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Friday, April 1, 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 1, 2016

Washington, DC Chapter Report

The Washington, DC, Area Chapter of ARPAS will hold its annual Mini Symposium titled “Communicating Science to the Public” on April 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. with a reception following. The speakers for the symposium include Kay Johnson, president and CEO of the Animal Agricultural Alliance; Bethany Brookshire, science education writer for Science News for Students and noted science blogger; and Eric Mittenthal, vice president of public affairs at the North American Meat Institute. A reception with buffet food will follow. The reception program will highlight Lonnie Luther, one of the ARPAS Outstanding Animal Scientist Awardees being recognized by ARPAS Executive VP Ken Cummings. The WDC Area Chapter Vern Pursel Outstanding Animal Scientist awardee and the WDC Chapter student scholarship awardees for the University of Maryland will also be recognized. Additionally, the 2015–2016 WDC Area Chapter Officers will be installed.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

President’s Letter

Jack Garrett, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAS

Hopefully spring has sprung for everyone during the last couple weeks. Temperatures are climbing here in Colorado, and a sense of renewal is coming over the state as flowers, trees, grass, and plants are greening up. As for my presidency with ARPAS, I’m beginning the last third of my term. It seems like only yesterday we were meeting in Kansas City. Hopefully this final third will be as interesting as the first two-thirds were.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reporting Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Kenneth Cummings

Reporting Continuing Education Units (CEU) is simple through the ARPAS website. Just log onto the site at and click on “Submit CEUs.” Not only is your CEU record instantly updated when you enter your meetings online, but the system also keeps a convenient submission history in case you wish to check your past entries. Don’t see a meeting you want to report on the approved list? No problem! You can submit any meeting to be approved and posted on the list before you enter it online. Remember, 16 CEU are required each year to maintain your registration, and up to 16 CEU can be carried over to the following year.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Please Renew Your ARPAS Membership for 2015

We are one-third of the way into 2015, and dues for this year are past due for 171 members who have not renewed. Your membership is important to us and to you as a professional animal scientist and is not to be taken lightly. Lapsed members from a previous year can reinstate their membership by filling out a lapsed member form (available on our website and paying a reinstatement fee of $20 plus dues and CEU for the current year.
If you have retired and want to continue as an active member, you can establish an emeritus membership. It is available for ARPAS members who have retired and who are no longer practicing professional activities in animal science. Continuing education units are not required for emeritus members. The annual membership fee for emeritus members is $47.50 per year. 
Life emeritus members may also elect to pay a one-time fee of only $285. You may renew your emeritus membership online today or download the printable form at 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Student Membership

Kenneth Cummings

Student Membership is available to full-time graduate and undergraduate students and requires verification from major professor to qualify. In addition to the initial exam fee, the membership fee is $10 for the first year of membership and for every year thereafter while the member is a full-time student. Continuing education units are not required for full-time student members.
If you are an advisor or major professor to these prospective ARPAS professionals, please encourage them the attain ARPAS certification at a very affordable price. In many cases, the examination fee will be paid by the ARPAS Foundation. Please contact Kelsey ( at ARPAS headquarters for information.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Treasurer's Report

Carl Hunt, Treasurer

We certainly like you for more than just your money, but don’t underestimate the importance of your membership dues to the operation of ARPAS. As you know ARPAS begins its campaign for members to renew their annual dues in the last quarter of each calendar year. Therefore, revenues received from membership dues soon after the beginning of each new year will closely reflect what the year’s total will be. For 2015 we have budgeted total revenues to be $262,000, of which $132,000 are to come from membership dues, just over 50% of what we need to operate the organization for the year! The good news is that as of February 28, 2015, we have received $123,500 in membership dues, but the bad news of course is that we desperately need that remaining $8,500 to meet our annual budget needs. Please, if you have not renewed your 2015 membership, do so today. You are important to us!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Update on The Professional Animal Scientist

Wayne Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief

It is a pleasure to call to your attention some excellent review articles. 

In the current issue (April 2015) Waldrip, Cole, and Todd have published a review titled “Nitrogen sustainability and beef-cattle feedyards: I. Introduction and influence of pen surface conditions and diet.” [The reference is The Professional Animal Scientist, 2015, 31:89–100; doi:10.15232/pas.2014-0136.]

In the December (2014) issue, Galyean and Hubbert published a review titled “Traditional and alternative sources of fiber—Roughage values, effectiveness, and levels in starting and finishing diets.” [The reference is The Professional Animal Scientist, 2014, 30:571–584; doi:10.15232/pas.2014-01329.]

In the June (2014) issue, Hall and Glaze published a review on the “System application of sexed semen in beef cattle” [The Professional Animal Scientist, 2014, 30:279–284]

I would appreciate your commenting about these, and other articles in the journal, to colleagues who would benefit from the new information.

We have several review articles in upcoming issues. If you are not receiving an e-mail notice when each issue is available online, please request that from the FASS office.

Categories: Updates, April 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Professional Relations Committee Report

Paul Beck, Southern Director

ARPAS has a long and successful history of building relationships among animal scientists in academia and industry. A not insignificant part of the support for ARPAS is from gifts from our corporate sponsors, and we thank those companies that are currently supporting our mission of promoting excellence and ethics in professional animal scientists.

This year’s donors are as follows:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

California Chapter Report

Bang for Your Buck, our annual fundraiser, an afternoon of trapshooting along the Kings River followed by a steak dinner, will be held on August 27 at the Kingsburg Gun Club. Proceeds from this event are used by our chapter to fund scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Those interested in helping to sponsor this event are asked to contact Andy Riordan (

The 2015 California ARPAS continuing education meeting will be held on October 28 and 29 at the Inn at Harris Ranch, Coalinga, California. This year’s theme is N utilization in ruminants and nonruminants, with an emphasis on characterization of whole-animal N dynamics. Talks and confirmed speakers are as follows:

Comparative aspects of N utilization in ruminants and nonruminants—John Cant, University of Guelph

Characterization of N fluxes in nonruminants 

Quantitative aspects of N fluxes in growing and lactating ruminants

Amino acid utilization in the lactating dairy cow—Peter Robinson, University of California, Davis

In addition, recipients of our graduate student scholarships will present brief overviews of their work.

For more information regarding either event, please see our website (