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Using a hybrid model to improve genomic prediction

During the 10th World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Dr. Dorian Garrik of Iowa State University gave a presentation on Monday outlining a Bayesian approach combining multiple methods into a single step method.

The outlined method uses observations from both genotyped and non-genotyped animals. It does not require direct inversion of matrices and is well suited to parallel computing approaches.

More information related to this topic can be found in the proceeding titled “Bayesian Prediction Combining Genotyped and Non-Genotyped Individuals.”


The big questions: Possible limitations of genomic information

During the 10th World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Dr. Brian Kinghorn of  the University of New England gave a presentation on Monday about the potential impact genomic information could have on genetic change.

The presentation addressed 4 major questions about what genomic information can reveal. Read more


Congratulations WCGALP Travel Award Winners

Thanks to generous sponsors, 12 Young Scientists (under the age of 30) were given monetary travel awards to attend the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production. Each award was worth 1,000 dollars. Read more


Animal welfare: Focusing on the future

Written by: Dr. David Mellor

Published by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in its Scientific and Technical Review 33 (1) 2014, this issue provides up-to-date and forward-looking perspectives on developments in animal welfare policy, science and practice. It contributes to the OIE Global Animal Welfare Initiative, endorsed by all 180 member-countries of the OIE, by introducing non-specialists to current concepts and likely future developments in animal welfare internationally. It will be of interest to animal-based scientists, including livestock scientists and veterinarians, tertiary-level educators and student, policy makers, animal welfare groups and others with an interest in improving the care, productivity and management of animals, especially livestock, in different parts of the world. Read more

Recent Articles


Department head recognized for administration efforts

Written by: Laci Jonesodde_photo

As head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University, Dr. Ken Odde has made advancements in administration through growth in student and faculty numbers, research productivity and facility improvements.

In honor of his administration efforts, Odde received the Fellow Award in the Teaching category at the American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting.

Odde is a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Animal Science. He is actively involved in ASAS through serving as a Trustee for the ASAS Foundation, president of the Western Section and served on several association committees. Read more »


Swine researcher receives Fellow Award in Extension

Written by: Laci Jonesmabry_photo

Dr. John Mabry, animal science professor at Iowa State University, has made outstanding contributions in extension through his administration work with the Iowa Pork Industry Center. He also collaborates with pork producers with swine breeding and genetics improvement programs and swine production record systems.

In honor of his contributions, Mabry received the Fellow Award in the Extension category at the 2014 American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting.

As well as his contributions in extension, Mabry has contributed to teaching and research. He focuses his research on maximizing profitability of swine production systems through developing breeding strategies. Read more »


Research Fellow improves national meat quality standards

hunt_photoWritten by: Jacquelyn Prestegaard

Dr. Melvin Hunt’s work with meat quality changed important food safety standards in the United States. His contributions to the animal science and meat science industries led him to become a Research Fellow for the American Society of Animal Science. He was recognized for his research excellence at the annual ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

Hunt received his B.S. and M.S. at Kansas State and his Ph.D. at University of Missouri. Currently, Hunt is a Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University. He is also the Chair of KSU’s Food Science and Industry Undergraduate Program. Read more »


JBS United President recognized for industry excellence

orr_photoWritten By: Jacquelyn Prestegaard

Fellows of the American Society of Animal Science are recognized for having more than 25 years of dedicated service to the organization. Dr. Donald Orr far exceeds those expectations.

Orr was recognized as an Industry Fellow of ASAS at the ASAS-ADSA-CSAS Joint Annual meeting in Kansas City.

He grew up on a farm in Tipton, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Animal Science at Purdue, his M.S. in Animal Industry at Penn State, and his his Ph.D. at Michigan State.

Orr is a former swine nutritionist at Central Soya, and former Director of the Swine Research Center at Texas Tech University. He became president of JBS United in Sheridan, Indiana in 1997. The company is one of the top animal health and nutrition agencies in the world. Read more »


Meat scientist honored for research

Written by: Laci Jones

savell_photoDr. Jeff Savell, Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor, is one of the well-known meat science researchers. Throughout his career, Savell assisted the National Beef Quality Audits and the National Beef Tenderness Surveys.

In honor of his research contributions, Savell received the Fellow Award in the Research category at the American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting.

Savell research interests include quality, food safety, nutrition and value added. He has conducted many research projects involving beef, lamb and pork. His research includes using electrical stimulation to enhance beef quality and tenderness. Read more »