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“2,000 Bull Project” targets cattle traits

Written by: Sandra Avant, ARS News Service

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are investigating methods to help beef cattle producers further improve genetic evaluations for routinely measured traits such as growth and calving ease. They are also targeting economically important traits like feed efficiency and disease resistance that are expensive or difficult to measure. In 2007, scientists started the “2,000 Bull Project” at the ARS Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska, to study relationships between genomic variation and economically important traits in 16 breeds. Read more

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A glimpse of early hay management

Written by: Harold Hafs

Through the years, there have been dramatic advances in the methods that farmers use to harvest and preserve hay. These advances offer an excellent example of the applied research contributions of land grant universities and their cooperation with industry. The images below, located in the Animal Science Image Gallery (ASIG), illustrate how hay was harvested and stored until the mid-twentieth century. As you view them, think of how much forage harvesting has changed and how this has impacted both hay quality and animal nutrition. Read more

Call for 2015 Midwestern Section abstracts

MidwestLogo_sqrMembers are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers for oral or poster presentation at the ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch 2015 Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit an abstract for this meeting is November 5, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Read more


Innovate registration and housing deadlines extended

Innovate 2014 co-hosts ASAS and AMSA have extended the housing and registration deadlines for “Innovate 2014: Global Food Security: Innovations in Protein Production to Meet the Global Demands of 2050,” October 5-7, 2014, at Maddens on Gull Lake, in Brainerd, MN.

  • Register today to take advantage of these savings.
  • Book your room while special meeting attendee pricing is still available.

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Obituary of Dr. Edward Hauser, 98

HauserProfessor Edward R. Hauser, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and past member of ASAS, died on September 8, 2014, in Fitchburg, WI. Hauser was 98. Read more »


IIAD seeking applications from graduate students

IIADThe Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) is now welcoming applications from students pursuing graduate degree work involving transboundary, zoonotic and/or emerging disease research for the IIAD Graduate Level Career Development Program. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

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Capture, treat and reuse: Considerations for feedlot water conservation

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Water is the most essential nutrient to any livestock operation. It is also the most precious due to extensive droughts and declining groundwater availability.

This highly valued nutrient was the subject of a symposium at the Joint Annual Meeting held in Kansas City in July. During the symposium, Dr. Kenneth D. Casey, Associate Professor of Air Quality Engineering at Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo, gave a beef perspective on “Water usage at cattle feedlots and the potential for water conservation.”

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Innovate 2014 preview and welcome

A message from Dr. Greg Lardy, ASAS Past President:

Welcome current registrants and potential attendees to Innovate 2014, to be held October 5-7 at Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN.

“Innovate 2014: Global Food Security: Innovations in Protein Production to Meet the Global Demands of 2050″ was designed by the American Society of Animal Science and the American Meat Science Association to allow scientists, industry personnel, policy makers, and others to attend an intimate program with ample networking opportunities and unique presentations which capture the broad issues around global food security and animal protein production. Read more »


You don’t want to miss these speakers

An impressive line up of speakers will share the stage at Innovate 2014. The program focuses on “Global Food Security: Innovations in Protein Production to Meet the Global Demands of 2050.” Here is a sampling of some of this year’s speakers and topics:

Dr. Ellen Dierenfeld: “Availability of feed/forage resources for livestock: Reducing the Yield Gap in Animal Production Worldwide.”

Dr. Brad Morgan: “Reduction of post harvest losses – meats perspective.”

Dr. Robert Paarlberg: Finding the Balance – management of economy, environment, nutrition, etc.

Ms. Joyce Turk: “Funding the role of livestock in undeveloped countries.”

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam: “Adapting Animal Feedstuffs to Meet Global Demand.”

For more information about all of the Innovate 2014 speakers, see the Innovate 2014 program.