June 2017 President’s Letter

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Published on: June 30, 2017

As the spring calving season is wrapping up, most of you, like myself, are probably full-throttle into transferring next year’s spring calves. Just a reminder, don’t forget to catch your breath once and a while and watch that calf in the pasture, high-tailing it, as the day cools down, while the sun is starting to set. It is one of the best rewards for choosing this lifestyle and working as hard as we do.

Another way to recharge those batteries might be to take on new challenges in your daily business. Don’t let this surprise you, but IVF might just do that. It possesses many opportunities at many different levels. From conducting dominant follicle reduction (DFR) on cows to set them up, to ovum pick-up (OPU), and also transferring the returning embryos, IVF has really gained momentum in the past few years. Therein lie many opportunities. Thawing or unpacking fresh and transferring IVF embryos should be simple for those of you handling any amount of embryos. DFR can be a little more of a challenge and investment, but rewarding once the skill is learned. And OPU is an even greater challenge and financial investment for those of you up to the task. All you have to do is decide how much you want to be involved.

The Chinese inspections are occurring again this year, as many of you may already know. But don’t start to worry, the plan is to have all the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed this year ahead of inspection with regards to those participating. The inspections should occur from July to September as best we can tell at this point. I encourage you to be proactive in your preparations. Contact headquarters with any questions and get with others that have been inspected in the past to get ready. Special thanks go out to Morgan Montgomery, Dave Duxbury, DVM, Scott Jensen, and Courtney Williams, DVM, from the USDA for spearheading this initiative. Let’s make it the best inspection process we’ve had by getting very proactive and ahead of the game when they arrive.

Also, don’t forget about Orlando! This is going to be a great meeting! The golf tournament will be on a world-class course, the pre-conference seminar will include the IETS innovation workshop, the pre-conference social will provide you with the chance to experience Florida’s alligators, and Dr. Looney and Dr. Prososki are putting together another enjoyable and rewarding scientific program.

Lastly, remember to keep yourself and also those around you safe when handling livestock. I was at a stop just the other day where it would be an understatement to say it was amateur night. Just make sure your tactful when barking those commands at the helpers, whom are still trying to learn. Making the experience a good time for all is all we can ask, ad if no one is bleeding or spitting teeth at the end of the day you’ve done your job.

Respectfully,
Mark F. James, DVM
2017 AETA President

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