December 2 at the Jeff and Deb Hanson Agriculture Student Learning Center youth in grades 7-12 attended the 2017 Beef Blast. This workshop, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Department of Animal Science, taught participants about working with beef cattle. Youth had a variety of hands-on workshops to explore genetics.
During the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit held on December 7 in Ames, Iowa, the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) recognized Christensen Feedlot / Royal Beef, Peters Beef Genetics, and Dr. Leo Timms of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Ames for the 2017 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards.
The junior dairy judging team competed on November 5 th, 2017 in Louisville, KY at the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Team members included: Macey Betcher, Plainview, MN; Katie Kerndt, Lansing, IA; Mason Lettinga, Middleview, MI; Mary Scott, Westgate, IA; Alex Brand, Ellsworth, WI; and Logan Domeyer, Colesburg, IA. In the Ayrshire Division, Iowa State was 7 th Overall and was 1 stplace in the Brown Swiss Division with Mary Scott in 5 th place and Mason Letting
The Foundation allocated $282,500 in student recruiting grants to 35 universities or other institutions with industry-related programs. Iowa State University Poultry Interest group received a $2100 grant from the Poultry Foundation made possible by West Liberty Foods.
Iowa State University hosted the 17 th annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition on November 18 th for the first time ever. There were close to 150 participants, 34 teams combined and students traveled from across the US and Canada to compete. Spons
The 2017 Iowa State University Meat Judging Team finished in 9th place at The International National Championship in Dakota City, NE behind Texas Tech, Kansas State University, Colorado State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M, South Dakota State University, Florida, and Nebraska. In divisions, the team was 7th in lamb judging, 8th in beef judging and total placings, 9th in overall beef and specifications, and 10th in beef grading.
Austin Putz is a PhD student researching disease resistance in swine. Austin works directly with several Canadian swine producers where they take healthy pigs and first put them into a clean environment. Here they can take samples for early predictors of disease resilience. After early sampling in a clean environment, pigs are sent to a disease challenge facility.
L ecturer, Nikki Ferwerda, teaches Animal Science 317B, Equine Behavior and Training - Yearlings. Part of the class includes a trip to Lexington, Kentucky to observe the November Fasig-Tipton sale. Fasig Tipton is an auction house for Thoroughbred horses founded in 1898.
As the November 15 potential deadline for ammonia emissions reporting for CERCLA (the Comprehensive Emergency Response Compensation and Liability Act) draws near for the US livestock and poultry industry, the Egg Industry Center reminds the industry of the egg production ammonia emission estimation tools it has developed. Click here to read more.
by Sherry Hoyer
Animal Welfare Judging Contest Nov 18 at Jeff and Deb Hansen Center and Nov 18 at the Scheman Auditorium.
The Iowa State University Meat Judging Team recently competed in the Cargill High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held in Friona, Texas. Twelve teams competed in the event and the team placed in 7 th behind Texas Tech , Colorado State University, Texas A&M, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, and Florida. Individual results included: Drew Wilson – 5 th in lamb judging and 7 th in beef grading; and Taylor Wulf – 7 th in total placings.
October 23-25th, ISU hosted PORK 101, a three-day, hands-on educational program to help participants learn about quality and consistency issues facing the pork industry. The program is hosted by American Meat Science Association in cooperation with the National Pork Board and sponsored by Merck Animal Health.
Matt Schulte is currently a graduate student pursuing his master of science degree under the direction of Dr. Steven Lonergan. Matt is studying meat science and how the nature of proteins and the protein profile can contribute to variation in pork quality. This past summer, he focused on investigating the effect of postmortem aging on fresh pork.
The National Pork Board named USDA"s Dr. Craig Morris to the International Marketing post. Dr. Morris graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and obtained his PhD from Texas A&M university in 1995 where he held the Regents Graduate Fellowship in Animal and Meat Science. To read the full press release, click here.
Sunday is the Little North American show. Students within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences can sign up to show an animal from five different species, including dairy, equine, swine, sheep and beef. Students then work with their animals for four weeks to prepare the animals to be shown.
Dr. Max Rothschild was awarded the Award of Distinction from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis on Friday of last week. To read more click here.
Animal Science Junior, Katie Arndt, grew up on a farrow-to finish farm and knows pigs. When she started looking at internship opportunities, she wanted to move as far away from her home state, Illinois, and work in anything that did not include pigs. It turns out that was not in Katie's cards. Katie took an internship working for Historic Wagner Farm in Cook County, Illinois.
Faculty and staff represented the Department of Animal Science at the ISU Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony held in the Great Hall Memorial Union on Monday, September 25.
Tom Baas received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. This award is presented by the Board of Regents to recognize tenured faculty members who are outstanding university citizens and who have rendered significant service to ISU and the State of Iowa.
Kelsey Powell joins us as an Academic Advisor for primarily transfer students. She received a BS in Animal Science and Dairy Science from Iowa State University in 2011 and a MS from Missouri State University in Natural and Applied Science in 2014.
Three ISU Dairy Science students received awards reported by Hoard's Dairyman. Sabrina Portner and Emily Irwin both received the Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarship for 2017. This scholarship is designed to encourage qualified junior status undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. It's named in the honor of National Dairy Hall of Fame Pioneer and Klussendorf recipient Merton Sowerby.
September 19 th the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo held a STEM night geared towards 3-5 th graders celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The event focused on introducing students to different STEM careers as they had the opportunity to participate in fun activities throughout the zoo. Amy Powell, Extension Program Specialist III as well as Animal Scienc