Ag groups testify on importance of Japanese market
In recent days, both the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) each held their own meetings on the potential impact of a trade pact with Japan. Those in agriculture highlighted how there could be great potential within a deal.

Japan is a lucrative market for many in agriculture, especially as market share is at risk because competitors will be benefitting from the soon-to-be implemented Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as well as the European Union-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement for dairy producers.

Merck to acquire privately held Antellig Group
Merck and privately held Antelliq Group announced Dec. 14 that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire Antelliq for approximately 2.1 billion euros ($2.37 billion). Antelliq will be a wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health division.

Antelliq is a leader in digital animal identification, traceability and monitoring solutions, the fastest-growing part of the animal health industry, with 360 million euros in sales in the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2018.

Feeding baby calves in winter a chilly proposition
During the short days and long nights of winter, big changes can happen quickly for baby calves.

"Calves are more susceptible to cold stress than older animals due to their low body fat reserves and larger surface area-to-body mass ratio, which causes them to lose body heat more rapidly," Skip Olson, technical services veterinarian for Milk Products, explained.
Bayer Animal Health, PTT to tackle calf diarrhea 
Bayer Animal Health GmbH and ParaTheraTech Inc. (PTT) have signed a global license agreement to advance new cryptosporidiosis treatment options for farm animals. As part of the license agreement, Bayer will develop and commercialize novel compounds based on knowledge and intellectual property licensed by PTT from the University of Washington, the Dec. 12 announcement said. Further terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

"Cryptosporidiosis is considered one of the biggest unsolved parasite problems in dairy cattle. The license agreement with PTT will enable us to support farmers and veterinarians in tackling this health and well-being concern: early-life diarrhea caused by cryptosporidium," said Dr. Douglas Hutchens, Bayer Animal Health head of drug discovery, external innovation and chief veterinary officer.

ADSA News and Happenings
H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
While ADSA does not lobby, it does join in coalition letters and activities supporting animal agriculture research and funding. During recent months ADSA has been included on several letters related to the Farm Bill and in particular animal and animal research related issues in the bill. The letters are posted in the Advocacy section of the ADSA website. The final bill is 807-pages. Assuming enactment of H.R. 2, total spending under CBO's baseline for agriculture and nutrition programs will be $428 billion over the 2019-2023 period and $867 billion over the 2019-2028 period.
The Senate and House both passed the farm bill that was delivered to them by the conference committee and have sent it to the President, who is expected to sign the bill. The House, who was very sharply divided during the debate on their version of the bill, passed the conference report with a strong bipartisan vote of 369-47. The Senate had earlier passed the bill by a similarly strong vote of 87-13.
Leading up to final action, ADSA joined coalition letters urging timely passage of the Farm Bill in addition to other specific provisions of the bill. While the timeliness may be questioned, the bill was completed and currently awaits the President's signature. Research was not a highly visible or controversial area of the bill, but the final version maintains the structure and funding for research and includes several items that ADSA had urged support for:
  • It maintains the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) that was first established as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, and authorizes $185 million in funding. Under their operating guidelines FFAR is charged with leveraging those funds with equal or greater matching non-federal dollars.
  • The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative was maintained and specifically includes animals.
  • The "International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program" was included with authorized annual funding of $5 million for each fiscal year from 2019 to 2023. The program supports fellowships to US Citizens building capacity for school-based agricultural education and youth extension programs in developing countries.
  • It includes a new initiative to combat animal diseases (including a livestock vaccine bank),
A couple other items of interest:
  • The bill also scrapped a decades-old provision that only allowed 1890 land-grant to carry over a small chunk (20 percent) of their extension funding if it wasn't used in a calendar year. It now applies to all land-grants.
  • The bill includes money for three new "centers of excellence" on HBCU campuses with specific focuses like food security. It takes a step toward forcing states to match federal funding for historically black land-grant universities.
Now the work will begin of implementing the bill, but first Congress will need to pass a budget thar will make the needed funding available. The current continuing resolution that funds USDA expires on December 21, so action is needed quickly.

