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JAM 2014 preview: Joint Growth & Development and Meat Science & Muscle Biology

Written by Jacquelyn Prestegaard

A powerful technology called proteomics helps researchers characterize the tens of thousands of proteins from a sample of cells, tissues or fluids. Its use helps scientists form new hypothesis and discoveries between protein expression and cellular processes.

JAM 2014 will host the Joint Growth & Development and Meat Science & Muscle Biology Symposium called, “Applications of proteomics in animal production.” It will cover innovative new studies of proteomic technology in livestock and poultry production. Read more

2014 JAM

Committee updates

Written by: Animal Science Staff

One of the best parts about getting ready for the meetings is reviewing society accomplishments over the last year. ASAS has a large number of committees that engage more than 400 individuals within our membership per year. Committee workloads vary from year to year. However, we have several standing committees that meet monthly – and wow their dedication and engagement show. See some highlights below. To hear from all of our major committees, members should attend the 2014 ASAS Business Meeting on July 23 at 9:30 am in room 2104A of the convention center. Read more


JAM 2014 preview: Ruminant nutrition symposium: microbial flora in the rumen

Written by: Jacquelyn Prestegaard

The rumen is the largest component of cattle’s digestive tract, playing host to a plethora of bacteria essential to feed digestion.  Ruminant Nutrition Symposium titled, “The Rumen Microbiome and Nutritional Health and Production,” will focus on how to use bacterial data for study of the rumen microbiome, impacts of microbes on health and production, and methods of decreasing methanogenesis in ruminants. The symposium will take place next week at the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting.

To kick off the symposium, Dr. Gregory Penner, assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan, will give a presentation about the symbiotic relationship between the ruminal microbiome and animal health. He will elaborate on methods used to better understand the relationship between microbial phyla and animal wellness. Read more

Sheep in Iowa.

There is no such thing as humane wool when it is left on the sheep: Why sheep shearing is absolutely necessary for sheep welfare

Written by: ASAS Board

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

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

As long as there are sheep, shearing must be practiced for the health and hygiene of each individual animal.
Unlike other animals, most sheep are unable to shed. If a sheep goes too long without being shorn, a number of problems occur.

  • The excess wool impedes the ability of sheep to regulate their body temperatures. This can cause sheep to become overheated and die.
  • Urine, feces and other materials become trapped in the wool, attracting flies, maggots and other pests. This causes irritation, infections and endangers the health of the animal.
  • Sheep with large amounts of wool can become immobilized by physical obstacles in their path and are more susceptible to predator attacks.

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Recent Articles


Goodband to receive Animal Management Award

Written by: Anne Zinn

Goodband_photoDr. Robert “Bob” Goodband, Professor of Animal Science at Kansas State University, will receive the Animal Management Award the ASAS National Awards Program on July 21.

Goodband is receiving this award for his excellence in research in production management. He is part of a progressive swine extension team that focuses on developing, evaluating and disseminating the latest research to increase the profitability of pork producers and has played an important role in developing an intensive applied research program that has conducted numerous on-farm trials in several states.

Along with his dedication to research, Goodband is a trusted advisor to many graduate and undergraduate students. Read more »


Calkins to receive Animal Industry Service Award

Written by: Anne Zinn

calkins_photoDr. Chris Calkins, Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska, will recieve the Animal Industry Service Award, at the ASAS National Awards Program on July 21.

Calkins receives this award for his dedication and contribution to the animal industry and his scholarly approach to meat science and muscle biochemistry. He aims to generate original ideas to address real world problems, and the American Meat Science Association has suggested that his research could be considered the most industry-accepted work performed by any member of their organization during the past 25 years.

Calkins received his BS in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and his MS from the University of Tennessee Food Technology & Science before moving on to complete his PhD in Meat Sciences at Texas A&M. Read more »


Texas A&M researcher to receive Morrison Award


Written By Laci Jones

Dr. Fuller Bazer will receive the American Society of Animal Science Morrison Award at the ASAS National Awards Program on July 21. Bazer, a professor at Texas A&M, studies reproductive biology.

Throughout his career, Bazer has published more than 390 peer-reviewed articles. These articles focused on the interactions between uterine environment and pregnancy in livestock. These discoveries changed animal management to increase conceptus survival and pregnancy.

Bazer has discovered a purple acid phosphatase called uteroferrin. Uteroferrin stimulates hematopoiesis, the formation of blood or blood cells. It is produced in response to progesterone that transers iron to the developing conceptus. Read more »


Jean-François Hocquette receives ASAS Animal Growth & Development Award

Written by Jacquelyn Prestegaard

hocquette_photoDr. Jean-François Hocquette is one of the many ASAS members who provide international insight to our organization. His progressive work in muscle biology has earned him the 2014 ASAS Animal Growth and Development Award.

The honor is given to an ASAS member who stimulates research excellence in animal growth and development. Hocquette will be recognized at the ASAS-ADSA Joint Annual Meeting in Kansas City on July 21st.

Hocquette is the Senior Scientist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA.) He graduated from the National Institute of Agronomy, Paris-Grignon as an Engineer in Agronomy.

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Jerry Shurson receives Feed Industry Award in Nonruminant Research

Written by Jacquelyn Prestegaard

SatoriPhotography-Gerald-WebCrop-6203The feed industry’s prosperity relies on collaboration from individuals at all levels. Dr. Gerald Shurson, animal science professor at the University of Minnesota, works closely with other industry professionals as a major part of his research.

Shurson is the winner of the ASAS American Feed Industry Association Award in Non-Ruminant Nutrition Research. The honor is given to an individual who stimulates research excellence in the nutrition of nonruminant animals. He will be recognized at the 2014 ASAS-ADSA Joint Annual Meeting in Kansas City on July 21st.

His involvement in animal science stemmed from growing up on a swine and dairy farm in southern Minnesota. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota he worked on the campus swine research and teaching facility. His advisor, Dr. Bob Meade, encouraged him to attend graduate school due to Shurson’s involvement with various feeding experiments. This led him to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. at Michigan State University in swine nutrition.

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