Issue #164

The Animal Science Monitor is 10 Years Old!
4 Things I Would Tell a Company About Hiring Great Talent in 2015
4 Great Ways to Boost Your Career in 2015
Animal Science Events for the Month of February!
Recent Discussions in the Animal Science Monitor Group

The Animal Science Monitor is 10 Years Old!

(By Matt Deutsch)

It’s official! The Animal Science Monitor is 10 years old!

The ASM began publication at the end of 2004. That means with this, the January issue of 2015, our newsletter is celebrating a decade of serving the animal science and animal nutrition industry.

We’ve seen a lot during our 10+ years of existence, but we’ve also noticed that some things never change, like the fact that people always want a great career and companies always want great candidates to help them excel. These constant truths are the driving force behind the ASM, and they’ll continue to be the catalyst fueling our desire to provide timely hiring information and valuable career advice.

Most importantly, though, we want to thank you, our readers, for your unwavering support down through the years. Without you, this publication would not be possible.

So we look forward to another stellar year in 2015 - in terms of career advancement, in terms of hiring, and in terms of providing the best content we possibly can for another 12 months.

Here’s to a great year for everybody!

4 Things I Would Tell a Company About Hiring Great Talent in 2015

(By Dan Simmons)

When you hire great talent, there’s a lot to take into consideration.  There are at least four things I can think of right away.

  1. Make sure you have a cultural fit—By a “cultural fit,” I mean that the candidate’s values and the way in which they like to work are a fit for the company.  This is another reason why all companies should have a statement of their values available somewhere (website and in the lobby or lunch room, for example) that candidates and current employees can see.  It doesn’t matter the skill level of the candidate or how much talent they have; if they’re not a cultural fit for your company, the hire can turn out badly.
  2. Make sure you hire achievers—This might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s sometimes difficult to discern between the achievers and the deceivers.  What you’re truly looking for are over-achievers, people who want to excel in every area of their lives, not just at work.  These are the kind of people who can make an immediate, positive impact on your company.
  3. Keep the process rolling—This is especially important in our current market, where candidates are receiving multiple offers and have numerous options open to them.  Any lag in the process can quickly prove to be detrimental if a candidate is considering more than one option and the other companies involved are moving in an expedient fashion.
  4. If you have a difficult search, let a pro handle it—This is particularly true for high-level positions, where a mistake in hiring can have far-reaching ramifications, or for positions that require a specific or rare skill set.  In addition, the cost of leaving a position open in terms of lost productivity—due to the fact that the proper candidate can’t be found—can be staggering, far more than one might think.

If you’re currently working on a difficult search and need the help of a pro, call me at 888.276.6789 or send an email to  I would be happy to discuss the specifics of the search and explain how my services can help.

(Don’t forget to join the Animal Science Monitor Group on LinkedIn and connect with Dan to leverage the power of his 13,000 LinkedIn connections!

4 Great Ways to Boost Your Career in 2015

(By Dan Simmons)

Everybody wants to know what they can do to boost their career and put themselves on the fast track to success, and people are more likely to think about these things at the beginning of a New Year.

Well, the good news is that there’s plenty that you can do—and you can do it right now!  In fact, below is a list of four things you can start doing today to boost your career in 2005 . . . and beyond:

  1. Invest in yourself.  If you invest in yourself, you’ll become a hot commodity.  Training encompasses technical training, industry training, a certification program, or maybe even going back to campus for an advanced degree.  One type of training that you should definitely check into is leadership training.  This will help you down the road because there are going to be more career opportunities available, whether they’re at your present employer or somewhere else.  Your primary goal with training is to become as educated, knowledgeable, and well rounded as you can be.  Remember: you’re only as strong as your weakest link.
  2. Find a mentor.  You need to do this for a couple of different reasons, so you may need more than one mentor.  First, you need a mentor for the technical aspects of the job.  Second, you need a mentor who will guide you with career questions and concerns.  Perhaps your company has a formal mentoring program.  If not, there are plenty of books and resources about mentoring that you can consult.  Or, you can go to your boss and ask them who can provide some leadership training for you.  It might be him or her, or it might be someone else.  Express to them that you wish to be the best employee that you can be.  If they can’t provide you with the training you desire, I would refer you to the next point on this list.
  3. See if your company is preparing for the future.  If your company isn’t preparing for it, perhaps you should prepare to find a new employer.  Employees are rarely happy working for companies that don’t have a clear vision.
  4. Check out the job market.  Regardless of whether or not you’re actively looking for a new position, see what’s out there.  Make sure you’re with a company that’s going to be around 10, 15, or even 20 years from now.  If you think it will, decide whether or not you want to be there with them.

