Invited speakers at the Harlan Ritchie Symposium at the ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting tackled the symposium’s theme: Have we entered a new era in beef production?
Dr. Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University, began the symposium with an overview of “Trends to watch in cattle nutrition.” He identified eight important trends, including: cost pressure drives consolidation, rapidly growing world population and greater demand for meat, feed price volatility, corporate and consumer interest in how cattle are raised and what they are fed, continued development of feeds with enhanced nutrient characteristics, better understanding of microbial population and effects on nutrition, genomic information will drive improved management, and changing geography of where cattle are fed. Dr. Lardy addressed the students in the audience, who he said are entering a very exciting and dynamic time in the industry. “I really want you to focus on how you think these trends will impact what you do in the future,” he said.
By Sandra Avant, ARS Public Affairs Specialist
A vaccine that protects chickens against two infectious poultry diseases has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.
Microbiologist Qingzhong Yu and his colleagues at the Agricultural Research Service’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, Georgia, created a vaccine that is effective against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) and Newcastle disease (ND). ILT and ND are two of the most economically important infectious diseases of poultry. They cause sickness and death in domestic and commercial poultry as well as in some wild birds throughout the world. Read more
Thurs., March 19, 2015 - Dr. Alan Mathew, outgoing ASAS Midwest President, transferred the gavel to incoming Midwest President, Dr. Jason Apple, during the Midwest Business Meeting this week in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Apple will serve as ASAS Midwest President for 2015-2016. Read more
March 18, 2015 - Dr. Nicholas Gabler, Iowa State University, received the Midwest Outstanding Young Researcher Award during the 2015 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Joint Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.
The award is sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products Inc. Read more