National Swine Improvement Federation

Board of Directors Meeting

December 5, 2002

Embassy Suites Hotel

Nashville, TN

 

A Board of Directors meeting was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Nashville, TN on Thursday December 5, 2002. Present were: Gordon Jones, Jack Dekkers, Ron Bates, Dale Miller, Max Rothschild, Peter Simedrea, Tom Rathje, Steve Price, Steve Moeller, Rodney Goodwin, and Ken Stalder.

 

President Jones called the meeting to order. It was moved by Steve Price, seconded by Steve Moeller and passed to accept the minutes of the summer Conference call as written.

 

Old Business:

 

Secretary Stalder updated directors on the new NSIF website. He indicated that the NSIF.com site is working and is up to date with the latest proceedings, conference information and certified ultrasonic technicians list all posted. S & S Programming has agreed to host the NSIF website in exchange for a support in kind arrangement for the Federation. It was suggested that the old website hosted by North Carolina State University be set up as a link to the new site. Todd See said that he would see that this is done.

 

Stalder also updated the group on placing past proceedings on the website and CD-Rom. President Jones and Stalder wanted to formally thank Iowa State University, Jack Dekkers, Max Rothschild and Danny Rothschild for doing the work getting all past proceedings converted to an electronic format. Stalder informed the group that S & S Programming agreed to dress up the electronic version of the past proceedings and burn enough copies for the 2002 Conference attendees and NSIF membership for a cost of $400. The group agreed that this was a worthy idea and wished to convey thanks to S & S programming for the service.

           

Committee Reports:

 

Guidelines:        Steve Moeller provided the group with the dates of May 19th and 20th, 2003 for the next Ultrasound Certification Conference. This is also near the Beef Cattle Visions Conference on Genetics to be held on May 15-17, 2003 in Des Moines, IA.

 

The Ultrasound Handbook was also discussed. Rodney Goodwin suggested that Dave Meisinger of the National Pork Board be contacted to determine if a cooperative project between NSIF and NPB could be formed to develop an electronic version of a handbook. Moeller said he would make contact. Additionally, he updated the group on intramuscular fat prediction using ultrasound. He indicated that an IMF paper authored by Iowa State researchers is coming soon in the Journal of Animal Science. He indicated that r2 values were in the .3 - .4 range and that they may be population sensitive indicating more work is necessary before it can be widely used and have value.

 

Fact Sheet:       Ron Bates provided an update on Genetic Fact Sheet revisions. The final two fact Sheets to be updated are nearing completion. Fact Sheet 12 has had the final edits completed and is ready for printing. Fact Sheet 8 is in the final edit stage. He indicated that Purdue would provide NSIF with an electronic copy of all fact sheets when complete. Max Rothschild moved and Ron Bates seconded a motion authorizing Ken Stalder to work with S & S Programming to get Fact Sheets on the web and on CD for distribution. It was suggested to ship Fact Sheet binders that remain with the CD of the updated fact sheets. Motion passed unanimously. Rodney Goodwin Suggested that NSIF work with NPB, specifically Dave Meisinger, to distribute new Fact Sheets to the Swine Educators Group. Board Members agreed. Ron Bates moved and Max Rothschild seconded a motion to determine cost of CD and postage in order to charge this amount for anyone wanting more than one CD of the Fact Sheets. Motion carried.

 

Guidelines:        Chairman Todd See informed the group that he had called a meeting of Guidelines committee on Friday December 6th 2003 before the NSIF Conference resumes. He will update us at the December 6, 2002 Board of Directors meeting.

Stalder then updated the group on those directors whose term expires this year and that various groups need to caucus their membership for representatives. Rodney Goodwin asked that the National Pork Board representatives terms be extended 1 year so that check off issues can be resolved and new representatives be identified if necessary. Board members agreed that this was a good idea.

