March 2, 2015

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Agencies partner on foodborne illness attribution 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have developed an improved method for analyzing outbreak data to determine which foods are responsible for illness related to four major foodborne bacteria: Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria, and Campylobacter.


Estimating the number of illnesses associated with specific food sources is called foodborne illness source attribution. Determining the sources of foodborne illness is an important part of identifying opportunities to improve food safety.


A new report, titled "Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Estimates for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157 (E. coli O157), Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), and Campylobacter using Outbreak Surveillance Data," was produced by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC). A partnership of the three agencies, IFSAC focuses on foodborne illness source attribution.


The report briefly summarizes IFSAC's methods and results, including estimated attribution percentages for the four pathogens named in its title. CDC estimates that, together, these four pathogens cause 1.9 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States each year.

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U.S. meat markets struggling
A myriad of factors are joining forces to create significant challenges for beef, pork and poultry markets so far in 2015, wrote Derrel Peel, Livestock Marketing Specialist, in the weekly Oklahoma State University Cow-Calf newsletter.


These include supply and demand factors, domestic and international factors, and short and long term factors.  Many of the factors are affecting all meat markets while others are specific to individual meats.


International demand for U.S. meat is being dampened by the strong dollar, which makes U.S. product more expensive in global markets.  This is particularly challenging for beef, which is already high relatively to other meats due to limited supplies.  In the case of pork, falling  U.S. prices due to increased production are offset to some extent in international markets by the strong dollar.  Meat exports are being further disrupted by the backlog at west coast ports.  The inability to move perishable product out of the ports has resulted in reduced export demand and diversion of meat back into domestic markets. Cold storage holdings of red meat and poultry were up significantly in January, partly as a result of the port slowdown.  Settlement of the labor dispute this past week will improve conditions but it will take several weeks for port operations to return to normal.  Simultaneous to reduced export flow of meat, a series of severe winter storms has crippled population centers in the eastern U.S. disrupting normal meat shipments and reducing meat demand domestically.

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Global food trade a tangle web
Worldwide, agriculture has the important job of growing sufficient safe, nutritious food, and global trade plays an essential role in ensuring that the food reaches everyone.


While the global trade value of food commodities is often measured in economic terms, a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) conducted a more all-inclusive evaluation of the drivers and implications of trade by comparing nutritional value and resource consumption, in addition to the conventional methods.


"Trade is usually described in terms of the value or weight of the goods being exchanged, but these don't necessarily capture other important aspects of food production and distribution," said study lead Graham MacDonald, a postdoctoral research scholar with IonE's Global Landscapes Initiative. "Accounting for food's nutritional value and the land and water resources needed to produce exports offers a more holistic view of how trade affects global food security and the environment. Our study uniquely juxtaposes these perspectives."


The study, "Rethinking Agricultural Trade Relationships in an Era of Globalization," which was recently published in the journal BioScience, suggests that future trade policy needs to consider more than monetary value.

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FDA releases biannual progress report on judicious use


The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Feb. 26 its second progress report on its strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals.


In December 2013, the agency took a significant step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance by publishing Guidance #213 (GFI #213), which calls on animal drug sponsors of approved medically important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove from their product labels indications for use related to growth promotion, and bring the remaining therapeutic uses of these products under the oversight of a veterinarian by December 2016.


In March 2014, 283 applications were identified as being affected by GFI #213. Since that time, 11 new generic and combination approvals were added to the list of affected applications; by law, the agency has no basis for refusing to approve these applications as long as they meet regulatory standards for approval.


Some affected drug sponsors have already started implementing the recommended changes to their affected antimicrobial products: three applications have been converted from over-the-counter to prescription dispensing status; production indications have been withdrawn from one application, and 32 affected applications have been completely withdrawn, FDA reported.

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ADSA and Related Happenings


FASS Responds to Animal Care Concerns

Champaign, Illinois - February 23, 2015 - In response to recent concerns raised about the care of farm animals in research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (US MARC), the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on February 19, 2015. In this letter, FASS expressed its support for the use of resources, such as the FASS "Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching" (FASS Ag Guide), in promoting proper farm animal care in research using the latest scientific information. As leading experts in animal science, FASS and the members of its founding societies take seriously the responsibility to provide assistance at the top levels of government regarding animal research.

