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
Dr. James Koltes joins us as an Assistant Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the Animal Science Department. Dr. Koltes received his BS in Dairy Science and Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PhD from Iowa State University in Genetics. Dr.
Eggs-on-a-stick handed out at the 2016 Iowa State Fair set a new record at 162,576. Helping achieve that goal and pictured here is Egg Industry Center (EIC) Director Dr. Hongwei Xin and ISU Food Science Professor Tong Wang. Also pictured are EIC Advisory board member Blair Van Zetten and his spouse.
Iowa State University Animal Science graduate students Brooke Dooley and Carrie Shouse are performing vital research at the ISU dairy farm involving dairy cow nutrition and disease depletion.
Erin Horst, Animal Science PhD student under the direction of Dr. Lance Baumgard is being awarded the John Brandt Memorial $25,000 scholarship from Land O'Lakes foundation to support her studies in dairy cattle immuno logy.
At the recent World Veterinary Poultry Association conference in Edinburgh UK, graduate student Melissa Diest gave a podium talk on her graduate research, and Sue Lamont gave an invited Keynote talk on “Breeding for Disease Resistance ”. Over 2,000 poultry health professionals from around the globe were in attendance.
Animal Science Senior, Julie Jespersen, received a $2500 scholarship for winning an essay contest sponsored by Feed Energy in Des Moines, Iowa. The essay topic was " With an increasingly participatory consumer voice influencing our industry, what changes do you predict?
The Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions Carcass viewing brought around 50 folks in to view the carcasses. The event kicked off with Dr. Jodi Sterle speaking to the crowd and explaining the process and event. Dr. Dan Morrical followed with an introduction of folks in the room and safety standards before proceeding into the coolers.
Iowa State University and the Department of Animal Science will be hosting the 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging contest this weekend. On Saturday around 9am, 4-H and FFA students will meet in Kildee Hall for the meat judging contest and they will go to the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center for the livestock judging contest. For more information and a schedule of events click here.
Kale Boysen of Wapello FFA exhibited Grand Champion FFA Market Hog which weighed in at 284lbs and set an all-time record for any species with $54,000, selling for $1,000 more than the record in 2016. Kale will be senior at ISU majoring in Agriculture Studeis and minoring in Agronomy. He is a member of Block and Bridles Swine Interest Group and the Beginning Farmer's Network.
Max Petzenhauser of Story County exhibited the Grand Champion 4-H Meat Goat which sold for $19,000 and Nick Deppe of Bellvue FFA exhibited the Grand Champion FFA Meat Goat which sold for $16,000.
The 2017 Iowa State Fair is in full swing and fair goers are lining up to milk a cow. The Dairy Science Club, an animal science club, conducts the 'I milked a cow' exhibit for all 10 days of the fair. This exhibit allows patrons to actually milk a cow and happens at 9am, 1pm and 4pm each day. The club also maintains the animals for all of the Dairy Boulevard of Breeds which includes feeding and milking as well as giving milk parlor talks and discussions around 3 times a day.
Graduate students Danika Miller and Michael Cropp were awarded $10,000.00 scholarships by the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation also known as MISA. They were two of seven students to receive the award.
Animal Science Student, Emily Pratt, and Animal Science Graduate, Zoe Kiefer, talk about their internship and research working in Reicks View Farms hog barns in Lemars, Iowa. Click here to read the full story.