March 30, 2015

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FDA announces strategy to create animal food definitions
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced March 27 a strategy to establish ingredient definitions and standards for animal food in order to increase transparency and affirm the safety of the animal food supply, as required by the Food & Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007.


As part of the strategy, FDA will review the list of animal food ingredient definitions used by industry and state regulators, which is contained in Association of American Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) Official Publication.


AAFCO is a voluntary membership organization that includes regulatory officials of U.S. state and federal government agencies. AAFCO provides a forum for these regulatory officials to provide guidance and recommendations to ensure that the regulation of animal feeds is as uniform as possible from state to state.

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Innovation key to water supply management 

Population growth could cause global demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current levels of consumption continue, but it wouldn't be the first time this has happened, according to a recent Duke University study.


Using a delayed-feedback mathematical model that analyzes historical data to help project future trends, Duke researchers identified a regularly recurring pattern of global water use in recent centuries. Periods of increased demand for water - often coinciding with population growth or other major demographic and social changes - were followed by periods of rapid innovation of new water technologies that helped end or ease any shortages.


Based on this recurring pattern, the model predicts that a similar period of innovation could occur in coming decades.


"Researchers in other fields have previously used this model to predict earthquakes and other complex processes, including events like the boom and bust of the stock market during financial crises, but this is the first time it's been applied to water use," said Anthony Parolari, Duke post-doctoral research associate in civil and environmental engineering who led the study. "What the model shows us is that there will likely be a new phase of change in the global water supply system by the mid-21st century."

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Bill seeks uniform GMO labeling 

Last year, 125 bills mandating the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food were introduced in 30 different states.


Congress is ramping up its efforts to provide a more uniform approach that protects consumer choice better than the patchwork system that has begun to manifest with individual state actions.


Currently, the Food & Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are tasked with determining the safety of food products.


The Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, reintroduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), preserves and affirms FDA's role in food safety.


"When it comes to food labeling, state-by-state standards do not work. This bill seeks to end the guessing game and provide ... the peace of mind that labels are accurate," House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) said. "Safe and accurate labeling is something that we should all be able to rally around with broad bipartisan support."

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Robots take to milking parlor 

GEA Farm Technologies was at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Cal., last month to introduce to the North American market a revolutionary new robotic rotary milking system.

The system, called DairyProQ, is the first and only automated rotary parlor of its kind available in North America. Essentially, it works by bringing together many proven and stable technologies found in today's conventional dairies and current rotary platforms in a way that totally automates the milking process.

For the dairy farmer, it means establishing process control throughout the milking process, said Steve Pretz, vice president of large project sales at GEA Farm Technologies. As Pretz explained, consistency each and every time is a good thing for dairy cows.

Along with a more consistent milking experience, the state-of-the-art technology also reduces a dairy farm's dependence on labor, which can be critical for those dairies looking to expand or those with more than 50 employees.

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ADSA and Related Happenings


White House Announces Plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
On Friday, March 27th, the Obama Administration released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (NAP).  The NAP comes as a part of the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 13676: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.  The Executive Order outlines steps for implementing the National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and addressing the policy recommendations of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)'s report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance

The NAP outlines planned Federal activities over the next five years to enhance domestic and international capacity to prevent and contain outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant infections; maintain the efficacy of current and new antibiotics; and develop and deploy next-generation diagnostics, antibiotics, vaccines, and other therapeutics.  These activities were included in the President's FY 2016 Budget Proposal, which would direct more than $1.2 billion be invested in antibiotic resistance efforts. 

The NAP identifies the following five key goals to address antibiotic resistance:

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

The judicious use of antibiotics in health care and agriculture settings is essential to combating the rise in antibiotic resistance. We can help slow the emergence of resistant bacteria by being smarter about prescribing practices across all human and animal health care settings, and by continuing to eliminate the use of medically-important antibiotics for growth promotion in animals.

2. Strengthen national "One-Health" surveillance efforts

A "One-Health" approach to disease surveillance will improve detection and control of antibiotic resistance by integrating data from multiple monitoring networks, and by providing high-quality information, such as detailed genomic data, necessary to tracking resistant bacteria in diverse settings in a timely fashion.

3. Advance development and use of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests

The development of rapid "point-of-need" diagnostic tests could significantly reduce unnecessary antibiotic use by allowing health care providers to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections, and identify bacterial drug susceptibilities during a single health care visit making it easier for providers to recommend appropriate, targeted treatment.

