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2nd Joint ASAS-AAPA meeting begins today

The 2nd Joint Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the Argentina Association of Animal Production (Asociación Argentina de Producción Animal i.e., AAPA) convened Monday, October 20, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more


Southern Section award nominations now being accepted

Nominations for the 2015 Southern Section Meeting are now being accepted.

There are numerous Southern Section members who deserve to be recognized for their contribution 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


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


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

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ASAS tours Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires at night

A delegate of ASAS representatives took in the sights of Buenos Aires, Argentina during a guided tour on Sunday, Oct. 19. Buenos Aires, which means “good air,” has a population of 3 million people. It is the capitol and largest city in Argentina. Read more »

National Geographic

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 »


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 »


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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