Block & Bridle is next week!

The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention will be held March 31 to April 2, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Not yet registered for the meeting?  Secure your spot today!

Join us for a great meeting, including a day of farm tours on April 1, 2017. Tours to include:

  • Madhouse Oyster Hatchery
  • University of Maryland Dairy
  • Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm
  • Spocott Farm

Tours will include a grab and go breakfast, lunch and an evening BBQ with DJ at historic Spocott Farm on Gary’s Creek.

In addition to the tours, we have great social events planned for the evenings, including:

  • Friday, March 31 – D.C. Monument Tours
    Join us for an evening of monument tours as we stop at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.  We will visit many additional locations, viewed from the bus and accented by lights during the night.
  • Saturday, April 1 – Evening at Spocott Farm
    Our final tour stop will be at this historic location on Gary’s Creek, just outside Cambridge, Maryland. The house was built in 1663. Explore the wildlife management area with over 5 miles of trails set amongst ponds and wetlands or meander among the 19th century buildings surrounding the Spocott Windmill. As the sun sets on your day of tours, we will have a BBQ and dancing before we return to the hotel. Read the full history of this historic location.
  • Sunday, April 2 – Awards and Banquet
    Join us on the final night of the meeting for the Awards and Banquet, featuring a DJ and dancing, as we bid adieu to the 97th National Block & Bridle Meeting.

Join us after the meeting, on Monday, April 3rd for an optional Congressional Hill Visit day. 

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Grad students recap Southern Section events

By Brittni Littlejohn, Sierra Lockwood, and Sam Ingram

The American Society of Animal Science – Southern Section hosted its 2017 meeting last month in Franklin, TN. During the meeting, the Graduate Student Meet & Greet was held on February 5, followed by the Graduate Student Lunch & Learn on February 7. These events were implemented with the goal of providing a networking opportunity as well as a chance to gain insight on the successful transition to the professional world.

The Graduate Student Meet & Greet was held during the first day of the conference to introduce participants to their fellow graduate students who they would be interacting with during the remainder of the conference. The informal setting provided participants a comfortable environment for networking and was very well received. Eight schools were represented during this event and included the following: Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, University of Arkansas, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

The Graduate Student Lunch & Learn theme was “Fueling the Future.” During the event, students were randomly assigned to tables to encourage additional networking among fellow students. The first speaker was Dr. Rand Broadway from the USDA-ARS who presented on “How to make the most of your graduate career.” Dr. Broadway’s presentation included advice on how to choose a program and mentor, the importance of collaboration, and how to be proactive during a graduate program. Following Dr. Broadway’s presentation, Dr. Mike Moseley from Positively Mose, LLC and Zoetis (retired) presented on “How to make the transition from graduate student to industry professional.” During Dr. Moseley’s presentation, he discussed the following topics: taking ownership of your career, characteristics that make one employable, and how to prepare for an interview. Both presentations were well received by the graduate students in attendance and made the Lunch & Learn a great success! Nine schools were represented at the Lunch & Learn and included the following: Auburn University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University Commerce, Texas Tech University, University of Arkansas, University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Thank you to those who attended this year’s Graduate Student Meet & Greet and Lunch & Learn and be on the lookout for similar events at the 2018 Southern Section meeting in Fort Worth, TX on February 3-6, 2018!

For more information about the Graduate Student Meet & Greet and Lunch & Learn, contact: Brittni Littlejohn (aggieino9@tamu.edu), Sierra Lockwood (slockwo1@utk.edu), or Sam Ingram (shingram@ncsu.edu).

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Midwest student competition results

Undergraduate and graduate student oral and poster competitions were held earlier this week at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, in Omaha, Nebraska. Congratulations to all of the participants and to the 1st, 2nd, 16and 3rd place winners in each of the divisions! The M.S. and Ph.D. Oral and Poster competition awards are sponsored by the ADSA/ASAS Midwest Board. Undergraduate Oral and Poster competitions are sponsored by the Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club, ASAS Foundation.