Max Rothschild led a discussion concerning a cooperative conference with NSIF and Iowa State University in 2003. He informed the directors that ISU had received an USDA IFAS grant that included an education workshop on molecular issues. He thought it would be a good idea to combine it with the NSIF Annual Conference. Ron Bates moved and Steve Price seconded a motion to combine the NSIF and Steve Price seconded a motion to combine the NSIF Annual Conference with an Iowa State molecular workshop. Motion carried. Discussion ensued regarding location of this meeting. Max Rothschild moved and Steve Moeller seconded a motion to hold the ISU-NSIF combined meeting in Des Moines, IA on December 4 – 5, 2003. Motion carried.

 

Other New Business:

Stalder informed directors that the NSIF Conference had been accepted for continuing education credits from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

Max Rothschild indicated that the NRSP-8 group had industry representation from all species except swine. He suggested that NSIF nominate a representative to go to the meetings January 10th and 12th, 2003 in San Diego. Rodney Goodwin nominated Tom Rathje to be the swine representative to the group and he was so appointed by acclimation.

Jack Dekkers indicated that the USDA NC1004 group also needed industry representation. It was determined that this was not needed until 2004. The issue was tabled until the December 2003 Board of Directors meeting. Dekkers also indicated that he would continue to serve as the USDA NC1004 representative to NSIF.

Max Rothschild moved to adjourn, seconded by Todd See. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

Ken Stalder

Secretary – Treasurer


National Swine Improvement Federation

Board of Directors Meeting

December 6, 2002

Embassy Suites Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee

 

A Board of Directors meeting was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Nashville, TN on Friday December 6, 2002. Present were:  Gordon Jones, Jack Dekkers, Steve Price, Ron Bates, Harold Hodson, Todd See, Rodney Goodwin, Dale Miller, Kris Scheller-Stewart, Tom Rathje, and Ken Stalder.

 

            President Jones called the meeting to order. He noted that Harold Hodson was appointed by the A.I. Caucus to represent their constituency. Hodson takes over for the outgoing representative Steve Kerns. Additionally, Kris Scheller-Stewart was appointed by the Genetic Company caucus for their representation to the NSIF Board of Directors taking over for the outgoing representative Matt Culbertson.

 

Committee Reports:

 

Guidelines:        Chairman Todd See reported that the guidelines committee met and agreed that the Guidelines need updating to reflect changes in the swine industry. A major thrust would be to incorporate the NSIF Swine Genetic Fact Sheets into the guidelines. Additionally, it was decided that the Guidelines should exist primarily, if not exclusively, in an electronic format. See suggested that the quickest way to get revisions completed would be to have the Guidelines and Technical Committees develop a detail list of needed changes and then find a willing University supervisor and a graduate student to make changes. Those changes would be reviewed by the Guidelines and Technical Committees before publishing. See indicated the committee thought a small stipend of $2,500 to $3,000 might be in order to help facilitate the completion of the NSIF Guidelines. See was instructed to develop the list of required changes and present them at the next Board of Directors meeting in the summer of 2003 at which time further action would be taken.

 

New Business:

 

Since Iowa State University is hosting the 2003 NSIF Annual Meeting and Conference in conjunction with a molecular workshop sponsored by Iowa State, the Board of Directors thought it would be appropriate if Jack Dekkers would stay on as NSIF Vice President. Dekkers indicated his willingness to do so. Rodney Goodwin moved Harold Hodson seconded and the motion carried to allow Dekkers an extra year of Vice Presidential service. He will work with Stalder on arrangements for the 2003 combined molecular workshop and NISF Conference.

 

A discussion of 2003 Conference Program ideas was led by Jack Dekkers and Gordon Jones. In addition to the molecular workshop program the following topics were discussed as program possibilities.

·         Internal gilt multiplication

·         Molecular issues

·         Genetics of disease resistance

·         Genetics of animal behavior

·         Ultrasonic evaluation for intramuscular fat

·         Antibiotic resistance

·         Economic values to use in genetic improvement

·         Genetic X Environment interaction

·         Panel discussion of real numbers for internal gilt multiplication

 

Secretary – Treasurer suggested that the Proceedings of the 27th NSIF Conference and Annual Meeting be printed in two forms, hard and electronic copies. The hard copies would be exclusively provided to Conference attendees and NSIF membership and the normal mail listing of Proceedings recipients. Steve Moeller moved, Steve Price seconded and the motion carried unanimously to allow Stalder to proceed in this direction.

