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Thursday, December 1, 2011


Carl Hunt, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

As we near the end of our fiscal year (December 31), it is apparent that ARPAS continues to be on a very sound financial foundation. Our expenses for the year are well below that which had been budgeted, and most revenue categories are about on pace with budgeted amounts. The Professional Animal Scientist continues to be a popular means of publishing research findings, and the journal’s revenues and expenses are very well balanced. It appears that we will end the year with revenues exceeding expenses.

Currently ARPAS is receiving membership renewals, so this is an important time to draw your attention to the importance of membership revenue. Revenue from membership services accounts for about 56% of our total budget, so membership renewals, as well as attracting new members, are very important to our continued financial viability. For 2010 it appears that we will be about $6,600 short of our expected membership services revenue; this includes regular membership dues plus student and emeritus memberships and corporate sponsorships. Please take the time to renew your membership, and encourage other ARPAS members to do likewise!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Bill Braman, PhD, PAS

It is a distinct honor to serve as your ARPAS president and to provide you a midyear update of my term. Recently, ARPAS reached a milestone as we reached 1,600 members. This is a tribute to all our membership who have continued to support this robust and dynamic organization that continues to be relevant to our professional needs and provide value to its membership. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


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

The first two topics are, unfortunately, repeated in almost every ARPAS newsletter. When a year, decade, century, or millennium passes in which every member is current on dues or CEUs, I will not include a pep talk on these subjects in the newsletter. I will come up with some real news!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Kenneth R. Cummings, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

Three past-presidents of ARPAS were recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


ARPAS Foundation Committee: Darrell Johnson, PhD, PAS; Kenneth Cummings, PhD, PAS; Moe Bakke, PhD, PAS

Although there have been several articles in previous ARPAS Newsletters about the establishment of an ARPAS Foundation, many of you are still not well informed on its presence or purpose. In the recent ARPAS survey, we had two questions related to the ARPAS Foundation.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


John Wagner, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, President-Elect, ARPAS

“Using Meta-Analysis to Evaluate Multiple Study Data” will be the topic of the 2011 ARPAS Symposium to be held in conjunction with the joint meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA). The joint ASAS and ADSA meeting is scheduled for July 10–14, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Confirmed speakers for the three-hour symposium include Ian Lean of the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and Guy Loneragan of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. A third internationally known speaker is in the process of confirming the invitation to participate. The objective of the symposium is to provide professional animal scientists with a basic understanding of meta-analysis procedures. The information shared is intended to help professional animal scientists interpret meta-analysis results and objectively evaluate multiple study data. Currently ARPAS is seeking donations to help defray travel costs for the invited speakers. Individuals or organizations wishing to help sponsor this symposium should contact Kenneth Cummings or John Wagner.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


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

The 26th volume of the Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) was completed recently with 671 pages. This issue was smaller than the 684, 742, and 815 pages in the previous three issues. Review papers included “Effects of Biological Nitrogen Fixation and Nutrient Cycling on Stocking Strategies for Cow-Calf and Stocker Programs,” “Utilization of Stockpiled Tall Fescue in Winter Grazing Systems for Beef Cattle,” “Economic Evaluation of Cost-Cutting Forage Strategies for Cow-Calf Operations on Improved Pastures,” “Urea Feeding to Dairy Cattle: A Historical Perspective and Review,” and “Preweaning, Postweaning, and Carcass Trait Comparisons for Progeny Sired by Subtropically Adapted Beef Sire Breeds at Various US Locations.” In addition, there were 62 research articles and 13 case studies that were printed during 2010. The average time required was 43 days to the first decision and 83 days from submission to the final decision (acceptance or rejection) of a manuscript. There were 38 articles concerning the beef industry, 14 articles related to swine, 12 about dairy cattle topics, 5 that applied to horses, and 11 articles that were about general topics or forages. It should be noted that there was continued interest from equine researchers this year.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Benjy Mikel, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAFS, President, ACAS

The American College Animal Sciences (ACAS) has had an active year this past year. During the annual meeting in July and through our monthly conference calls, the emphasis of the leadership team has been on increasing membership numbers and involvement. Several tasks were conducted in both areas. A recruiting effort at the annual meeting was very successful in bringing ARPAS-ACAS to the attention of many individuals. In addition, a letter specifically targeting ARPAS/society members who qualified through the new Highly Qualified Membership route has garnered many applications for membership. In addition, the leadership team targeted specific current members of ACAS, encouraging them to step up into leadership roles to populate the discipline committees. At present, almost all discipline committees are now populated, and these groups will continue to identify means to recruit additional members.

Categories: Reports, December 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


ARPAS Professional Relations Committee Report

Now most of you may be thinking, "I don’t need to read this committee report," but read on because you may just find that you and your company can both benefit from a Corporate Sponsorship and get free membership in ARPAS. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Joe Harrison, PhD, PAS, and Moe Bakke, PhD, PAS

In spite of the difficult financial times, we are seeing growth in our membership. Two notable growth categories are Board Certified members, and those that have become members as a result of the Feed Management Certification opportunity. The table below summarizes information related to our membership statistics during the past few years. There appears to be good growth in membership during 2010 and some of this is likely due to better statistics of our member information.