NIH awards $1.55m to further Purdue flu vaccine work

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $1.55 million to a Purdue University-led avian influenza vaccine project.

The funding will allow the continuation of vaccine research led by Suresh Mittal, a professor of comparative pathobiology in Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine, and includes collaborators at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Mittal and CDC collaborators Suryaprakash Sambhara and Ian York created a vaccine in 2006 for the H5N1 avian flu virus. The team is now focusing on developing a broad-spectrum vaccine capable of covering emerging influenza viruses that have the potential to cause the next influenza pandemic in people, including H5N1, H7N3, H7N7, H7N9 and H9N2.

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New Kentucky dairy research farm will focus on cow comfort

Dairy cows at the University of Kentucky will soon be enjoying improved accommodations as university officials recently broke ground on the Coldstream Dairy Research Farm.

The name for the new barn will be the Dairy Housing, Teaching & Research Facility, and it will be the only facility of its kind at a research institution in the U.S., the announcement said.

The herd is currently housed in a freestall barn built in the 1960s. Although that type of facility is still the predominant housing system for dairy cows, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture officials wanted to try something new.
"This type of facility does not have any stalls," University of Kentucky dairy specialist Jeffrey Bewley said. "Instead, cows will be able to lie down in any position they want to within the barn. This has great potential to improve feet and leg health."

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Dairy HACCP program for residues launched

In 2009, Wisconsin led the nation in the number of dairy beef drug residue violations as well as the number of repeat violators. Dairy producers and veterinarians were targeted as the primary source of the problem, and there was a call for increased regulation to deal with this issue.

However, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Assn. (WVMA) chose to approach the issue differently and created the WVMA Residue Task Force - a group of veterinarians focused on developing a non-regulatory solution to the dairy beef residues, committee chair Jon Garber explained during the Zoetis technical breakfast at the recent American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference in New Orleans, La.

In 2012, WVMA, in partnership with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, developed the What Matters initiative - a comprehensive, non-regulatory, educational outreach program, Garber said, noting that the WVMA Food Armor HACCP for Proper Drug Use Program is the "how" step of the What Matters initiative.

Dairy industry changes benefit cattle health, welfare, consumers

Profound changes in the dairy industry in recent decades have benefited the health and welfare of dairy cows, as well as consumers, according to a review published in the Journal of Dairy Science.

"Economic pressures, technological innovations, demographic shifts, consumer expectations and an evolving regulatory framework have all contributed to the impetus for changes in the global dairy industry," explained lead investigator Herman Barkema, DVM, PhD, professor, epidemiology of infectious diseases and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Infectious Diseases of Dairy Cattle, department of production animal health, at the University of Calgary, Canada. "These changes have had, and will likely continue to have, profound effects on the health and welfare of dairy cows and on management practices and systems for dairy herds."

Barkema and colleagues examined the key changes taking place in the dairy industry in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the implications of which are relevant for the dairy industry in most developed and developing nations.

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New recommendations may improve reproduction research

Improving the validity of animal science research can have wide-reaching effects, including improving understanding and application of current knowledge, improving the quality of data for use in reviews and meta-analyses and allowing other researchers to better identify questions for further study.

With this aim in mind, researchers from North America and Australia collaborated to create a set of guidelines for reproduction studies among dairy cattle for the benefit of the animal research community as a whole.

Poor reproductive efficiency is a widely acknowledged phenomenon, and although many individual aspects of reproduction have been studied in isolation, some, such as environmental variables, have not been addressed, according to an announcement.

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ADSA News and Happenings
Congress Works to Avoid Government Shutdown
As the fiscal year quickly draws to a close, leaders in the House and Senate are working on plans to keep the government running after September 30th.  While the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed work on all of the annual appropriations bills, none of them have passed both chambers and been submitted to the President for signature.  As a result, efforts are underway to craft a short term continuing resolution to fund the government.  Leaders in the Senate released a continuing resolution that would extend until December 11, 2015.  Under the CR, all government programs, including research programs administered by USDA, would be funded at current levels (minus a 0.21 percent reduction across the board).
However, the CR has not been without controversy.  Many Republicans in Congress would like to use the CR process to defund Planned Parenthood amid the recent videos that have been released.  Most Democrats are strongly opposed to defunding Planned Parenthood.  House Speaker John Boehner's announcement on Friday, September 25th that he will be resigning from Congress seems to have helped paved the way for passage of a "clean" CR without additional fights to include a Planned Parenthood provision.  He had been under strong pressure from some House Republicans to include the defunding provision and was also being targeted for ouster from his leadership post.

