August 2013 President’s Letter

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FamilyIt has been a busy and exciting summer in the Lindell household.  Earlier this week Denise and I deposited our son (our oldest child) at the undergraduate campus of Tufts University to begin his college career.  It was a day full of mixed emotions and a long, quiet car ride home but I am excited for him to begin this new chapter in his life. Thank you for indulging the philosophical start to this letter.  We sometimes need these milestone events to keep our lives and priorities in perspective.  It has certainly affected my thought process and I couldn’t resist posting the family picture instead of my own.

I also had an eye-opening experience this summer travelling to India at the end of July on a USDA-Emerging Markets Program Grant.  Genex and Mr. Dean Gilge were gracious to include an AETA member on this formal trade mission and I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent our organization and the U.S. ET industry.  Our group spoke at conferences in Delhi and Pune and spent a significant amount of time touring the dairy industry in the state of Maharashtra.  We had the opportunity to interact with everyone from high-ranking government officials to producers with 3 or 4 cows.  The hospitality of the Indian people from the crowded streets of Delhi to the rural farms around Pune was spectacular and it was fascinating to get such an in-depth look at a dairy industry that produces more milk than any other in the world.  While this is through sheer numbers rather than production per cow, it was immediately striking how much our two industries have in common.  Within 24 hours of my arrival I had conversations with producers and others that could have taken place any day of the week in my practice on topics that make you realize just how universal cow care and milk production really is.  It is my hope that we forwarded the work begun by the members of our cooperator committee who visited India last summer and are making inroads into this potentially significant ET market.

With international trade in mind, I hope you have all had the opportunity to visit the trade-leads site that is up and running on our website.  Just log-in, click the Member Services tab and select the Trade-Leads tab to access this information or post a lead of your own.  Many thanks to our Education and Cooperator committee members, as well as FASS, for making this happen.

I would also like to thank those of our members who are organizing and participating in the AABP preconference embryo transfer wet lab.  In the last newsletter I mentioned that the board had voted to provide a financial safety-net to this program in the event of poor participation.  I am pleased to relay Dr. Hinshaw’s report that these funds will not be necessary due to the excellent enrollment.  All slots are filled and he has unfortunately had to turn away some individuals.  This speaks well to the quality of the program and its instructors and points to continued success in the future.

For those of you with an interest in small ruminant ET work, a new AETA training video will be released at the Annual AETA/CETA-ACTE Conference in Reno, NV.  This will be accessible to our membership via the website free of charge and DVD’s will be available for purchase at the registration desk.

I am sincerely looking forward to seeing you all out west and wish you safe travels to Reno in October.

Kevin A. Lindell

AETA President

2013 Joint Annual AETA-CETA/ACTE Meeting

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Don’t miss this year’s Joint Annual AETA-CETA/ACTE Meeting in Reno, Nevada! The meeting venue is great and the travel and hotel expenses are very cost effective.

During Thursday’s ET201 session we have invited Dr. Jaye Hamby to speak on how to make your practice better in regards to business management with emphasis on developing a strategic plan as retirement approaches.

This year’s main program speakers are the best we have ever had.  Pat Lonergan from Dublin, Ireland will speak twice on his research on infertility and progesterone role in pregnancy in addition to the history, development and utilization of IVF technology.  Dr. Lonergan is the past-president of IETS and one of the most respected researchers in reproductive physiology in the world.

Dr. Kevin McSweeney, a private dairy practitioner from Colorado will discuss ultrasound in veterinary practice and Dr. Gabriel Bo will deliver a lecture on management of donor and recipient cattle.  After each of those lectures, AETA members will give a brief explanation of how they utilize the technology. We have tried to incorporate our members into our formal educational format to enhance our understanding of new techniques and to stimulate discussion.

One of the most exciting parts of the meeting will be the presentation by Dr. Jennifer Barfield. Jennifer is of Dr. George Seidel’s top students and one of Colorado State University’s brightest stars. Jennifer, with the help of Dr. John Hasler, will allow all of us to simultaneously grade and stage embryos using a new electronic device. We know that this will stimulate discussion with the old members and allow the new members to bring home some very important information.

