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Advocates for Science sought
The FASS Science Policy Committee (SPC) is made up of animal scientists with expertise in multiple species and disciplines. It serves as a leading authority on food animal science research and application and as a respected source of rigorous, peer-reviewed science to policy makers worldwide. The FASS SPC advocates for science-based policy making, increased animal agriculture research funding, and highlights the value and importance of animal science and animal scientists in ensuring humane, sustainable, and safe animal food production to Congress, government agencies and the public.
We are currently looking for animal scientists with an interest in public policy to become volunteer members of the committee. We seek to assure that the members of the committee represent a diversity of species, disciplinary expertise, and food animal products/processing. The SPC meets and communicates primarily by conference call and e-mail. Committee appointments are for three years with an option to renew for a second term. You can learn more about the SPC and its work by visiting
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USDA announces $470m in food purchases
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced May 4 details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distribution to communities nationwide.
Blue Bell to plead guilty, pay $19m for listeria outbreak
Texas-based ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries has agreed to plead guilty to charges and pay millions in fines for shipping contaminated products linked to a 2015 listeriosis outbreak that hospitalized 10 people, three of which died. The company's former president was also charged in connection with a scheme to cover up the incident, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.
DOJ requiring divestitures for Dean Foods asset sales
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has concluded its investigation into proposed acquisitions by Dairy Farmers of America Inc. (DFA) and Prairie Farms Dairy Inc. (Prairie Farms) of fluid milk processing plants from Dean Foods Company (Dean) out of bankruptcy.
ADSA Elects New Vice President and Board Members
Champaign, IL (May 11, 2020) -
The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®),the international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry, recently elected new leaders for the organization's 2020-2021 term that begins in late June.
Dr. Paul Kindstedt of the University of Vermont was elected to the office of vice president for a one-year term. Dr. Rohit Kapoor of Dairy Management Inc. was elected Dairy Foods division director and Dr. Xin Zhao of McGill University was elected Production Division director. Both will serve three-year terms.
ADSA congratulates Drs Kindstedt, Kapoor, and Zhao, and thanks all of the candidates for their willingness to serve the association. ADSA also thanks the members who made their voices heard by voting in the election.
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Penn State, NAGP identify and reconstitute two lost Holstein lines
Research in the
Journal of Dairy Science® highlights effort to increase genetic diversity of dairy cattle
Champaign, IL (May 11, 2020) -
Artificial insemination (AI), breeding value estimation, and genomic selection have allowed substantial increases in milk and component yields for Holstein cows. However, their widespread use has also led to challenges including declining fertility, emergence of recessive genetic conditions, and a loss of genetic diversity-more than 99 percent of Holstein bulls born using AI in the last decade trace their male lineage to just two bulls born in the 1960s. In a recent
article, scientists from the Pennsylvania State University Department of Animal Science and the National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP) reported on efforts to reconstitute two lost male lineages.
"Introgression of genetic diversity from such lineages into modern Holsteins is a long-term prospect with no guarantee of success," Dr. Chad Dechow said. "Nevertheless, these lines demonstrate the possibility of using semen from the 1950s to reintroduce lost genetic variation." Because the Y chromosome is passed only through males, these reconstituted lines will allow expanded research into Y-chromosome variation and function.
Two lines were identified for reconstitution from semen samples in the NAGP repository. The Netherland Prince line shares no known common male ancestors with the two most common Holstein lines; the Colantha line does not share a common male ancestor after the 1890s. Six calves were born to the Colantha lineage, and nine calves were born to the Netherland Prince lineage at the Penn State Dairy Production Research and Teaching Facility. One generation of mating the lost lineage bulls to elite modern females was sufficient to update the lost lineages to near breed average for most traits.
|Netherland Prince from the Hosteen Herd Book Vol. 8_ 1885 Holstein Breeders Association of America_1885
The breadth of the US Holstein germplasm collection facilitated the introgression of the lost Y chromosomes. Only time will tell whether the collection will have the same utility for yet-unknown issues that emerge.
ADSA Midwest Branch Update
Recently, the ADSA Board of Directors, under recommendation from the ADSA Midwest Branch Board and members of the Midwest Branch, decided to discontinue participating in the Midwest Meeting. ADSA looks forward to serving its members in the Midwest Branch, and more details will be forthcoming as it evaluates options for in-person and virtual networking opportunities. ADSA and ASAS hope to collaborate in the future in other ways as a Midwest region, outside of a joint event. At this time, the joint board will not be operational, as the meeting is currently the only collaboration vehicle, and each society will now host its own respective Midwest elections. Please reach out to ADSA Executive Director, Catharine Perry,
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Once you are on the myDairy Career website:
- Click on "Recruiters" and enter your ADSA member username and password, or create a new account.
Edit "Your Profile" to include key company information.
