June 2014 President’s Letter

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Published on: June 17, 2014

I hope this newsletter finds you all well. Spring means a lot of different things to different people. For those of you that do a lot of beef work like we do, it means large groups of recipients waiting for you day after day. Bawling cows and calves in your ear all day is the norm. While we are all busy with our practices and families, many of your colleagues are busy keeping your organization moving in a positive direction.

Jon Schmidt and Charles Looney are working with their counterparts from the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association (CETA) to put together a fantastic program for Madison. I am sure they will put together a program that will have something for everyone. In addition to their efforts, the education committee is working on several ideas to make our meeting more “student friendly.” Because of the proximity of this meeting to many major universities and veterinary schools, they recognize the opportunity to showcase our organization to students. I want to personally invite any student that can find time in their busy schedules to attend to please do so.

2014 is also the year for China inspections and reinspections. These will be taking place between June 23 and July 4 this summer. I want to thank everyone who has participated in this effort so far. A great deal of effort from the cooperator committee, government liaison committee, and Jeremy at the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) office has been invested already. The AETA has worked very closely with the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) and our representatives from USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to make this event happen. I also want to thank Martin Sieber for agreeing to spearhead this operation and am confident he will make the event happen smoothly.

The cooperator committee has been hard at work organizing the first AETA shipment of embryos to Kazakhstan. Approximately 150 embryos from more than 10 different AETA members will be included in this shipment. Thanks to everyone involved for continuing to keep the AETA at the forefront of the international marketplace and the representation of US genetics.

I think it is safe to say the AETA is a strong and stable organization. There are so many other efforts going on behind the scenes, there isn’t enough time to point them all out. It is clear to me that our members care about the current and future status of this profession. I know everyone is busy and it is not always easy to take time away from work or family to answer that e-mail or return that phone call. But the passion for what we do drives us to continue to push our organization forward. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Respectfully

Michael Pugh

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