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Grant awarded to study mammary gland development
Researchers at the University of California-Santa Cruz will continue research related to mammary gland development, thanks to $150,000 in research funding from Zoetis. The award is part of the competitive Zoetis Cattle Call research grant program, which supports efforts by North American researchers and veterinarians to improve dairy and beef cattle performance.
This year's grant recipients, Drs. Lindsay Hinck, professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology, and Sharmila Chatterjee, a postdoctoral scholar, are working on basic research that could identify potential pathways to higher milk production in dairy cattle.
Hinck's research lab studies mammary gland development and stem cell biology, focusing primarily on human breast cancer.
"I had never thought about the practical role our research could play in the dairy industry," Hinck said. "It turns out that our investigation into regulatory mechanisms governing mammary stem cells can directly translate to milk production. This is a new and exciting direction for our research program."
Calf study may lead to RSV treatment
Respiratory illnesses - complete with runny nose, sore throat and cough - are quite routine for young children and usually pass as quickly as they appear.
However, one such illness - known as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) - poses a far more serious threat.
Although most children will contract RSV at some point before the age of two and suffer no lasting effects, the disease often moves from the throat and nose into the lower respiratory tract and is the leading cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis. In such cases, which often require hospitalization, RSV is particularly dangerous for premature infants as well as elderly individuals or adults with a compromised immune system.
While there are no preventive vaccines or therapeutic drugs for RSV on the market right now, a recently published study of calves with RSV conducted by the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is providing valuable information needed to move a potential treatment into human clinical trials.
Transportation funding gets short-term fix
Congress settled on a short-term bill that keeps transportation authority funded through Oct. 29-setting the stage for negotiations over a long-term extension this fall.
In July 2013 Congress voted for a two year Highway Bill that modified some outdated transportation laws and funded highway infrastructure system through July 2015. Now, at the 11th hour, Congress has passed an extension through October.
While the Senate attempted a six-year Highway Bill this week in an effort to avoid another short-term extension, this last-ditch effort at addressing transportation needs became a vehicle to address other major controversial pending issues like the repeal of Obamacare, the renewal of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), and repeal of mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling in order to avoid retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and Canada.
Foodservice visits at six-year high
Foodservice industry traffic hit its highest level in six years, and higher average diners' checks fueled a 3% year-over-year increase in consumer spending at U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets in the year ending May 2015, according to The NPD Group, a leading global information company.
The good news was tempered, however, by overall stalled traffic growth caused by fewer visits to quick-service hamburger chain, midscale/family dining and independent restaurants, the group's ongoing foodservice market research revealed.
Restaurant and foodservice outlet visits hit the 61.1 billion mark in the year ended May 2015, compared to 60.6 billion visits in the year ended May 2010, based on Crest, NPD's foodservice tracker.
Over a five-year period, traffic declined by 3% at quick-service hamburger chains and midscale/family dining restaurants (which includes hotel midscale restaurants) and by 2% at independent restaurants.
ADSA and Related Happenings
USDA Animal Handling and Welfare Review Panel Completes Phase II Review
The Animal Handling and Welfare Review Panel established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the final report of its findings from the Phase II review of the agency-wide animal care and well-being policies, procedures, and standards for agricultural livestock in research at the Agricultural Research Services (ARS). The Panel has transmitted the final report to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board for additional discussion and public comment.
Phase II of the review consisted of site visits to five additional ARS research locations conducting research on farm animals. While the report identifies areas where ARS processes can be improved, it was the "strong opinion of the panel that there was no evidence for misuse or abuse of animals at the ARS sites visited." A copy of the final report can be found here.
The NAREEE Advisory Board will hold an open meeting via teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on August 11, 2015, to hear a presentation of the report, discuss and identify additional recommendations to USDA, and receive public comment. Those interested in participating in the open meeting can register by clicking here.
Dairy Challenge® Elects New Leadership
MADISON, WIS. - North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC) recently elected new leadership, including four new board members. As described in the NAIDC mission statement, the board focus is to "Develop tomorrow's dairy leaders and enhance the progress of the dairy industry, by providing education, communication and networking among students, producers, and agribusiness and university personnel."
