May 182011


If you’re looking to become certified to write plans for beef operations, then you should attend the Beef Feed Management Certification Workshop on Tuesday, June 21. 

This workshop will allow any PA-NRCS Qualified Feed Management Plan Writer to get certified to write Feed Management Plans for beef operations. In addition, anyone who has passed the ARPAS feed management exam and is considering working with beef operations should attend. 

This program is open to beef producers and agricultural professionals who are interested in the feed management program.  The Beef ARPAS exam will be also be given during the workshop for those attendees who would like to take it. 

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following location: 

Masonic Village Farm

1 Masonic Drive

Elizabethtown, PA  17022 

Once you reach the farm, follow the signs to the visitors’ center.  The meeting room is right off the visitor center entrance. 

For more information regarding the Beef Feed Management Certification Workshop, click here.  Those who are interested in attending should register before Tuesday, June 14.

May 182011

At The Animal Science Monitor, we’re all about training—engaging in it, announcing it, and promoting it.  And that’s why we’d like to let all of our loyal readers know about the first PORK 505 short course, a joint venture between the American Meat Science Association (AMSA), the National Pork Board (NPB), and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).  This event will be held on Monday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 7, at the University of Nebraska. 

What is PORK 505?  It’s a day-and-a-half program designed to update participants on quality standards, culinary techniques, international marketing, and other important issues facing the pork industry worldwide.  Topics that will be covered at PORK 505 include the following: 

  • Hands-on international carcass fabrication methods
  • Pork palatability and quality standards
  • Hands-on culinary demonstration and preparation of international recipes using fabricated cuts
  • Niche/specialty products that appeal to the worldwide marketplace
  • Currently exported offal products and their importance in the worldwide marketplace
  • Hot topics in the international pork industry


That’s just part of the good news.  PORK 505 begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 6, and will end at noon the following day.  That means attendees will have plenty of time to make the three-hour drive to Des Moines, Iowa, for the World Pork Expo.  It’s like having the best of both (pork) worlds! 

And the good news doesn’t end there, either.  The AMSA is offering discounted registration fees to companies or organizations sending more than one person to any AMSA short course.  After the first person pays the full registration fee, the second person receives a 10% discount.  All additional registrants will receive a 25% discount.  Attendees must attend the class at the same location to qualify for the discount. 

Click here for a complete course outline and to register for the event.  For more information or questions regarding PORK 505, contact Deidrea Mabry at 1-800-517-AMSA, Ext. 12 or via email at 

If you’d like your event to gain exposure in The ASM, send an email to

Apr 082011

Everybody wants to find the job that’s perfect for them . . . and you just might find that job in The Animal Science Monitor!  That’s because we promote Dan Simmons’s hottest job opening in every single issue of the newsletter.  In this issue, that hot job is a Dairy Nutrition Account Manager position in Tulare, Ca.  If you’d like more information about how you can give your open positions exposure in The ASM, contact Dan at (888) 276-6789 or via email at

Click here for details about this issue’s hottest job opening!

Apr 082011

Welcome to the next installment of our “Career Book of the Month” feature!  As we’ve done so far this year, we’ll be reviewing a book designed to help advance your career.

This month’s book in the spotlight is Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You—at Work and in Life by Spencer Johnson (2009, 112 pages).

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

“I recently read this book.  It helps to crystallize in the mind what we all understand: that life has ups and downs.  The most important lesson I picked up from this book is understanding how to get to the end of the valley and how to look back and see how you got there.  Thumbs up!”

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!

Apr 082011

We’ve been highlighting videos about animals in The Animal Science Monitor for a few years now, and the one we’re highlighting in this issue of the newsletter just might be the best one yet!

As some of you know, we promote service animals here at The ASM, animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities.  Puppy Prodigies is a non-profit organization that focuses on early puppy development and service dog training.  One of the organization’s puppies, Ricochet, seemed destined to be a top service dog until her instincts for bird chasing made her unfit for the program.

As it turned out, though, Ricochet had another calling, one that Puppy Prodigies has put to full use and one which has turned out to be a blessing for a great many people.

Click here to watch the viral YouTube video that details Ricochet’s story.

Click here to visit Ricochet’s official website.

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

Mar 032011

At The Animal Science Monitor, we like to highlight videos about animals, of course, as well as the employment world, if possible.  And when all the planets align, we’re able to highlight one that encompasses both, and that’s the case in this issue of The ASM

To top it all off, this video is a commercial that aired during the recent Super Bowl.  It’s a commercial for CareerBuilder that includes the company’s famous chimpanzee actors that it’s used in recent years.  And the slogan for the commercial is “Stuck between a bad job and a hard place?”  It doesn’t get any better than that for this feature. 

