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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Message from the President

John J. Wagner, PhD, PAS, Diplomate ACAN

Season’s Greetings!

The Thanksgiving turkey is all but gone. Our belts are all a little tighter due to the bountiful assortment of pumpkin pies, candied yams, stuffing, and other holiday staples that we have consumed. Family visitors have largely returned to their own homes and it is now time to wind down 2011 and to ensure that 2012 gets off to a great start. The ARPAS Governing Council is currently preparing for the annual mid-year conference call which occurs in January. If anyone among the membership has any issues to address please bring them forward so that they may be addressed.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

DUES and CEU’S: A Regular Newsletter Feature?

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

Hopefully, you received a notice from FASS to pay dues for one or more Animal Science Societies and ARPAS by email or letter about a month ago. Dues for several of our Chapters are also payable along with your annual ARPAS dues.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Treasurer’s Report

Carl Hunt, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

It is a pleasure to provide a Treasurer’s report annually to ARPAS members. The organization continues to be on a solid financial foundation under very diligent executive leadership. With two months left to go in the 2011 calendar year our year-to-date revenues stand at $222,856 (does not include a $15,342 unrealized loss in our equity investments) versus year-to-date expenses of $188,238. While these are just snapshots in time, we have every reason to believe that our expenses at the end of 2011 will be below our revenues, which will provide for a positive net change in our assets. (We can also be hopeful that the asset value of our invested equities will improve, but who knows!)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nominations for 2012 ARPAS “Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist”

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

The ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS that have made significant contributions to the Animal Sciences during their active career and served in a leadership position within ARPAS.

Nominations may be made by any member of ARPAS. Final selection will be made by the ARPAS Executive Committee with conformation from the ARPAS Governing Council. The number of awards each year will not exceed 0.2% of the total ARPAS membership. Please contact any member of the ARPAS Governing Council or send your nomination by email to

Recipients of this award will be recognized with an article in the Newsletter and the PAS Journal and with a tribute at our annual meeting. A suitable award will be presented to them on this occasion. They will also be granted lifetime membership in ARPAS with emeritus privilege.

Categories: Awards, December 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2012 ARPAS Symposium Update

Bill Sanchez, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, President-Elect, ARPAS

The 2012 ARPAS Symposium has been set. The overall theme of the symposium is "Feed Efficiency: Opportunities for Improvement, Economics, and Integration with Environmental Sustainability." It will be held Tuesday morning the week of ASAS/ADSA meetings in Phoenix, and will last 2 hrs and 15 minutes (exact time will be determined later).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

PAS Journal Report

D. Wayne Kellogg, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Animal Scientist

The 27th volume of the Professional Animal Scientist was completed recently. Review articles continue to be popular among scientists. The list of ‘most-read articles’ in PAS (HighWire, November, 2011) is topped by the 2009 review article by Dr. Don L. Palmquist entitled, “Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Metabolism, Health, and Nutrition and for Modified Animal Product Foods”. In second place is the 2008 paper by Drs. Bewley and Schutz, “An Interdisciplinary Review of Body Condition Scoring for Dairy Cattle”. These are followed by (3) “Urea Feeding to Dairy Cattle: A Historical Perspective and Review” by Dr. Al Kertz in 2010, (4) a review on, “Effects of Biological Nitrogen Fixation and Nutrient Cycling on Stocking Strategies for Cow-Calf and Stocker Programs”, by Drs. F. M. Roquette, Jr., and G. R. Smith in 2010, and (5) a review on, “Animal Identification Systems in North America”, by R. G. L. Murphy et al. in 2008. Obviously, review articles lead the list, and that causes me to request that members consider submitting reviews on timely subjects. The most-read research article is, “Markers of Inflammation in Arthritic Horses Fed Omega-3 Fatty Acids”, by D. R. Manhart et al. in 2009, and the most-read Case Study is, “Evaluation of Calcium Propionate and Propylene Glycol Administered into the Esophagus of Dairy Cattle at Calving”, by Drs. S. R. Stokes and J. P. Goff in 2001.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Corporate Sponsorship Report

Dana J. Tomlinson, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAS

Are you an ARPAS member and employee of a company that does not support the National ARPAS organization? As an active member in the growing body of ARPAS chapters we need your help. So far this year we have received $20,000 in corporate sponsorship for the National Chapter of ARPAS, this is fantastic, but we need more and we need your help. The combination of corporate sponsorships and member’s yearly dues generate funds needed to keep our organization financially strong and able to provide training events such as our symposia held in conjunction with the ADSA/ASAS national meetings. Our committee has worked to grow our list of corporate sponsors but we find our best results come from within the organizations. Therefore, would you take a few minutes to go to and click on the sponsors tab on the left hand side of the window? Here you can find a listing of Sponsorship benefits, such as a free ARPAS membership for each $500 gift, Advertisement space in the ARPAS Journal and in our booth graphics along with complimentary copies of the journal.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

American College of Animal Sciences (ACAS) Report

Jack E. Garrett, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, President, ACAS

ACAS held its annual meeting this summer in conjunction with the ADSA/ADSA joint meetings in New Orleans. At this meeting, Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was elected President-Elect for ACAS. During 2011, we had 4 new members join ACAS, I would like to personally welcome Walter Owsley, John Bernard, Aaron Park, and Nar Gurung as Diplomats in ACAS bringing our total membership to 190. With the primary objective of ACAS being to advance the professionalism in the livestock/animal nutrition, physiology, welfare, food science, behavior and breeding/genetic, it is paramount for all of us to continue our ongoing efforts to participate and promote dissemination of information and education throughout our industries. Also, we need to bring more qualified members into ACAS to expand our knowledge base and ability to serve more. I would like to charge all members of ACAS to continue to spread the word about our organization and each member to seek to bring at least one new member to our ranks within the next year.

Categories: Reports, December 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

California Chapter

Lawson Spicer, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

The CA Chapter of ARPAS continues to have many projects and is always working on how to better the financial use of chapter monies for enhancing animal agriculture. The fundraising entitled “Bang for Your Buck II” raised $9,600 in August, 2011 for the chapter. Bill Vogt made the activity very successful. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Midwest Chapter

Dwight Roseler, Phd, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

The Midwest ARPAS Chapter is in its inaugural year for 2012. In October, the leadership team of Midwest ARPAS sent a welcome email letter to the 405 current ARPAS members in the Midwest updating the membership on the development of the Midwest Chapter and soliciting support for the chapter. As a current ARPAS member in the Midwest region, a complimentary membership to the Midwest ARPAS Chapter is included for 2012.