Chile dairy to become world's largest robotic farm

Fundo El Risquillo, a large farm in Chile with 6,500 dairy cows, has just signed an agreement to install 64 DeLaval VMS milking robots, making it the world's largest robotic milking farm.

The farm, owned by Agrícola Ancali and part of the Bethia Group, has already installed 16 DeLaval VMS robots, resulting in an average yield of 45.2 liters for the 920 cows going through the robotic milking system today. This is a 10% increase in milk production from before the robotic milkers were installed. Additionally, the farm has experienced a reduction in labor costs.

"The benefits have been remarkable: more production, better animal welfare conditions and less stress for the cows," said Pedro Heller, chief executive officer of Ancali Agrícola.

Heller said the project included two stages. First, the benefits of using DeLaval systems were compared to other rotary milking systems. The first DeLaval system, with eight milking robots, was installed at the farm in October 2014.

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Roberts, Stabenow reach GMO labeling deal

Mere days before Vermont's biotechnology food labeling law is set to go into effect, Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) reached a compromise Thursday that would create three labeling options: (1) a phrase indicating that the food product contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs), (2) an on-pack symbol or (3) a QR or bar code that consumers could scan with their smartphones.

"Unless we act now, Vermont law denigrating biotechnology and causing confusion in the marketplace is the law of the land," Roberts said. "Our marketplace - both consumers and producers - needs a national biotechnology standard to avoid chaos in interstate commerce."

Vermont's law requiring GMO labeling - which prompted the committee to take action to prevent a 50-state patchwork of labeling laws - goes into effect July 1, but it will not be enforced until January.

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New research finds way to reduce salmonella in meat

An old technology that uses natural bacteria predators called bacteriophages is the focus of new research at the University of Nevada, Reno. The technique is being used to reduce salmonella bacteria in meat products.

Assistant professor Amilton de Mello with the university's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources recently presented his research at the international American Meat Science Assn. (AMSA) conference.

"We were able to reduce salmonella by as much as 90% in ground poultry, ground pork and ground beef," de Mello reported. "We're excited to be able to show such good results. Food safety is an important part of our work, and salmonella is one of the most prevalent bacteria in the nation's food supply."

Salmonella is one of the most common causes of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. The bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps. In people with weaker immune systems or in young children and the elderly, it can be fatal. It is estimated to cause 1 million foodborne illnesses in the U.S. every year, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

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ADSA News and Happenings
2016 American Dairy Science Association® Awards
The 2016 joint annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science will convene July 19-23, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. More than 3,000 attendees representing nearly every country in the world are expected to attend the joint annual meeting. The meeting will host many symposia, oral and poster presentations, and commercial and educational exhibits. Among the many special events will be an opening session and reception, annual general meetings for each of the host societies, spouse tours, several special breakfasts for university alumni, award ceremonies, and an old-fashioned ice cream social.
Listed below are the winners of the American Dairy Science Association awards to be recognized at the 2016 meeting.

Alltech Inc. Graduate Student Paper Publication Award
Carolina Bespalhok Jacometo
American Feed Industry Association Award
Hélėne Lapierre
Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award
Kevin Harvatine
DeLaval Dairy Extension Award
Steven Washburn
Elanco Award for Excellence in Dairy Science
Juan Loor
Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award
Leslie Hansen
International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing
Nagendra Shah

J. L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding
Jennie Pryce
KraftHeinz Teaching Award in Dairy Science
John Lucey
Lallemand Animal Nutrition Award for Scientific
  Excellence in Dairy Nutrition
Michael Steele
National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award
Luiz Ferraretto
Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award
Marshall Stern
Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production
Michael Tomaszewski
West Agro Inc. Award
Xin Zhao
Zoetis Physiology Award
Jesse Goff
Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award
Elizabeth Davis
ADSA Foundation Scholar Award in Dairy Production
Felipe Cardoso 
ADSA Award of Honor
James Linn 
ADSA Distinguished Service Award
Michael Hutjens
ADSA Fellows
James Linn
Robert Harmon
Phillip Tong
Curtis Van Tassell
Journal of Dairy Science® Most-Cited Awards
Dairy Foods
Carl Holt
Physiology and Management
Wolfgang Heuwieser
Nutrition, Feeding, and Calves
Pekka Huhtanen
Genetics and Breeding
Paul VanRaden


