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ASAS responds to Consumer Reports

Sept. 3, 2015 – The ASAS Board of Directors issued the following statement today in response to a recent Consumer Reports‘ article that implies ground beef from cattle raised under conventional management systems is not as safe as ground beef from cattle fed grass-fed or organic diets.  Read more

Google Translate now included on JAS website

Sept. 3, 2015 – Welcome, Bienvenue, Willkommen…!

The Google Translate tool is now included on the Journal of Animal Science website, on all articles on the website, and within the Digital Library. This tool allows scientists to read the latest research published in the Journal of Animal Science in 90 different languages.JASGoogleTranslate Read more


Southern Section call for abstracts

Sept. 3, 2015 – The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science will be held in San Antonio, Texas on
 February 6-9, 2016, in conjunction with the 113th Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists.

Members are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers for oral presentation. The deadline to submit an abstract for this meeting is October 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm CDT. Read more

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Happy Labor Day!

The ASAS office will be closed on Mon., Sept. 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day. Normal office hours will resume on Tues., Sept. 8. Taking Stock also will not be published on Labor Day. Publication will resume on Thurs., Sept. 10, 2015. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!


Fedometer – New beef research tool

By Samantha Kneeskern, ASAS Science Communications Intern

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September 3, 2015 – Cell phone apps can keep track of just about anything: how much we eat, what we are eating, where we walk, and when we should be exercising. Now, a very similar system is being used for cattle research. Fedometers are keeping track of when and how long cattle lay down, how many steps they take, how long they eat, and when they eat. Read more »


Spicer speaks at EAAP meeting

By Dr. Jim Sartin
September 3, 2015 – Dr. Leon Spicer, member of ASAS and professor at Oklahoma State University, gave an invited talk today at the 66th annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science in Warsaw, Poland. The talk was entitled “The role of growth factors in regulating cellular events during ovarian follicular development.”

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Lawsuit against Chipotle

chipotleSept. 3, 2015 – Chipotle, a growing fast-food restaurant chain, is being sued for continuing the use of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients after the restaurant claimed they went GMO-free in April. Read more »

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Calendar of events

Mark your calendars!

Here is a list of upcoming agricultural and animal science events that you may want to attend. Share your event by sending an email to

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