ADSA Members - It's Time to Renew
ADSA asks "Did You Know" we are your "Voice for Science"?
ADSA is committed to being the "Voice of Science" for the dairy industry. Through ADSA's relationship with the FASS, science policy team we provide a powerful and influential voice, advocating for the animal sciences and animal agriculture. Through FASS we:
  • Are represented in Washington DC as well as at other events and meetings throughout the country by the FASS Science Policy Coordinator Dr. Ken Olson. Monthly Updates are provided to ADSA and all FASS animal science clients.
  • We advocated for animal agriculture research in the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • Participate in research priority setting meetings including USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) stakeholder sessions to provide input on priorities for animal research.
  • Serve on the Board and Research Outreach Committee of the National Coalition for Agricultural Research and as a member of the Animal Agriculture Coalition, helping to assure that animal research priorities have a strong voice in budget and 2018 Farm Bill discussions.
ADSA and FASS, working through formal and informal coalitions, share information with legislators, regulators, funders and the public about the value of agricultural research and the need for funding to support that work. Copies of recent coalition letters are available on our website for information and use by members and the public.
Our ADSA Spokesperson program works to ensure that consumers, policy makers and producers have accurate science based information available to make decisions. Members receive training. are available and do respond to questions from print, electronic, broadcast and social media, They also coordinate in responding to misinformation being shared through any of these venues. Regular contact with trade publications enhances coverage of research by ADSA members and introduces it to producers and processors. Our collaboration with Elsevier to produce and distribute press releases on JDS articles of high consumer interest expands dissemination of our reach beyond the science and agricultural communities to the business community and the general public. All of these activities serve to raise the visibility of ADSA and dairy science.
Thank you for being a member of ADSA! If you are not yet a member, now is a great time to join and begin gaining the benefits of membership. Remember ADSA Professional dues are only $110 per year. They have not increased since 2000 and are the lowest professional dues of all animal science societies. Click here to join.  

2019 ADSA Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
The abstract submission site for the 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting 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. There is no abstract submission fee.
Again in 2019-Platform Sessions . In a platform session, an invited speaker leads off a themed or topical oral session with a 30- or 45-minute talk, which is then followed by submitted abstract talks. This oral session type can result in higher levels of engagement of oral session submitters/presenters, while disseminating the most current research. Platform sessions provide a third oral session option, somewhere between a symposium and a general oral session. When submitting your abstract(s), be sure to look for platform sessions that may incorporate your research.
The deadline for abstract submission is February 20, 2019, at 11:59 pm (CST).
The 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting website is updated frequently with the latest meeting information, so bookmark the site and visit often. Housing will open soon and meeting registration will be available in early February 2019.
Just a few reminders : The 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting scientific program will feature 1,200 oral and poster presentations from around the globe. Make sure yours is included, as 1,800 scientists from 50 countries meet in Cincinnati. Benefit from symposia, workshops, and preconference events presented by the world's leading animal and dairy scientists. Topics include dairy food science, dairy production, animal health and well-being, animal and human nutrition, food safety, and production and management. As always, the success of the ADSA Annual Meeting begins with the quality of the science presented-we look forward to your contributions to this global gathering of animal and dairy scientists.
Need ARPAS CEUs? The ADSA Annual Meeting has been approved for up to 21 ARPAS continuing education units (CEUs)
Make your plans now to join us for the most comprehensive dairy science meeting in the world and encourage others to join you there. Registration will open in February. As an added benefit, all attendees will receive 90 days of complementary access to S-PAC. Visit the meeting website for more information and updates.
Thank you and we hope to see you in Cincinnati!
Support Dairy Science for the Future
We know that many of our members are able to cite specific ways in which their membership in ADSA® has helped advance their careers and better their lives. We hope that is true of each of our more established members. We also know that many of our readers want to assure that we have well trained dairy scientists and professionals for the future. We are writing to invite you to help make that the case for the generations of dairy scientists to come.
Please decide to support the ADSA Foundation 2019 Annual Fund Campaign. The campaign is designed to accomplish the following:
  • Support undergraduate and graduate student participation in our meetings (SAD and GSD activities at the ADSA Annual Meeting and across the year, plus travel awards to help grad students attend ADSA DiscoverSM Conferences);
  • Fund the ADSA Foundation Scholar Awards in Dairy Production and Dairy Foods and The Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award; and
  • Ensure the capacity of the Foundation to act in accordance with its mission as opportunities arise.
We are asking all professional and corporate members as well as other individuals to please take a moment now to contribute to one or more of our eight funds. Simply decide to donate (no amount is too small) and then click here to go to the ADSA donations page, where you can contribute with your personal or company credit card. Otherwise, you can contribute by check using the printable PDF form on the same page. A receipt for your tax records will be provided for either payment method.
Please help us help others realize the career and life-changing benefits of membership in our more-than-one-century-old society, built on the success of members like you!
LDHM is now available by the Section
The Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd ed.) book can now be purchased by the section. The ADSA® Foundation made this change to allow purchase of portions of the book for dairy science classes and for professionals with a particular focus.
You can preview the Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd ed. e-book) at: :  
This peer-reviewed book was developed to help meet the growing information needs of dairy farmers, service professionals, and students worldwide. It brings dairy science and management information to users in an accessible, easy-to-use format. The full e-book includes 97 chapters in 15 sections; the individual sections listed below can now be purchased in lieu of the full book at rates for ADSA members ($15/section) and nonmembers ($20/section).
  • Building Sustainability and Capacity
  • Large Herd Systems
  • Facilities and Environment
  • Milk Markets and Marketing
  • Genetic Selection Programs and Breeding Strategies
  • Calves and Replacements
  • Reproduction and Reproductive Management
  • Nutrition and Nutritional Management
  • Lactation and Milking Systems
  • Mastitis and Milk Quality
  • Animal and Herd Welfare
  • Herd Health
  • Business, Economic Analysis, and Decision-Making
  • Effectively Managing Farm Employees
  • Precision Management Technologies 
36th ADSA Discover Conference on Lipids in Dairy Nutrition
- Plan Now to Attend

