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  • Congratulations to the Iowa State University Dairy Judging Team who took 4th place last weekend at the Southwest Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held at the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas in which 15 teams competed. The four team members competing in Fort Worth were:  Cassidy Buddenberg of Decorah, IA; Karla Hageman of Decorah, IA; Jennifer Huhe of Cresco, IA and Mariah Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, IA.  In the Brown Swiss division Karla Hageman placed 3rd, Mariah Schmitt placed 18th and as a team they placed 4th.  In the Holstein Division Mariah Schmitt placed 8th, Cassidy Buddenberg placed 16th, and as a team they placed 3rd. Mariah Schmitt was 17th and as a team they finished 9th in the Jersey Division.

  • The ISU Livestock Judging Team competed in Denver, Colorado at the National Western Stock Show and placed 10th overall.  Kendell Steines was 7th in Sheep and Goats, Katlyn Kahler was 10th in Hogs.  The team scored 8th overall in the Carload Contest and Johnathan Triggs was 10th overall.  Team Members were Kendell Steines, Krisi Smith, Katlyn Kahler, Shayne Wiese, Shane Bockenstedet, Dustin Smith and Johnathan Triggs.  There were 24 Senior College Teams that competed at the National event.  

  • This 4 minute piece is a parody written to the song "but first let me take a selfie" by the Chainsmokers. The video shows scifies of female plant and animal breeders from around the world emphasizing the important role women play in this field - both historically and at the current time - and also emphasizing the passion these women have for science, their careers and their family lives.  Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam from UC-Davis produced the video that was first debuted at the opening session of the International Plant and Animal Genome Meeting on January 10, 2016.

    Iowa State University Department of Animal Science students and faculty featured are:

  • The year 2015 marks 50 years of teaching farm excellence for the department of animal science at Iowa State University.  Click here to read the full story.  

  • The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University has enjoyed unprecedented success at the 2015 National Barrow in Austin, Minnesota. The Swine Teaching Farm started the week by earning Reserve Champion Purebred Truckload honors, Champion Crossbred Truckload honors, and Grand Champion Truckload on Monday. This honor was also bestowed on the teaching farm last year, completing the farm’s quest to go back to back.  


    The ISU Teaching Farm continued its winning ways on Tuesday capturing Champion Duroc Boar and Champion Duroc Gilt honors. This is the second year in a row the farm has exhibited the Champion Duroc Boar. The boar sold for $20,000 to Swine Genetics International and Vegas Showpigs. The Champion gilt sold for $1,750 to Daryl Mappes. 

  • ISU animal Science and veterinary researchers made possible the first-ever successful bovine embryo transfer in the Republic of Kosovo, a step that will strengthen food security and agriculture for the nation. For the complete story go to

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