Explore "Your Positions" to post your job openings (full-time, part-time, internships, etc.) and view any candidate matches for active positions.
View the "Search Candidates" tab to look at all student profiles or search by keywords. Recruiters can even set up email notifications to be alerted when a candidate profile matches your position.
- "Your Profile" information will help candidates find you, so please describe your company adequately.
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- Use the upcoming ADSA Annual Meeting as a great place to connect with potential job candidates.
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Fourth Edition Ag Guide open for Public Review
- LAST CALL FOR Comments is Friday, May 15
General instructions for comments
- Comments must be submitted online via the online submission site.
- Your name, email, and affiliation must accompany all comments for them to be considered.
- Comments should be constructive in nature.
- Comments and responses may be posted publicly.
Development of the 4th edition of the Ag Guide
This edition builds upon and replaces previous versions of the Ag Guide published in 1988, 1999, and 2010. The Ag Guide comprises subject-oriented chapters covering subjects that pertain to all the agricultural animal species (chapters 1 to 5) and species chapters, which fall under the purview of the respective association(s) dedicated to the species (chapters 6 to 13). Each association appointed a senior editor to steer the revision of their respective species chapters and to collaborate with the senior editors from the other associations to guide the revision of the subject-oriented chapters.
Species chapter committees were recruited from the membership of the respective professional associations devoted to the species; in addition, up to two individuals from each association were selected for each of the subject-oriented chapter committees, which thus comprised representatives from the three associations. The individuals recruited were scientists, veterinarians, or engineers with expertise in the species or subjects covered in their respective chapters. Each chapter committee selected a chairperson from its membership to coordinate revisions and interact with the senior editors.
The chapter committees searched the scientific literature to include new research published since the 3rd edition of the Ag Guide. The Ag Guide senior editors reviewed the chapters before accepting final drafts. The board of directors of each association approved final drafts of the general chapters as well as their respective species chapters. After these approvals, the chapters were compiled into the first draft of the 4th edition of the Ag Guide. Although all chapters have been updated, the extent of revision of any given chapter was determined by progress in the academic literature pertaining to subjects covered in the chapter.
The Ag Guide covers agricultural animal species having different phenotypes within species and that are housed in assorted management systems across widely varying climates. The content must be sufficiently broad to cover the diverse research and teaching institutions that use agricultural animals yet be clear enough to give unambiguous guidance to institutional animal care and use committees responsible for the care and use of animals in their respective institutions.
The societies would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to
review and comment on the 4th edition of the Ag Guide.
Please note, the Ag Guide is a joint publication of ADSA, ASAS, and PSA; as such, permissions must be obtained from these groups for use of any and all of the material currently presented in this draft. As this is a draft copy, it is being presented for public review, not use. Following the public comment period, the societies will make appropriate changes to the document and publish the final version using an open access, Creative Commons license to allow easy and appropriate use of the 4th edition of the Ag Guide.
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
2021 Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cows
June 1-4, 2021
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) anticipates the 2021 release the 8th revised edition of the "Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle", the world's most highly cited reference on dairy cattle feeding.
The 40th Discover Conference will focus on the scientific advancements in dairy cattle feeding used in revising the 2001 edition. NASEM subcommittee members will address the substantive changes in the nutrient requirements and the conceptual approaches used to make those changes. They will report on areas with significant knowledge gaps that still prevent more accurate prediction of the nutrient requirements. We will emphasize the interactive spirit of Discover conferences with structured small group discussions woven into the program, including focused discussions with the speakers. The program will bridge from the fundamental science to applied dairy cattle feeding.
Potential Conference Topics
- DM intake - Energy
- Carbohydrates - Fat
- Minerals and Vitamins - Protein and Amino Acids
- Transition Cows - Water and Feed Composition
- Growing Heifers - Calves
- Environmental Impacts - Model Use and Equations
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 has topped 1,700 and now includes 1,706 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.
IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION PLEASE CHECK DIRECTLY WITH CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS ON STATUS OF ANY CONFERENCE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING.
May 11-13, 2020 The 38th Discover Conference - Automation in the Dairy Industry Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itacsa, IL, Click here f
or registration and more information.
May 12-13, 2020 Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety, Ithaca, NY, Click here
DATE CHANGED - SEPT. 1-2, 2020
May 12-14, 2020 POSTPONED Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada (ANCC) "Exploring the links between animal nutrition and animal health", Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, For more information and registration
May 26 2020 Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada 2020 Webinar (1 of 6) - "Exploring the links between animal nutrition and animal health," for details and free registration visit www.animalnutritionconference.ca
May 27-28, 2020 The Science of Yogurt (Basic Level), Ithaca, NY, Click here F
or Registration .