Plan now to attend the 36th ADSA Discover Conference, Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat, scheduled May 28-31, 2019. This conference will build upon the successes of fatty acid Discover Conferences from the last decade, serving as an update and comprehensive review and discussion of fatty acids in the current decade. The program will draw on current data and identify both gaps in knowledge and opportunities to apply the current information.
36th ADSA DISCOVER Conferenceon Food Animal Agriculture:
Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat

May 28-31, 2019, Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois
(near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport)
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association®
Conference topics include:
  • Feed Lipid Supply
  • Managing Fatty Acid in the Rumen
  • Fatty Acid Digestibility
  • Biological Effects of Fatty Acids
  • Milk Fat: Processing and Product Quality
Domestic and international members of the research and academic community, leading consultants and extension specialists, industry leaders involved in supplying fat supplements to the dairy industry, and members of governmental and regulatory agencies are encouraged to participate in this interactive program. Graduate students and early career professionals are especially encouraged to attend.
Early Registration Deadline: April 30, 2019
Note: registration is limited to the first 150 registrants.
Registration fees increase by $100 after April 30.
To view complete conference information or to register:
For additional program details:
Kevin Harvatine, The Pennsylvania State University,
Thomas Jenkins, Clemson University,
Larry R. Miller, ADSA Discover Conferences,
Molly Kelley, ADSA Discover Conferences,
ARPAS has assigned 18 CEU's, based on contact hours and content, for ARPAS members in attendance at the 36th Discover Conference
Click here to view the Conference Program
An added bonus for attendees is that all will receive 90 days of complementary access to S-PAC, the largest on-line collection of conference proceedings with over 630 proceedings now available to subscribers. Registration and meeting details for DC36 are available by clicking here.
While you are making plans please include the 37th ADSA Discover Conference  - Natural Bioactives in Dairy Production: Science, Functions and the Future. The conference will take place October 28 - 31, 2019 at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL Click here for more information.
ADSA® on Linked In continues to Grow - Are you included?
Our ADSA Linked In group now includes 1,636 members from around the world, are you one of them? It's a great place to get information about ADSA and industry activities as well as to network with other dairy professionals from around the world. Check it out here.
While on "Linked In" check out the ADSA Graduate Student Division (GSD) as well. You can find their page at

Calendar of Events

Jan 14-15, 2019 Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, Boise, ID for more information click here

Jan 23, 2019  Improving Your Audit Outcomes Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

Jan 28-Apr 24, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, visit

Feb 5, 2019 Foster Our Future - cultivate. discover. grow.- A Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) event with ADSA as one of the sponsors. Click here for more information