With the recently voiced public concerns over animal safety and welfare, some have called for legislative changes to expand the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to include farm animals used in agricultural research at USDA and possibly other sites. Because the FASS Ag Guide provides current, science-based guidelines specifically relevant to farm animal care in research, it is the most applicable resource for scientists conducting research with farm animals. FASS does not believe an expansion of the AWA would improve animal care. FASS encourages the use of the Ag Guide, in tandem with peer review, to ensure responsible treatment of animals at research facilities.

Since 1988, FASS (then the Federation of American Societies of Food Animal Sciences, FASFAS, the predecessor to FASS) has published the FASS Ag Guide; in the years since, it has become the primary document used for governing farm animal research in the United States and abroad. The FASS Ag Guide is used by many institutions, including USDA inspectors and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, because of its detailed, science-based, and species-specific recommendations.

Since its inception, the stated mission of FASS has been to "strengthen the common interests and collective good of member societies through a unified science-based voice that supports animal agriculture, animal products, and food systems globally through effective and efficient management services." To achieve this, FASS has consistently sought to foster the shared goals of its founding societies and assist policy makers in areas of animal science. With this in mind, FASS and its members stand ready to provide support to USDA and other government agencies regarding the best way forward for safety and welfare in animal research.

For more information or to learn more about FASS, please visit


National Animal Nutrition Program Hosts Washington D.C. Summit:
Defining Animal Nutrition Research Priorities for a Healthy Society

LEXINGTON, KY - The National Animal Nutrition Program, a National Research Support Project, is hosting a Spring Summit at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. entitled "Defining Animal Nutrition Research Priorities for a Healthy Society". The March 25th, 2015 event was designed to bring together expertise from a wide range of disciplines to exchange information that will help identify strengths and gaps in animal nutrition knowledge that may provide promising contributions to optimal human, animal, environmental, and economic health. The program is intended to strengthen the interface among scientists, research program managers, practitioners, and policy makers for an informed, scholarly discussion of the future role of animal nutrition in improving societal health.

The day will be comprised of a keynote address by Dr. Cathie Woteki (USDA), three morning talks on the relevance of animal nutrition research to human and animal health, four afternoon talks on the role of animal nutrition research in environmental and economic health, and a capstone address by Dr. Carlos Saviani (WWF). Panel and group roundtable discussions will be held both in the morning and afternoon sessions. The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided for registered attendants.

Due to space limitations, registration spots are limited and by invitation only. Registration invitations are distributed by the National Animal Nutrition Program. To solicit an invitation, please contact Summit Organizing Committee member Robin White at or (509)-701-9290.

FASS Congressional Science Fellowship 2015-2016

FASS is pleased to announce the 2015 FASS Congressional Science Fellowship invitation for applications, with an extended application submission deadline of March 20, 2015. The purpose of the fellowship is to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in government, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to provide a unique learning experience for the recipient.

A Ph.D. degree in an area of animal sciences is required. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Proof of applicants' legal right to work in the United States may be requested prior to being hired.

Who would be a likely candidate? This experience is valuable to a junior member of ADSA, ASAS, or PSA with relevant career objectives and interests. Perhaps an established faculty member would want to combine this program with a sabbatical leave to gain experience in public policy issues and governmental processes. An administrator in the land-grant system or an industry organization might find this sort of opportunity rewarding and useful.

The fellow selected will spend one year working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or of a Congressional committee, advising on a wide range of scientific issues as they pertain to public policy. The program includes an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations and a yearlong seminar program on issues involving science and public policy.

The position will begin September 1, 2015, and will continue through August 31, 2016. FASS requires attendance at the AAAS orientation session in late August 2015. For further information and application materials, see or email

Application deadline is March 20, 2015. We invite all interested scientists to apply


JAM 2015 Updates and Reminders

The abstract submission site for JAM 2015 is open and looking for your abstracts, but the deadline is TUESDAY MARCH 3, do get them in! The success of JAM begins with the quality of the science presented-we look forward to your contributions to this global gathering of animal and dairy scientists. To submit your abstract visit Submission instructions, quality standards, answers to frequently asked questions, and student competition guidelines are available on the page. Remember the deadline for abstract submission is March 3, 2015, at 11:59 pm (Central Time).

