Society News

  • Midwest Virtual Meeting now available - If you were unable to attend the 2015 Midwest Meeting, or missed a presentation of interest to you, you can still view recordings of all of the Midwest Meeting oral and symposia presentations online.
  • Midwest welcomes new officers - Dr. Alan Mathew, outgoing ASAS Midwest President, transferred the gavel to incoming Midwest President, Dr. Jason Apple, during the Midwest Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • High five to student competition winners - Twenty-one oral and poster competition winners were recognized during the 2015 Midwest Business Meeting and Awards Program. Hats off to these deserving graduate and undergraduate students!

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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.