Dogs in Ames

June 1, 2018

The Jeff and Deb Hansen Center was abuzz or abark last Friday as the Cyclone Country Kennel Club held the Cyclone Agility Trial. Mary Healey, Program Assistant II for ISU Animal Science also serves as the Agility Trial Chair for the event and said, "This event brings awareness of the trials to the Ames area and we had a great turnout. There were 200 runs on Friday, 300 runs on Saturday and 300 on Sunday. Despite the heat, the dogs ran great."


Beitz Leads New CAST Publication on Omega-3 Fatty Acids

May 22, 2018

A new special publication released by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology addresses omega-3 fatty acids. Led by task force chair Donald Beitz, animal science, the authors focused their attention on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, food sources and dietary recommendations. More  


Kaylee Rowland places at National Breeders Roundtable

May 22, 2018

Kaylee RowlandKaylee Rowland, PhD student in the Lamont group, won third prize for her poster presentation at the National Breeders Roundtable in St. Louis. The title of Kaylee's poster is " GWAS of production and iSTAT traits in heat stressed white laying hens".

Hannah Spaulding Awarded Suden Hellebrandt Award

April 25, 2018

By Lauren Rosburg

We would like to congratulate Hannah Spaulding, Dr. Josh Selsby's PhD student, on receiving the Caroline tum Suden Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award. This award is given to 36 students nationwide who prove a strong research background and it allows them to be able to attend and participate fully in the Experimental Biology meeting which takes place this year in sunny San Diego, California.

Dairy Challenge Team takes home 1st place!

April 25, 2018

TDairy Challenge Teamhe ISU Dairy Challenge Team competed in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge in Visalia, California April 12-14. All teams toured Maddox Dairy in Riverdale, CA. on April 12th. The formal competition took place April 13-14, our team was assigned to Delta View Farms, a 2,300 head Jersey herd in Visalia, CA. The ISU team won 1 st place and consisted of:

Gamma Sigma Delta awards Animal Science faculty and alumni

April 17, 2018

These awards were presented at the Gamma Sigma Delta Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 13th in Curtiss Auditorium. Gamma Sigma Delta is the honorary society for agriculture. Below are the awards that faculty received

  • Research Mission Award to Lance Baumgard
  • Teaching Mission Award to Tom Baas
  • International Mission Award to Jim Reecy
  • Extension Mission Award to Jason Ross
  • Alumni Award of Merit to Mike Fowler
  • Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture to ISU President, Wendy Wintersteen

B&B Clean-Up Day a huge success

April 17, 2018

This is the first year that Block and Bridle planned a volunteer day where B&B members had the opportunity to give back to the teaching farms and department by volunteering their time and energy to assist with doing some spring clean up at the farms and Kildee hall. Around 60 students traveled to the Dairy Farm, Swine Farm, Ruminant Nutrition Farm and Kildee hall grounds.

Animal Learning Day sees close to 1700 in attendance

April 10, 2018

ALDThe 5th annual Animal Learning Day took place this past weekend at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Center in Ames, IA on April 7th from 9 AM - 1 PM for a day full of learning about animal agriculture! Close to 1700 people attended this free event with activities, photo booth, taste of Iowa section, education, live animal displays and a free lunch!

First ever 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Competition

March 28, 2018

Quiz bowl participantsMarch 24 the first ever 4-H livestock quiz bowl competition took place in Kildee hall. There were 2 divisions: Mixed (ages 10-19) and Senior (ages 14 - 19). The winner of the senior division will represent Iowa at the nation 4-H contest held during Aksarben in Grand Island, Nebraska in September.

Animal Science Staff Receive Cytation Awards

March 28, 2018

Tom WilliamsTom Williams and Mary Sue Mayes received CYtation awards at Thursday's 2017 Professional and Scientific Council Award Ceremony. The criteria for the CYtation award is the person must be a P&S employee and be nominated for performing above and beyond the call of duty, doing something extraordinarily well, and acting in such a way as to make a very real difference in the institution.

National Pork Producers Council Awards Lois Britt Scholarships

March 9, 2018

NPPC Friday at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – awarded scholarships to 10 college students who intend to pursue careers in the pork industry. The Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship program is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and managed and administered by NPPC. The 2018 winners of the $2,500 scholarships are:


• Jacob Sterle, Iowa State University, Animal Science

• Erin Bryan, University of Illinois

• Tim Grote, University of Illinois

Results from Missouri Association of Meat Processors Contest by Dr. Sherry Olsen

March 9, 2018

The meat judging team traveled to the University of Missouri-Columbia this past weekend and competed in the 2018 Missouri Association of Meat Processors Contest. This contest was comprised entirely of processed products donated by processors from across Missouri. Classes included: boneless hams, bone-in hams, bone-in smoked pork chops, center-cut ham slices, frankfurters, ring bologna, coarse ground fresh bratwursts, sliced bacon, sweet peppered bologna, and summer sausage.

ISU students compete at Midwest Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

February 21, 2018

The North American Intercollegiate Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge took place February 7-9th in Madison, Wisconsin and ISU students were in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams! The Challenge allows dairy science students to apply theory and learning to real world dairy while working as part of a team. Dr. Hugo Ramirez is ISU's coach and team members include Cassie Krebill, Kassidy Buse, Brady Goetz, Breyer Ott and Sabrina Portner.

40th Annual Iowa State University Meat Evaluation Contest Results

February 16, 2018

The 40th Annual Iowa State University Meat Evaluation Contest was hosted in the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory on Saturday, February 10. Ten teams (76 contestants) competed in this annual event: Iowa State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, Tarleton State University, The Ohio State University, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and West Texas A&M University. The team won beef judging, was third in beef grading and reasons, and fifth in lamb judging.

Iowa State Livestock Judging Team Wins Iowa Beef Expo Cattle Judging Contest!

February 16, 2018

The 2018 Iowa State Livestock Judging Team Successfully competed at the 2018 Iowa Beef Expo judging contest in Des Moines, IA. Fifteen students allowed Iowa State to field multiple teams in the contest. Iowa State finished 1st and 2nd in placings, 2nd in oral reasons, and was named the Champion and 4th Overall Teams in the contest! Top individuals overall were Skylynn Fleming (2nd), Evan Dietz (3rd), Jacob Hinshaw (5th), and Lacey Knodle (10th).

Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team Successfully Competes at National Western Stock Show

January 22, 2018

A new team consisting of 15 students from 6 different states have kicked off their judging careers at Iowa State! The spring judging season commenced with the Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team competing at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Iowa State University finished as the 3 rd overall team in swine judging, 5 th overall in beef judging, 5 th overall team in reasons and 5 th overall team.


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