Have you made your plans to attend?  Be sure you are among the 3,500 scientists from 50 countries who will meet in Orlando. The JAM 2015 scientific program will feature 2,200 oral and poster presentations as well as symposia, workshops, and pre-conference events presented by the world's leading animal and dairy scientists. Topics include animal health and well-being, dairy food science, dairy production, animal and human nutrition, livestock transport, food safety, and production and management. A full list of Symposia and workshops with information about each of theme is available by clicking here. Visit the JAM website often ( for the latest meeting information. The JAM housing page is now open also: simply click on the Hotel Information tab on the JAM website to make your reservation online. We will see you there.

S-PAC Update

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It's Not too Late to Renew (or Join)

While January has passed, you can still renew your ADSA membership.  Items above highlight two of the many of the benefits of membership: S-PAC and member discounts for the annual meeting. All of the benefits are in addition to receiving our top rated Journal of Dairy Science.  Be sure that you continue to receive your benefits throughout the year by renewing 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 member benefits and joining. In order to serve our members, and potential members more efficiently, we are continuing to offer online dues renewal.

If you prefer to renew with a printed form, a PDF can be downloaded.


Are You Part of ADSA® on Linked In

Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We currently have 1,247 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.


Would you like to help the animal and dairy science community and attend JAM 2015 for free?

Referrals are the most tried-and-true way businesses grow, and the same is true for the Federation of Animal Science Societies (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 Jamie Ritter, FASS
Executive Director at .

Help them benefit from the shared resource concept and the 264 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 July 1, 2015, ADSA will comp your registration to the 2015 JAM. It's win-win-win. For more information about services offered by FASS, click here.

ADSA is a founding member of FASS.


Dates to Note:


Mar 2-3, 2015   NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Association, Double-Tree Hotel, Syracuse, NY For more information contact Janene Lucia 607-255-2893

Mar 3-5, 2015  Western Dairy Management Conference, John Ascuaga's Nugget, Reno, NV. For more information,
click here.

Mar 10-13, 2015   The 33rd Western Canadian Dairy Seminar. Sheraton Red Deer, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. For more information, click here.

Mar. 17-20, 2015   27th Annual Cheese Short Course 1, Cal Poly Dairy Products Technology Center, San Luis Obispo, CA. For more information, click here.

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, Malaysia. For registration and more information
click here,

Mar 23-27, 2015    Cheese Tech Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information
click here.

Mar 23-27, 2015    Tharp & Young Ice Cream Course, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY For more information contact   Deanna Simons 607-254-4882 or
Janene Lucia 607-255-2892

Mar 24, 2015  12 pm Central. Proper Dry-Off Procedures to Prevent New Infections and Cure Existing Cases of Mastitis with Dr. Stephen Nickerson, University of Georgia. For more information, click here.

Mar 24, 2015  National Animal Nutrition Program Spring Summit: Defining Animal Nutrition Research Priorities for a Healthy Society, National Press Club, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Robin White at or (509)701-9290.

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.


Apr 7-9, 2015   Membrane Filtration, Evaporation & Drying Technology Short Course, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Tristan Zuber  607-227-7398 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098

Ap 13-15, 2015   Congress on Gastrointestinal Function, Gleacher Center, Chicago. For more information, click here.

Apr 14-16, 2015  High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information, contact Steve Murphy 607-255-2893 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098.

Apr 19-24, 2015  6th Annual Hands-On Workshop in eBeam Irradiation Technologies, National Center for Electronic Beam Research (NCEBR), 400 Discovery Dr., College Station, TX 77843. For more information, click here.

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


Apr 26-30, 2015    World of Cheese, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here

May 5, 2015   Cleaning and Sanitation, UW Madison,
1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI
Download a copy of the brochure and register for the short course

May 6, 2015   HACCP, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information
click here 

May 8-10, 2015   4th International Symposium on Dairy Cow Nutrition and Milk Quality, Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China. For more information, click here

May 10, 2015   2015 Preger Gmete and Embryo Molecular Embryology Laboratory Training Course, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. For more information and registration, click here.

