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IDF release dairy welfare report
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has released the 13th edition of its "IDF Animal Health Report," presenting animal welfare research from nine different countries and showcasing Sweden's significant experience in this area of research with numerous inspiring case studies.
Trump signs animal cruelty bill into law
On Monday night, President Donald Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty & Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 724) into law. The bill, led by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) and U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D., Fla.) and Vern Buchanan (R., Fla.), passed the House and Senate without dissent in recent weeks. The PACT Act establishes the first federal anti-cruelty law in American history.
University of Wisconsin department vote to become new unit
On Nov. 15, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's department of animal sciences and department of dairy science voted to combine into a new department within the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) to be called the department of animal and dairy sciences, according to an Nov. 25 announcement from the college.
Cottonseed supplies increasing for dairy rations
Dairy producers can expect to see a significant increase in whole cottonseed supplies this year, according to Cotton Inc., which pointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest "Crop Progress" report showing that cotton production is projected to reach 21.7 million bales, an 18% increase from last year.
ADSA Members - It's Time to Renew
For our International Readers- Have you considered e-Membership?
ADSA e-Membership is available through ADSA Global Partner organizations and to individuals who reside outside of the US and Canada. This electronic membership was designed for those who have an interest in dairy science, but may not have the time or budget to attend ADSA's meetings, or cost-justify full membership in ADSA due to a different area of specialization. The ADSA e-Membership rate is USD 55 (a 50% discount from ADSA professional membership dues), and runs for 365 days from date of sign-up. With their membership an ADSA e-Member receives:
- Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science®
- Access to a treasure trove of Annual Meeting symposia (synchronized recordings from the 2003-2015 Joint Annual Meeting and the 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting)
- Access to searchable ADSA annual meeting abstracts from 2017-19 and 1935-1997, with more added each year, plus Joint Annual Meeting abstracts for 1998-2016, as well as ADSA divisional meeting abstracts;
- The opportunity to purchase the Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd ed., e-book) at the ADSA member rate.
- The opportunity to subscribe to S-PAC® (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) at the ADSA member rate. See more about S-PAC below.
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 renew or join.
S-PAC Grows Again
S-PAC, the most comprehensive collection of domestic and international animal production and management conference proceedings in the world has grown again. Interpretive Summaries of the 37TH DISCOVER CONFERENCE were recently added to S-PAC. This unique, completely user searchable collection of conference proceedings and presentations is a must-have resource for animal scientists, veterinarians, academicians, consultants and members of industry around the world. It is a great teaching resource as well since it includes current real-world application of science. It currently includes 660 sets of proceedings from 61 conferences. The value of S-PAC increases every time a conference and a set of proceedings is added. If one can't attend the multitude of conferences that S-PAC covers, S-PAC is the next best thing to being there! Not sure yet, then try S-PAC risk free with our "5 days for $5 offer." Visit
http://spac.adsa.org for details. Remember the ADSA member price, a 50% reduction from the regular price, is one of our many member benefits.
ADSA and FASS Join Coalition Support of America Grows Act
ADSA and FASS joined about 100 other organizations concerned about the future of food and agricultural science, in a coalition letter to U.S. House leadership expressing support for the
America Grows Act
(H.R.4714), a bill introduced by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) that would significantly increase our nation's investment in agricultural research and development. The America Grows Act will reinvest federal dollars in our nation's scientists and producers and help reassert U.S. research leadership on the global stage. Modeled after the successful 21st Century Cures Act passed in 2016, which spurred additional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the America Grows Act authorizes a five percent inflation-adjusted annual increase for the next five years for agricultural research in the following USDA agencies:
* National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
* Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
* Economic Research Service (ERS)
* National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
ADSA and FASS previously joined in support of the America Grows Act (S.2458), an identical bill that was introduced in the Senate in September by Senator Durbin (IL). House and Senate members are encouraged to join as co-sponsors of both bills. Copies of the letters are available in the
Advocacy section of the ADSA site.
Thanks to the hard work of the ADSA members who submitted proposals, the program committee chairs, and the chairs of the special and invited symposia and workshops, the Overall Program Committee is pleased to present the
2020 Annual Meeting symposia and workshop schedule. Please note that the schedule is still subject to change.
Continuing in 2020, we are extending the meeting through Wednesday evening!
We have some top-notch sessions planned through the end of Wednesday, so please plan now to stay for Wednesday afternoon sessions and other additional Wednesday programming!
2020 ADSA Annual Meeting program page has been updated to include the starting lineup of symposia and workshops for each day, along with descriptions of each. Additional information, such as speakers and talk titles, is being finalized. We will update this page regularly with additions and confirmed speakers, so please check back often.
This meeting is packed with dairy science from Sunday through Wednesday, and we hope you can be there for all of it!
We have several amazing hotels selected in West Palm Beach. The housing site for you to book your reservations will open in December 2019, and registration will open in early February 2020. Abstract submissions are being accepted
online now. If you want to host an event in West Palm Beach, please let us know by using the online form.
We look forward to your participation in the most comprehensive global dairy science meeting in the world, June 21 through 24, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Please be sure to visit the
2020 Annual Meeting website for updates and help spread the word about this landmark meeting.
Here's your opportunity to nominate one of your colleagues for an ADSA award! Others, including the nominee, are able to assist you in assembling the nomination materials.
