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    Jun
    29
    What is the ASAS Public Policy Committee?


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    The ASAS Public Policy Committee (PPC) was formed in 2009 to help ASAS shape public policy and public opinion related to all aspects of food animals and companion animals by engaging policy makers. The committee has been actively involved in a variety of activities!

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    Jun
    29
    Meet D.C. intern Ben Rietmann


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    We are pleased to introduce you to Ben Rietmann, Oregon State University. Ben is one of six ASAS Science Policy interns currently in Washington, D.C. Ben is interning with the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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    Jun
    29
    $20 in ’17 Campaign launches


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    ASAS has launched a new campaign to support our Public Policy program. It is called the $20 in ’17 Campaign. ASAS is asking each professional member to donate an extra $20 in 2017! Please read this letter to learn more about this important effort.

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    Jun
    26
    Dr. Jack Whittier honored at Western Section Meeting


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Jack C. Whittier has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Whittier was raised on a diversified livestock and crop farm in northeastern Utah, and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Utah State University in 1979 and 1981, respectively. Dr. Whittier completed a Ph.D. degree in ruminant nutrition in 1985 from the University of Nebraska. Since 2014, Dr. Whittier has been Director of the University of Nebraska Panhandle District Panhandle Research and Extension Center and Professor of Animal Science.

    He has fulfilled significant leadership roles in WSASAS. Most recently, Dr. Whittier served on the ASAS Board of Directors as Western Section Director for two 3-year terms (2010 to 2016). His applied research has focused on range beef cow nutrition and reproduction management. He has helped generate over $2.2 million in extramural funds as PI or Co-I, participated in training 37 graduate students, and authored or co-authored 49 refereed publications and numerous non-refereed and Extension papers. Currently, Dr. Whittier supervises 12 Ph.D. Research and Extension Specialists and 22 Extension Educators.

    Dr. Whittier has contributed as an active leader with Boy Scouts of America, in numerous leadership roles with his church, and with the Scottsbluff/Gering Rotary Club. Dr. Whittier and his wife, Robynn, have 2 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. They also own a small-scale Simmental-Angus seedstock beef herd.


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    Jun
    26
    Dr. Russell Hovey named WSASAS Distinguished Teacher


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Russell Hovey has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Hovey is Professor of Animal Science and Mammary Gland Biologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of California-Davis. He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Animal Sciences) from the University of Queensland, Australia, and then a Ph.D. in Animal Science from Massey University.

    Since arriving at the University of California-Davis in 2007, Dr. Hovey’s laboratory has focused on the endocrine regulation of mammary gland growth and function, as well as cancer. His contributions to lactation were recognized by the American Society of Animal Science where he received the H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award in 2011.

    Dr. Hovey has taught several classes and strives to build an exceptional learning environment outside of the classroom. He is dedicated to undergraduate learning and committed to the development of strategies that improve the overall educational experience and give tools for life-long learning.


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    Jun
    26
    Dr. Reinaldo Cooke receives WSASAS Extension Award


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Reinaldo Cooke has been named the recipient of the Extension Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Cooke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. He is stationed at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns. His faculty appointment is split between Extension and research responsibilities in beef cattle management and nutrition.

    As the principle State Beef Specialist, Dr. Cooke has developed several Extension activities to serve the Oregon beef industry, which has also extended to national and international audiences. Dr. Cooke co-chairs the Western Beef Resource Committee. To date, Dr. Cooke has published 111 Extension articles, and has given more than 162 Extension talks to over 12,000 attendees. Dr. Cooke works closely with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and the Oregon Beef Council, serving as liaison between these institutions and Oregon State University.

    In 2014, Dr. Cooke received the Oregon Beef Council Distinguished Service Award in recognition for his service to the Oregon Beef Council and Oregon’s Beef Industry. In 2016, he received the WSASAS Young Scientist Award, and was the first Extension specialist to receive the OSU/College of Ag – F. E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research. Reinaldo and his wife Flavia are the proud parents of three children, Victor, Lucas, and Isabella.


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    Jun
    26
    Dr. Jennifer Hernandez Gifford named Western Section Young Scientist


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Jennifer Hernandez Gifford has been named the recipient of the Young Scientist Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Hernandez Gifford earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from New Mexico State University (NMSU). She completed her Ph.D. at Washington State University (WSU) in Animal Science with an emphasis in reproductive physiology. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at WSU.