Bring your spouse and enjoy the AETA-planned companion tours or the casinos and night life. We are working hard to bring you the very best in educational and social experiences for your hard earned money.

Charles Looney and Michael Pugh

Program Co-Chairs

ANNOUNCING NEW TRADE LEADS SECTION ON THE AETA WEBSITE

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The Cooperator Committee, Education Committee, and Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) Information and Technologies Department have collaborated to create a new format for displaying “trade leads”.

To view the trade leads on the AETA website, simply login, click on Member Services, and then on the Trade Leads tab. In the Trade Leads journal, you will find a brief profile. Click on the PDF button to view the details about the trade lead. Also from the journal, you can click on the name to create an e-mail to the contact person.

These trade leads may be for embryos, semen, live cattle, trade seminars, and other activities. All of them are from this year, although some date back to trade shows in January and February. Please read the trade leads disclaimer.

Members and the general public visiting the website will be able to post trade leads by clicking on the line that reads click here to submit a new trade lead. The submissions must be approved before they will be posted to the trade leads journal and be available for members to view.

We will post new trade leads as they become available and hope this format will be useful to you. Your suggestions are always welcome.

Byron,  Allen,  and Jeremy

2013 AETA Board Nominations

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LindseyBrad R. Lindsey, PhD

Brad received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Texas A&M University in 1982 & 1984, then his PhD from the University of Nebraska in 1998. His former employers include Granada Biosciences, Trans Ova Genetics, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Tropical Beef Centre (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia), Stroud Veterinary Embryo Services, AB Technology, Inc. (now Bioniche Animal Health), Minitube of America, Genetic Resources International (now Sexing Technologies) and OvaGenix.  Dr. Lindsey was an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin and at Washington State University and a member of the WSU/Idaho Center of Reproductive Biology.

In 2005, Brad started Rex Consulting (now Ovitra Biotechnology, Inc.) to provide ET services and technical support to cattle producers, biotech companies, and ET firms. A long-standing member of both the AETA and IETS, he has served on several committees (IETS: CANDES & Technology; AETA: Newsletter & currently, Certification) and was the Local Organizing Committee Chairman for the 2004 IETS meeting in Portland. Dr. Lindsey has dedicated his entire professional career to studying and implementing advanced embryo & reproductive technologies and continues to do so through Ovitra. With 30 years involvement in all facets of the ET industry (including academic teaching & research, private research & product development, producer- and practitioner-oriented consulting, services & training), Brad would like to use this experience by serving on the AETA BOD for the benefit and representation of all of its members.

 

SchnellerDr. John Schneller

Dr. John Schneller is a partner in Thousand Hills Embryo Transfer, serving southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.

Dr. Schneller was raised on a dairy and swine farm in southern Wisconsin until he attended the undergraduate program at Univ. of Wisconsin, River Falls, and received his DVM degree from the Univ. of Minnesota in 1979. In 1980 he joined the River Valley Veterinary Clinic in Plain, Wisconsin, becoming a partner in 1982. Dr. Schneller and his partner, Dr. Mike Kieler initiated ET services in 1981. The practice grew from four to nine veterinarians, becoming AETA certified in 1990.

After working in an exclusive ET role within the large animal practice for many years, Thousand Hills Embryo Transfer was formed as a separate business entity in 2012.  On farm work focuses on embryo collection, exports, and transfers of both in vivo and in vitro embryos in a primarily dairy area.

Dr. Schneller lives in Dodgeville Wisconsin, surrounded by great dairymen and high quality ET practices. He enjoys the proximity of his daughter who works in the local school system, and his son who is a sophomore at Univ. of Wisconsin College of Vet Medicine. Free time involves cattle, fishing, writing, and service jaunts to Latin America, supporting several long-term missions.

