Block & Bridle Convention coming up!

The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention is fast approaching. The meeting will be held March 31 to April 2 in Arlington, Virginia at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

Not yet registered for the meeting?  Register today as space is filling up quickly! Also make your housing arrangements soon. Discounted housing rates end March 6.

Speakers and tour stops are being finalized now, so watch for more details on the meeting website and by email soon.

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.  Enjoy visits to many additional locations, viewed from the bus, and accented by lights during the evening.

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 among 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.

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Nominations open for ASAS National Graduate Director

Nominations for the 2017-2018 ASAS National Graduate Director are now open. Nominations are due March 1, 2017. Here is information about the position, if you are interested in serving as a graduate director, or know someone you wish to nominate.

Responsibilities: Plan, advertise and implement ASAS graduate and undergraduate student activities at the National Meeting, such as the Graduate Student Symposium, Lunch & Learn, Open Forum and Social; serve as a voting member on the national ASAS Board of Directors; attend board meetings in January and July each year (all travel and accommodations covered); serve on various national ASAS committees (Student Activities, Communications, Membership, National Awards, and Agri-King Outstanding Graduate Student Award); recruit and organize National ASAS Graduate Director elections; update the graduate student section of the ASAS website; communicate with members using monthly Facebook/blog postings and updates in the Taking Stock e-newsletter; contribute monthly to the Graduate BULLetin, oversee one of the sectional graduate director committees and facilitate communication; continuously adjust programming activities to meet the needs of a changing and diverse membership.

Time commitment: Varies during the year from 5 to 20 hours per month depending on proximity to the National Meeting. Term is from July 2017 to July 2019. Graduate Directors must be graduate students or post-docs during the duration of their term. While two years is a significant commitment, participation should not interfere with progress towards your degree.

Application process: If you are interested in serving as a graduate director, or know someone you wish to nominate, please send name of nominee and contact information to Amanda Jones, amanda.2.jones@uconn.edu by March 1, 2017.

A committee will then choose two candidates to be finalists. Finalists will be asked to submit a short biography and vision statement. Finalists will be notified of election results and the new Graduate Director will begin his/her term at the completion of national meetings in July.

Questions: Contact Amanda Jones, amanda.2.jones@uconn.edu

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Southern Section student competition results

Graduate student oral competitions took place during the recent Southern Section Meeting in Franklin, Tennessee. Winners were honored during the Awards Banquet, held Mon., Feb. 6. Here are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place rankings in each competition division:

Ph.D. Division

1st place – Abstract 044 – Intensified Cow-Calf Production in the Southern Great Plains.  A. L. McGee*, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

2nd place – Abstract 037 – Zinc Source and Concentration Altered Physiological Responses of Beef Heifers during a Combined Viral-Bacterial Respiratory Challenge.  A. B. Word*, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USDA-ARS-Livestock Issues Research Unit, Lubbock, TX

3rd place – Abstract 043 – Evaluation of Statistical Process Control Procedures to Monitor Feeding Behavior Patterns and Detect Onset of Bovine Respiratory Disease in Growing Bulls.  W. C. Kayser*, Texas A&M University, College Station

M.S. Division

1st place – Abstract 032 – Use of Triptorelin Acetate for Inducing Ovulation and Facilitating Fixed Time Artificial Insemination of Sows Weaned on Small-Scale and Niche Market Pig Farms.  A. J. Fabi*, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

2nd place – Abstract 027 – Milk Production Responses to Beef Cow Energy Intakes.  C. M. Spencer*, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

3rd place – Abstract 036 – Effect of Acute or Chronic Water Restriction on Hematological Variables, Rectal Temperature and Performance in Parenteral or Intranasal Modified-Live Viral Vaccinated Beef Calves.  E. L. Kaufman*, West Texas A&M University, Canyon

Abstracts from the 2017 Southern Section Meeting are available online in .pdf format and in searchable .html format on the Journal of Animal Science website.

Download PDF Version of the SS Abstract Book

View as JAS Supplement

The 2017 Southern Section Meeting was held Feb. 4-7, 2017, in Franklin, Tennessee at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

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Smith receives Emerging Young Scholar

The Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science is pleased to award William “Brandon” Smith with its Emerging Young Scholar Award. Smith accepted the award during the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held February 4-7, in Franklin, Tenn.

Smith is a native of Slocomb, Alabama. He received dual B.S. degrees from Auburn University (agronomy & soils; animal sciences) in 2012 and an M.S. from the University of Arkansas (ruminant nutrition) in 2014.

Smith is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University, specializing in forage agronomy and the forage-animal interface. His undergraduate research centered on production practices to improve annual ryegrass yield in Alabama, and his M.S. research focused on limit-feeding byproduct feedstuffs. Smith is currently evaluating the use of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) in stocker supplementation programs on actively-growing warm season perennial pastures. He gave the Emerging Scholar presentation, “Impact of DDGS supplementation of cattle grazing bermudagrass on the plant-animal-environment nexus,” during a Pastures and Forages session on Tues., February 7.

Smith has one manuscript in addition to six extension papers, one book chapter, two popular press articles and 26 abstracts. He is a past Graduate Director of both the American Society of Animal Science and the American Society of Agronomy Boards of Directors. Smith plans to finish his Ph.D. program in May 2017.

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Grad student events at Southern

Visit the 2017 Southern Section Meeting website to register for the following graduate student events at the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, to be held in Franklin, Tenn., February 4-7, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

Graduate Student Meet and Greet

Sunday, February 5, 2017 • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Room: Arabian

The ASAS-Southern Section Graduate Student Meet and Greet will provide graduate students with the opportunity to socialize and network with fellow graduate students in an informal setting. Light refreshments will be provided. Preregistration is highly recommended.

Registration fee is $10.00

Graduate Student Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • 12:00 PM

Room: Williamson

The ASAS-Southern Section Graduate Student Lunch and Learn will provide a unique opportunity for students to obtain valuable information and advice from academic and industry professionals in an exclusive setting. This year’s theme is “Fueling the Future,” which will be encompassed by 3 topics: How to make the most of your graduate career, How to make the transition from graduate student to industry professional, and How to balance a successful career and personal life.

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