May 12-13, 2015    Applied Dairy Chemistry, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI
Download a copy of the brochure and register for the short course

May 19-21, 2015    Basic Dairy Science & Sanitation Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact
Kim Bukowski 607-254-3313 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098

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


June 2-4, 2015    Cheese Grading Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here

June 9-11, 2015    Science of Yogurt & Fermented Dairy Products Workshop (Basic), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY  14853 For more information contact
Tristan Zuber 607-227-7398 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098

June 10-11, 2015   4-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. For more information contact Jim Salfer at 

June 15-18, 2015  17th International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (WAVLD), Saskatoon, Sask. For more information, click here.

June 16-18, 2015    Advanced Science of Yogurt & Fermented Dairy Products Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information contact
Tristan Zuber  607-254-3313 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098

June 24-25, 2015  2015 Precision Dairy Conference and Expo, Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN. For more information contact Marcia Endres, PHD, 612-624-5391 or For more information, click here.

July 1-3, 2015  The XVII International Silage Conference, Piracicaba, Brazil. For more information, click here.

July 9-12, 2015   2015 Interbull Annual Meeting, Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. For more information, click here or here.

July 11-18, 2015  ADGA National Show, Deschutes County Expo Center, Redmond, OR. For more information contact American Dairy Goat Association, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160; 828-286-3801 or or

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

July 20-23, 2015  Certified Milk Inspector's School in Association with NY State Agriculture & Markets, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information contact
Janene Lucia 607-255-2892 or Steve Murphy 607-255-2893

Aug 4-5, 2015  Milk Pasteurization, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI

Download a copy of the brochure and register for the short course

Aug 18-20, 2015   HACCP for Dairy Operations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY for more information. Steve Murphy 607-255-2893 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098.

Aug. 20-21, 2015   Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference, Embassy Suites, DFW, Grapevine, TX. For more information, click here

Sept 6-8, 2015    NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Association .Annual Fall Meeting, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lake Placid, NY, for more information contact
Janene Lucia  607-255-2892

Sept 8-9, 2015    Cultured Dairy Products Short Course UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information
click here

Sept 15-17, 2015   
Fluid Milk Processing for Quality& Safety, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Steve Murphy607-255-2893 or Janene Lucia607-255-2892

Sept 16-17, 2015   The 76th Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN. For more information, click here

Sept 21-24, 2015    
NYS Association for Food Protection Annual Conference/FDA NE Regional Update, Syracuse, NY, For more information contact Janene Lucia  607-255-2892

Sept 22-24, 2015    Master Artisan Short Course Series, UW Madison,  For more information
click here

Sept 29-Oct. 3, 2015   World Dairy Expo "Dairy in our DNA", Madison, WI. For more information, click here.

Oct 12-16, 2015    Cheese Tech Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here

Oct 13-15, 2015   High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact
Steve Murphy 607-255-2893 or  Janene Lucia  607-255-2892

Oct 14-18, 2015   ADGA Annual Convention, The Riverside Hotel, Boise, ID. For more information contact American Dairy Goat Assn. PO Box 865, Spindale NC 28160, 828-286-3801 or or


Oct 20-21, 2015   Dairy Ingredient Applications, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here

Oct 22-28, 2015  119th IUSAHA-AAVLD Annual Meeting, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. For more information, click here.

Oct 26, 2015  Vat Pasteurization Workshop in Association with NYS Agriculture & Markets, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact  Rob Ralyea 607-255-7643 or  Janene Lucia 607-255-2892

Oct 27-28, 2015    Basic Cheese Making Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact
Rob Ralyea 607-255-7643 or Janene Lucia607-255-2892

Nov 2-5, 2015   30th Discover Conference. Creating an enduring US dairy production sector, Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, IL. For more information, click here

Nov 5-7, 2015    Cheese Grading Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information
click here

Nov 9-11, 2015  Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals*, Kansas City, Mo. For more information, click here.

Nov 11-12, 2015 PA Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop. For more information, click here.

Nov 12-13, 2015  DCRC Annual Meeting, Adam's Mark, Buffalo, NY. For more information, click here.

Dec 2-4, 2015   Ice Cream Makers Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI
Download a copy of the brochure and register for the short course

June 20-24, 2016 13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis*, Nantes, France, For more information
click here

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Grande Cheese Co.

Danisco USA Inc

Land O'Lakes Inc

Kraft Foods

GEA Farm Technologies (Westfalia/Surge)

Prince Agri Products

Novus International

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