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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014 President's Letter

Michael Galyean, PAS, Dipl. ACAS

A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a paper on the future of beef production in North America. I had previously given a presentation along the same lines about cattle feeding in the U.S., but expanding my thinking to the overall beef production systems in North American was a bit challenging. Only time will tell if my “predictions” have merit. When reminded that it was time to prepare an article for the newsletter, I started thinking about what ARPAS might look like a few years down the road. So, I will offer a few thoughts for your consideration, recognizing that just as with my predictions about beef production, only time will tell if these forecasts have validity.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 ARPAS Elections

Bill Sanchez, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN
Please remember to vote in the upcoming elections. A notice will be sent via email when the ballots are open.

Here are the current candidates:

Dr. Robert P. Wettemann, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Peter S. Erickson, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Paul A. Beck, University of Arkansas
M. J. Bakke, Custom Dairy Performance, Inc.

Ballots will be going out to all ARPAS members soon which will also include full bios on each candidate.

Categories: Uncategorized, April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ARPAS Symposium at the 2014 JAM

Jack Garrett, PhD, ACAN Dipl

Mark your calendar to attend this year’s ARPAS Symposium at the 2014 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) which will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Kansas City Convention Center. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Details on the meeting room will be available when the JAM program is published. 

Our topic this year is Customer/Consumer confidence in the livestock industry - Ethics

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Kenneth Cummings, EVP and Bill Price, Historian

ARPAS (1984) - We are now in our 30th year, (40th if you count our predecessor organization ARCAS, which was initiated in 1974*). We have grown in membership and vastly expanded the scope of activities and services provided to our members. In our formative years, animal scientists were provided an examination, a professional certification and a code of ethics. We also established a vehicle for publishing their applied research. Over time, many activities have been added to further enhance our member’s education, recognition, professional experience and value, personally and to their profession.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ethics Committee Report

Joanne Knapp, Ph.D. PAS, Ethics Committee Chair

The Ethics Committee has handled two formal complaints during the past year. One complaint was filed by a member regarding the sales promotion practices of a feed manufacturer. The committee found that the practice did violate the ARPAS Code of Ethics, and followed up with the company accordingly. The company responded very positively. 

The second complaint involved lack of credit or acknowledgement of original work in an article published in a lay periodical. The committee found that the lack of cited references was due to the editorial policy and process of the magazine and not the author's fault.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Update on Review Articles in the Professional Animal Scientist

Wayne Kellogg, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Editor in Chief, PAS

I would like to call your attention to the series of Invited Reviews that were published in the April 2014 Issue of the Professional Animal Scientist (30:125-191). These were based on the 2013 ARPAS Symposium, “Applied Nutrition of Ruminants—Current Status and Future Directions. Dr. M. L. Galyean prepared an introductory paper titled, “Nutrient requirements of ruminants: Derivation, validation, and application.” It is followed by, “Applied nutrition of ruminants: Fermentation and digestive physiology”, by Dr. C. R. Krehbiel; “Carbohydrate and fat: Considerations for energy and more”, by Drs. M. B. Hall and M. L. Eastridge; “Applied protein nutrition of ruminants—Current status and future directions”, by Drs. F. N. Owens, S. Qi, and D. A. Sapienza; and “Mineral and vitamin nutrition in ruminants”, by Drs. J. W. Spears and W. P. Weiss. The information presented should be of great importance to nutritionists.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ARPAS Foundation Report

Bill Braman, PhD, PAS, Chairperson

The ARPAS Foundation committee seeks your help.

The ARPAS Foundation was initiated in 2008 and the ARPAS bylaws were ratified by the membership in 2010. The purpose of the ARPAS Foundation includes education and development to ARPAS members to increase the value to ARPAS membership. 

In 2013 the ARPAS Foundation initiated a program to support membership growth through graduate student support. The Foundation Committee presented "Why you should be a member of ARPAS" to the Dairy Quiz Bowl contestants and ADSA Graduate Student Division during the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting of the Societies. The ARPAS Foundation supported the ARPAS exam fee for these students resulting in offering 70 students ARPAS exams and increasing membership. The Committee will broaden this activity in 2014 to include ASAS and PSA graduate students. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Professional Relations Committee Report

Paul Beck, Southern Director

ARPAS has a long and successful history of building relationships of animal scientists in academia and industry. The Professional Relations Committees in the past have done tremendous work using these relationships to provide benefits to corporate sponsors and garner support for our organization. A not insignificant part of the support for ARPAS is from gifts from our corporate sponsors and we would like to thank those companies that are currently supporting our mission of promoting excellence and ethics in Professional Animal Scientists!

This year’s donors are

Platinum ($2,500 per year)
Alfagreen Supreme
Arm & Hammer
Diamond V

Gold ($1,500 per year)

Bronze ($500 per year)
Biozyme, Inc
Quality Liquid Feeds

Also deserving recognition are the members of the Professional Relations Committee consisting of Justin Waggoner, Jason Rowntree, Matt Cravey, Troy Wistuba, Glenn Duff, and Brett Hess. I am extremely appreciative of these ARPAS members willingness to serve and work for our society.

Categories: Reports, April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Arkansas Chapter Report

The Arkansas Chapter is pursuing plans to merge into a regional chapter with membership primarily from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. An organizational meeting is planned from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on May 19th followed by dinner at the Noble Foundation Conference Center near Ardmore, OK. The cost is $25.00 per person and includes a dinner on Monday evening and breakfast on Tuesday morning at the Center. There are 20 rooms available at the Conference Center. On the morning of May 20th there will be presentations and a tour conducted by the professional staff at Noble Foundation.

Please register for the meeting as soon as possible to allow the Noble Foundation to plan the amount of meals needed. 

Please contact Clay Wright, Wayne Kellogg, or Phil Smith with any questions you may have.

Wayne Kellogg

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

California Chapter Report

Greetings from California. Our team has been very busy with lots of projects, planning, and meetings.