September 22, 2014

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Dairy consumption linked to lower blood pressure risk

New research by international scientists suggests that milk consumption and dairy may play a beneficial role in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and complications from high blood pressure.

During the "Milk & Dairy Products in Human Health" session at the Euro Fed Lipid Congress on Sept. 15 in Montpellier, France, Dr. Sabita S. Soedamah-Muthu from Wageningen University in the Netherlands presented results of studies examining the association between milk consumption and risk for hypertension and CVD.

Soedamah-Muthu explained that, based on nine studies with 57,256 individuals and 15,367 cases of hypertension, the analysis revealed that as consumption of total dairy, low-fat dairy and milk (just more than two cups per day) increased, the risk for high blood pressure decreased. Milk intake was not statistically significantly associated with risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and total mortality.

"These meta-analyses indicate that there is a link between increasing the number of glasses of milk a day and a lower incidence of hypertension," Soedamah-Muthu said.

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FDA seeks to revise four FSMA rules 

The Food & Drug Administration announced Sept. 19 that it is recommending changes to four rules proposed in 2013 to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food and Foreign Supplier Verification Program.

FDA said it is proposing new ways to make the original proposals more flexible, practical and targeted. The changes are based on the input received during an unprecedented level of outreach to stakeholders and valuable input received from farmers and others directly affected by the rules, with thousands of comments submitted electronically during the comment period.

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Elanco Animal Health, Dow announce strategic R&D agreement

Two Indiana agricultural companies, Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, are announcing a strategic research and development (R&D) agreement that will focus on developing integrated solutions to enable livestock producers to increase meat and milk production to meet the demands of the growing global population.

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), demand for meat, milk, and eggs will increase by more than 60% in the next few decades. The agreement leverages the strengths of Elanco's animal health business with the proprietary germplasm and feed technologies of Dow AgroSciences to develop innovative solutions that can increase the efficiency, quality, and productivity of livestock for ranchers and producers worldwide.

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Study solves bluetongue mystery

The bluetongue virus, which causes a serious disease that costs the cattle and sheep industries in the U.S. an estimated $125 million annually, manages to survive the winter by reproducing in the insect that transmits it, according to veterinary scientists at the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis).

The findings solve a century-old mystery and are particularly significant as global climate change brings more moderate winter temperatures around the world. The new study appears Sept. 12 in the journal PLOS ONE.

"By conducting this epidemiological study on a commercial dairy farm in northern California, we were able to demonstrate that the virus overwinters in female midges that had fed on an infected animal during the previous season," said lead author Christie Mayo, a veterinarian and postdoctoral researcher in the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

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ADSA and Related Happenings


President Obama Signs Executive Order on Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

On September 18th, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.  The administration has been increasing it focus on antimicrobial resistance and ways to address the issue.  The order directs key federal agencies to take action to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and establishes a Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Task Force), which will be co-chaired by the Secretaries of Defense, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services.

The Executive Order articulates a number of actions for the Task Force including the development procedures for creating and integrating surveillance systems and laboratory networks to provide timely, high-quality data in healthcare and agricultural settings, including detailed genomic data to adequately track resistant bacteria across diverse settings.  The Task Force will also describe steps that departments and agencies should take to encourage the development of new and next-generation antibiotics, diagnostics, and alternatives to traditional antibiotics.  Of particular note for animal agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration is directed to continue taking steps to eliminate agricultural use of medically important antibiotics for growth-promotion purposes.

The Task Force is also charged with developing an action plan to implement the order as well as the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria which was also released on September 18th.  The National Strategy outlines the following five goals:

1.  Slow the emergence and prevent the spread of resistant bacteria.

2.  Strengthen National efforts to identify and report cases of antibiotic resistance.

3.  Advance the development and use of rapid diagnostic tests for the identification and characterization of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

4.  Accelerate basic and applied research and development for new antibiotics as well as other therapeutics and vaccines.

5.  Improve international collaboration, capacities for antibiotic-resistance prevention, surveillance, control, and antibiotic research and development.

In addition, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recently released a related report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance which can be found by click here.  The PCAST report focuses on the following three areas of addressing the rise in antibiotic resistance:

1.  Improved surveillance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to enable effective response, stop outbreaks, and limit the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms.

2.  Increased longevity of current and new antibiotics, by promoting appropriate use, preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and scaling up proven interventions to decrease the rate at which microbes develop resistance.

3.  Increased rates of discovery and development of new antibiotics.

By February 15, 2015, the Task Force will submit a 5-year National Action Plan to the President that outlines specific actions to be taken to implement the Strategy. The Task Force is also required to submit an update to the President within 180 days of the signing of the Executive Order describing the progress towards implementing the action plan and strategy.

World Dairy Expo

Will you be at World Dairy Expo?  If you are, be sure to stop by the ADSA booth.  It is in the lower level of the Coliseum at  AL 178.  If you have some time available, why not volunteer to help out at the booth.  Contact Cara Tharp for details.

