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Wednesday, April 1, 2009


ARPAS President Marit Arana, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAS

As spring is now here, the meeting season seems to be in full swing. I know that ARPAS has been represented at quite a few meetings in the last few months. I plan on attending the Discover Conference on Direct Fed Microbials in Indiana in April, and I will also be in Keystone, Colorado, for the Equine Science meetings at the end of May. If you know of anyone who would like to take the ARPAS exam at either of these locations, please have them contact me to arrange an exam time. My e-mail is They can also visit the Web site and see other locations where exams are being offered.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


ARPAS Executive VP Kenneth Cummings, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAN

CEUs and Feeding the ARPAS Meter...
Your ARPAS meter requires 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) each year to stay in the black. If it is not fed, the numbers become red and you get a ticket.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

President-Elect Candidates

Bill Braman, PhD, PAS

Bill Braman was raised on a dairy and crop farm in Indiana. He received a BS in agriculture education from Purdue University and an MS and PhD in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois. Braman has held nutrition and management positions with several companies including Murphy Products, United Suppliers, ConAgra, PM Ag Products, Central Connecticut Cooperative, and Milk Products. Currently, Braman is vice-president of sales and marketing at Chr. Hansen, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he has responsibility for North American business activities for the Animal Health and Nutrition Division. Braman is a member of the American Dairy Science Association; American Society of Animal Science; Poultry Science Association; ARPAS, currently serving as midwest director; and the American Feed Industry Association’s Nutrition Committee, currently serving as chairman. Braman and his wife, Georgina, live in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Dwain Bunting, PhD, PAS

Dwain Bunting is a native of Texas and received BS and MS degrees in animal science from Texas Tech University and a PhD in animal nutrition from the University of Kentucky. He served on the faculty of the Department of Dairy Science at Louisiana State University for 10 years, teaching courses in nutrition and conducting research in dairy nutrition. He is the author of more than 40 journal articles and more than 100 other publications. He has been a member of ARPAS since 1990 and was midwest director from 2003 to 2006. He has worked in national and international marketing and technical support in the feed industry for the last 10 years. He is currently the ruminant marketing and tech support manager for Trouw Nutrition USA and resides in Lubbock, Texas.

Categories: Uncategorized, April 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Midwest Director Candidates

James Spain, PhD, PAS

James Spain received his BS in animal science from the North Carolina State University in 1984. This was followed with an MS in dairy science and a PhD in animal science from Virginia Tech in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He has been at the University of Missouri since January of 1990, where he has served in roles in dairy research, teaching, and extension. Spain currently serves as professor of animal sciences and vice-provost for undergraduate studies.
Spain is a well-recognized author and speaker in the areas of dairy nutrition and management. He is a member of ARPAS, American Dairy Science Association, American Society of Animal Science, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Council for Agriculture Science and Technology, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors, and National Science Teachers Association.

Alan Sutton, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAN

Alan L. Sutton received his BS degree (1966) in animal sciences and MS degree (1968) in animal nutrition from Iowa State University and his PhD (1971) in animal nutrition from Cornell University. Since 1971, he has been at Purdue University in the Department of Animal Sciences as an assistant professor from 1971 to 1977, associate professor from 1977 to 1983, and professor in animal nutrition and nutrient management since 1983.

Sutton’s research has focused on determining management practices to use animal manure as a resource and minimize the threat of pollution from animal manure. This has included such factors as the effects of diet, storage systems, and other factors on nutrient composition of animal manures and the effects of animal manure application rates and methods on soils and crop production. Recently, Sutton conducted research on diet manipulation to reduce nutrient outputs and the creation of odorous compounds from manure. Primary extension efforts have focused on developing and communicating science-based information on animal nutrient management for producers, consultants, regulators, policy makers, and extension educators.

Sutton is a member of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), American Dairy Science Association, ARPAS, Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. He was an ARPAS charter member and is a diplomate of the American College of Nutrition. He has served as the midwest section director on the ASAS Board (1998–2002); on the ASAS Membership Committee; and on the FASS Environment, Waste Management and Ecosystems Committee (chair for two years). Currently Sutton is a member of the National Pork Board Environment Committee and a domain editor of environmental stewardship for the Pork Information Gateway of the US Pork Center of Excellence. Sutton was given the 1996 ASAS Animal Management Research Award and the 1999 USDA Foreign Agricultural Service International Honor Award. He participated in an animal husbandry fellowship (2001–2002) with USDA-NRCS to develop educational materials and incentive and policy programs for the feed management component of the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning process. Sutton was recently awarded the Frederick L. Hovde Award for Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People in Indiana (2002), Pork Producers A

Categories: Uncategorized, April 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Southern Director Candidates

Patrick French, PhD, PAS

Patrick French, PAS, is a native of Kentucky, where he grew up on a diversified farm. He received BS degrees in accounting and animal sciences and later an MS of animal science in 1996. In 1999, French received a PhD from Virginia Tech and accepted a teaching and research position at Oregon State University. During his seven-year career at Oregon State, he taught classes in nutrition and dairy production, advised students and student clubs, and conducted research related to transition cow nutrition and perennial grass forage quality. He served as major advisor to two PhD and four MS students. In 2006, French accepted the position of manager of ruminant nutrition and research with Southern States Cooperative Inc., which is a farmer-owned cooperative based in Richmond, Virginia. In his new role at Southern States, he provides technical field support in Southern States’ marketing area, including formulation and product development, and serves on several boards at Cooperative Research Farms. In addition to ARPAS, he is a member of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science, and he serves as a judge for the Southeast Dairy Challenge student competition.

