A history of the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP)

By Holly Webb, ASAS/ASAP communications intern

The Australian Society of Animal Production was formed to promote the development of animal science and to “serve the wider interests of the ever increasing numbers of workers in the diversified fields of animal husbandry”, said by Marvin Clarence Franklin in his Presidential Address at the First Biennial Conference hosted by ASAP.

The society was first discussed in 1946 but no further steps were taken towards its formation until late 1950. A letter was circulated to scientific workers in New South Wales convening a meeting for December 14, 1950 to discuss the development of the Australian Society of Animal Production.

Twenty-two people attended the meeting and resolved the Australia Society of Animal Production be formed. A steering committee was appointed with the purpose of consulting with interested parties in other states and drafting a constitution. A draft constitution was distributed to 1950 and state recipients returned positive replies. Active branches were soon established in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and later in 1953, a South Australia branch.

In 1951, at the 28th Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science representatives from each state met to discuss the nature, aims and scope of the society and the draft constitution. A new steering committee was elected and was charged with the responsibility of redrafting the constitution.

Drafts developed by the active branches were presented at the 30th Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science in Canberra, January 1954. A final agreement was reached in regards to the constitution and the First Federal Committee was elected.

The Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP) was officially launched on January 12, 1954.

The society’s First Biennial Conference was held in Armidale, January 1956. The conference program included sheep, beef cattle, pasture investigations, pasture improvement in New England, pasture improvement in Australia and genetics and breeding. Papers were presented across a range of fields with graduates in agricultural science, veterinary science, architecture, animal husbandry and pure science (chemistry).

The Society’s first fellow, Mr Charles Euston Young, was announced at the General Meeting at the conference. The First Honorary Membership was later awarded to Joseph Philip Kahler in 1976.

The current constitution of The Australian Society of Animal Production includes amendments passed up to and including the 28th Biennial General Meeting in Armidale, July 2010.

The Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP) is a national organisation of people that uphold the dedication to managing, developing and promoting the advancement of livestock production in Australia.logo ASAP

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