Click here to watch the video in The ASM spotlight. 

And if you’re stuck between a bad job and a hard place, be sure to email Dan Simmons at

Mar 032011

Welcome to the next installment of our “Career Book of the Month” feature!  As we mentioned in the January issue of The Animal Science Monitor, in one issue per month throughout 2011, we’ll be reviewing a book designed to help advance your career. 

This month’s book in the “Career Book” spotlight is Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (2002, 301 pages). 

Synopsis (from Publisher’s Weekly)—“The premise of this facile piece of pop sociology has built-in appeal: little changes can have big effects; when small numbers of people start behaving differently, that behavior can ripple outward until a critical mass or ‘tipping point’ is reached, changing the world.  Gladwell’s thesis that ideas, products, messages, and behaviors ‘spread just like viruses do’ remains a metaphor as he follows the growth of ‘word-of-mouth epidemics’ triggered with the help of three pivotal types.  These are Connectors, sociable personalities who bring people together; Mavens, who like to pass along knowledge; and Salesmen, adept at persuading the unenlightened.”


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!

Feb 022011

Welcome to the next installment of our “In Search of . . .” series!  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this series, we highlight Dan Simmons’s hottest job opening in each issue.  The same job might run in consecutive issues, but our goal is to give exposure to as many openings as possible throughout the year.  Below is the position that we’d like to highlight in this issue of The Animal Science Monitor.


Location: Iowa

Contact Dan Simmons: (888) 276-6789 or

Utilize the force of a major player in animal health and animal nutrition to identify product and marketing opportunities with animal health products.

In this role, you will:

  • Manage the product lineup, develop pricing strategies, and educate the sales force on how to market these products to customers.
  • Work with R & D to enhance current products and develop new products that meet the needs of today’s producers.
  • Work with vendors to create a complete lineup of products.
  • Be the product expert in your category, creating presentations and POS materials, and answer questions from sales reps and large customers.

To be considered for this role, you must:

  • Be comfortable speaking in front of groups of up to 50.
  • Be able to travel overnight 15% of the time.
  • Have experience marketing or selling animal health products.
  • Possess a B.S. degree in a related field.

Six (6) reasons why this is a great job for the right person:

  1. You will make an impact on the market by creating great products for producers.
  2. You will report to someone who understands your job.
  3. Decisions are made with limited red tape.
  4. This is a growth position with a dynamic company.
  5. You will have authority to match your responsibility.
  6. It has excellent compensation with competitive salary and great benefits.

If you’d like more information about how you can give your open positions exposure in The ASM or if you’d like more information about the position listed above, contact Dan Simmons at (888) 276-6789 or via email at

Feb 022011

(By Matt Deutsch)

Well, it’s that time of year again—the Super Bowl is here.  And regardless of who’s playing in the big game, you can bet that there will be a lot of big commercials.  And you can also bet that some of those commercials will include animals.  In fact, for several years in a row, Budweiser has run ads during the Super Bowl featuring their famous Clydesdale horses, and the beer brewer will be sure to air another one this year.

With that in mind, “The ASM Video Link Spotlight” features one of Budweiser’s Super Bowl ads from years gone by.  This one is titled, “Born a Donkey,” and you can view it by clicking here.

What will 2011 bring in the way of Super Bowl videos involving animals?  Well, we’ll have to wait and see, since the game is on Sunday, February 6.  But as always, we want your help!  Be on the lookout for the best Super Bowl ad featuring animals.  Then send an email to describing your favorite commercial, including what it was about the company or product it featured.

You never know . . . you might see your name in a future issue of The Animal Science Monitor!  It happened before, it could happen again.  Well, maybe your name wasn’t in The ASM before, but somebody else’s was.  As for the big game itself, go Steelers!  (Don’t let Dan see that; he’s a big Baltimore Ravens fan.  He’s still a great guy, though.)

Feb 022011

Welcome to a new feature in The Animal Science Monitor newsletter!  In one issue per month during 2011, we’ll profile sites of interest around the Internet regarding the animal science and animal nutrition industries.  In this inaugural article in the series, we’d like to feature a website called Science Daily, specifically the part of the site that deals with animal science.

The branding statement (or slogan) for Science Daily is “Your source for the latest research news,” and the site definitely tries to live up to that statement.  It’s divided into a number of different categories, and one of them is “Plants and Animals.”  This category includes sub-categories “Agriculture & Food,” “Animals,” “Ecology,” “Life Sciences,” and “Microbes and More.”  The site strives to provide the latest in research information regarding a number of different animals, among them cows, sheep, pigs, and horses, and well as the latest developments in veterinary medicine.

Click here to access the “Plants & Animals” section of the Science Daily website.