If you nominated someone last year and you wish to re-nominate them, you may log in to your account and easily resubmit the information with any necessary modifications.
Communication with nominators and nominees will be via email. Accurate email addresses are necessary. Nominators will be notified by email after initial verification of the nominee is completed in January 2020 so that the biographical and supporting materials (part 2 of the process) can be submitted by the second deadline of February 17, 2020.
If you need any assistance, please contact Morgan Montgomery (phone: 217-356-5146, ext. 156; email:
Thank you for your continued support of the ADSA awards program.
Would you like to help the animal and dairy science community and attend the 2020 ADSA Annual Meeting for free?
Referrals are the most tried-and-true way businesses grow, and the same is true for FASS. Do you know a colleague working with an animal science group that is in need of high-quality, cost-effective support services? Help them out by referring them to Jeremy Holzner, FASS Executive Director at
Help them benefit from the shared resource concept and the 270+ years of collective experience the FASS staff have in working with non-profit animal science organizations. If your referral becomes a FASS customer prior to June 1, 2020, ADSA will comp your registration to the
2020 ADSA Annual Meeting that will be held June 21 to 24, 2020 in West Palm Beach, FL. It's win-win-win. For more information about services offered by FASS, click here.
Automation in the Dairy Industry
Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itacsa, IL
May 11-13, 2020
The 38th Discover Conference will have an abbreviated format from Monday noon to Wednesday noon. The program will bring together researchers, industry partners, producers, and government to discuss current and future technologies and best management practices for success.
Conference Topics Under Consideration
* Overview of Automation on Dairy Farms
* Robotic / Automated Milking
* Automated Feeding Systems
* The Future of Automation
Click here to register. The cost of registration postmarked by April 11, 2020 is $375 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $425 for non-members. This includes all sessions and most meals. After April 11, the registration fee will be $475 member/$525 non-member. Registration will be accepted on an availability basis.
The Transition Period
- From Physiology to Management
October 26-29, 2020
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
39th ADSA Discover Conference will focus on scientific advancements made in the last 10 years and feature discussion of unanswered questions and controversies about the transition period. Small group discussions will be woven into the program, including focused discussions with the speakers. The program will bridge from the fundamental science to its application.
Potential Conference Topics include:
- Metabolism of cows in the transition period
- Feed intake regulation; energy balance
- Nutritional strategies including methyl donor supplementation
- Calcium metabolism and nutrition; assessing and preventing hypocalcemia
- Feeding fresh cows
- Applying animal behavior science to transition period management and grouping
- Impacts and mitigation of heat stress
- Understanding and regulating periparturient immune function and inflammation
- Monitoring systems and technologies
Registration postmarked by September 28, 2020 is $375 for ADSAARPAS members and $425 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After September 28, the registration fee will be $475 member/$525 non-member. Registration will be accepted on an availability basis. Your registration includes 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC). For details visit
LDHM is available by the Section
The Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd ed.) book can now be purchased either as a complete book or 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.
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
ADSA® on Linked In continues to Grow - Are you included?
Our ADSA Linked In group now includes 1,666 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.
Jan 13-14, 2019 2020 Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, The Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho. Click here for more information.
Jan 28-31,2020 59th NMC Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. For registration and more information, visit http://bit.ly/NMC2020farmtour
Mar 10-13, 2020 The 38th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, Cambridge Hotel, Red Deer, Alberta. For registration and more information,
Mar 11 - 12, 2020 2020 NE Dairy Producers Conference, Syracuse*, NY, For more information click here
Mar 17-19, 2020 22nd Dairy Ingredients Technical Symposium, Hilton Beachfront Resort Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA. For more information, visit www.adpi.org
Apr 6 - 7, 2020 2020 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference*, Syracuse, NY, For more information click here
Apr 7-9, 2020 DCHA Annual Conference, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI, For more information click here.
May 11-13, 2020 The 38th Discover Conference - Automation in the Dairy Industry, Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itacsa, IL. Click here for registration and more information.
June 4-7, 2020 The 9th International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine (ICCVM), Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour, click here for more information and registration.
June 10-11, 2020 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, The Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. Click here for more information.
June 16-17, 2020 Buttermakers Short Course, CDR-UW Madison. For more information, visit https://www.cdr.wisc.edu/shortcourses/buttermakers_19
June 28-30, 2020 121st CCOA Annual Meeting, South Lake Tahoe. For more information, visit www.ccoadairy.org
Aug 31-Sept 4, 2020 71st Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), Porto, Portugal. For registration and more information,
Sept 29-Oct 2, 2020 World Dairy Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI, For more information,
Oct 20 - 22, 2020 2020 Cornell Nutrition Conference*, Syracuse, NY, For more information click here
Oct 26-29, 2020 39th ADSA Discover Conference - The Transition Period - From Physiology to Management, Eaglewood Resort & Spa. For registration and more information, click here.
Nov 1-4, 2020 Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals, St. Louis, MO, Details to come.
Nov. 11-12, 2020. Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Hershey, PA., Click here for more information
Aug 30-Sept 3, 2021 72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). Davos, Switzerland. For registration and 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.
Global Agri-Trade Corporation
Grande Cheese Company
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
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
(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
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