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Friday, December 1, 2017

President's Letter

John Bernard

I am happy to report that David Beede was selected to serve as the new editor-in-chief of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS). Dave is retiring from Michigan State University at the end of the year and will begin his new role as editor-in-chief in January. We are looking forward to working with Dave to grow PAS. During the interview process, the executive committee was presented with many new ideas for the journal by the candidates, and we are looking forward to addressing these as they will help us make PAS a better journal for our members as well as potentially help recruit additional members.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dues and CEU Reminder

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Executive Vice President, ARPAS

Perhaps you have already responded to our annual request for payment of your 2018 ARPAS dues. If so, thank you for your continuing monetary support of ARPAS and your local chapter as well.

If you have misplaced the dues notice or just forgot to respond, you are not delinquent until after January 1. Please use our website ( or contact Cornicha Henderson ( if you need assistance or have forgotten your membership number.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Nominations for 2018 ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Executive Vice President, ARPAS

The ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS who have made significant contributions to the animal sciences during their active career and also served in one or more ARPAS leadership positions.

Nominations may be made by any member of ARPAS. Final selection will be made by the ARPAS Executive Committee with conformation by 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

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Professional Animal Scientist

Wayne Kellogg

Even after editing for more than a decade, it was still exciting to complete another volume of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS). The 33rd volume of 781 pages contained nine review articles, 55 research articles, six technical notes, and 15 case studies. Though not as dominant as the previous year, topics about beef cattle and meats comprised more than one-half of the articles. Dairy was followed by swine, equine, and caprine topics. There were also some articles about feedstuffs, bedding, and water.

The review articles are a major contribution to PAS. Two of the reviews were from the ARPAS 2015 Symposium: “Nutritional and management considerations for beef cattle experiencing stress-induced inflammation” and “The ruminal microbes, microbial products, and systemic inflammation.” Three review papers had been presented at the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science about management strategies for intensive, sustainable cow-calf production systems in the Southeastern United States: “Matching forage systems with cow size and environment for sustainable cow-calf production in the southern region of the United States,” “Bermudagrass pastures overseeded with cool-season annual grasses and legumes,” and “Issues affecting research and extension programs on cow-calf and stocker cattle production in the Southeast region of the United States.” Individual reviews were titled “Transportation of commercial finished cattle and animal welfare considerations,” “Subjective pork quality evaluation may not be indicative of instrumental pork quality measurements on a study-to-study basis,” “The link between feeding dairy cows and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese production area,” and “Advantages and limitations of dairy efficiency measures and the effects of nutrition and feeding management interventions.”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Professional Animal Scientist Editor In Chief

Dave Beede

We seek your submissions and suggestions for The Professional Animal Scientist journal.

 I am honored to serve the next three years as the editor-in-chief (EIC) of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) journal. Wayne Kellogg, EIC for more than 11 years, has left big boots to fill. I appreciate his help in the next few months while transitioning into this new role. Andy Cole and Stacey Gunter will continue to serve as associate editors in 2018. An additional associate editor will be announced soon for the swine area.

We invite and strongly encourage submission of manuscripts for review and potential publication. Anyone, ARPAS members as well as nonmembers, can submit manuscripts for consideration. Submissions can be ORIGINAL RESEARCH manuscripts, SCIENTIFIC REVIEWS, CASE STUDIES, COMMENTARIES, or TECHNICAL NOTES addressing important topics that are ready or nearly ready for field application. Topics must relate to opportunities or challenges in the applied animal sciences or in animal production systems, including dairy, meat animals (beef and swine), horses, poultry, and other species. All submissions are peer reviewed and considered refereed upon publication. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Becoming a 2018 ARPAS Corporate Sponsor

Ryon Walker

Support ARPAS by becoming a 2018 Corporate Sponsor!

Friday, December 1, 2017

ACAS Board Certification Update

W. Randy Walker, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, ACAS President

The Christmas holiday season is upon us and 2017 is rapidly coming to a close. As usual, it seems this last year has just flown by. The holidays are always a time of good cheer that helps us to revive our spirits, reflect on the past year, and prepare for the year to come. I would like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, and may the joys of this season help to uplift you toward a fabulous New Year.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Two ARPAS members met in Beijing, China

M. J. Bakke, PAS

Two ARPAS members met in Beijing, China.


ARPAS member and diplomat Frank Delfino, PhD, UA, attended the opening ceremony for

"Establishment of Global Dairy Research Institute" associated with the Chinese Dairy Association.

Delfino gave a presentation called "Current development status of the American dairy industry and science technology."


M. J. Bakke, PAS, is the national secretary for national ARPAS.


This program was accomplished with the cooperation of the Agriculture Department of China, China Agricultural University.


Both ARPAS members are currently working in China and other international venues.

Categories: Photos, December 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Washington DC Chapter

Bill Price, PAS, and Chapter Past President

The Washington, DC, area chapter has an active agenda with monthly meetings and is planning a spring symposium. The speakers and topics for our monthly meetings are listed below. We alternate meeting sites between CVM (Rockville, MD) and USDA, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Our mini-symposium is planned for April 26.

Friday, December 1, 2017

South Central Chapter

The South Central Chapter offered its third annual graduate student competition in conjunction with the Four States Cattle Conference. Unfortunately, the conference date conflicted with finals and we were unable to attract participants. During the Four States Cattle Conference, Buck Pendergraft, chapter secretary, distributed ARPAS brochures and discussed membership benefits among trade show participants. A business meeting location is being secured for February 5 in conjunction with the Southern Section meeting of the American Society of Animal Science. Once details are finalized, an email will be distributed to paid chapter members. Several items of discussion for the business meeting will include a report from the chapter objectives committee, membership and membership drive, officer elections, and future direction for the graduate student competition. The chapter is currently seeking officers for president elect and director positions for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.