Republic of Georgia

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In April-May 2013, AETA member Dr. Catalina Cabrera traveled to the former Soviet republic of Georgia to assist a livestock services company in embryo transfer and artificial insemination techniques.  Dr. Cabrera’s work was conducted for CNFA through the USAID-supported Farmer-to-Farmer Program (F2F).  On assignment, Dr. Cabrera worked with the manager and proprietor of Metskhoveleobis Bazari to create an appropriate niche for the future introduction of breeds that will improve the weight gain, beef quality, and production of cattle in Georgia. She traveled to the southwest region of the country to conduct training in embryo transfer and artificial insemination, including a review of the advantages of the procedures, anticipated results, and actual techniques. Catalina encouraged participation by the veterinarians and producers present throughout the training, and created proponents of her training by addressing doubts and concerns. Embryo transfer was a key element of the assignment, and Dr. Cabrera particularly highlighted the appropriate selection of surrogate mothers in the training.

Fellow F2F volunteer Brent Van Dyke spoke highly of Dr. Cabrera’s performance, drawing attention to her knowledge and professionalism that quickly instilled trust and respect in the 30 farmers that received direct formal training. Fifty percent of the 50 embryos were transferred and are expected to be born in February 2014, and will produce faster results in the improvements in cattle and beef quality.  The two volunteers plan to further their work together with artificial inseminations, embryo transfers, and continued trainings in the following year with the remaining frozen embryos.

We are working with several other AETA members who reached out to CNFA as a result of the announcement on AETA’s website, in the hope of sending them to the field as well before our Farmer-to-Farmer Program closes in September.  We appreciate the collaboration and support from AETA, which has already yielded great results.

Submitted by Erin Baize, CNFA Program Officer

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Catching Up: Bud North

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Greetings to the AETA membership,

Thanks to the person or persons who came up with the idea of a column written by retired or older practitioners.  It’s great to keep up with friends and acquaintances in the association.

Our semi-retirement has sort of evolved.  Jeanette and I have moved our primary residence from our original location in Southwest PA to the Williamsport area in Northeast PA.  I sold most of my ET equipment and sold my freezer and transfer instrument business to Visions Embryo Transfer Supply, LLC.  However, I have trouble staying away from dairy farms, so we rent a house where used to live in Bedford County and still work for a week a month, mostly doing reproductive ultrasound. Time seems to become history in a hurry, and it has been over 20 years since Brad Stroud got me interested in ultrasound.

Bedford County has excellent trout streams, so I also make time for fishing while in the area.

As most of you know, Williamsport is the home of the Little League World Series in late August.  It is really good baseball, free admission and $2.00 hot dogs.  It’s a great time and place for a vacation week.

Actually, where we live is known as the Endless Mountain Region about 30 miles Northeast of Williamsport.  It’s beautiful country, but a bit removed from handy air travel.  We would like to attend more meetings, but the older we get the less we want the problems of flying.  Outside of going to Austin, TX to visit our son and his family, we try to stick to driving for trips.  Our daughter and her family are in Rochester, NY and with going there for visits and back to Bedford County monthly, we’re on the road a good bit.

Our activities in the spring, summer and fall months revolve pretty much around the LL series, picnics, fairs, community and church, blueberry picking, gardening and lawn mowing.  Winter is the time for high school basketball games, hunting and trying to stay warm.

My main civic interest is conservation and clean streams.  We have streams everywhere in this area and many different conservation type groups to which one can belong.

Life in the very sparsely populated countryside might seem boring to some, but we enjoy being able to take time to “smell the roses.”

Here’s wishing health and happiness to all,

Walter (Bud) North

Practice Tip: Petri Dish Holder

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Start with 1/4 inch thick sheet of clear Plexiglas. Cut into 3 inch squares. Drill a 1.5 inch diameter round hole in the center of half of the 3×3 squares leaving the other half of the squares solid.

Using clear glue, glue a solid square and a square with a hole in it together and you have a petri dish holder.

You can sand the edges to make them smoother if you care to. If you have any questions call me at (865) 719-6008.

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Tip provided by:

Sam Edwards, DVM
Harrogate Genetics Inc.
PO BOX 1
Harrogate,TN.37752
(865)719-6008

Recent Therio Articles That Might be Of Interest to AETA Members

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Below are two recent articles published in Theriogenology that may be of interest to our readers.

Pitfalls in animal reproduction research: How the animal guards nature’s secrets 

Length of the luteal phase and frequency of the four permutations between two or three follicular waves and ipsilateral or contralateral locations of the corpus luteum and preovulatory follicle in heifers

 

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