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  • It's not every day that a college student receives a $1.5 million loan to construct their own business before they even graduate. This may not be the common path to take, but it is exactly the road Animal Science Senior Jordan Marks is on.  

    Marks' passion for the meats industry started when he was young, working in his uncle’s meat locker located in Remsen, Iowa, since he was the age of 14. As he approached his senior year of high school Marks started to consider his future career, looking at jobs in welding and construction, but nothing seemed to fit. When the idea of building and owning his own meat locker, Marks said that “it just clicked and I instantly knew that that was what I was going to do.” He decided that the difficult journey to reach his dream would be even harder without a college degree by his side.  

  • With a lifelong passion for animals of all shapes and sizes, Claudia DeLeon’s journey in the Iowa State University animal science program started like many, with the desire to become a veterinarian. 

    When DeLeon made the journey to Iowa from her home state of Florida, she fully expected to leave as a veterinarian, but as she went through the undergraduate program, it became evident that her true passion was in the research field rather than medicine. After she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in animal science in the spring of 2021, DeLeon decided to continue at Iowa State to pursue her master’s degree in animal physiology. 

  • Cori Cooper may have enrolled in the Iowa State Animal Science Department with no prior agriculture background, but she is certainly making an impact in the livestock industry now.  

    As a Ph.D. student, Cooper is building on the research from her master’s degree, which is using automated technology to look at indicator traits of feed efficiency in dairy cattle.  

    Her decision to pursue a degree in animal science stemmed from her grandfather, who owned a hog farm. She said her respect for him and what he did to support his family has inspired her to give back to producers, which is exactly what she is doing.  

  • The members of the Association of Graduate Animal Scientists are selling meat bundle raffle tickets for their annual fundraiser. For this year’s raffle, they have two meat bundles available to win, each containing more than 50lbs of pork and beef. Both bundles are valued at $300. Tickets are priced at one for $10 or five tickets for $40. They accept cash or checks made payable to ISU AGAS. The proceeds of the raffle go to support travel scholarships for the members of AGAS. The ticket drawing will take place on November 8th, where two winners will receive a $300 value meat bundle. Those who win do not need to be present to claim the bundle and will be contacted on November 8th. The product must be picked up from the Meats Laboratory by November 18th.

  • Tom Rathje started his journey at Iowa State University, as many in animal science do, as a pre-vet major. Possessing a strong love for science and math, this seemed to be the perfect option for him until he found his undeniable passion for genetics while taking an advanced breeding and genetics course during his time at Iowa State. Rathje went on to explain that current associate professor Brad Skaar and now professor emeritus Max Rothschild “were able to show me a path forward in genetics where I would be able to utilize all of my skills and interests.” Rathje graduated from Iowa State University in 1989 with his bachelor's degree in animal science and continued to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received his MBA in Business Administration along with his M.S. and Ph.D. in Genetics. 

  • Students in the Department of Animal Science now have access to new 3D virtual technology to study in ANS 214 lab on Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology.  Animal science 214 is a foundational course that students build upon throughout their coursework.

    “We are the first animal science program in the nation, possibly the world, to incorporate this state-of-the-art, cutting-edge virtual anatomy and physiology dissection table technology in the classroom by Anatomage,” said assistant professor Karl Kerns, instructor of animal science 214 lab.

  • Growing up in the commercial and show hog industry, it was no surprise that Brady McNeil left Iowa State University with his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2012 and later received his Master’s degree in Breeding and Genetics in 2015. Throughout his time at ISU, McNeil kept busy with clubs like Agricultural Education and Block & Bridle, where he served as President of the club. He also stayed involved with the National Junior Swine Association and the National FFA Organization as a state officer. McNeil took advantage of a study abroad trip to Panama in 2013 during his time as an undergrad, describing the experience as eye-opening. He enjoyed learning how different environments impacted the livestock production system and that it doesn’t have to be the same as the Midwest to be successful.

  • Dr. Shawna Weimer received her bachelor’s degree in animal science and animal ecology from Iowa State University in 2010. She then received her master’s degree in animal physiology in 2012 with a specialization in ethology.  

    Growing up in Marshalltown, Iowa, Shawna loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian like her grandfather. She attributes her path in animal behavior and welfare to Dr. Anna Johnson’s class, Animal Science 336- Domestic Animal Behavior and Well-Being.

  • Are you an Iowa State undergraduate student with an interest in the swine industry? Have you ever wanted to gain more hands-on experience and meet with industry professionals?

    The ISU Swine Experience offers all that and more with zero cost to you. Apply today to be one of 20 students who get to get to attend this all-expense paid industry opportunity. With time on the farm and in the classroom this program appeals to all types of learners. The goal of the ISU Swine Industry Experience is to develop undergraduate student exposure, knowledge, skills and professional relationships in the swine industry.

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  • This year Iowa State University is hosting a USBCHA-sanctioned sheep dog trial on November 12th and 13th using the Polypay flock at the sheep farm. This open field trial will be held at the ISU Teaching Farms located at 3725 S. 520th Ave. Our goal is to hold a competitive trial where handlers and their stock dogs can showcase their working ability. Members of the public and ISU students are encouraged to attend and learn about the utilization of stock dogs in efficient livestock handling. 

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  • Carlie Miller’s first performance of singing the National Anthem happened when she was just ten years old. From truck and tractor pulls to county fairs and rodeos, Carlie has performed many times since then. Recently, she has had the chance to perform at two PBR events: the Velocity Tour in Sioux City and Des Moines. She received this opportunity through her singing at the Cyclone Stampede last year. Announcer Jeff Lucas heard her perform and connected her to the chance to sing at the events.  Although she does not receive anything for doing it, she says, “It is such an honor to sing a song that holds an overwhelming amount of meaning and pride.” 

  • Iowa State ram for 2022 NSIP sale

    This year the Iowa State Sheep Farm sold three rams at the in-person NSIP sale at the end of July. Iowa State’s own K012 was the top selling Hampshire ram this year who sold for $2,500. His elite genetics allowed him to excel, being in the top 2% of the breed for weaning weight, post weaning weight, and carcass plus.

  • The highly anticipated 42nd Sausage & Processed Meats Short Course had 61 participants from 16 states and 5 countries outside of the U.S. (Canada, Germany, Japan, Philippines, and South Korea).

    The course covered fresh sausage, cooked sausage and dry and semi-dry sausage in addition to sectioned and formed cured meats and whole muscle precooked meats. A special feature presentation on specialty sausage products was presented.

    There were 39 speakers that included Iowa State faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students as well as people from 14 companies (12 were Iowa State alumni) and 2 other academic institutions.

  • The 2022 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting was held on July 11-14, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. Several members of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University were recognized for their efforts in the poultry industry. The annual meeting offered attendees exposure to the latest science and research, while presentations from industry and academia offered a variety of information and opportunities to poultry scientists while recognizing their work.

    Dawn Koltes was awarded the PSA Early Achievement Award for Teaching, which recognizes the achievements of PSA members in the early stages of their career in academia. 

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