-award. Complete instructions and FASS-AFIA award guidelines can be accessed on the website.

    Deadline: All nominations must be SUBMITTED on the website no later than May 1, 2017, 11:59 pm CDT.


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    Mar
    27
    Read more science policy news


    Read the latest science policy news in the March 8 Science Policy Report compiled by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    24
    Snack & Fact recording available


    A recording of a presentation from a recent Snack & Fact briefing on performance-enhancing technologies in animal agriculture is now available.

    ASAS representatives hosted the Snack & Fact briefing in Washington, D.C., on February 27. The briefing, entitled “Use of Performance-Enhancing Technologies in Global Livestock Production,” included presentations by Dr. Mike Azain, University of Georgia and ASAS Public Policy Committee member, and Dr. Caird Rexroad, USDA-ARS National Program for Aquaculture.

    The recording includes audio and the PowerPoint presentation given by Dr. Azain (left) on Feb. 27.

    Access the Snack & Fact recording.


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  • Shadow
    Mar
    23
    Block & Bridle is next week!


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention will be held March 31 to April 2, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Not yet registered for the meeting?  Secure your spot today!

    Join us for a great meeting, including a day of farm tours on April 1, 2017. Tours to include:

    Tours will include a grab and go breakfast, lunch and an evening BBQ with DJ at historic Spocott Farm on Gary’s Creek.

    In addition to the tours, we have great social events planned for the evenings, including:


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