Dana J. Tomlinson, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAS

Dana J. Tomlinson was raised on a dairy in northeast Ohio with registered Guernsey cattle and Suffolk sheep. He received a BS in dairy science from The Ohio State University and advanced degrees in dairy nutrition and management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg (1990). His primary area of research was replacement dairy heifer growth, body composition, and the effect of carbohydrates and rumen undegradable protein on growth and composition.

Tomlinson has been with Zinpro since 2000. His current responsibilities include research and nutritional services, which involves providing technical support to the North and Central American, Canadian, and South African sales teams, customers, and prospects. His research responsibilities include conducting Zinpro Corporation sponsored research on trace mineral nutrition with dairy cattle and companion animals. The emphasis is on the role of trace mineral nutrition on performance and immune competence, as well as management, housing, and the environment on production, health, reproduction, and profitability of dairy cattle. He has also evaluated trace mineral effects on skin integrity, hair and fur quality, growth, and immune function in companion and fur-bearing animals. Tomlinson has been a frequent speaker at international dairy conferences in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and South Africa, focusing on trace mineral function, dairy cattle lameness, reproductive performance, and housing.

Tomlinson previously worked for Purina Mills, Inc. (1990–1999) as the dairy nutrition and management consultant in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. This position involved dairy product development at six manufacturing plants, ration formulation, development of marketing materials, regulatory and pricing control, and technical support for salespeople and customers.

Categories: Uncategorized, April 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist—A New ARPAS Award

ARPAS is pleased to announce the establishment of a new award to honor emeritus members who have made significant service contributions to this organization and to the animal sciences. The name of the award is Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist. The first recipients will be announced at our 2008–2009 annual meeting in Montreal.
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Categories: Awards, April 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Southern Great Plains Chapter of ARPAS

The Southern Great Plains (SGP) Chapter of ARPAS will hold their annual meeting on April 10 in conjunction with the Plains Nutrition Council. The breakfast meeting will be held at the Marriott Plaza, 555 S. Alamo St. in San Antonio, Texas, at 6:30 am. All SGP-ARPAS members, and ARPAS members who wish to join the chapter, are invited. The speaker will be Ellen Jordan, PAS, ACAN, Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas, Texas. Her topic will be “A Survey of Water Quality in the Southern Great Plains.” We will also nominate new officers and directors of the chapter. If you wish to attend, please contact Gerald Horn, President-Elect (phone 405-744-6621 or e-mail

The speaker and breakfast are provided thanks to contributions from the ARPAS Chapter Support Fund, Pfizer, Intervet, Novus, and Lallemand Specialities.

Following the meeting, officers will be available to give the ARPAS exam to those who wish to join.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Washington, DC Chapter

The Washington, DC area chapter of ARPAS is having its afternoon symposium and banquet on April 30. The symposium will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Building 05 on the BARC campus at Beltsville, Maryland. This year’s topic will be Current Research Reports from the University of Maryland Animal Science Department. Faculty speakers include Brian Bequette, Amy Burk, and Lisa Taneyhill. Post-doctorate student Monika Proszkowiec-Weglarz and graduate students Kristina Heuck, Meredith Bohannon, Wynne Collins, and Beth Ventura will also present their research. There will be a banquet for both the Washington DC ARPAS chapter and the University of Maryland national capital area chapter of ΓΣΔ following the symposium at 6:30 pm at the neighboring Holiday in College Park. The featured speaker this year, Linda Wilmot of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, will speak on Regulations, Animals, and People. The ARPAS chapter will install its new officers and present a Distinguished Service award to one of its outstanding members. Undergraduate scholarship awards will also be presented to University of Maryland animal science students. ΓΣΔ will induct its new members and present Certificates of Merit to the University of Maryland outstanding graduating senior and faculty members who have done outstanding work in the areas of teaching, extension, and research. A Distinguished Career Achievement in Research award will be presented by ΓΣΔ. The cost for the symposium will be $35, and the cost for the banquet will also be $35, with a discount price of $65 if you sign up for both. Students will only have to pay $5 for the symposium. Interested persons should contact Vern Pursel at (301) 854-9758 for registration information.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Steven Boyles, PhD, PAS, Receives OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

Steven Boyles, The Ohio State University, was honored this past year with a surprise visit by President Gordon Gee, Archie Griffin (OSU Alumni President and two-time Heisman Trophy Winner), and Linda C. Martin (OSU Dean of Teaching for the College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences). Their presence resulted from Boyles' being honored with The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. This award honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by current and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students, and faculty. Recipients of this award receive a monetary award and will also be inducted into the University’s Academy of Teaching, which provides leadership for the improvement of teaching at The Ohio State University. 

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Categories: Awards, April 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

2009 Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference

The time for the annual Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference (TSDNC) is quickly approaching. The conference will be held April 21 and 22, 2009, at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, with adjoining hotel accommodations. Please list the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference in the calendar of events section of your publication. Details can be found at the conference Web site: