Fitness tracker for cows to help farmers
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and agricultural technology start-up Ceres Tag have created a new type of "fitness tracker" to help farmers keep track of where their livestock are and what they are doing.

The new technology, which takes the form of a smart ear tag, produces similar data to those delivered by consumer smart watches, CSIRO said.

Using the device, farmers can track where their herds graze, if an animal has escaped or has been stolen and even unusual movements that could indicate that an animal is giving birth or is sick, CSIRO said.

Dairy Farmers of America opens reimagined cheese store
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national cooperative owned by family farmers, recently opened the doors of its newly reimagined retail store, full-service café and interactive experience, The Creamery, in Beaver, Utah.

"Whether it is travelers passing by on Interstate 15 looking for an inviting place to stretch their legs, families looking for a unique dining experience to create memories or customers seeking its famous squeaky cheese, The Creamery becomes a must-stop attraction for those of all ages," DFA said.

The 11,250 sq. ft. store, located midway between Las Vegas, Nev., and Salt Lake City, Utah, along Interstate 15, is more than four times the size of the original store it replaces and features expanded retail space, greater product selection and an interactive, educational experience about dairy. The store's interior combines modern, clean lines with rustic touches for a welcoming and natural feel.

Heat stress has lasting effects on dairy cows
If lactating dairy cattle get too hot, they don't produce as much milk, and that can add up to economic losses of more than $1 billion a year in the U.S. alone, according to University of Florida researchers.

This loss easily can double if dry cows - those in late pregnancy that are not lactating - suffer from heat stress. That stress causes cows to produce less milk during their next lactation and also affects the growing fetus, said Jimena Laporta, an assistant professor of animal sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

The a2 Milk Co. reports rising demand in U.S. 
The a2 Milk Co. announced Nov. 19, at its annual meeting in Melbourne, Australia, an increase in year-over-year global sales and outlined its growth efforts in the U.S.

The increased sales helped fuel a 40.5% rise in total combined fiscal 2018 revenue for company. The a2 Milk Co. posted a 58.5% gain in operating earnings before income, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in its results for the first four months. In addition, the company reported that, in the U.S., it is continuing to build strong brand awareness with a 50% increase in distribution since the end of June 2018. To date, the company has 9,000 stores in the U.S., and sales velocities in both new and existing accounts continues.

ADSA News and Happenings
John Roy Campbell (1933-2018)
We are sad to share the news of the recent passing of past ADSA President John Roy Campbell, PhD, DSC, DLitt on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Columbia, MO. He was Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Dean Emeritus, University of Illinois and President Emeritus, Oklahoma State University. He served in many ADSA leadership roles throughout his career. Among his ADSA roles and awards were:
  • Outstanding Advisor, Student Affiliate Division, ADSA; 1964, 1967, 1975
  • Award of Honor, American Dairy Science Association, 1987
  • Selected as Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association, 1997
  • President (1980-81) and Life Member, American Dairy Science Association
He was deeply involved in founding the Student Affiliate Division and also served three years as ADSA Treasurer and five years as ADSA Historian. Click here for his obituary.
The ADSA Annual Meeting - One of many 'Benefits of Membership'
ADSA members from around the world attend the ADSA Annual Meeting at a discounted member registration rate . The Annual Meeting is the most comprehensive global dairy science meeting in the world, with dozens of countries represented! The 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the associated program committees have developed an exciting program that includes approximately 30 symposia and workshops. Sessions will include internationally known speakers, keynote session speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and other formats, as well as traditional poster and oral presentations. The outstanding planning by these committees ensures that this will be a value-packed meeting. There will also be many business and social meetings of supporting organizations, and invaluable networking opportunities. Participate once and you will know why several members have not missed a single meeting in decades!
If you haven't renewed your ADSA membership yet, why not do it now so that your will continue to receive the registration discount for the ADSA annual meeting, electronic access to the JDS and all your other member benefits throughout the coming year. Just click on the link to renew today. If you are not already a member we hope that you find the many ADSA benefits of interest. Now is a great time to join and take advantage of all these benefits. One added reminder, our dues are the lowest and provide the greatest value of any similar professional society.
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. Click here to join. .
NEW IN 2019!
  • An extended meeting: ADSA 2019 has been extended to a full day on Wednesday, with no increase in the registration rate. Be sure to plan your stay through Wednesday, including events on Wednesday night.
  • A Professional and Graduate Student First Timers Orientation and Reception. Relax, meet other first-time attendees, and get the scoop on how to get the most from the meeting from those in the know!
  • By-discipline lunch tables in the Exhibit Hall to help you connect with those with a common research focus.
  • An improved native meeting app (iPhone and Android)
  • Audience microphones in the largest session rooms to improve the quality of all-important discussion.
  • All registered attendees at the meeting receive 90 days of complementary access to S-PAC as an additional meeting benefit.
Need ARPAS CEUs? The ADSA Annual Meeting has been approved for up to 21 ARPAS continuing education units (CEUs)
Here is what some of the 2018 Annual Meeting attendees had to say about the meeting:
"If you want to know what is coming down the road in dairy science, this is the place to be. The meeting is a great networking opportunity and an excellent mechanism to maintain and strengthen professional ties with dairy colleagues. This is a 'must do' for any dairy professional."
"As a graduate student, it was really exciting to see the great research going on around the world. It really does open your eyes to the amazing possibilities of dairy science."
"Most of my collaborations, and even job opportunities, have started in the ADSA meeting. I appreciate the community, updates, and interaction at this meeting."
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. Visit the meeting website for more information and updates.
Thank you and we hope to see you in Cincinnati!  
LDHM is now available by 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 
Make plans to join us for the 36th DISCOVER Conference
It is wise to plan ahead, so mark your calendars now the 36th ADSA Discover Conference - Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat that will be held May 28-31, 2019 at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL.

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 conference will draw on current data and identify both gaps in knowledge and opportunities to apply the current information. 

Tentative Topics/Themes include
  * Feed Lipid Supply
  * Managing Fatty Acid in the Rumen
  * Fatty Acid Digestibility
  * Biological Effects of Fatty Acids
  * Milk Fat: Processing and Product Quality    

Who Should Attend? 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.

Registration and meeting details are available at

ADSA® on Linked In continues to Grow - Are you included?
Our ADSA Linked In group now includes 1,633 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
Dec 3-4, 2018   Food Safety Plan Development, Location TBD, Click here for Registration

Dec 4-6, 2018    Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for Human Food, Cornell University, Click here for Registration
Dec 5-7, 2018    Ice Cream, Babcock Hall, UW-Madison, For more information visit
Dec 6, 2018   ADPI Webinar - Dairy Oligosaccharides - Types, Amounts and Market Potential. For more information, click here.

Dec 11-12, 2018     Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for Animal Food, Cornell University, Click here for Registration
Dec 11-13, 2018  Making Consistent, Quality Cheese with Membrane Concentrated Milk, Babcock Hall, UW-Madison. For more information, visit
Jan 14-15, 2019   Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, Boise, ID. For more information, click here.

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

Feb 6-8, 2019      Southwest Nutrition Conference *, Chandler, AZ, For more information click here
Feb 5, 2019  Foster Our Future - Cultivate, Discover, Grow - A Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) event with ADSA as one of the sponsors. Click here for more information.

Feb 26-28, 2019   Western Dairy Management Conference, Peppermill Resort and Casino, Reno, Nev. 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.

April 9-11, 2019   Dairy Calf & Heifer Assn. (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
May 4-July 27, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
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 12-13, 2019   4 State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, The Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. Click here for conference information.

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

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

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, 2019  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