Society News

  • Call for JAM 2015 late-breaking abstracts - The 2015 Joint Annual Meeting Program Committee is calling for late-breaking abstracts of original research. Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on May 22, 2015.
  • FDA releases new NARMS reports - Antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella isolated from retail meat is declining, according to reports released this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Sign up for JAM workshops - JAM 2015 is offering two great workshops this year. Add value to your JAM experience this year by attending a workshop.

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Public Policy

$100 Billion National Research Bank? - New sources of funding for basic research are needed. At the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in March, a new idea for funding basic research was proposed. READ MORE...

Interpretive Summaries

  • Ensiled sugarcane proves effective for feed intake in cattle

    Sugarcane is considered to be an economical feed for cattle, particularly in certain regions of the world where it is commonly grown. However, the low fiber digestibility and low crude protein content of sugarcane limit its use as the sole roughage source in cattle diets. 

  • Oxidative status critical to swine health and pork quality

    Oxidative stress, the imbalance of pro- and antioxidants, is highly detrimental to meat animal production. Excess oxidants damage animal cells and tissues and may ultimately impair animal health and growth. Also, diets that are high in oxidants negatively affect meat flavor, color, texture and nutritive value.
  • The science behind beef cattle welfare

    A universal definition of animal welfare is hard to pin down. During the Bill E. Kunkle Interdisciplinary Beef Symposium, researchers discussed concepts related to beef cattle welfare and stress in an attempt to standardize a definition of welfare based on science.