NMPF board reduces phase-out of tail docking

The board of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today set January 1, 2017, as the date for dairy farmers participating in the industry's Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Animal Care Program to phase out the routine practice of tail docking.

At the Federation's annual meeting, the board approved a resolution to reduce the 2020 deadline by five years for discontinuing tail docking.  The resolution will be incorporated into the dozens of animal care measures designed for the FARM Program to ensure the consistent, optimal care of dairy cows in the United States.

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WHO clarifies meat/cancer link

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Oct. 29 it has received a number of queries, expressions of concern and requests for clarification following the publication of a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) relating to processed meat and colorectal cancer.

According to the WHO statement, IARC's review confirms the recommendation in WHO's 2002 "Diet, Nutrition & the Prevention of Chronic Diseases" report that advised people to moderate consumption of preserved meat to reduce the risk of cancer.

The latest IARC review does not ask people to stop eating processed meats but indicates that reducing consumption of these products can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, WHO said.

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Ancient ox genome reveals complex cow ancestry

The ancestry of domesticated cattle proves more complex than previously thought, reports a paper published Oct 26 in the open access journal Genome Biology. The first nuclear genome sequence from an ancient wild ox reveals that some modern domestic cow breeds, including the Scottish Highland and Irish Kerry, had wild ancestors that were British, as well as Asian.

The aurochs (Bos primigenius) is an extinct wild ox species that ranged across the grasslands of Eurasia and North Africa 11,000 years ago. Domestication of aurochs gave rise to two major groups of cattle: Bos taurus and Bos indicus.

Previous studies have shown that European B. taurus are descended from western Asian populations of aurochs. However, little was known about the relationship between domesticated cattle and wild aurochs in Europe, and how wild populations contributed to the evolutionary history of cows today.

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Satellite system aids pasture management 

A revolutionary technology developed in Australia combines pasture monitoring from space with automatic weighing and drafting of cattle will go on full public show for the first time this month.

The groundbreaking Precision Pastoral Management Systems (PPMS) package developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation saves labor, time and money, improves livestock productivity, increases sustainability and protects vegetation and wildlife in Australia's - and potentially the world's - arid rangelands and savannahs.

The full package will be demonstrated at field days at in Western Australia on Oct. 28, and other field days to be held in the Northern Territory and Queensland in 2016.

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ADSA News and Happenings
National Animal Nutrition Program A National Research Support Project Call for Applications for Membership
The National Animal Nutrition Program (NANP) was established in 2010 as a National Research Support Project (NRSP-9). This program is supported by the Agricultural Experiment Stations and funded with Hatch Funds provided by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). For the past 5 years, the NANP has focused on an integrated and systematic approach to sharing, collecting, assembling, synthesizing, and disseminating science-based information, educational tools, and enabling technologies on nutrient needs of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, and poultry that facilitate high-priority research across these agricultural species. We are pleased to announce that the NANP/NRSP-9 has been renewed for an additional 5-year period and we are searching for people to expand the membership of the three NANP committees. In addition to replacing some of the committee members who have served the past 5 years, experts with nutritional background in equine, small ruminants and aquaculture will be added.

VA Tech and State University Hosting 10th Annual Southern Regional Dairy Challenge
About 70 students from 15 different universities will be making their way to Abington, Virginia to attend the 2015 Southern Regional Dairy Challenge. This three-day event helps prepare students for careers in the dairy industry through a hands-on educational opportunity. 
WHAT: 10th Annual Southern Regional Dairy Challenge
WHEN: November 15 - 17, 2015
WHERE: Most events will take place either at the Comfort Suites and the Southwest VA Higher Education Center in Abington, Virginia
The Southern Regional Dairy Challenge is designed to create an educational environment and facilitate a real-world dairy team situation. To accomplish this, students are placed on mixed-university teams. The Dairy Challenge strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.
The students will arrive with their schools on Sunday afternoon, November 15, for orientation before they are broken up into their teams with students from different schools. The teams then get to know each other and their strengths through team building activities. On Monday, the teams will travel to the host farm for an evaluation ofthe operation. The student teams then put together their findings and give recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedure, animal health, housing, and financing. On Tuesday the teams present their plans to a panel of judges who also evaluated the farm. The students' knowledge is then tested as they answer questions from the judges. The presentations are then evaluated based off of the students' evaluation and recommendations.
For more information, visit: www.dairychallenge.org or www.facebook.com/DairyChallenge.
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Are You Part of ADSA® on Linked In
Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We now include 1,438 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
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Ag Processing
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Calendar of Events
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 5-7, 2015  21st Annual Dairy Sheep Association of North American Symposium, Madison, Wis. 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
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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. 1-2, 2015  Food Safety Plans for Artisan Food Processors, Crowne Plaza, White Plains, NY. For more information and to register 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
January 18-19, 2016  Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, The Riverside Hotel, Boise, Idaho, visit http://www.pnwanc.org 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 salfe001@umn.edu
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. www.ADGA.org
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.

Oct. 20-26, 2016  120th IUSAHA-AAVLD Annual Meeting, Greensboro Sheraton Hotel, Greensboro, NC. For more information, click here.

June 25-28, 2017 2017 ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA.  For more information
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*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.
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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: http://www.adsa.org/join.asp
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