A New Direction for the ASM!
The Animal Science Monitor has continued to evolve over the many years of its existence. (Believe it or not, we're approaching our 12th anniversary!)
And now, as we draw closer to this milestone, we're about to evolve yet again.
Until now, the bulk of the information that the ASM has provided to its readers has dealt primarily with two main areas:
While this has been and still is important information, we have made the decision to "branch out" with our content offerings. Over the years, the ASM has not provided as much in the way of content related to the "science" part of Animal Science and Animal nutrition.
- Career advice and tips for professional advancement
- Market intelligence and best practices for hiring and retaining employees
That is all about to change. With this issue, we're ushering in a new age of content offerings. From this point forward, we're striking out in a fresh direction. This direction includes articles that will cover the following areas, among others:
Along the way, you're going to meet the newer members of our team and also become re-acquainted with some of our tenured members. Regardless, they'll be presenting you with timely, insightful, and valuable content about all aspects of Animal Science and Animal Nutrition.
- Technical information
- Interviews with industry experts
- Interviews with university faculty
- Advances within individual fields of study
- New techniques and emerging trends
- Industry events, including conferences
And don't worry - there will still be plenty of exciting employment opportunities for you to look through and consider as you continue to plot the trajectory of your career.
So thanks for staying with us through these many years and thanks for joining us on our latest journey. We look forward to continuing to exceed your expectations with this publication!
MATT DEUTSCH, Animal Science Monitor contributor
U Del Studies Wooden Breast Syndrome
Trish here! We found an interesting article from University of Delaware that will prove beneficial to poultry growers.
Growers all over the country and in other parts of the world dread wooden breast syndrome, as it may affect their investment. This is a condition where chicken breasts take on a woody texture. White striping may develop on the breast muscles. At present, there is no confirmed cause as to why this occurs in chickens. However, one thing is for certain. This condition makes the bird unmarketable.
At present, the University of Delaware is using their resources to combat this condition. Their approach is to analyze genes involved and to identify biomarkers for this particular disorder. Recently, they were able to determine the biochemistry that causes wooden breast syndrome. This will aid them in creating new diagnostic strategies and perhaps even treatments for this particular condition.
This project was led by Behnam Abasht. He is an assistant professor in UDel's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, specifically in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
According to Abasht, the white striping that is usually visible in birds with this disorder may decrease the nutritional content. He pointed out that there have been improvements in poultry production to increase muscle gain and growth in chickens. He postulated that this may have contributed to the increased development and rate of muscle disorders.
This informative article talks about the studies that are being done to determine genetic disorders and establishing biomarkers to help growers determine if a broiler might have this condition. It also discusses useful topics regarding possible etiologic factors that contribute to this condition and feed efficiency, as well.
Poultry growers will find the information in the article invaluable, as it may assist them in protecting their investment. UDel plans to research even more about wooden breast syndrome, and we at Continental Search will keep you in the loop when any new findings arise. In the meantime, you may read the whole article here.
BTW- Drop me a note if you are attending the annual National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production in Ocean City, Maryland in September. I'd like to meet you.
TRISH VALENZUELA, CPC, Recruiter
Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies.
She has filled positions in technical support, sales, and sales management across the USA.
Trish joined Continental Search in July 2015 and through hard study, she passed two certification programs. She is now a Certified Personnel Consultant and a Professional Recruiting Consultant.
Meet Trish at the annual National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production in Ocean City, Maryland in September.
Send her your resume at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (302) 248-8242. Visit her LinkedIn profile to connect with her and stay updated with current poultry trends. Trish can be reached at (302) 248-8242, through LinkedIn, or at email@example.com.
Udder Anatomy and Physiology with Dr. Laura Hernandez
Hi, this is Rick Pascual, Dairy Nutrition Recruiter at Continental Search. Dan Simmons and I came across an interesting video lecture from UW - Madison.
On June 8, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center's BioTrek Wednesday Nite @ the Lab featured Dr. Laura Hernandez, and two of her colleagues. Hernandez is an assistant professor who did a lively discussion about "Udder Anatomy and Physiology." This lecture included development, evolution, and lactation of the udders. She also discussed how the mammary glands protect themselves, specifically with regard to bovines. One of her colleagues talked about antibiotics in milk, as well.
Dr. Hernandez, a mammary gland physiologist, asked her assistant to dissect cow udders to give the audience a thorough look at where milk comes from. She also discussed what can be found in udders or mammary glands on a cellular level. Hernandez briefly talked about the purpose of each component.
Hernandez talked about the origins of this form of sustenance and discussed the different types of mammals that secrete milk briefly, yet thoroughly. She also discussed the difference between plant-based "milk," including coconut, soy, and almond in comparison to real milk.
The most important part of the lecture was regarding dairy nutrition. Hernandez said that fat structures would depend upon the grass cattle grazed on. The type of grass directly influences the amount of fat and proteins produced.