Here are the student competition results. Visit the ASAS Facebook page to see photos of the competition winners present at the Awards Ceremony on Tues., March 14.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ORAL COMPETITION
PRESENTED BY: PAUL WALKER, DI CONSULTING

1st. Effects of Spring Administration of Extended-Release Eprinomectin (LongRange) on Fescue Toxicosis, Performance and Reproduction of Fall-Born Beef Heifers.
J. M. Kordas*, F. A. Ireland, and D. W. Shike, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

STUDENT: Jessica M. Kordas

2nd. A Commercially Available Activity Monitor Attached to the Ear Tag Detects Swine Oral-Nasal-Facial Behaviors.
G. V. Hernandez*1, R. Manjarin1, Y. Luo2, A. N. Schmitz2, P. J. VandeVord3, E. M. Fievisohn3, and L. E. Hulbert2, 1California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2Kansas State University, Manhattan, 3Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

STUDENT: Gabriella V. Hernandez

3rd. Cognitive Ability, Activity and Metabolic Rate in Mice Divergent for Water Consumption.
D. Magee*1,2, M. T. Haag2, S. B. Johnson2, C. Rosenfeld3, K. D. Wells2, and W. R. Lamberson2, 1Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS, 2University of Missouri, Division of Animal Sciences, Columbia, 3University of Missouri, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Columbia

STUDENT: Danielle Magee

GRADUATE STUDENT ORAL COMPETITION – M.S. DIVISION
PRESENTED BY: DANIEL SHIKE, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

1st. Assessment of an Alternative Technique for Measuring Body Temperature in Pigs.
A. L. Petry*1, W. S. McGilvray1, A. R. Pendleton2, and A. Rakhshandeh1, 1Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 2South Plains College, Lubbock, TX

STUDENT: Amy L. Petry

2nd. Determining the Phosphorus Release for Natuphos E 5,000 G Phytase for Nursery Pigs.
K. M. Gourley*, J. C. Woodworth, J. M. DeRouchey, M. D. Tokach, S. S. Dritz, and R. D. Goodband, Kansas State University, Manhattan

STUDENT: Kiah M. Gourley

3rd. Timely on-Farm Euthanasia of Pigs: Development of an Innovative and Interactive Training Program for Caretakers.
C. R. Mullins*, M. Pairis-Garcia, and M. R. B. Campler, The Ohio State University, Columbus

STUDENT: Caitlyn R. Mullins

GRADUATE STUDENT ORAL COMPETITION – PH.D. DIVISION
PRESENTED BY: ALLISON MEYER, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

1st. Evaluating the Efficacy of Commercial Feed Additives as Potential Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) Mitigation Strategies in Complete Feed and Spray-Dried Porcine Plasma as Determined by Polymerase Chain Reaction Analysis and Bioassay.
J. T. Gebhardt*1, J. C. Woodworth1, C. K. Jones1, M. D. Tokach1, J. M. DeRouchey1, R. D. Goodband1, J. R. Bergstrom2, J. F. Bai1, Q. Chen3, J. Zhang3, P. C. Gauger3, R. J. Derscheid3, D. R. Magstadt3, P. H. Arruda3, A. Ramirez3, R. G. Main3, and S. S. Dritz1, 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, DSM Nutritional Products, LLC., Parsippany, NJ, 3Iowa State University, Ames

STUDENT: Jordan T. Gebhardt

2nd. The Effect of Isoflurane and Meloxicam on Behaviour of Dairy Goat Kids following Cautery Disbudding.
M. N. Hempstead*1,2, M. Stewart3, J. R. Waas2, V. M. Cave1, and M. A. Sutherland1, 1AgResearch, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 3InterAg, Hamilton, New Zealand

STUDENT: Melissa N. Hempstead

3rd. Lipid Peroxidation Decreases Performance and Viability of Nursery Pigs.
P. L. Chang*1, D. S. Rosero2, C. E. Zier-Rush2, S. Smith2, J. N. Wood3, K. E. Lloyd3, R. D. Boyd2, and E. van Heugten3, 1North Carolina State University, Department of Animal Science, Raleigh, 2The Hanor Company, Inc., Franklin, KY, 3North Carolina State University, Raleigh

STUDENT: Petra L. Chang

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION
PRESENTED BY: JAKE LEE, JBS UNITED, INC.

1st. Effects of Vitamins E and D on Performance and Antioxidant Enzymes in Nursery Pigs.
K. R. Copeland*1, D. B. Scales1, G. M. Hill1, J. E. Link1, K. C. Turner1, C. J. Rozeboom1, and R. L. Stuart2, 1Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2Stuart Products Inc., Bedford, TX

STUDENT: Kaylee R. Copeland

2nd. Feeding Liquid Sweet Whey to Growing Swine.
J. M. Lutz*1, N. Ernst1, A. R. Brummit1, J. C. Hofman1, J. P. Schweihofer2, S. Cho1, and D. W. Rozeboom1, 1Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2Michigan State University Extension, Bad Axe

STUDENT: Joseph M. Lutz

3rd. Effects of In Utero Heat Stress on Boar Growth and Reproduction prior to, during, and after Puberty.
J. A. Proctor*1, D. W. Lugar1, M. C. Lucy2, T. J. Safranski2, and K. R. Stewart3, 1Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2University of Missouri, Columbia, 3Purdue University, Department of Animal Sciences, West
Lafayette, IN