Feb 6-8, 2019 Southwest Nutrition Conference *, Chandler, AZ, For more information click here

Feb 12-13, 2019 Dairy Science and Sanitation, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

Feb 19-20, 2019 Food Defense, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

Feb 26-27, 2019 Artisan Food Safety Planning, Plattsburgh, NY, For more information visit

Feb 26-28, 2019 Western Dairy Management Conference, Peppermill Resort And Casino, Reno, NV, For more information click here

Feb 26-28, 2019 ADPI 21st Dairy Ingredients Symposium, Hilton Beachfront Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA   For registration and more information click here

March 5-7, 2019 Food Packaging Short Course, Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA, For more information click here

March 12-13, 2019 Intro to Artisanal Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

April 9-11, 2019 Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) Annual Conference: "Joining forces. Reaching higher", Madison Marriott West, Middleton, WI, For more information click here

April 15-17, 2019 Congress on Gastrointestinal Function', Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, For more information click here

April 16 - 18, 2019 Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference*, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN, Click here for additional details

April 23-25, 2019 HTST/UHT Pasteurizer School, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

May 4-Jul 27, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, visit

May 28-31, 2019 36th ADSA Discover Conference* - Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat, Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL. Registration and other meeting details are available by clicking here.

June 18-20, 2019  2nd International Conference on Precision Dairy Farming, Rochester, MN For more information visit

June 12-13, 2019 4 State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, The Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. Click here for conference information

June 18-29, 2019  2nd International Conference on Precision Dairy Farming, Rochester, MN. For more information, visit

June 23-26, 2019 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, Click here for additional details

Sep 6-Nov 29, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, visit

Oct 24-30, 2019 USAHA 123rd Annual Meeting*, Rhode Island Convention Center - Providence, RI, Click here for more details

Oct 28-31, 2019 37th ADSA Discover Conference - Natural Bioactives in Dairy Production: Science, Functions and the Future, Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL Click here for more information.

Nov. 5-6, 2019 Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Hershey, PA., Click here for more information

Nov. 11-12, 2020. Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Hershey, PA., Click here for more information
*An S-PAC Partner Conference

If your organization's conference isn't among the ever growing list that contribute proceedings and presentations to S-PAC®, ask your conference organizer to contact Ken Olson for more information about the benefits of participation.

If you would like to have an event included in the "Dates to Note," please contact Ken Olson.
Thanks to our Corporate Sustaining Members
                                 We appreciate your ongoing support of ADSA and the  Journal of Dairy Science ®.

Ag Processing Inc.
Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Dairy Nutrition Plus
Darling Ingredients Inc.
Diamond V
DuPont Pioneer
Elanco Animal Health
Global Agri-Trade Corporation
Grande Cheese Company
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Masters Choice
Nutriad, Inc.
Papillon Agricultural Company
Quali Tech, Inc.
Renaissance Nutrition Inc.
Zook Nutrition & Management Inc.
ADSA Membership Benefits                                  
Did you know that your ADSA Professional Membership, which is the least expensive of all national animal-related professional societies, includes all of the following benefits with no additional fees, charges or suggested donations?

*        Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science®
*        ADSA Annual Meeting registration at reduced member rates
*        Discover Conference registration at reduced member rates
*      Large Dairy Herd Management 3rd edition e-book at reduced member rates
*        S-PAC: Free access to ADSA Annual Meeting, past JAM and ADSA divisional abstracts
*        S-PAC subscription at reduced member rates
*      A strong voice of advocacy for the animal sciences, animal agriculture and research
*        Access to ADSA's large and growing recorded symposia library       
*        ADSA News (semi-annual association newsletter)
*        ADSA Dair e-news (ADSA weekly industry newsletter)
*        Access to member directory
*        Peer recognition through ADSA, Foundation and Sponsored Award Program
*        Discounted page charges in Journal of Dairy Science®
*        Broad author recognition through ADSA/Elsevier press release program
*        Linked In and You Tube sites for ADSA
*        Quality networking with academic, government and industry professionals
*        Travel awards for all graduate students attending Discover Conferences
*        Opportunity to serve peers via committee and officer positions
For more information on your benefits, please visit:
To join now and gain these member benefits, visit:

American Dairy Science Association
1800 South Oak St., Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820