Sponsorship Opportunities for Large Dairy Herd Management  (3rd edition, e-book)
 Nonprofit organizations, companies, and individuals are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to sponsor one or more of the remaining available sections of the Large Dairy Herd Management (LDHM) e-book currently in development. Sponsors will receive recognition for a three-year period as the e-book is used throughout the dairy industry worldwide. The ADSA® Foundation is publishing this extensively revised and updated edition of the book in early 2017.
 The third edition (98 chapters) will be available in e-book format (designed to allow for convenient updating) with completely new content. It will be sold at ADSA member, nonmember, and student rates and distributed directly by ADSA.
 The 15 sections of the e-book include Large Herd Systems; Building Sustainability and Capacity; Facilities and Environment; Milk Markets and Marketing; Genetic Selection Programs and Breeding Strategies; Calves and Replacements; Reproduction and Reproductive Management; Nutrition and Nutritional Management; Lactation and Milking Systems; Mastitis and Milk Quality; Animal and Herd Welfare; Herd Health; Business, Economic Analysis, and Decision-Making; Effectively Managing Farm Employees; and Precision Management Technologies.
 The ADSA Foundation sponsored the LDHM Conference, which took place May 1 to 4, 2016, in Oak Brook, Illinois, to facilitate development of the updated third edition. Dr. David Beede served as conference chair and i! s the editor-in-chief for the upcoming e-book. The conference attracted more than 600 registrants from academia and industry worldwide. Dairy experts from around the world made chapter presentations as a first step in creating this comprehensive and essential resource. Conference attendees interacted with authors of the e-book and provided feedback on e-book content. Ninety-four presentations (audio and PowerPoint slides) from the conference, covering the fifteen sections listed above, will be available for purchase (under a one-year subscription) shortly.
Anticipated users of the e-book include dairy management professionals, progressive producers, extension educators, consultants, upper-level university students studying dairy science and management, and allied industry representatives. The book is written in a practical application style but reflects the scientific rigor of the Journal of Dairy Science(r).
As an e-book sponsor, you will receive international recognition for supporting the delivery of up-to-date, peer-reviewed dairy management information to the global dairy industry. Initial e-book section sponsors will have right of first refusal to renew after the initial three-year period of recognition. For information on sponsorship and the worldwide recognition it will bring, please contact Larry Miller.
Michael Socha, PhD, PAS, DPL ACAN
ADSA Foundation Chair

Scientists and engineers and their social responsibilities

As you are probably aware, there is currently no consensus on the nature of the social responsibilities of scientists and engineers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is developing a survey intended to document empirically what scientists and engineers identify as their responsibilities to society, the sources of their beliefs on the issue, the opportunities or challenges that affect their ability to fulfill their social responsibilities, and how their views on their responsibilities differ or are similar across disciplines, sector, age groups, gender, sources of support for their work, institutions, and region/country where they work. As such, the survey will inform ongoing global discussions on the social responsibilities of scientists and engineers, and point to ways that consideration of social responsibilities might be integrated into the education and training of scientists and engineers. The development of this survey is funded by the US National Science Foundation.
AAAS has a goal that the survey reach 12,500 scientists and engineers globally, so are seeking to partner with national and international scientific and engineering membership organizations in this project. ADSA has been invited and indicated a willingness to be part of this effort.   As a result you may be invited to be included in the survey sample that will be distributed in mid-to-late 2017.  We look forward to being a part of this important global initiative to learn what scientists and engineers understand to be their social responsibilities. 
Edward F. Knipling and Raymond C. Bushland Announced as Winners of Golden Goose Award
Despite decades of ridicule for the focus of their work, two researchers behind the study of the sex life of the screwworm fly will be saluted at a September award ceremony Edward F. Knipling and Raymond C. Bushland will be posthumously honored later this year for their study of the "sex life of the screwworm fly." The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded work led to a novel pest control technique and the eradication of the screwworm fly in North and Central America, saving ranchers in the South and consumers billions of dollars over the past 50-plus years. This is thanks to a modest investment of $250,000 in basic research on screwworm flies!
The Golden Goose Award honors scientists whose federally funded work may have been considered silly, odd, or obscure when first conducted but has resulted in significant benefits to society. Knipling and Bushland are being cited for research that led to the "sterile insect technique," in which lab-raised and sterilized male insects are used to overwhelm and eventually eradicate native pest populations. The technique has been heralded as "the only truly original innovation in insect control in [the 20th] century," and continues to inform ongoing fights against other agricultural pests and insects carrying infectious pathogens, including the tsetse fly and the Aedes aegypti mosquito - the primary culprit in transmission of the Zika virus. For more on the Award visit:
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 .
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.
Are You Part of ADSA® on Linked In
Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We now include 1,544 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®.