She discussed the importance of supplement consideration, as it may affect the taste of the final product. Hernandez mentioned that they do not use a lot of fish oil in their bovine diet to avoid passing on the flavor to the milk produced. She also stated that the color of the milk may help dairy companies determine its richness.
Individuals in the dairy industry will find this lecture eye-opening because it tackles many topics that some people may not be aware of. It will help many people who are new to the industry craft proper nutrition strategies to improve their facilities and aid them in creating a good plan when it comes to cattle sustenance.
RICK PASCUAL, CPC, PRC
Rick Pascual recruits in dairy nutrition for feed companies and their suppliers across the USA. Rick joined Continental Search in January 2015 and has successfully filled a number of searches for nutritionists, sales, and sales management for leading companies.
After completing coursework and a grueling exam, Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant in November 2015, as well as a Certified Professional Recruiter by AIRS in April 2016. Visit his LinkedIn profile for more info and to stay updated with news about recent dairy trends.
K-State Talks about Applied Swine Nutrition Studies
Hey, it's Jim! We found an interesting video from Kansas State University that will be beneficial to individuals in the swine industry, especially growers.
The magic formula to raising the best swine has been unlocked. Various studies done by K-State's Applied Swine Nutrition Research has been incorporated into one useful video. The presentation was done at the K-State Alumni Center during last year's Swine Day.
The presentation discussed 42 papers and 53 experiments. The studies included a total of 25,222 pigs. The topics included in the talk were the production consequences of low birth weight in swine, information regarding the new veterinary feed directive, updates regarding the program, the impact of feed processing on performance and PED mitigation, and a talk regarding important profit drivers in this particular industry.
Production Consequences of Low Birth Weight in Pigs aims to improve both value and survivability of swine. It addresses low survivability in large litters. The end game would be to increase litter size without compromising survival of the piglets, as it lessens weaned pig cost.
The research on the new veterinary feed directive talks about weaning off the use of antibiotics regularly in the swine industry. This will help increase consumer safety and be in accordance with the 2015 VFD rule.
Updates regarding the program included proper supplementation and the all-time favorite, feed efficiency. This talk combined many topics that will prove helpful to individuals who need more information about the swine industry, especially new growers.
The video is 47 minutes of insightful information that will help people transition their "mom 'n pop" business into a legitimate and fulfilling endeavor. You can read the full presentation here, and there's a video presentation if you would rather watch it.
The swine industry is going through major changes. There will be more research regarding improvements in the next few years. We look forward to more relevant research that will help our clients and their friends revolutionize their business endeavors.
Are you in the swine industry and dream of furthering your career? Check out our latest swine job openings or send me your resume.
JIM HIPSKIND, CPC, Sr. Recruiter
Jim Hipskind brings 30+ years of recruiting experience in processing, manufacturing, food, and agriculture. Jim presently manages searches in feed mill management, engineering, swine farm management, and sales in the swine industry.
Visit Jim's LinkedIn profile for more information and updates about current trends in the swine industry.
Jim can also be reached directly at (800) 799-4520, or you can send your resume to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANGUS TV's Latest Beef Industry Report
Hey, there! It's Dan of Continental Search. I came across an interesting and informative video from Angus TV for all my friends and clients in the beef industry.
The beef industry has undergone so many changes in the last few years and yet remains one of the best in the U.S. market. It provides many job opportunities and continues to contribute to the economy of the country in a massive way.
However, most people think that it is as easy as breeding good stock. Not enough individuals understand that there is a lot of effort that goes into creating good cattle.
This particular report talks about evolution of genetic progress in the beef industry and how the Angus breed, although having made great strides, has a long way to go to improve the products available in the U.S. market and across the world.
They also talk about seed stock providers and partnership in this video. This is because seed stock providers and cattle companies are quite vested in each other. They stress the importance of the relationship, as it ensures that both sides flourish. The failure of one will affect the other, as well.
The report discusses sustainability, too. The U.S. Round Table for Sustainable Beef came together to discuss the sustainability of the beef business recently. They say that sustainability is a broad definition and that being sustainable should include taking care of the land, society, and economics to improve and increase this industry's potential. The goal is to make the whole beef industry sustainable across all spectrums.
Angus TV's video includes useful event announcements, as well. There is also news about cattle events for those who are interested to learn more about this industry.
This informative video from Angus TV helps consumers and people who are contemplating getting started in the industry understand that there is so many considerations with regard to creating high-quality Angus beef products. It discusses important topics which people in the industry should be aware of.
You can watch the full video here, and make sure you check other uploads on their Youtube channel.
DAN SIMMONS, CPC, Sr. Recruiter
As Owner of Continental Search, Dan leads a team of four recruiters who search for talented leaders and solo contributors to fill positions for feed companies and their suppliers.
Dan has 25 years of experience recruiting and has worked in the animal nutrition industry since 2002. Dan is a multi-award winning recruiter and also frequent speaker at universities and national events. Visit Dan's LinkedIn profile for more information and relevant updates regarding the animal science industry.