This is the beginning of the end for the joint annual meeting (JAM) held between the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Sciences, the two heavyweights in their respective fields of dairy science and general animal science.

However, the end of the JAM is near, as the two organizations will go their separate ways beginning in 2017. More on that situation in a later article.

For the 2015 edition of JAM, a record 3,320 registered scientists flocked to Orlando, Fla., to hear the latest science in their fields. Monday and Tuesday are typically the heaviest sessions. But with INTERBULL pre-sessions beginning last week, more sessions Wednesday and Thursday, and some participants taking in post-sessions, several participants will be here for over a week.

This year, registrants represent 375 universities, 412 companies, 76 government agencies, 56 associations and 12 other organizations. These people come from all 51 U.S. states and territories in addition to 58 countries worldwide, from Argentina to Uganda. While nearly 2,200 live in the U.S., another 210 are from Asia and 259 from Central and South America.

Tonight, ADSA’s award winners will be recognized as follows:

2015 ADSA Fellows

James Drackley

MaryAnne Drake

Jeffrey Stevenson

William Weiss

Alltech Inc. Graduate Student Paper Publication Award

Natalia Martinez-Patino

American Feed Industry Association Award

Jan Dijkstra

Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award

Jeffrey Bewley

DeLaval Dairy Extension Award

Jan Shearer

Elanco Award for Excellence in Dairy Science

David Barbano

Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award

Bonnie Ayars

International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing

Harjinder Singh

J. L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding

John Cole

Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production

William Silvia

International Dairy Foods Association Teaching Award in Dairy Science

Carmen Moraru

National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award

Rafael Bisinotto

Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award

Rick Grant

Zoetis Physiology Award

John McNamara

DuPont Pioneer Forage Award

Richard Muck

West Agro Inc. Award

Christian Burvenich

Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award

Logan Worden

ADSA Foundation Scholar Award in Dairy Foods

Kerry Kaylegian

ADSA Foundation Scholar Award in Production

Jeffrey Bewley

JDS Most-Cited Awards: Dairy Foods

Adriano Cruz

JDS Most-Cited Awards: Physiology and Management

Sarne de Vliegher

JDS Most-Cited Awards: Nutrition, Feeding, and Calves

Qendrim Zebeli

JDS Most-Cited Awards: Genetics and Breeding

Ben Hayes

ADSA Award of Honor

Roger Shanks

ADSA Distinguished Service Award

Douglas Wilson