ARPAS Newsletter


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Recycling and Renewable Resources—ARPAS Style

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Exec. VP, ARPAS

Some things don’t change. Activities and events recur from year to year with ARPAS so let’s just use what has worked in the past. I revisited past ARPAS newsletters to glean articles written by our members that effectively communicate a reoccurring need or event. I have added information as needed to reflect the current status. Thanks to these members for creating this opportunity.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Professional Animal Scientist

Wayne Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief

Thanks for an Excellent Year
Volume 32 (2016) of the journal was completed earlier this month with 873 pages for the year. It is the largest volume to date. By comparison, the previous volume had 607 pages, and the 10-year average was 677 pages. I want to thank many people who made the year so successful. I especially thank the authors who conducted the research, submitted the manuscripts, made the revisions, and approved the final page proofs! I really appreciate the essential role that our expert reviewers—including many on the Editorial Board—had in appraising the manuscripts. Both Associate Editors, Andy Cole and Stacey Gunter, worked with authors and reviewers in refining the articles. Christina Horger, technical editor, and other FASS staff members were involved in preparing the page proofs. Finally, Emma Bruun and the staff of Elsevier published the issues.

Friday, April 01, 2016

ARPAS Symposium at 2015 Joint Annual Meeting

Bob Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAP

The ARPAS Symposium at the 2015 ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting will be on Tuesday morning, July 14, at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. The topic is Reproductive Efficiency of Beef Cows—Current Status and New Technologies. Four beef cattle researchers will discuss management practices and techniques to enhance reproductive efficiency of beef cows. Rick Rasby (University of Nebraska) will give an update on “Nutrition and management of cows—Supplementation and feed additives.” Rick Funston (University of Nebraska, North Platte) will discuss “Selection of a calving season.” Cliff Lamb (University of Florida, Marianna) will describe “Advantages of current and future reproductive technologies for beef production.” George Perry (South Dakota State University) with present an update on “Use of ultrasonography to make management decisions.” We are excited to have these outstanding speakers and look forward to learning about current practices and potential innovations for the future of the beef industry.

Categories: Announcements, April 2015

Friday, April 01, 2016

ARPAS Symposium at 2016 Joint Annual Meeting

Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, Dipl. ACAS

As we know, the 2016 year is in full swing and with that ARPAS is already in the final stages of planning the ARPAS Symposium for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Current President-Elect, Jeffrey DeFrain, has orchestrated what promises to be another highly educational symposium.

Friday, April 01, 2016

2016 Election Announcement

Voting Opening May 1st for 2016 Election

The 2016 ARPAS Elections will open Sunday, May 1, 2016. An email notification will be sent to all members with information about the 2016 nominees and how to cast a vote. 

This year’s nominees are as follows:

Dr. John K. Bernard
Dr. David P. Casper

Northeast Section Director
Dr. Mark S. Wagner 

Voting will end Tuesday, May 31 at midnight. 

Categories: Announcements, April 2016

Friday, April 01, 2016

ARPAS Related Events at the ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting

Below is the schedule of ARPAS related events at the 2016 ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting

Monday, July 18, 2016
6:00pm Governing Council Dinner

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
8:00am – 5:00pm Governing Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

9:00am – 12:00pm ARPAS Symposium
12:30 – 2:00pm ACAS Annual Meeting

Thursday, July 21, 2016
12:30 – 2:00pm ARPAS Business Meeting

For more information regarding the Joint Annual Meeting please visit their website at,

Categories: Announcements, April 2016

Friday, April 01, 2016

ARPAS Website Redesign

ARPAS website receiving upgrades

ARPAS is currently in the process of redesigning the ARPAS website, which is long overdue. Along with the redesign, we will be adding new features to make the website more user friendly and interactive. Below are a few of the highlights for the new website.

  • Search function
  • Online application submission
  • Upcoming meetings calendar—find out which upcoming meetings are approved for CEUs
  • New members section—allows you to see who has recently joined ARPAS
  • Featured members section—showcases a current ARPAS member each month for their research, involvement, etc.
  • New Board Members—listing incoming and outgoing board members

If you have comments or suggestions on how we can improve the ARPAS website further, contact Kelsey Grant at

Categories: Announcements, April 2016

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

ARPAS Symposium at 2016 Joint Annual Meeting

Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, DPL ACAS

Email Address


Inflammation alters nutrient metabolism and animal performance


An inflammatory state is part of the normal biological process to maintain tissue homeostasis. Inflammatory states have been broadly associated with psychological, physical and environmental challenges to the animal. The inflammatory state can result from a wide spectrum of causes but in livestock production animals it is often associated with microbial invaders, injury and/or trauma. Recent research has identified several inflammatory markers and acute-phase proteins that can be useful in detecting the magnitude and severity of inflammation in a given animal. Understanding the metabolic impact of these inflammatory markers could aid in the development of future nutritional and management strategies to keep the inflammatory process at a manageable state so as to optimize animal performance. 

Suggested speakers:

Speaker 1: General info on inflammation
• Dr. Kirk C. Clasing, UC Davis

Speaker 2: Role of the rumen microflora in systemic inflammation
• Dr. TG Nagaraja, K-State

Speaker 3: Usefulness (or not) of inflammatory biomarkers
• Dr. Chris Chase, South Dakota State Univ.

Speaker 4: Nutritional considerations in cattle
• Dr. Reinaldo Cooke, Oregon State Univ.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

ARPAS 2016 Elections

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Exec. VP, ARPAS

As the end of the year approaches, we need to look forward as to where ARPAS is going in the years to come and ask, “How are we going to get there?” As the current past-president, one of my responsibilities for the upcoming year is to chair the committee selecting candidates for the president-elect of ARPAS.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Dues and CEUs Reminder for 2015

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Exec. VP, ARPAS

It’s that time of year again, and I would be remiss in my role with ARPAS if I did not remind you to pay your dues and report your CEUs.
Perhaps you have already responded to our annual request for payment of your ARPAS dues. Thank you for continuing monetary support of national ARPAS and your local chapter as well. 

If you have misplaced the dues notice or just forgot to respond, you are not delinquent until January 1. Please use our website ( or contact Jeremy Holzner if you need assistance or have forgotten your membership number.