Newly elected to the 15-person volunteer NAIDC Board of Directors includes:
· Mark Hanigan, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. - As a professor of dairy science, Hanigan has served as a coach for the Virginia Tech Dairy Challengeteam for many years.
· Mark McCullouch, Merck Animal Health, Millport, N.Y. - McCullouch's involvement in Dairy Challenge has included serving as a judge for regional and national events, co-chairing the 2014 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge and helping to plan the 2015 and 2016 national Dairy Challenge event in Syracuse, NY.
· Glen Staebner, Valley Ag Software, Jonesville, N.C. - Staebner has been active in supporting NAIDC, nationally and regionally, by using this technical skills as part of the IT team at many events.
· David Whitlock, Select Sires, Floyd, Va. - Whitlock has been involved in Dairy Challenge at a national and regional level over the years, including currently serving as the Southern Regional Dairy Challenge chair as well as a judge at a number of Dairy Challenge events.
These four new board members succeed retiring directors: Devin Albrecht, Prairie State/Select Sires; Marcia Endres, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Coleen Jones, The Pennsylvania State University; and David Winston, M.S., Virginia Tech.
The NAIDC Executive Committee for 2015-16 includes:
· Chair: Owen Bewley, PAS, Prince Agri Products Inc., Susquehanna, Pa.
· Vice Chair: Amy te Plate-Church, CMA, Shawano, Wisc.
· Associate Vice Chair: Chad Wright, DVM, Bidart Dairy, Bakersfield, Calif.
· Finance Chair: Chris Dei, Sierra Vista Nutrition Consulting, Fresno, Calif.
· Publicity Chair: Raechel Sattazahn, AgChoice Farm Credit, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
· Program Chair: Maurice Eastridge, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Continuing NAIDC board members include:
· David Combs, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisc.
· Wanda Emerich, William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, N.Y.
· David L. Prentice, DVM, M.S., Elanco Animal Health, Elgin, Iowa
· Christie Stanley, Ph.D., Land O'Lakes Purina Mills, Lubbock, Tex.
· Mike Westphal, Cargill Animal Health, Owatonna, Minn.
About Dairy Challenge
NAIDC is an innovative event for students in dairy programs at North American post-secondary institutions. Its mission is to develop tomorrow's dairy leaders and enhance progress of the dairy industry, by providing education, communication and networking among students, producers, and agribusiness and university personnel. Over its 14-year national history, Dairy Challenge has helped prepare more than 4,000 students for careers as farm owners and managers, consultants, researchers, veterinarians or other dairy professionals.
In addition to the national competition and Dairy Challenge Academy held in April, four regional contests are held in late fall and winter; details are at www.dairychallenge.org.
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Dates to Note:
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, For more information, click here.
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 1-3, 2015 Fluid Milk Packaged for Consumption - Processing & Testing for Quality & Safety Workshop, Food Science Conference Center, 148 Stocking Hall on the Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY. For more information, click here.
Sept 8-9, 2015 Cultured Dairy Products Short Course UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
Sept 13-15, 2015 NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Assn Annual Fall Meeting, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lake Placid, NY. For more information contact Janene Lucia at email@example.com or 607-255-2892
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ADGA.org
Oct 20-21, 2015 Dairy Ingredient Applications, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
Oct. 20-22, 2015 Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Rodney A. Erickson. Food Science Building, University Park, PA. For more information and to register, click here.
Oct 22-24, 2015 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by Penn State University in State College, PA. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
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 9-12, 2015 The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course, Penn State University, Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Bldg, University Park, PA. For more information and registration, 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.
Nov 15-17, 2015 Southern Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by Virginia Tech in Abington, VA. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
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
Feb 17-19, 2016 Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by Platteville and Southwest Technical College in Platteville, WI. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
Feb 25-27, 2016 Western Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by College of Sequoias in Tulare, CA. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
Mar 8-11, 2016 34th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar*, For more information, click here.
Mar 14-16, 2016 Midwest Meeting ADSA Midwest Branch and ASAS Midwestern Section, Des Moines, IA.
April 7-9, 2016 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge & Academy: hosted by the Northeast Region in Syracuse, NY. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
June 20-24, 2016 13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis*, Nantes, France, For more information click here
July 19-23, 2016 ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)*, Salt Lake City, UT. For more information, click here.
June 25-28, 2017 2017 ADSA Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, click here.
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