May 232018

ASM ISSUE: 218 Stem Cells to Treat Mastitis?

Mastitis is considered the most expensive disease in the industry. The Dairy Site says it may cost a dairy farmer over $400 and also damages the future output of a cow. This condition is usually treated with antibiotics. However, due to the threat of antimicrobial resistance, researchers are coming up with a new treatment plan.

Researchers from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for solutions derived from stem cells. Gerlinde Van de Walle, the lead researcher in the study, is also the Harry M. Zweig Assistant Professor in Equine Health.


ASM ISSUE: 219 Is Low-Cost the Optimal Choice for Calves?

I dropped by Dairy Herd Management and came across an interesting article. For the longest time, I had been wondering if low-cost calf feeding was the ultimate way to improve gains for dairy farmers. I guess the article by guest writer, Robert B Corbett DVM, PAS, answered most of my questions.

The cost of raising a heifer is usually calculated as cost per day/head. Many dairies will feed their heifers with lower-quality milk replacer or hospital milk to minimize the cost as much as they can. Other industries like swine, beef or poultry determine their profit by the “cost per pound of gain.”


Apr 132018

ASM ISSUE: 216 – How to Spot the Perfect Employee sans Performance Evaluations

The strength of a company lies on the strength of its employees. We all know that there are some that get by just by doing the bare minimum while another shines, as he/she tackles the regular workload and then some.

I stumbled across an article from Talent Blog written by Jeff Haden, the author of The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win. Since we’re still in the first half of the year, I thought that maybe companies might find this handy and find ways to create interview questions based on the eight factors below.


ASM ISSUE: 217 – Selective Dry Cow Therapy: Pass or Fail?

Due to the increase in public health concerns about the use of antimicrobials, blanket dry cow therapy (BDCT) might not be the best method to use. This is why many U.S. dairy herds are considering selective dry cow therapy (SDCT). However, according to Dairy Herd Management, we’re still waiting to hear if it is the best method available.

Dry treating has been a regular practice in the last 40 years. This program both cures new and existing infections. If you don’t know what selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) is, here’s a brief description from University of Minnesota Extension. It is a program where antimicrobial treatment is given during the end of lactation. Treatment is based on infection status assessment of the cow or the quarter.


Feb 192018

ASM ISSUE: 213 – Does Your Company Attract Millennials?

By 2020, Millennials will make up about half of the workforce, according to an article in Talent Blog. The Echo Boomers are hungry and ready to take over the world. We talked about this particular generation in our last ebook.

Inside the Mind of Today’s Candidate sums up data from a LinkedIn survey done on over 14,000 global professionals regarding their job-seeking attitudes and will serve as a helpful guideline to companies looking to attract the new breed of candidates. Below are 3 helpful hints that will help you attract Millennial talent.


Dec 062017

ASM ISSUE: 210 – Recruitment in 2018: A Whole New Ballgame

Yes, 2017 was a challenging year for the recruitment industry. Many read the forecast for 2017 and pushed on with tried and tested strategies when they should have tried a different approach. Now that the fiscal year is over, many probably regret not diversifying their strategy.

According to a forecast by Statista, by 2018 unemployment could drop to 4.4%. However, as of October 2017, The Balance reports an unemployment rate of 4.1%, which is far lower than expected. The report also states that the natural rate of unemployment should be within the range of 4.5 to 5%.


Nov 082017

ASM ISSUE: 208 – 4 Factors to Make Employees Feel Valued In The Workplace

An article in Psychology Today says “belongingness” is a human need, just as important as food and shelter. It is one of the best ways to lose or retain top talent, as well. When you have been in the recruitment industry as long as I have, you will understand how important culture fit is.

According to a LinkedIn article, this sense of belonging “allows employees to feel like they can be their authentic selves.” Here are four ways employees feel like they belong in their workplace.


Recognition goes a long way. A LinkedIn candidate survey shows that 59% of respondents believe that being recognized for their accomplishments will make them feel important.


ASM ISSUE: 209 – Does He Support Your Career Goals?

Women are slowly beginning to gain traction in the Ag industry. You can see that this once male-dominated industry has almost three times the number of female farmers from 1978 to 2007. However, based on the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, the numbers of female farm operators have dropped from 985,192 in 2007 to 969,672 in 2012.

I read an article from Harvard Business Review that might shed some light as to why we’re losing women in this industry. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox quotes a LinkedIn article by Melinda Gates, that says the “American workplace was set up based on the assumption that employees had partners who would stay home to do the unpaid work.” Wittenberg-Cox also adds that many women are being sent into marriages that are considered equal, as long as the wife’s career does not interfere with that of her husband’s.