    Currently, Dr. Hernandez Gifford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at NMSU where she leads an active research program. A main focus of her research program is elucidating the role that the WNT/beta-catenin signaling pathway plays in follicular growth, development, and estradiol production. The long-term goal of her research program is to provide fundamental knowledge about the physiological role and mechanism of action of ovarian WNT signaling molecules in follicular development in the adult ovary.

    Dr. Hernandez Gifford has authored/coauthored 19 articles in refereed journals, one book chapter, 17 proceedings papers and 43 research abstracts. She has served as major advisor for 5 M.S. students, 2 PhD students, and on 9 additional graduate student committees. Research from her lab is moving the field forward and will enable reproductive physiologists to provide novel and innovative methods to ensure economic success for livestock producers concurrent with feeding the world’s growing population.


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    Jun
    26
    New issue of Translational Animal Science


    A new issue of Translational Animal Science is now live! New Just Published content is now live as well, and a preview can be found below the Table of Contents preview in this post.

    Here is a preview of the Table of Contents, or you can access the Table of Contents of the latest issue of TAS at: https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/tas/tocs/1/2

    C. F. Huang, H. H. Stein, L. Y. Zhang, Defa Li and C. H. Lai
    Concentrations of minerals in pig feed ingredients commonly used in China
    doi:10.2527/tas2017.0013
    Translational Animal Science 2017 1:126-136

    N. McHugh, T. Pabiou, K. McDermott, E. Wall and D. P. Berry
    Impact of birth and rearing type, as well as inaccuracy of recording, on pre-weaning lamb phenotypic and genetic merit for live weight
    doi:10.2527/tas2017.0015
    Translational Animal Science 2017 1:137-145


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    Jun
    26
    Meet our Jr. Platform Speakers


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    During the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show, we will highlight some of the best and brightest young scientists from each of the four ASAS sections! To do this, we have invited four Ph.D. students to give presentations at the beginning of sessions featuring 12-minute talks. Please see the list and plan to watch these outstanding students present!

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    Jun
    23
    WSASAS recognizes Young Scholars


    The Western Section ASAS recognized three Young Scholars during the 2017 Western Section Meeting, held this week in Fargo, N.D.

    This year’s Ph.D. recipient of the Western Section ASAS Young Scholar Award is Dr. Kendall Samuelson, New Mexico State University and currently a postdoctoral research associate with Texas A&M AgriLife in Amarillo, Texas.

    The M.S. recipients of the Western Section ASAS Young Scholar Award include Kelsey Schubach, Oregon State University, and Matthew Crouse, North Dakota State University.

    All three Young Scholars gave presentations of their research during the Young Scholar Session on June 22. Samuelson’s abstract is #062. Schubach’s abstract is #063, and Crouse’s abstract is #064. All three abstracts can be found in the online proceedings. The meeting program also can be found online.


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    Jun
    23
    Symposium honors Dr. Dennis Hallford




    This Taking Stock article pays tribute to Doc Hallford, who spent 41 years with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State.

    Dr. Ryan Ashley, New Mexico State University, provided introductory remarks and recalled memories of Doc Hallford in his presentation entitled “Doc Hallford: Chasing Hormones Ya’ll.”

    Dr. Ashley described Doc as a pillar for not only the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at NMSU, but also for the entire university. He was a shepherd and mentor to many, Dr. Ashley said, concluding his tribute with several “keywords” that describe Doc Hallford: legacy, selfless, kind, caring, mentor, advocate, encouraging, and dedicated.


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    Jun
    23
    Farewell from Fargo


    The 89th Annual Meeting of the Western Section of ASAS wraps up today, June 23, with the section’s Business Meeting in Fargo, North Dakota. The meeting featured many scientific, networking and social events.

    Yesterday’s program included the Young Scholar Recognition Program, several oral and poster sessions, a Graduate Student Lunch and Learn, and a symposium dedicated to Dr. Dennis “Doc” Hallford. The day culminated with an Awards Banquet at the Fargo Air Museum.

    Watch for award winner announcements in the next issue of Taking Stock.

    In 2018, the WSASAS meets in Bend, Oregon. We hope to see you there!


