ASJ Gets A New Look

Chitosan: A Cost-effective and Eco-friendly Cure

Probiotics and Decreased Chick Mortality

Open Talent: Not Active, Not Passive


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March 8, 2017 - The Animal Science Monitor Team would like to wish the women in the industry Happy Women's Day. We would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the women in this demanding field. Thank you for helping shape the industry into what it is today!

ASJ Gets A New Look
Job boards are one of the best places to scope out the latest job openings. Our partner site, Animal Science Jobs has gone through a makeover just this year. The site is a job board for people looking for careers in the animal science industry and has been around since 2004.

Their new layout, is crisp, clean and the visuals are a treat to the eyes. If you look to the top, you will see that they have sections for job seekers and for employers filled with helpful information, making the site a treasure trove for both parties. They also have industry news as well, for people who want to hear about the latest developments in poultry, swine, beef and dairy.

Visit Animal Science Jobs today to explore the various opportunities available to new and not-so-new jobseekers.

Chitosan: A Cost-effective and Eco-friendly Cure
I shared an article about how there is a pathogen-based treatment for cows with mastitis a few weeks ago. Now there seems to be another alternative. In an article by Karena Elliot found on Progressive Dairyman, she talks about an unlikely source of treatment, crustacean shells.

University of Florida faculty are exploring the possibility of treating infection with chitosan, which is a substance that is created by treated crab, lobster, and shrimp shells with an alkaline substance. It has a chemical structure that is similar to cellulose and is a fibrous sugar.

Kwangcheol "Casey" Jeong uses a chemical process to engineer the chitosan microparticles. Jeong is from the University of Florida and currently an assistant professor of microbiology and food safety in their Emerging Pathogens Institute.

According to Dr. Klibs N.A. Galvao, who is an associate professor at University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, the chitosan particles exhibit broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity. This means that it can treat various illnesses in dairy cows, including metritis and mastitis. It also does not cause antibiotic resistance due to its mode of action.

The research about chitosan as an anti-microbial began more than 30 years ago. Right now, chitosan is known to be eco-friendly and is one of the most abundant natural materials in the planet. You can read the full article here. If you're looking for the research study, that is available here.
There are many new jobs popping up all over the continent. Follow #ContinentalSearch on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest dairy job openings. If you'd like to stay current, we have the latest dairy industry news on our company website.
Rick Pascual recruits in dairy nutrition for feed companies and their suppliers across the USA. Rick joined Continental Search in January 2015 and has successfully filled a number of searches for nutritionists, sales, and sales management for leading companies.

After completing coursework and a grueling exam, Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) in November 2015, as well as a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC) by AIRS in April 2016. Visit his LinkedIn profile for more information and to stay updated with news about recent dairy trends.

Send Rick your resume at Call him at (302) 544-9288.

Probiotics and Decreased Chick Mortality

I shared an article about the poultry industry moving away from the use of antibiotics a few months ago. This article I found on The Poultry Site, written by Andrew Amelinckx, shows the determination of the industry to veer further away from the use of antibiotics by focusing on prevention over cure.

Most producers know that as of January 1, the FDA eliminated the use of antibiotics that were medically important for growth promotion. They also expanded the list of feed-grade antibiotics. These were found under Veterinary Feed Directive drugs. Now, antibiotics used for animal feed, which used to be available over-the-counter, require a prescription from a veterinarian before they can be purchased.

Probiotics has become more popular to prevent incidence of disease. A recent development is the ability to administer it to chicks before they hatch. GalliPro® Hatch was created by a Danish global bioscience company called Chr. Hansen. According to Mississippi State University, this probiotic formulation has a strain of Enterococcus faecium and can improve chick health without causing problems with hatching.  

Aaron Kiess, who is a poultry science professor from MSU, says that this study involved nearly 4,000 fertile eggs taken from a broiler breeder flock. One group of eggs was given a vaccine for Marek's Disease, which is a Herpes virus infection that is highly contagious. The second group received the Marek's Disease vaccination along with GalliPro® Hatch.

The eggs were hatched and went through the seven-day grow out. According to Kiess, "Mortality in the first seven days of life are a big indicator of how production will go for the rest of the flock." He said that there was less mortality zero to seven days after hatching and fewer late-dead mortalities before the hatch in the group that was administered the probiotics. The researchers also noticed that the chicks that were given GalliPro® Hatch were heavier than those that did not receive it.

Probiotics is the "rising star" in the poultry industry. With less incidence of mortality in the flock, we can expect more companies to feel confident enough to expand their operations. This will translate to more jobs in different locations throughout the country.

If your current coop is getting too small for you, it may be time to spread your wings. Visit our website for newly hatched poultry job openings. Follow #ContinentalSearch on both LinkedIn and Facebook to read the latest poultry industry news.

Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies. She has filled positions in technical support, sales, and sales management across the USA.

Trish joined Continental Search in July 2015 and through hard study, she passed two certification programs. She is now a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC).

Visit her LinkedIn profile to connect with her and stay updated with current poultry trends. Trish can be reached at (302) 248-8242, through LinkedIn, or at              

Open Talent: Not Active, Not Passive
We all know the difference between active and passive talent. But did you know that there is such a thing as open talent? An article on LinkedIn by Thomas Sexton talks about open talent, while it is a way for them to promote one of their product add-ons. I think it makes a lot of sense.

According to an article in Jobbio, open talent consists of members of the workforce who are employed but opportunistic. These are people who are warmer than the passive set. While they are not actively applying for jobs, they are receptive to offers. However, this group will need more coaxing to feel enticed to make a move to a new role or company.
Open talent are people who are usually qualified to fill the role. They work in a similar environment and are updated with developments in their industry. Since they are employed, these individuals are assets to their current company and they just might be the "ace" up a recruiter's sleeve, if they are coaxed the right way.

People who fall under the open talent category are happy where they are, yet they have their feelers out for something better. Open talent is generally comprised of average to stellar performers. If you are able to recruit them, you would be adding value to the company you are recruiting for while devaluing the company you took them from.

Now that you know what open talent is, you would be surprised to learn that 90% of professionals are open talent. Once again, they are employed and content with their job. What they are consciously or subconsciously looking for is not employment but the right job, one that offers fair compensation and career advancement and possibly has a mission that resonates with their own.

Are you one of the 90%? If you are currently part of the animal science industry and are looking for career advancement or a company that shares your ideals, visit our website to find the latest job openings in your area.

Maria Codilla is a Talent Scout for Continental Search. She handles direct-to-farm dairy placements. She is also Content Manager for the Animal Science Monitor. With her background in medical science and nutrition, she will make a great addition to the team. To find out more about the job openings she recruits for, you can reach her at or at 302-257-2008.


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