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    Click here for more details on the 2024 Swine Industry Experience Program.

  • The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University welcomes David Rosero as an assistant professor. With his extensive background in the swine industry, David comes to the department ready to make valuable contributions for students and stakeholders. Rosero’s research will focus on swine nutrition and smart farming, with special emphasis on developing technologies to improve sow survivability and longevity. He will also be teaching ANS 425: Swine Systems Management.

    “I feel honored and humbled to join a great institution and the outstanding faculty at the Department of Animal Science. I am very much looking forward to collaborating with fellow researchers, students, and industry partners to drive much needed change and innovation in the swine industry,” said Rosero.

  • The 2023 ISU consignment included a total of 26 horses, 10 owned and raised by the Iowa State University Horse Farm and 16 additional client-owned yearlings. Nine students enrolled in AnS 317B spent the summer and the first week of this fall semester preparing the horses for this sale. The fall 2023 317B students are Grace Archambeau, Kailey Bahmann, Katherine Cubbage, Nicole DeYoung, Kaleena Dudek, Elizabeth Gideon, Sarah Hart, Hailey Kube, Teresa Petsche and undergraduate teaching assistants Lindsey Halsey and Raul Gonzalez.

    A total of 76 horses were catalogued to the 2023 Iowa Thoroughbred Sale. Of those, 56 changed hands at the sale for revenues of $865,700.

  • It is not as common to hear of a daughter going back to take over the family farm, but that is exactly what Lillie Beringer-Crock did. Hailing from Cascade, Iowa, Lillie has been farming full-time since February of this year. She recently started a direct-to-consumer beef business and is a young voice for agriculture through her social media accounts, where she regularly shares educational content and videos of her daily tasks.

    Ever since her junior year of college, Lillie knew that she eventually wanted to end up back home. As a little girl, she was always involved and spent as much time as she could outside. “My punishment for getting in trouble was that I had to stay inside,” said Lillie. She credits her grandfather for being her inspiration and mentor as she grew up and became involved on the farm.

  • The 2023 International Congress of Meat Science and Technology was held in Padova, Italy, August 21-25. Five hundred delegates from six continents attended. The Congress featured a pre-conference intensive workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and five days of technical programming. There were eighteen keynote lectures during the Congress, nearly fifty presentations during the plenary sessions, and 434 poster presentations.

  • Sara Kvidera found her passion for animal science close to home. Hailing from Traer, Iowa, on a row crop and cattle farm, Sara fell in love with cattle through taking care of the orphan calves on her family’s operation. She attended Kansas State University on a track and field scholarship from 2009 until 2012 while completing her undergraduate degree in animal science.

  • Iowa State researchers at the SSR annual meeting in July where 13 abstracts listed below were presented from the Ross, Kerns and Keating groups. 

  • For the Iowa State turkey research team one of the major conferences is the annual Poultry Science Association Annual Conference.  This year, it was held in Philadelphia PA from July 10th through the July 13th. This conference covers all aspects of poultry and focuses on performance and production aspects of the bird.  A big talking point for turkey research at the conference surrounded Histomonas Melegridis, more commonly referred to as Blackhead. 

  • Mathias Peters credits his career path to his background in agriculture. Mathias grew up outside Bellevue, Iowa, on his family’s beef cattle and diversified crop farm. The full-time farming operation, 4-H and FFA involvement, and the opportunity to learn at a world class agriculture school led him to complete his bachelor’s degree in animal science at Iowa State University in 2017. 

    While at Iowa State, Mathias also held leadership roles, serving as chaplain and philanthropy chair in his fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho. He was involved with Bacon Expo, Varieties, Homecoming and VEISHEA. His internships during the summers and working part-time during junior and senior semesters at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association helped build professional experience. 

  • This summer the Iowa State University Sheep Teaching farm consigned Hampshire rams to the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) annual sales in Spencer, Iowa and an online platform. The National Sheep Improvement Program provides important genetic information to producers in the form of estimated breeding values (EBVs), which are derived from meticulously kept production records and data. Having access to EBVs allows producer to make educated breeding decisions that can work towards creating a more consistent and profitable sheep industry. The rams produced by the Sheep Teaching Farm are classified as terminal rams that are valued most for their growth and carcass characteristics.

  • Animal Science Roundup is a three-day immersive program for youth grades 8-12 that have an interest in one of the following areas: beef cattle, dairy cattle, dogs, horse, poultry, sheep, or swine. Youth spend time on the Iowa State University research and teaching farms working with animals learning about health, nutrition, behavior, genetics, and reproduction. 

    This year there were 108 students that participated and they began the event with a program in the meat lab where they learned about the science of meat, how ground meat is processed, different types of ground meat and factors that drive consumption.

    Tuesday ended with a series of workshops on antimicrobial resistance where youth learned about the following: 

  • Michaela Gregorich enrolled at Iowa State University with her sights set on veterinary school. Growing up, she loved running around on her uncle’s farm, so it made the most sense to her to choose this path. But, as her time in college continued, she eventually decided that vet school was not meant for her. Instead, she followed her love for all of the classes she had taken with Professor Sherry Olsen and decided to dive into meat science. 

  • The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University held their first one-of-a-kind showcase on animal nutrition for animal feed industry professionals on May 19, 2023. 

    This event was hosted by the Iowa State University Animal Nutrition group and included an exclusive tour of the state-of-the-art Kent Feed Mill, opportunities to engage with our top-notch graduate and undergraduate students who are passionate about nutrition careers, and reconnect with former colleagues.

    Faculty gave nutrition program updates and research capabilities at our facilities. Graduate students presented on topics ranging from the nutrition of sick animals to the role of nutrients in growth.

  • Several faculty and graduate students from Iowa State Department of Animal Science at the US Precision Livestock Farming Conference (USPLF2023) in Knoxville, Tennessee and NC1211 multistate meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee May 21-24.

    Juan Steibel, Will Taylor and James Koltes presented research findings as seminars at the meeting, which you can find here.

  • 2023 Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest 

    Hosted by Ohio State University and University of Kentucky 

    Iowa State Team Members – Jillian Anderson, Kailey Clark, Bridget Fisher, Emily Freese, Sarah Fritz, Kristen Hubbard, Ashtyn Jolly, Anna Nafziger, Dacia Schoulte, Abbie Sesker, Lacey Smith, Jonah Werth, and Keegan Zimmerly. Coaches – Caroline Downey and Dr. Sherry Olsen 

  • The Department of Animal Science held their 2023 Graduate Student Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2023. Faculty, staff, and donors helped recognize the accomplishments of the department’s graduate students. Over the last 5 years, across the four majors the department has maintained 65-80 M.S. and Ph.D. students. These graduates are trained in varying aspects of basic and applied sciences with graduate degrees in four majors that include Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Physiology, Animal Science and Meat Science. Minors are also offered in Animal Breeding and Genetics and in Meat Science.

  • Erin Brenneman came to Iowa State University to major in animal science with the goal of working with horses in her future career; little did she know that she would work in two areas she never saw coming - pigs and people.  

    Brenneman found her passion for the animal industry while working in a horseback riding program near the suburbs of Chicago, where she grew up. Wanting to pursue a career to follow her passion for horses, Brenneman shared her desire to be a vet with her counselor, and she suggested she look at Iowa State University. "I toured the campus and, just like everyone else, instantly fell in love."   

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