House Agriculture Committee Schedules Hearings on Research Innovations and Dietary Guidelines
The House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research is scheduled held a hearing to highlight research innovations achieved by our nation's agricultural colleges and universities.  Former FASS board member Mike Lacy from the University of Georgia is scheduled to be one of the witnesses.  He discussed the importance of animal and poultry science in addressing critical issues such as food security, health and sustainability and the need for additional federal investment.  The hearing will take place on September 29th
In addition, the House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on October 7th.  The draft guidelines have come under fire from animal agriculture because the current draft does not recognize the value of lean meat as a party of a healthy diet.  The current version also greatly expands the scope of the guidelines to consider non-dietary factors such as environmental sustainability.  The draft is critical of the meat industry and its perceived impact on sustainability. 

ADSA Joins Animal Agriculture Coalition Members in Support of USDA Emergency Depopulation Policy
On September 21st, ADSA, along with members of the Animal Agriculture Coalition released a statement supporting the Department of Agriculture's use of approved emergency depopulation methods in response to extraordinary disease outbreaks, such as the recent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Upper Midwest. The statement recognizes that in the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD) or other highly infectious animal disease outbreak, timely depopulation is a critical factor in containing such an outbreak. As seen in the 2015 HPAI outbreak, delayed depopulation can escalate the severity of an outbreak, leading to more animals becoming infected. In these cases, it is imperative that infected premises be rapidly depopulated once the presence of disease is confirmed, preferably within 24 hours. A copy of the letter is in the ADSA Policy section
ADSA EAAP Young Scientist Novus International Travel Award Winner Report by Am�lie Fischer
From France to USA through Denmark: The adventure began in Copenhagen, Monday 25th. August 2014...
EAAP 2014 meeting was my first experience of an international scientific congress. I never expected being able to visit the corporate sponsor Novus International in St. Louis, Missouri and to present my research results at ADSA-ASAS JAM 2015 in Orlando. During my visit in St. Louis, I had the opportunity to attend several meetings dealing with a broad range of Novus International research scientists' activities and was pleasantly surprised by the internationality of their research.  I had heard so many clich�s about American meetings: all is oversized and air conditioning is so cold compared to European meetings. Indeed, they were right! I particularly enjoyed researchers' availability to discuss about their background and research work. I attended several workshops organized by the ADSA Graduate Student Division. Even if those workshops were more adapted to American students, I was impressed about their motivation and enthusiasm. I really enjoyed presenting the latest results about monitoring dairy cows' body condition thanks to 3D pictures. I worried about being not clear enough but even if I was not used to the cold air conditioning, all went well and discussions after the presentation and later in the meeting were really interesting.
Finally, I would address special thanks to EAAP, ADSA and Novus International for having provided me this opportunity and for their presence throughout the travel.

Have You Tried it Yet?
If you attended the 2015 JAM one of your added benefits is a 90 day free subscription to S-PAC, the largest, searchable on-line collection of animal conference proceedings in the world.  Your free subscription ends shortly, so if you have not tried S-PAC yet, we encourage you to see for yourself why S-PAC devotees can't live without it!  Just go to and log in using the login and password that you used to register for JAM.  For those who have, and would like to subscribe, you can do so anytime --- just click on the subscription button and follow the directions. You will find a world of information at your fingertips and you will find it works well on your tablet or smart phone as well. If you didn't attend the JAM and receive the free subscription, there is still an easy and inexpensive way to try it out, the "5 day for $5" special found on the S-PAC homepage. 
Would you like to help the animal and dairy science community and attend the 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting for free?
Referrals are the most tried-and-true way businesses grow, and the same is true for 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 [email protected] .
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 June 1, 2017, ADSA will comp your registration to the 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting that will be held June 25 to 28, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.  It's win-win-win. For more information about services offered by FASS, click here.
"Creating an Enduring U.S. Dairy Production Sector"
Have you made plans yet to attend the 30th Discover Conference "Creating an Enduring U.S. Dairy Production Sector"?  The speaker list is in place and will be a great program.  You can check out the agenda and speakers on the DC 30 website. The Conference, hosted by the American Dairy Science Association�, will be held November 2-5, 2015 at Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, IL.  On-line and or mail-in registration is available on the website. The early registration deadline is October 2.  
ADSA at World Dairy Expo
World Dairy Expo will soon be here and ADSA will be there at our usual spot in the Arena level of the Coliseum, Booth: AL 178. The expo runs from September 29 through October 3, 2015. If you will be attending Expo this year and would like to help at the ADSA exhibit booth, please contact Cara Tharp at [email protected] . We will then get back to you to schedule time slots.
Are You Part of ADSA� on Linked In
Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We recently topped the 1,400 mark and now include 1,407 members from around the world, are you one of them? It's a great place to get information and network with other dairy professionals from around the world.  Check it out here.

