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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. 

  • ISU students at 2022 ADSA-USD

    Five members of the Dairy Science Club at Iowa State University (Jessica Schmitt, Abigail Rogers, Elizabeth Plunkett, Regan Kramer, and Amber Engelken) ventured to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®). There were nearly 100 students from 25 universities and 1,600 professionals from 45 different countries in attendance.

  • Making the decision to attend a university more than 2,000 miles away from her home in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico was enough to make Isabel Coll more than a little nervous, but she said that all went away after her first day on campus. Coll first stumbled upon Iowa State University at a college fair hosted near her hometown in Puerto Rico, where the hands-on animal science experiences and the Veterinary Program drew her in. Coll made the decision to attend Iowa State University before ever stepping on campus. The first things she noticed during orientation was the welcoming environment, close knit campus, and the desire professors had for their student’s success. Not coming from a farm background, the abundance of hands-on experience and knowledgeable professors the college offered was invaluable to her.

  • Gail Carpenter will begin a new role on July 1 as assistant professor in dairy extension and outreach in the Department of Animal Science. Carpenter brings a high-energy approach to the position with a unique combination of practical production experience and enthusiasm for helping others through research, teaching and outreach in applied dairy cattle nutrition and management.

    Carpenter has been with Iowa State since 2021 as an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Animal Science and worked in various capacities in the dairy industry prior to that. She brings extensive industry experience to Iowa State. Most recently she was a dairy nutritionist for CSA Animal Nutrition, and before that Carpenter was an assistant professor at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus in the Department of Animal Biosciences.

  • The Iowa State University (ISU) Dairy Farm Open House was brought to life again after a two-year hiatus and held on Friday, June 10th, 2022 from 7am to noon.  The event tri-chairs included: Ms. Christen Burgett, Associate Teaching Professor in Animal Science; Dr. Gail Carpenter, Assistant Professor in Animal Science - Dairy Extension and Outreach, Department of Animal Science; and Ms. Katie England, Program Specialist I, Dairy Records Management Systems. 

  • Graduate and undergraduate students representing the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science participated in a number of student activities at the recent 75th Annual American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meats Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa. Students successfully participated in numerous activities including the Iron Chef Product Development Competition, the Processed Meats Contest, and the RMC Quiz Bowl Competition. In addition to competing, students enjoyed networking, reciprocation sessions, and learning with faculty and students from universities across the nation as well as industry professionals.

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