June 2015 President’s Letter

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Published on: June 10, 2015

This article should find most of you arm deep in spring-born implants. I continue to be amazed at how processed, lush, green, pasture grass can quickly change the attitude of a happy housewife at laundry time. Thank goodness for Columbia rain pants.

Things are pretty quiet at the board level right now. Bethany Funnell is hard at work with the planning of the joint convention of CETA and ACTE. She and Francois-Xavier Grand will co-chair this year’s program. Following up on last year’s positive feedback, I believe they will again be including some sessions for students and technicians. Be on the lookout for the agenda to be posted on the AETA website, and please block out your calendars for a CE trip to Niagara on October 15–17.

Speaking of website, we would like your feedback on www.aeta.org. There have been some visitor comments made about the complexity and confusion of our website, particularly when it comes to the trade leads area. You will be receiving an e-mail asking for your input, and we would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes of your time to do so. The feedback from the membership will guide the board of directors and education and cooperator committees with direction of where to head with this. One thing to note is that our website is currently not compatible with mobile formatting. A total restructure of the website would be required to get it capable of doing so.

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Catching up: Bob Rowe

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Bob_RoweFive things I am most proud of:

1. From 1974 to 1981, I worked for the US Holstein Association on technical assistance missions to Hungary, travelling to that country 13 times. (My liver still has not recovered from the overconsumption of pálinka, a plum brandy.)
2. As a graduate student, our group at the University of Wisconsin Department of Veterinary Medicine (I was the senior author) published the first paper on successful nonsurgical collection of bovine embryos in 1976, and in 1980 the first successful nonsurgical collection of bovine embryos.
3. I participated in the first export of frozen embryos to the Ukraine in 1989. My son, Ryan, missed his high school graduation ceremony to accompany me and assist in the transfer of 103 embryos over a three-week period of time. During that year I spent two months out of the country, in Ukraine, Japan, and Brazil).
4. When I was chairman of the AETA Cooperator committee along with USLGE, we accomplished the first export of embryos into China.
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Robert Rowe Selected as One of the National Dairy Shrine Pioneers for 2015

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Robert Rowe, long-time AETA member and volunteer, has been selected as one of the 2015 National Dairy Shrine Pioneers.

For full detail on this honor, please read the article in Holsteinworld.

AETA Member Survey

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Published on: June 10, 2015

Thank you for taking time to read the quarterly newsletter from AETA!

This survey should take no longer than 5 minutes and consists of 27 brief questions.

One of our many goals is to keep each other informed through active communication, which enhances our association and its members.

We invite you to take this brief survey to help us evaluate a few areas we have been working on. Also, please take some time to visit the website now and in the future. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Please click here to complete the survey now.

The deadline to submit this survey is August 1, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Practice Tip: Mechanics of Heat Abatement

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Published on: June 10, 2015

Heat abatement is key to reproductive success in hot weather, especially in dairy cows. Our thanks go to Elanco Animal Health for sharing this important information.

Practice Tip: Useful ET Tips from Patrick Comyn, DVM

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I have several things that I will try to explain that I have found useful in embryo transfer.

1. I use the EZ WAY filters. I had been draining the filter and then washing down with 3 × 20 mL flush solution with the outlet plugged. The problem was that the fluid would get sort of deep in the bottom of the dish, making searching hard, especially if the recovered fluid was more mucousy or cloudy than usual. So now I keep the plug out after draining and wash with 4 × 20 mL flush solution. Then I place the plug in the bottom of the drain side of the dish. Doing this allows ~25–30 mL of fluid to accumulate in the bottom of the dish. This method makes searching the plate much easier and faster; also, embryos settle to the bottom faster.

2. When using short straws, because of heat sealing, always double check the embryo sheath before placing the embryo. Do this by pulling down the sheath over the rod and straw (seated in the rod) until the straw should be seated in the sheath tip. Then pull back the sheath while in the light. If the straw does not move back and forth with the sheath, then it is not seated. So, then cut the bottom of the sheath a centimeter or so until the straw does seat correctly.
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Articles of Interest

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Published on: June 10, 2015

Genetic markers for fetal overgrowth syndrome discovered

http://www.bovinevetonline.com/news/industry/genetic-markers-fetal-overgrowth-syndrome-discovered

Inflammatory cytokines and acute-phase proteins concentrations in the peripheral blood and uterus of cows that developed endometritis during early postpartum

http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(15)00079-5/abstract

Accuracy of diagnosing double corpora lutea and twin pregnancy by measuring serum progesterone and bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein 1 in the first trimester of gestation in dairy cows

http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(15)00087-4/abstract

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ADSA® Acquires 100% Membership Interest in AETA Service Provider FASS

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Published on: June 10, 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (May 18, 2015) -The American Society of Animal Science’s (ASAS) and the Poultry Science Association’s (PSA) Boards of Directors announced today that they have sold their founding membership interest in the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) to the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®).

FASS is headquartered in Champaign, Ill., and provides policy and management services to ASAS, PSA and ADSA, as well as other animal agriculture clients. As the primary user of shared services, ADSA approached ASAS and PSA about acquiring their founding membership interests.

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Harvest Public Media: ‘Stud dames’ spread U.S. cow genetics far and wide

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Published on: June 10, 2015

A recent article published by Harvest Public Media highlights both embryo transfer and the AETA.  It includes an interview with Dr. Michael Pugh, owner of Westwood Embryo Services Inc., who is both an AETA Member and an AETA Past President.

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