This is an exciting time in the employment marketplace.  There are many opportunities for employees who have taken the steps necessary to make them the most sought-after candidates by companies in their industries.

Don’t miss your chance to take your career to the next level in 2015.  You’ll thank yourself later!

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(Don’t forget to join the Animal Science Monitor Group on LinkedIn and connect with Dan to leverage the power of his 13,000 LinkedIn connections!

Animal Science Events for the Month of February!

The New Year is here . . . and as promised, we have industry events in animal science and animal nutrition!

If you live and work in a part of the world that’s currently experiencing bitter cold weather conditions, then perhaps you’d consider attending one of the events taking place in a warmer climate—places such as Texas, Arizona, or even Australia.

Of course, ALL of the events listed below have plenty to offer to those who choose to attend.  If you’re looking to make 2015 the best year of your career, then attending at least one industry event should be on your professional “to-do list.”

Below is a list of the events for the month of February, including a link to more information about each event 

Illinois Pork Expo on February 3-4 in Peoria, Illinois

Canadian Dairy XPO on February 4-5 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show on February 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas

Australian Dairy Conference on February 16-18 in Launceston, Tasmania

ADPI Board of Directors Meeting on February 19-20 in Tucson, Arizona

The 30th Annual Southwest Nutrition and Management Conference on February 19-20 in Tempe, Arizona

Oregon Dairy Farmers Annual Convention on February 23-24 in Salem, Oregon

If we’ve missed an event, please let us know!  Send your information to so that we can add it to our upcoming schedule of events as soon as possible!

In the News: ‘Murderous Nazi Super Cows’ . . . Seriously?

In the Animal Science Monitor, we strive to share timely news and information about animal science and animal nutrition, specifically items that impact both the present and the future of the industry . . . or an item that’s so interesting that we just have to share it.

In this issue of the ASM, we have such an item in the form of an article in USA Today titled, “Muderous Nazi Super Cows Turned into Sausages.”

That sounds like a headline ripped straight from a supermarket tabloid, doesn’t it?  But it’s not.  Apparently, German dictator Adolf Hiter once commissioned zoologists Heinz and Lutz Heck to breed a herd of Nazi-engineered cows.

Farmer Derek Gow imported more than a dozen descendants of “Heck super cows” to his farm in Devon, southwestern England, in 2009.  And recently he had to kill seven of those cows because they were so aggressive.  How aggressive?  According to Gow, they tried to kill him and his employees.  Below is a quote from Gow in the USA Today article:

“The ones we had to get rid of would just attack you any chance they could.  They would try to kill anyone.  Dealing with that was not fun at all.  They are by far and away the most aggressive animals I have ever worked with.”

The good news is that not all of the “Heck super cows” are aggressive or potentially murderous.  The members of the remaining herd appear peaceful and not prone to acts of violence.  And of course, Gow turned the cows he did have to kill into sausages—delicious Nazi super cow sausages.

World War II has been over for almost 70 years . . . but apparently battles are still being waged on dairy farms around the globe.

Click here to read the full article on the USA Today website.

Recent Discussions in the Animal Science Monitor Group

(By Matt Deutsch)

If you’re looking for information regarding new trends within the industry, look no further than the Animal Science Monitor Group on LinkedIn.

There are currently over 2,600 members in the group, and those members post articles and start discussions regarding pertinent issues in animal science and animal nutrition.  For example, below are the titles of three such posts that were recently submitted:

“Genetically Modified Crops Are Good for the Economy and the Environment”

“Transportation Stress and Handling Weight Loss/Shrinkage in Cattle”

“Scoring Cows for Body Condition”

Once you join the group, you can start a discussion, ask questions, exchange information with other members, and receive employment news and leads on new job opportunities.  Joining the ASM Group represents a great way to network within the industry.

Click here to join the ASM Group on LinkedIn!

If you have ideas about how we can make the ASM Group better, please send your ideas to matt@

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