Oct 092017

ASM ISSUE: 206 – Ask Yourself These Questions Before You Quit Your Job

We all need money and job security to get by, but for some reason, you feel ready to throw caution to the wind and send in your 30-day notice. As a recruiter, I should be urging you to take that blind leap, shouldn’t I? But here’s the thing. I won’t do that. Instead, I’ll ask you to answer a couple of questions that I found in an article from Career Sherpa, but originally published onUS News & World Report.
Why Do You Want To Quit?
I have heard a number of people talk on and on about why they want to leave, citing shallow reasons as to why they want to move to another company. Instead of giving tons of shallow reasons, dig deep and search for three concrete reasons. This will help you to evaluate what you are looking for in your next job.


ASM ISSUE: 207 – Millennials: The Misunderstood Generation

I’ve written an eBook about all three of the workforce generations. I came across numerous sources that called Millennials weak, lazy, unmotivated and unfocused.
Being a Baby Boomer which is considered the Greatest Generation, I felt bad for Generation Y. These relatively new additions to the workforce have much to prove and are starting out with a bad rep, no thanks to generalization.
Nov 272013

At The Animal Science Monitor, we don’t dabble too much in politics . . . except when it can help you hire the best employees possible.  In this issue of The ASM,we draw a correlation between failed Vice Presidential picks of the past and how you can make hiring decisions you won’t later regret.

Becoming a “breakthrough company” takes more than just hiring the right employees, though, as you’ll see with our “Career Book of the Month” selection.  So regardless of your political views, we hope that you enjoy this issue of The ASM and that 2012 is proving to be a “breakout year” for you, your company, and your career!

This is SPECIAL ISSUE because it’s packed so full of goodies for you, we just don’t know where to start.

  • Check out our featured job of the month. It could be your dream career.
  • Be sure to check out the all NEW website!
  • Get your FREE eBook entitled, “Hunting the Headhunter.”
  • Dan’s Article on Candidate Vetting draws upon simliarities in this upcoming eletction.
The new site, emphasizes what you want most—namely jobs in the animal science and animal nutrition industry!  Job seekers can search for jobs by company, and they can also perform a more advanced search, which breaks open positions down by five categories:
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Contract
  • Temporary
  • Intern

However, not only can job seekers browse open positions of interest, but employers also have the opportunity to post their jobs on the site for more exposure.

Depending upon whether you’re a job seeker or an employer, can help you find the job—or the employee—of your dreams.

– Dan


Looking for a job?

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Jun 222011

Dan Simmons of Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc., one of the founders of The Animal Science Monitor newsletter, received an award recently for his production in a national recruiting organization.  That organization is Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms.

Dan won the “Placer of the Year Award” for 2010, the fourth time since 2002 that he’s won that award as a Preferred Member of Top Echelon Network.  He’s also won numerous other awards from the Network since he became a Preferred Member in 1996.

Top Echelon Network President Mark Demaree praised Dan, not only for his production in the Network in 2010, but also for his commitment as a Preferred Member during his entire tenure in Top Echelon.

“Dan has been a model of productivity since he joined our Network,” said Demaree.  “He’s embraced The Four Pillars of the Network—Quality, Communication, Trust, and Active Participation—and just as importantly, he’s embraced the spirit of networking.  We’re pleased to once again be able to honor Dan for his accomplishments, his professionalism, and his contributions to our Network.  We look forward to recognizing his achievements again in the future.”

Top Echelon Network passed out its annual awards at its recent National Convention, which was held last month at The Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Since 1988, Top Echelon Network has brought recruiters together for the purpose of sharing information so they can better serve their client companies.  Top Echelon Network is comprised of nearly 400 recruiting firms and over 1,000 recruiters in every major industry from all across the country.

May 182011

Welcome to the next installment in our “Career Book of the Month” feature!  As many of you already know, every month we’ll be reviewing a book designed to help advance your career. 

Now at first glance, it might seem as though the book we’re reviewing this month has to do more with companies than with employees looking to advance the scope of their career . . . but its principles are just as applicable, as you’ll see. 

This month’s book in the spotlight is Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah (2009, 256 pages). 

Below is Dan Simmons’s review of this month’s selection: 

“In today’s economy, everybody has choices about almost everything . . . and they have the ability to act upon those choices.  That’s why this book is applicable in a number of different ways.  Employees can apply the principles in this book to improve the results of their company’s marketing and branding efforts and also use them to tweak their current strategy regarding career advancement.  Whatever your goals are for your company or your career, Inbound Marketing is worth your time.” 

Click here to read more about Inbound Marketing on the website. 

If you have a career book that you’ve read and you’d like to endorse, we’d be happy to publish your endorsement.  Send your information to, and you might be included in a future issue of the newsletter!

May 182011

When it comes to a job interview, it’s not only important what you say, but also how you say it.  That’s one of the themes behind this month’s ‘ASM Video Link Spotlight,’ which happens to be a rather humorous commercial for Ally Bank.  With the next issue of the newsletter being the Jobs Issue, we thought it was rather appropriate.  The job market is competitive enough these days . . . there’s no use complicating matters by being misunderstood.  No matter how funny it is. 

Click here to watch this month’s video link in “The ASM Spotlight.” 

And if you have a video link that you would like to see published in The Animal Science Monitor, be sure to email it to 

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