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National Geographic looks at “cloning cows from steaks”

A recent article in National Geographic examines the use of technologies such as cloning, embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization and genomic testing in the beef industry. Read more


Midwest award nominations now being accepted

Award nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and the ADSA Midwestern Branch.

There are numerous Midwest members who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the science of animal agriculture. Some have contributed for many years, whereas others are just beginning their careers. Please nominate your deserving colleagues. Read more


Air-quality expert issues call to action

Written by Kim Schoonmaker, ASAS Communications

Numbers really do matter when it comes to livestock’s impact on climate change, says Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air-quality specialist with the University of California-Davis Department of Animal Science. When those numbers are distorted, representatives of animal agriculture must respond.

This was a key message of Mitloehner’s presentation at Innovate 2014: Global Food Security. Read more


Nominations for Young Scholars Program due Oct. 25

The purpose of the ADSA Midwest Branch Young Dairy Scholars and ASAS Midwestern Section Animal Science Young Scholars is to recognize and feature the research accomplishments of recent Ph.D. graduates or current Ph.D. students in the advanced stages of their program (i.e. within 12 months of degree completion) at the annual Midwestern ADSA/ASAS meetings. Both ADSA and ASAS recognize promising individuals separately as either an ADSA Midwest Branch Young Dairy Scholar or an ASAS Midwestern Section Animal Science Young Scholar.

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JAM 2015 call for abstracts

The abstract submission site for JAM 2015 is now open! Visit to submit your abstract. Submission instructions, quality standards, answers to frequently asked questions, and student competition guidelines are available on the page. The deadline for abstract submission is March 3, 2015, at 11:59 pm (Central Time).

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intern wanted

Webinar featuring Science Policy Interns is next week

Want to learn more about the 2015 ASAS Science Policy Summer Internship Program? Then join us for a webinar on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Past ASAS Science Policy interns will share what they learned during the internship program and answer your questions about living in Washington, D.C. for a summer.

Spread the word to eligible undergraduate and graduate students! Learn more about the program here.

Reserve your webinar seat now! Register here.


Innovate 2014 recap

By Larry Reynolds, ASAS Communications

The final session of Innovate 2014 was held on Tuesday morning, Oct 7. It included four speakers who addressed the topic of global sustainability.

Dr. Frank Mitloehner with the University of California-Davis presented a talk entitled “Global Sustainability: Setting the Stage,” which focused on air quality issues associated with agricultural practices and especially animal production. Read more


The role of traditional and non-traditional meat animals in feeding a growing and evolving world

By Donna-Mareè Cawthorn and Louwrens C. Hoffman

Although our hunter-gatherer ancestors relied on an enormous array of animal species to fulfill their protein requirements, only a handful of these were subsequently domesticated, and cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens currently represent the main animals used for global meat production.

In spite of various attempts to improve the productivity of these traditional livestock species, this sector is facing immense pressure to meet the increasing demand for animal protein from a growing human population, and the future situation will likely only be aggravated by global warming, water shortages, and land restrictions for livestock production. Read more

Recent Articles


Image Gallery: Animal biotechnology videos

Written by Harold Hafs

While most files in the Animal Science Image Gallery contain a single image, nearly one-third are ZIP files or PowerPoints. These files contain many images so that viewers do not need to search for closely related images, such as the stages of a dissection, for example.  Some of these files also are videos. Here are two examples of videos capturing information that cannot be accomodated well with single images. Read more »


Virginia Tech hires Dr. Rebecca Cockrum

Rebecca Cockrum, Asst Professor, Dairy ScienceBLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 8, 2014 – Rebecca Cockrum has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Dairy Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Cockrum is one of 19 new faculty members that were recently appointed in the college. New positions were identified to bring new talent to its focus areas, including food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. Read more »


Why not a piece of meat of rhea, nutria, yacare, or vicugna for dinner?

By A. SaadounM.C. CabreraA. Terevintoand M. del Puerto

South America has incredible biodiversity and a capacity to supply food for humans. Meat from farmed indigenous species is a practical approach to ensure the use and sustainability of the animal biodiversity.
The indigenous meat-producing species discussed in an article in the October 2014 issue of Animal Frontiers are the most promising animals to produce new and innovative food for Latin America and the world.

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Australia’s red kangaroo: Macropus rufus (source: Megan Willis).

Promoting kangaroo as a sustainable option for meat production in Australia

By N. B. Spiegel and P. C. Wynn

In Australia, the consumption of kangaroo (macropod; Macropodoidea) by the general population is still uncommon, even though the animal has long been utilized as a bush food by the Aboriginal people.

As kangaroo meat is sourced from native wildlife, conservation of the species is important in developing sustainable meat harvesting. Landholders, conservationists, and commercial meat producers need to work together to achieve this goal. Read more »


ASAS Board: There is no scientific basis for Starbucks to stop using conventional milk

Written by: ASAS Board of Directors

Official Statement from the American Society of Animal Science Board of Directors

The U.S. milk supply is safe, wholesome and nutritious. That remains true nearly two decades after the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) crops in 1996. Furthermore, it has been repeatedly shown that feed crops of biotech origin do not compromise the health, well-being and ability of food-producing animals to contribute to a safe, plentiful food supply. Read more »