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Advocates for Science sought
We appreciate the people who replied to last week's invitation from the FASS Science Policy Committee (SPC) to join in our advocacy for science. Just a reminder the SPC is 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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If are interested in becoming a member of the SPC and an advocate for agricultural research please send a current CV and letter of interest to
World dairy groups against EU's marekt-distorting practices
As the European Union is poised to begin government-financed intervention purchases of skim milk powder (SMP) and butter, dairy farmers and processors in key dairy-producing countries around the world are calling on the EU to avoid the market-distorting practices that have significantly harmed them and the broader global dairy market in the past.
U.S. foodservice revenues to decline 25%, rebound by 2024
Although full-service restaurants have slowly been losing share of restaurant spending to less expensive and more convenient fast food and fast casual restaurants, they still made up the largest share of revenues from eating and drinking places in 2019, according to Food Carryout & Delivery, a recently published report market research firm Packaged Facts.
USDA finalizes biotech rule revisions
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its final rule to modernize agricultural biotechnology regulations, marking the first comprehensive revision of the regulations since they were established in 1987. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible & Efficient (SECURE) rule modernizes the agency's oversight of traditional and new plant breeding methods such as gene editing and acknowledges that regulations should be commensurate with risk.
ADSA Partner Webinar: Dairy Cattle Welfare Council
ADSA is pleased to share webinars delivered through our partner, the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council. Please register for both sessions. These one-hour educational sessions are available free of charge, but you must register in advance.
Session I - Dairy Welfare Student Showcase
Date & Time:
May 27 at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT
Topics Include: "Disbudding affects social behavior and use of a shelter in group-housed dairy calves"; "Feeding behavior and consumption in milk-fed dairy calves: from birth onwards"; "Dairy worker perspectives on performing euthanasia as an essential component of their job"
Session II - Dairy Welfare Student Showcase
Date & Time:
June 3 at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT
Topics Include: "Dairy cattle preference for different types of outdoor access"; "Stocking density impacts group-housed cows' ability to seek isolation before calving"; "Timely euthanasia of dairy cattle: exploring the producer perspective"
Genomic selection in dairy cows creates opportunities not possible with traditional selection
June issue of the
Journal of Dairy Science® highlights rapid acceleration of genetic progress
Philadelphia, May 18, 2020 -
Genomic selection has become a critical tool for the dairy industry around the world since genomic evaluations were first implemented in the United States and Canada in 2009. The 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting featured the Joint ADSA/Interbull Breeding and Genetics Symposia titled "Ten Years of Genomic Selection" and "Data Pipelines for Implementation of Genomic Evaluation of Novel Traits." Because of genomic selection's importance to dairy science, the
Journal of Dairy Science invited the speakers to submit articles and share information from these symposia with a wider audience.
"The rapid uptake of genomic selection has had a dramatic effect on the dairy industry," guest editor Filippo Miglior, PhD, of the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock at the University of Guelph, said. "These two symposia were developed to provide a comprehensive overview of the last 10 years of genomic selection and how genomics has provided the opportunity to develop new data pipelines for novel traits now under selection worldwide."
The symposium "Ten Years of Genomic Selection" started by reviewing progress from the development of the cattle reference genome to modern 50k SNP chips for implementation of genomic evaluation and selection. Once applied only to males for prediction of progeny performance, genomic selection is now widely used to predict future performance of cows and embryos.
Although genomic selection has allowed for rapid acceleration of genetic progress, it has also resulted in a rapid accumulation of homozygosity in the dairy cattle population. Better understanding is needed to ensure that genetic progress is achieved while maintaining genetic variance. The final presenter discussed the development of single-step genomic evaluations and possible reasons for biases in single-step evaluations.
The symposium "Data Pipelines for Implementation of Genomic Evaluation of Novel Traits" highlighted initiatives to pool data across countries or organizations to exploit the potential of accurate genomic evaluation for novel and expensive traits. It started by examining relationships between feed efficiency traits and how those traits should be incorporated into selection indices, followed by discussion of genomic selection in three countries.
A data pipeline was developed for the collection of hoof health data across Canada, which led to the creation and implementation of a single-step genomic evaluation for multiple hoof health traits. In the United States, health evaluations are now included in net merit selection indices so producers can predict which animals will be most resistant to common diseases. Genomic selection has allowed Australia to focus on traits that reduce the environmental impact of the dairy industry and improve the adaptability of dairy cows to climate change.
"Over the last 10 years, dairy scientists have waded through the brave new world of genomics, and resulting discoveries have brought about tremendous gains in the genetic selection and improvement of dairy cattle," editor in chief Paul Kononoff, PhD, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said. "The genetic progress is chronicled in this collection of papers, which describe the never-before-seen application and pairing of traditional bench-top science and quantitative data analysis. The Journal of Dairy Science is honored to publish these papers and excited to see how they spur continued scientific discovery,"
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 2003 forward, with more added each year);
- Access to searchable Joint Annual Meeting abstracts for 1998 to 2016, ADSA Annual Meeting abstracts from 1935 to 1997 and from 2017 forward (with more added each year), as well as ADSA divisional meeting abstracts;
- The opportunity to subscribe to S-PAC® (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) at the ADSA member rate.
- Large Dairy Herd Management, 3rd Edition at the member rate
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.
Conference Topics include::
* Inflammation and Immune Function
* Management and Feeding
* Monitoring and Analysis
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
NASEM 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.
Conference Topics Include:
- Feed Intake, Fats, Carbohydrates and Energy
- Proteins and Amino Acids
- Minerals, Vitamins and Water
- Dry Cows, Calves and Replacement Heifers
- Application of the New Requirements
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 1,709 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 26 ,2020 at 12:00-2:00 PM EDT 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, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT Session 1 - Dairy Welfare Student Showcase. Register here.
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 3, 2020 at 5 PM EDT Session 2 - Dairy Welfare Student Showcase.
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.
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 & 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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