Ag Processing Inc.
Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Dairy Nutrition Plus
Darling International Research
Diamond V
DuPont Pioneer
Global Agri-Trade Corporation
Grande Cheese Company
Kent Nutrition Group
Kraft Heinz Foods
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Masters Choice
Nutriad, Inc.
Papillon Agricultural Company
Quali Tech, Inc.
Renaissance Nutrition Inc.
Western Pacific Oils LLC
Zook Nutrition & Management Inc.
Calendar of Events
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 3-8, 2016     World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland, For more information click here.
July 11-13, 2016     High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop in association with NYS Agriculture and Markets, Cornell University, For more information contact Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
July 18-21, 2016     Certified Milk Inspector's School in Association with NY State Agriculture & Markets, Cornell University, For more information contact Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098, Course Syllabus  , Required Course of NYS-CMIs
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
Aug 2-3, 2016  Milk Pasteurization, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here.

Aug 2-4, 2016  Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual Training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, FDA Regional Field Office, Jamaica, NY. For more information, click here.

Aug 15-18, 2016     Food Safety Systems (HACCP) and Implementing SQF, Cornell University, For more information contact
Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Aug 17-18, 2016  2016 Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference*, Embassy Suites, Grapevine, TX. For registration and more information, click here.

Sept 7 - Nov 23, 2016  2nd Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research Certificate in Dairy Processing short course. For registration, directions and accommodation, visit

Sept 11-13, 2016    
NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Assoc. Annual Fall Meeting, Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen NY, For more information contact Janene Lucia, Ph: 607-227-5833
Sept 11-14, 2016  WATER Technologies Short Course - Process & Reuse Water, Wastewater & Desalination, TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus, College Station, TX. For more information, click here.

Sept 13-14, 2016   Master Artisan Short Course Series, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here.

Sept 14-15, 2016     Advanced Fluid Milk Cornell University, For more information contact
Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Sept 20-22, 2016      NYS Association for Food Protection Annual Conference/FDA NE Regional Update, Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, NY For more information contact Janene Lucia, Ph: 607-227-5833

Sept 21-22, 2016  77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference*, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN. For more information and registration, click here.

Sept 27-29, 2016  2016 International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA. For more information, click here.

Oct 3-7, 2016   Cheese Tech Short Course, Babcock Hall Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
Oct 4-6, 2016  Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual Training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, NYS Dept of Ag & Markets Office, Albany NY. For more information, click here.

Oct 4-6, 2016  Introduction to Dairy Processing and Management. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. For more information and registration, click here

Oct 4-8, 2016     50th World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI. For more information
click here
Oct 11-12, 2016  Dairy Ingredient Manufacturing, Babcock Hall, Room 2015, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here

Oct 11-13, 2016     High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, For more information contact
Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Oct 13-19, 2016  120th IUSAHA- AAVLD Annual Meeting , Greensboro Sheraton Hotel. Greensboro, NC, For more information click here (Note - date correction)

Oct 19-20, 2016     Advanced Cheese Making, Cornell University, For more information contact
Rob Ralyea Ph: 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker Ph:  607-255-7098

Oct 19-20, 2016  HTST Maintenance Workshop. The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. For more information and registration, click here.  
Oct 25-26, 2016   Advance Clean In Place (CIP), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. For more information and registration, click here.

Oct 25-26, 2016     Vat Pasteurization/Basic Cheese Making Workshop, On-line and Cornell University, For more information contact
Rob Ralyea Ph: 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker Ph:  607-255-7098
Oct 25-27, 2016  Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Food Science Building, Curtain and Bigler Roads, University Park, PA 16802. For details on the workshop and registration information, click here.

Oct 25-30, 2016  American Dairy Goat Assn Convention, Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, Austin, Texas. For more information contact ADGA, P.O. Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160, 828-286-3801.

Nov 1-4, 2016    31st ADSA Discover Conference: Big Data Dairy Management,  Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL, For more information 
click here

Nov 2-4, 2016   Cheese Grading Short Course, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information
click here

Nov 7-10, 2016  The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course, Rodney A.Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA. For more information and registration, click here.

Nov 10-11, 2016    
2016 DCRC Annual Meeting, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, For registration and more information click here

Nov 14-16, 2016  Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals*, St. Louis, MO. For more information and registration click here.

Nov 30-Dec 2, 2016   Ice Cream Makers Short Course, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information
click here

Dec 6-7, 2016    
Food Safety Plans for Artisan and Farmstead Processors, Online & Hands-On Location TBD, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
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:

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