STUDENT: Jarret A. Proctor

GRADUATE STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION – M.S. DIVISION
PRESENTED BY: ANNA DILGER, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

1st. Vaginal and Uterine Bacterial Communities in Postpartum Lactating Cows.
B. A. Clemmons*1, F. Guirado Dantas1, G. A. Franco1, S. T. Reese1, O. I. Adeyosoye2, T. P. Smith3, P. R. Myer1, and K. G. Pohler1, 1University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 3USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE

STUDENT: Brooke A. Clemmons

2nd. Changes in Neonatal Foal Blood Chemistry during the First 72 Hours of Life.
N. B. Duncan*, M. J. Crosby, and A. M. Meyer, Division of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia

STUDENT: Natalie B. Duncan

3rd. Effects of Exogenous Phytase Supplementation and Dietary Phosphorus Concentration on Metabolism and Digestibility of Beef Cattle.
C. J. Long*, H. H. Stein, and T. L. Felix, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

STUDENT: Chloe J. Long

GRADUATE STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION – PH.D. DIVISION
PRESENTED BY: GRETCHEN HILL, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

1st. Standardized Total Tract Digestible Phosphorus Requirement of 11- to 25-Kg Pigs.
C. M. Vier*1, F. Wu1, S. S. Dritz1, M. D. Tokach1, M. A. D. Goncalves2, U. A. D. Orlando2, J. C. Woodworth1, R. D. Goodband1, and J. M. DeRouchey1, 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, 2Genus PIC, Hendersonville, TN

STUDENT: Carine Vier

2nd. Effects of Floor Cooling on Late Lactation Sows Under Acute Heat Stress.
F. A. Cabezon*1, A. P. Schinckel1, J. N. Marchant-Forde2, J. S. Johnson2, and R. M. Stwalley3, 1Purdue University, Department of Animal Sciences, West Lafayette, IN, 2USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit, West Lafayette, IN, 3Purdue University, Department of Agricultural Biological Engineering, West Lafayette, IN

STUDENT: Francisco A. Cabezon

3rd. Effects of Dietary Copper Levels on Growth Performance and Response to Lipopolysaccharide Challenge in Nursery Pigs from Sows Fed Either High or Low Copper Diets.
N. Lu*, and M. D. Lindemann, University of Kentucky, Lexington

STUDENT: Ning Lu

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Kellner awarded Outstanding Swine Nutrition Graduate Student

Trey Kellner, Iowa State University, is the recipient of the Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award. 

Kellner is from Stockton, Kansas and received his B.S. degree at the University of Nebraska. At Iowa State University under the guidance of Dr. John Patience, Kellner earned an M.S. degree in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

Kellner’s research has focused on more accurately predicting carcass iodine value, on understanding how dietary fat composition influences lipogenesis and lipolysis, how heat stress impacts dietary utilization and how the chemical composition of dietary fat can be used to estimate the ME and NE content of dietary fats.

Kellner is outgoing Graduate Director on the ASAS Midwestern Section Board of Directors. He has received numerous awards, including a Miller Fellowship and an IPPA Foundation Fellowship. Upon graduation, he will be a nutritionist for AMVC.

The Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award is sponsored by the Stahly/Peo Memorial and Tribute Fund of the ASAS Foundation.

Congratulations, Trey!

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Kansas State wins Midwest AQ!

Congratulations to the undergraduate team from Kansas State University! The team took top honors this week in the Midwest Academic Quadrathlon. Iowa State University placed 2nd overall, followed by University of Missouri in 3rd place. In all, 13 teams competed in the AQ.

Here are results for each of the AQ events. Follow ASAS on Facebook to see pictures from the competition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as photos from the AQ awards presentation.

Lab Practicum 

1st – Kansas State University

2nd – University of Missouri

3rd – Iowa State University

Oral Presentations 

1st – University of Minnesota

2nd – University of Illinois

3rd – North Dakota State University

Written Exam

1st – Kansas State University

2nd – Iowa State University

3rd – University of Missouri

Quiz Bowl

1st – Purdue University

2nd – University of Wisconsin-River Falls

3rd – University of Findlay

The following schools participated in the competition:

University of Missouri

Kansas State University

Iowa State University

North Dakota State University

University of Illinois

University of Findlay

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

West Virginia University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Purdue University

University of Minnesota

Special thanks to these Academic Quadrathlon sponsors:

  • Agri-King
  • ASAS Foundation
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
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