Thanks to our Corporate Sustaining Members
                                 We appreciate your ongoing support of ADSA and the Journal of Dairy Science�.

Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Elanco Animal Health
Diamond V Mills 
Kent Nutrition
Grande Cheese Co.
Kraft Foods
GEA Farm Technologies 
BioZyme Inc.
Darling International Research
Quali Tech
Zook Nutrition & Management
DuPont Pioneer
West Central
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Ag Processing
Renaissance Nutrition
Global Agri-Trade Corp.
Masters Choice
Papillon Agricultural Co. 
Calendar of Events
Sept 28 - Oct 1, 2015, 5th International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortalities, Products, By-Products, and Associated Risks: Connecting Research, Regulations, and Responses. in 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 6-8, 2015  NextGen Dairy Network Symposium, Cornell University. 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 Association, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160, 828-286-3801 or [email protected].
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 information and registration click here
Oct 20-22, 2015  77th Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers*, Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, East Syracuse, NY, For more information click here
Oct 22, 2015  International Symposium on Dairy Cattle Nutrition 2015 - Nutrition and Animal Health, Wageningen, the Netherlands, For more information, 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 26-28, 2015  12th Anniversary of the International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, Sydney Australia, For more information click here.
Oct 28-29, 2015 Vat Pasteurization and Basic Cheese Making Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Rob Ralyea 607-255-7643 or Janene Lucia 607-255-2892. Click for registration.
Nov 2-5, 2015    30th Discover Conference - "Creating an Enduring U.S. 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, Missouri, 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. 10-11, 2015  Accredited Introductory HACCP Training, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information, click here, to register 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, New York, For more information click here
Nov. 12-13, 2015   Implementing SQF Systems, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information click here, to register 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
January 18-19, 2016  Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, The Riverside Hotel, Boise, Idaho, visit for more information
Feb 17-19, 2016 Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by UW Platteville and Southwest Technical College in Platteville, WI For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site
Feb 23, 2016  Vermont Dairy Producers Conference, For more information click here
Feb 25-27, 2016 Western Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by College of the 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
Apr18 - 20, 2016 Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Grand Wayne Center,  Fort Wayne, IN, For more information click here
May 1-4, 2016Large Dairy Herd Management (LDHM) Conference, Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL, For more information click here
June 15-16, 2016  4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA, contact Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota [email protected]
June 20-24, 2016 13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis*, Nantes, France, For more information click here
July 2-9, 2016  American Dairy Goat Association National Show, Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA. For more information contact ADGA, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160. 828-286-3801.
July 19-23, 2016  ADSA- ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)*, Salt Lake City, UT, for more information click here
July 24-28, 2016  2016 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM/PIC), Little Rock, AR. For more information, click here.

June 25-28, 2017 2017 ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA.  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.
ADSA Membership Benefits                                 
Did you know that your ADSA Professional Membership provides you with:

*        Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science�

*        Joint Annual Meeting at member rates

*        Discover Conferences at member rates

*        S-PAC: Free access to JAM and ADSA divisional abstracts

*        S-PAC subscription at member rates

*        Access to recorded symposia library                                                                       

*        ADSA News (association newsletter)

*        ADSA Dair e-news (ADSA industry newsletter)

*        Access to member directory

*        Peer recognition through ADSA and Foundation Award Program

*        Discounted page charges in Journal of Dairy Science�

*        A strong voice of advocacy for the animal sciences, animal agriculture and agriculture research

*        Broad author recognition through ADSA/Elsevier press release program

*        Linked In and You Tube sites for ADSA

*        Quality networking with academic 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