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    Jun
    23
    ADSA Annual Meeting is next week


    The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA) holds its 2017 Annual Meeting, June 25-28, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    ASAS wishes all ADSA meeting attendees safe travels and a good meeting!

    For more details about the meeting, visit the ADSA Meeting website.




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    Jun
    21
    Hello from Fargo


    The 89th Annual Meeting of the Western Section ASAS convened yesterday in Fargo, North Dakota. The meeting kicked off with a full-day Beef Symposium entitled, “Are We Still Fulfilling the Land Grant Mission?”

    A large portion of the symposium was devoted to the perspectives of ranchers from several states, as well as experiment station and USDA perspectives on the Land Grant Mission. Feel free to browse the list of speakers in the online program. A special thank you to the North Dakota Beef Commission for sponsoring the symposium, the break and the lunch!

    Today’s program (Wed., June 21) is packed with oral presentations by students competing in the Graduate Student Paper Competition. Watch for competition results in the coming days! The competition is sponsored by the Western Section. Abstracts of these presentations are available in the online proceedings (beginning with #010 through #039). In addition, 2017 proceedings papers can be found linked to the corresponding title in the Meeting App. The final proceedings will be published in full html on the Journal of Animal Science website.

    You can find the Meeting App in two ways:


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    Jun
    21
    Beautiful evening for WSASAS opening reception


    2017 WSASAS Meeting attendees enjoyed a pleasant evening at the North Dakota Horse Park last night. The Opening Reception offered attendees a chance to mingle with colleagues and friends, enjoy a buffet, as well as music by a local artist.

    Lamb served during the buffet was graciously provided by the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center.

    Enjoy some photos from the evening!




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    Jun
    21
    2017 Annual Meeting: Program and app now available


    ASAS and CSAS are pleased to announce the completion of the ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show program. In today’s world of rapidly changing technology, everyone has a favorite way to access meeting information. For 2017, participants can access information in any of the following ways.

    PDF of program: Please note the program book this year is abbreviated as we begin the transition to all electronic programs in 2018. But for now, participants can still find information about the meeting, a full schedule of social events and a complete listing of all abstracts in the program PDF.

    On-site Program Book: Onsite all participants will receive a spiral bound copy of the program book described above.

    Online scientific program with associated abstracts: The abstract collection method used by ASAS allows the listing of all scientific sessions and associated abstracts online. Easily move between sessions.


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    Jun
    21
    Important update for WSASAS grad students


    They are located downtown right across from each other. Transportation will not be provided, but Fargo does have Uber and multiple taxi options.

    We apologize for any confusion regarding location of the mixer. If you registered for the event be sure to get your free t-shirt at the registration desk. Additionally, we will be outside of Sidestreet at 7:00 PM to hand out free drink tickets to those registered for the event. Tickets are good for one free draft beer or well drink at Sidestreet.

    Please feel free to contact us with any questions (hcunnin6@uwyo.edu or sprosser@nmsu.edu) .

    We are looking forward to seeing you downtown!


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    Jun
    20
    WSASAS in Bison country


    The Western Section ASAS meets this week, Tuesday, June 20, through Friday, June 23, in Fargo, North Dakota. The meeting kicks off at the FargoDome with a Beef Symposium entitled, “Are We Still Fulfilling the Land Grant Mission?”

    Tuesday’s program also includes tours of the North Dakota State University Beef Cattle Research Complex and the Animal Nutrition and Physiology Center, as well as an opening reception at the North Dakota Horse Park. See more information in the WSASAS program.

    View the proceedings online.

    Download the Meeting App to your mobile phone! The app is available to all attendees at no additional cost. On your mobile device, visit: https://event.crowdcompass.com/wsasas2017.


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    Jun
    20
    Annual Meeting draft program online


    The 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is just a few short weeks away in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Now online! View the draft program, which contains all conference information and the scientific program.

    Also, download the Mobile App:

    WebProgram makes it possible for you to search the scientific program online as you prepare for your trip to Baltimore.


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    Jun
    16
    Meet our 2017 AnimalX speakers


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    Got a 5-minute “elevator speech?” Our 2017 AnimalX speakers do!

    AnimalX is a series of short, TED-style talks about animal science. Speakers giving a short, TED-style talk on Saturday, July 8, during the Opening Session of the ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Baltimore include, in presenting order:


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