4. Accelerate basic and applied research and development

New antibiotics and alternative treatments for both humans and animals are critical to maintaining our capacity to treat and prevent disease. This involves supporting and streamlining the drug development process, as well as increasing the number of candidate drugs at all stages of the development pipeline. Additionally, boosting basic research to better understand the ecology of antibiotic resistance will help us develop effective mitigation strategies.

5. Improve international collaboration and capacities

Antibiotic resistance is a global problem that requires global solutions. The United States will engage with foreign ministries and institutions to strengthen national and international capacities to detect, monitor, analyze, and report antibiotic resistance; provide resources and incentives to spur the development of therapeutics and diagnostics for use in humans and animals; and strengthen regional networks and global partnerships that help prevent and control the emergence and spread of resistance.

In 2014, USDA published its Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan as a part of the overall effort under the Executive Order.  USDA has indicated that it does not anticipate any new regulations under the Food Safety Inspection Service or Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as a result of the Executive Order.

Implementation of the NAP will be a long term effort for the federal government and will require engagement from the scientific community and industry.  The Department of Health and Human Services is currently forming an advisory committee to help guide the government's efforts and they are looking for a balance of experts including animal scientists with expertise in antibiotics, diagnostics and alternatives.  More information about the advisory committee and how to submit a nomination can be found here.  Nominations are due April 29th. 


NAS to Hold Launch Event for Animal Science Report

The Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability (NELS), a part of the National Academy of Sciences is holding an event to launch of the report entitled The Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability.  The event will take place at the National Academy of Sciences Building, Lecture Room 2101 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The report identifies areas of research and development, technology, and resource needs for research in the field of animal agriculture, both nationally and internationally

The session will include:

  • A presentation by Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Chair of the report's authoring committee;
  • A panel discussion joined by Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and
  • A Q&A session with Dr. Goldstein and a committee member Louis D'Abramo, Mississippi State University.

Those interested in attending can register by clicking here.

Discover Conference 29 - SOLD OUT
We have good news and bad news. The good news is that there is exceptionally high interest in the 29th DISCOVER conference 'Amino Acid Requirements of Dairy Cattle', scheduled May 26-29, 2015.  The bad news is that the conference is completely sold out due to space limitations
at the venue and the impact crowding may have on the discussion periods during the conference, one of the key distinguishing characteristics of the DISCOVER Conferences.  If you haven't already registered we are truly sorry, but we are no longer able to accept additional registrations.  There is a wait list, but the list continues to grow.

Two ways to get a part of the conversation is that the interpretive summaries for the conference will be posted on the DISCOVER Conference website ( ) and on S-PAC shortly after the conference. We do encourage you get your registration in early for DC 30. It will be a great conference as well.

JAM 2015 Updates and Reminders

Register now for the best rate?  Professional members who register online before midnight (US Central time) on April 1 can attend the JAM for only $350. Just $350 for more than three and a half days of educational and scientific exchange at the premier animal and dairy science meeting in the world. A recent survey of similar meetings showed that JAM provides the most science at the lowest registration rate-and all registration rates for 2015 have been reduced to 2013 rates. The early rate for graduate student members is even lower, at just $75.

Not a member of ADSA® or ASAS? Now is the time to join and save up to $90 over the lowest nonmember rate and enjoy the benefits of membership through December 31, 2015. Just visit or to join, and then visit the JAM website to register at the member rate. The registration savings will almost pay for your annual membership.

Be sure to visit for information on Sunday's pre-and post-conference events (paid and free) before making your travel plans. 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.

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

Remember, it is still not too late to renew your ADSA membership and retain all the member benefits like S-PAC and member discounts for the annual meeting and Discover Conferences. 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.


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.



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Dates to Note:

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

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

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 - Registration is closed as the conference is full.


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 12-16, 2015   National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM?PIC)* Sioux Falls, SD. 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

Aug. 27-29, 2015  8th International Congress on Farm Animal Endocrinology, Hotel LEGOLAND, Billund, Denmark. For more information and registration,
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 17-19, 2015  48th Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners*, New Orleans, LA. 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 28-Oct 1, 2015  5th International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortalities, Products, By-Products and Associated Risks: Connecting Research, Regulations and Responses. Lancaster, PA. 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 26-28, 2015  12th Anniversary of the International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, Sydney, Australia. For more information, click here.

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

*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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