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Southern Section Meeting preview

The 2015 ASAS Southern Section Meeting is less than 10 days away! The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Ga., is the site of this year’s meeting, which is set for January 31 – February 3, 2015. Symposia and oral sessions will take place Sun., Feb. 1 through Tues., Feb. 3. The program also includes an Undergraduate Paper Competition and a Graduate Student Research Abstract Competition. Here is a look at some of the program events. Read more


Meat scientist in the news

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Texas A&M meat scientist Dr. Jeff Savell was featured during a “CBS This Morning” news segment about the spike in retail beef prices and the impact on brisket prices at BBQ restaurants. According to the segment, which aired this morning, brisket prices have increased 60% in the last year, from $2.21 per pound to $3.52. Despite the increase in cost, demand for brisket is high. Read more

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ARS study could lead to more effective Marek’s disease vaccines

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have identified changes that occur when a Marek’s disease virus (MDV) is weakened. These findings could potentially be useful in producing the next generation of vaccines against Marek’s disease, since vaccines often contain weakened, or attenuated, viruses. Read more

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DSM Nutritional Sciences Award call for nominations

Nominations are open for the 2015 DSM Nutritional Sciences Award. Open to scientists worldwide, the award recognizes and rewards outstanding scientific achievement in animal nutrition and health, as well as sustainable farming. The theme for the 2015 DSM Nutritional Sciences Award is “Optimum Swine Nutrition for Sustainable Food Production.” Read more »


Animal Science volunteers needed

Animal Science students and experts are needed internationally to help develop and improve livestock farming in Ecuador and Uganda. Applications for NGOabroad volunteer opportunities are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more »


Animal Frontiers focuses on reproduction

The January 2015 issue of Animal Frontiers takes a look at reproductive biology research. In the issue, guest editors Pascale Chavatte-Palmer and Pascal Mermillod discuss: “Research on fertility, evolution, or revolution?”

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Is reproductive success already set at birth?

This is the question addressed in the January 2015 Animal Frontiers article entitled, “Early nutritional programming and progeny performance: Is reproductive success already set at birth?” by Francesca MossaSiobhan W. WalshJames J. Ireland and Alexander C.O. Evans. Read more »

Courtesy of January 2015 Animal Frontiers

Biotechnologies for wildlife fertility preservation

Reproductive biotechnologies are still considered critical tools for saving and maintaining endangered species. Some successes have been reported with the use and integration of artificial insemination (with fresh or frozen-thawed samples) in conservation programs. However, not a single species is currently managed through oocyte freezing or embryo-based technologies. Read more »