ADSA® on Linked In continues to grow

Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow.  We now have 1,050 members from around the world, are you one of them? It's a great place to network with other dairy professionals from around the world.  Check it out here.

Dates to Note:

Sept. 23-25, 2014  -   Cultured Dairy Products Short Course, Food Science Building,University Park, Pennsylvania, for more information visit

Sept 30-Oct 4, 2014  -  World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI.  For more information click here

Oct. 6-8, 2014   -   11th International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, Aarhus, Denmark. For more information click here.


Oct 6-9, 2014  -  28th Discover Conference on Food Animal Agriculture - Starch for Ruminants, Northern Illinois University Conference Center, Naperville, IL, for more information click here


Oct. 8-9, 2014  -  Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference*, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information click here


Oct.14-16, 2014  -   High Temperature Short Time(HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Click here for the Course Syllabus. For more information contact Steve Murphy 607-255-2893 or Janene Lucia 607-255-2892

Oct 16-22, 2014   -  U.S. Animal Health Association 118th Annual Meeting*, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center. For more information click here


Oct. 18-25, 2014   -  American Dairy Goat Association Annual Meeting & Convention, DoubleTree by Hilton, Portland, Maine. For more info, call 828-286-3801 or click here.

Oct 21-23, 2014   -  Cornell Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers *, for more information click here

Oct 21-23, 2014  -  Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Food Science Building, University Park, PA, for registration and more information click here

Oct 21-23, 2014 - Advanced Chieese Making Workshop, Cornell University Campus. For registration and more information, click here.


Oct 27, 2014   -   Vat Pasteurization Workshop, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information and registration click here

Oct 28-29, 2014   -  Basic Cheese Making Workshop, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information and registration
click here

Oct. 29-30, 2014 - CA ARPAS CEC - "A year in the life: Part 2. Reproduction and Lacation," Harris Ranch Inn, Coalinga, CA. For more information and registration, click here.

Nov. 4, 2014  -
  Artisan/Farmstead Food Safety Workshop, Kansas City, MO,Innovation Center for US Dairy, hosted by Midwest Dairy Association and Dairy Practices Council For more information and registration visit:  and scroll down to the event.

Nov 10-13, 2014   -  The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course, Penn State University, Food Science Building, University Park, PA, for registration and more information click here

Nov. 12-13, 2014   -  Pennsylvania Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Holiday Inn, Grantville, PA, For more information, click here.

Nov 12-14, 2014 - The Dairyland Initiative Workshop - Stoney Creek Inn, La Crosse, WI.
 - Nov 12: Improving Calf Barn Air Quality through Positive Pressure Tube Systems and Barn Design
 - Nov 13: Positive Pressure Tube Design for Ventilation & Heat Abatement of Milking Center Holding Areas
 - Nov 14: Planning New & Remodeling Existing Housing for Dairy Cows
For more information, check the online brochure, for online registration click here.

Nov, 13-14, 2014   -  DCRC (Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council) Annual Meeting. Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, UT. For more information click here. 

Dec. 8-9, 2014  The Last Food Mile Conference, Philadelphia, PA. For more information, click here.


Jan. 4-10, 2015 - Ice Cream Short Course, The Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA, For more information visit


Jan. 24-25, 2015 - Ice Cream 101: Introduction to Frozen Dessert, Food Science Building, University Park, PA.  For more information visit


Mar 23-26, 2015    NIAA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN For more information click here


Mar 23-27, 2015 - 6th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference of the CVA and the 27th Congress of the Veterinary Association of Malaysia, The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. for registration and more informaiton click here.

Mar 30-Apr 1, 2015   2015 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Annual Meeting*, Madison, WI For more information
click here.


Mar 30 - Apr 3, 2015    From Waste to Worth: Advancing Sustainability in Animal Agriculture- Seattle, WA. For more information  click here.


April 20-22, 2015    Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Grand Wayne Center, Ft. Wayne, IN. For more information, click here.

May 26-29, 2015 - 29th Discover Conference - "Amino Acid Requirements of Dairy Cattle," Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, IL. For more information, click here.

July 12-16, 2015    2015 ADSA- ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)*, Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL. For more information
click here


June 20-24, 2016  13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis*, Nantes, France, For 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 for their ongoing support of ADSA and the Journal of Dairy Science®.

Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition

Adisseo North America


Akey, Inc.

Elanco Animal Health

Pfizer Animal Health

Varied Industries Corp.

SoyPLUS / SoyChlor

Diamond V Mills Inc

Kent Feeds

Grande Cheese Co.

Danisco USA Inc

Land O'Lakes Inc

Kraft Foods

GEA Farm Technologies (Westfalia/Surge)

Prince Agri Products

Novus International

BioZyme Inc.

Ag Processing Inc.

Darling International Research

Performance Products, Inc.

MIN-AD, Inc.

Quali Tech

Zook Nutrition & Management

Swedish Univ. of Agri. Sciences


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