Society News

  • FASS responds to animal care concerns - In response to recent concerns raised about the care of farm animals in research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, the Federation of Animal Science Societies has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
  • FASS Congressional Science Fellowship - The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 FASS Congressional Science Fellowship invitation for applications, with an extended application submission deadline of March 20, 2015.
  • ePoster deadline is March 1 - The deadline for uploading ePoster files for the 2015 Midwest Meeting is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2015.

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Public Policy

At risk: The next generation of scientists - Many young scientists, facing the decline in research funding, have been leaving the academic workforce, placing the future of science at risk, according to a recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  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.