DATE CHANGED - AUG. 11-12
May 28, 2020 - 12:00-2:00 PM EDT Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada 2020 Webinar (2 of 6) - "Exploring the links between animal nutrition and animal health," for details and free registration, visit www.animalnutritionconference.ca
June 2, 2020 - 12:00-2:00 PM EDT Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada 2020 Webinar (3 of 6) - "Exploring the links between animal nutrition and animal health," for details and free registration, visit www.animalnutritionconference.ca
June 4-7. 2020 POSTPONED The 9th International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine (ICCVM), Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour,
Click here for more information and registration
June 4, 2020 12:00-2 PM EDT Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada 2020 Webinar (4 of 6) - "Exploring the links between animal nutrition and animal health," for details and free registration, visit www.animalnutritionconference.ca
June 8-10, 2020 Food Microbiology Lab Practices, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration.
POSTPONED TO JUNE 2021.
June 9, 2020 12:00-2 PM EDT Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada 2020 Webinar (5 of 6) - "Exploring the links between animal nutrition and animal health," for details and free registration, visit www.animalnutritionconference.ca
June 10-11, 2020 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, The Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. Click here f
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WILL NOW BE A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
June 16-18, 2020 Preventive Controls for Human Food, East Aurora, NY, Click here F
NOW VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION
June 21-24, 2020 2020 ADSA® Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL, For registration and more information click here
CANCELED - NOW TO BE VIRTUAL
June 28-30, 2020 121st CCOA Annual Meeting, South Lake Tahoe, For more information visit www.ccoadairy.org
July 14-16, 2020 High Temperature Short Time Pasteurizer, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
July 20-23, 2020 Certified Milk Inspectors School, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
July 26 - 28, 2020 ADPI/ABI Joint Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Downtown, Chicago, IL. For complete event information and registration, click here (https://www.eventsquid.com/event/8724)
Aug 4-5, 2020 Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference, Embassy Suites DFW North-Outdoor World, Grapevine, TX. Click here for more information and registration.
Aug 11-12, 2020 The Science of Yogurt (Basic Level), Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Aug 17-18, 2020 Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Aug 19-20, 2020 Implementing SQF Systems, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Aug 21, 2020 SQF Quality Systems, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Aug 26-27, 2020 Dairy Science and Sanitation, Ithaca, NY. Click here for Registration.
Aug 31 - Sept 4, 2020 71st Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), Porto, Portugal, for registration and more information click here.
Sept 1-2, 2020 Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety, Ithaca, NY. Click here for Registraction.
Sept 1-3, 2020 Preventive Controls for Human Food, Brooklyn, NY, Click here for Registration
Sept 3-4, 2020 Leadership Skills for Success, Ithaca, NY. Click here for Registration.
Sept 15-17, 2020 Preventive Controls for Human Foods - Dairy Foods Processing, Penn State University, Room 252, Erickson Food Science Building, University Park, PA. For registration and more information click here.
Sept 22-24, 2020 Cultured Dairy Products Short Course, Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State University Park Campus, For information and registration visit : https://agsci.psu.edu/cultured-dairy
Sept 29-30, 2020 Membrane Filtration, Drying, and Evaporation, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Sept 29-Oct 3, 2020 World Dairy Expo, Alliant Energy Center - Madison, WI, For more information click here.
October 11 - 13, 2020 22nd Dairy Ingredients Technical Symposium, Hilton Beachfront Resort Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA. For more information, visit www.adpi.org
Oct 13-15, 2020 High Temperature Short Time Pasteurizer, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Oct 13-15, 2020 17th International Annual Symposium on Milk Science and Health University of California Davis, Davis CA. Click here for details
Oct 20, 2020 Vat Pasteurizer, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Oct 20 - 22, 2020 2020 Cornell Nutrition Conference*, Syracuse, NY, For more information click here
Oct 21-22, 2020 The Science of Cheese (Basic Level), Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Oct 26-29, 2020 39th ADSA Discover Conference -The Transition Period - From Physiology to Management, Eaglewood Resort & Spa, for registration and nore information click here
Oct 27-28, 2020 The Science of Cheese (Advanced Level), Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Oct 27-29, 2020 Pasteurizer Operations Workshop, Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State University, Click here for more information
Nov. 1-4, 2020 Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals, St. Louis, MO, Details to come
Nov 9-12, 2020 7:45 AM-3:00 PM The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course, Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building, PSU, University Park, PA. Click here for registration and more information.
Nov 10-11, 2020 Pathogen Environmental Monitoring, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
Nov. 11-12, 2020. Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Hershey, PA., Click here for more information
Dec 1-2, 2020 Introduction to Artisan Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts *NEW DATES*, Ithaca, NY. Click here for Registration
Dec 8-10, 2020 Preventive Controls for Human Food, Ithaca, NY, Click here for Registration
June 1-4, 2021 40th ADSA Discover Conference - 2021 Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cows, Eaglewood Resort & Spa. For Registration and more information, click here.
Aug 30 - Sept 3, 2021 72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). Davos, Switzerland, For registration and more information click here,
*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.
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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 & Food Production
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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