 

It was decided that the Summer Board of Directors Meeting would be held on May 23, 2003 at 9:00 am central time by conference call. President Jones said he would attempt to originate the conference call. Additionally, given the modified program for the 2003 Conference and Annual Meeting, it was decided that the Board of Directors meeting associated with the conference would be held the evening before the molecular workshop on December 3rd, 2003. Time will be arranged at the Summer 2003 Board of Directors meeting.

 

Steve Moeller moved, Ron Bates seconded to have it noted in the minutes to recognize the 2002 Program Committee of Jack Dekkers, chair, Gordon Jones, Kris Scheller-Stewart, Dale Miller and Russ Nugent along with NSIF Secretary-Treasurer Ken Stalder for planning and organizing an outstanding conference this year. Motion passed unanimously.

           

Ron Bates moved, Jack Dekkers seconded, motion carried to adjourn.

 

President Jones and Secretary-Treasurer Stalder made various NSIF Committee assignments after the Board of Directors adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Ken Stalder

Secretary – Treasurer


National Swine Improvement Federation

2002 Annual Meeting Minutes

December 6, 2002

Embassy Suites Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee

 

The Annual Meeting was held at 12:00 noon on December 6, 2002, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. President Jones called the meeting to order and Glenn Conatser provided an invocation.

 

The minutes of the December 7, 2001 Annual Meeting were presented as published in the 2001 Record of Proceedings, of the National Swine Improvement Federation Conference and Annual Meeting, Volume 26. Ron Bates moved and Todd See seconded to accept the minutes as written. Motion carried. President Jones reviewed the financial statement prepared by Treasurer Stalder. The statement showed a checking account balance of $4,184.81 and a savings balance of $5,704.85 in the form of a certificate of deposit (CD) with the total available resources of $9,889.66. Auditing Committee member Rodney Goodwin provided an audit report of the NSIF financial statement. He stated that all transactions were consistent with the business of the Federation. It was noted that an error of dates was found on the statement. It was moved, seconded and unanimously passed that the treasurer’s report be accepted noting the need for dates to be corrected.

 

President Jones thanked all sponsors of the 2002 NSIF Conference and Annual Meeting. He allowed Ken Stalder to individually recognize those sponsors. They included: Animal Ultrasound Services, Babcock Swine Genetics, Danbred U.S.A., Genetic Improvement Services, Monsanto Swine Genetics, National Swine Registry, Pig Improvement Company, Premier Pork Systems, Seghers-Newsham Swine Genetics, and Swine Genetics International. Stalder noted that conference support from these sponsors allows NSIF to be able to hold outstanding conferences. Their support is truly appreciated by conference attendees and the NSIF membership.

 

President Jones turned the podium over to Dr. Tom Baas of Iowa State University. He read the citation for Dr. John Mabry of Iowa State University, the 2002 NSIF Charles Stanislaw Memorial Distinguished Service Award. Jones and Baas presented Dr. Mabry with a plaque for his dedication and hard work for NSIF and its ideals. Dr. Jack Dekkers of Iowa State University then read a citation for Dave Casey of Iowa State University, the 2002 NSIF Lauren Christian Memorial Graduate Student Award. Dekkers and Jones presented Casey with a plaque and a $500 award.

 

President Jones announced that the 2003 NSIF Conference and Annual Meeting would be held December 4 – 5, in Des Moines, IA. He indicated that the meeting would be held in conjunction with a molecular workshop hosted by Iowa State University. He thanked Max Rothschild and Jack Dekkers for graciously agreeing to assist hosting this meeting. Board of Directors member publicly thanked Program Chairman Jack Dekkers, the Program Committee, Glenn Conatser and Ken Stalder for their efforts contributing to a successful 2002 conference.

 

President Jones recognized outgoing Board of Directors Steve Kerns and Matt Culbertson.

 

Steve Moeller moved, Steve Price seconded, motion passed that the meeting be adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

Ken Stalder

Secretary - Treasurer