Jun 092009

Dairy Innovations . . . What’s on the Way? 

Make plans to attend the 2009 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) but don’t wait!!  The JAM will be held July 12 – 16 in Montreal, Canada. It provides a great opportunity to learn about the latest dairy research from around the world while you network with research, extension, government and industry leaders from around the world.  Registration, housing and other meeting information, including abstracts for all presentations, is now available at

A wide range of sessions will be held during the meeting, but here are a few that appear likely to be of special interest for producers and others working in the field: 

  • Monday – Symposium on “Dairy Replacement Health Challenges in Southeastern U.S.”
  • Monday – Symposium on “Breeding and Genetics: Whole Genome Selection – The New Frontier?”
  • Tuesday – Symposium on “Emerging Foreign and Zoonotic Diseases.”
  • Tuesday – Symposium on “Forage Management Strategies to Offset High Input Costs”
  • Tuesday – Symposium on “Animal Well Being: Tackling the Issue of Cow Longevity.”
  • Wednesday – Symposium on “Driving Forces in the Dairy Industry That Will Change Dairy Farm Management”
  • Wednesday – Symposium on “Science-Based Approaches to Address Consumer Concerns with the Processing and Marketing of Animal Products.”
  • Wednesday – Symposium on “Models for Dairy Production Decision Making.”

In addition to these special presentations, oral and poster presentation sections are included each day that cover a broad range of dairy management topics. A pdf version of the full JAM Meeting Program is available on the meeting website as well as abstracts for each of the presentations.  Try out the “My Program” tool that allows you to plan your own meeting schedule.  You will find this tool at:  

As a special bonus, everyone who attends this year’s meeting will be invited to subscribe to S-PAC (Searchable Proceeding of Animal Conferences), at ADSA member rates.  S-PAC, a great information resource, is a searchable database currently housing 276 proceeding and presentations from 34 of the top animal conferences in North America like the Western Dairy Management Conference, AABP Annual Meeting and the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference.  Check it out. S-PAC is a great way to access the wealth of information that is available from these conferences even if you are unable to attend them. The invitation to subscribe will be sent following the meeting. 

If the ADSA meeting doesn’t fit your schedule, please be sure that the other professionals you work with are aware of the meeting and encourage them to attend.  If you have additional questions, please check the meeting website or contact Dr. Ken Olson – .  See you in Montreal!

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