Pork Industry Scholarships go to CALS students

March 8, 2017

It was a great week at the National Pork Producers Council annual business meeting (also known as National Pork Industry Forum) for three Iowa State University students.  Lexi Marek (Public Service and Administration in Agriculture), Mitchell Juhl (Agricultural Business) and Mary Heiller (Animal Science) were all awarded the Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship.  This $2500 scholarship was given to 10 college students who intend to pursue their careers in the pork industry.

Sheep Field Day 2017 a Success

March 8, 2017

Dr. Dan Morrical as speakerDr. Dan Morrical, ISU Animal Science Professor and Extension Specialist was a speaker at Sheep Field Day in February.  The event was a joint effort by Iowa State University  and Premier Supplies.

Graduate Student Receives Poultry Award

March 3, 2017


Department of Animal Science Graduate Student, Stephanie Lindblom, was recognized and given a monetary award for an outstanding student research presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Poultry Science Society meeting January 30, 2017.  Her presentation title was: Effect of oil source and peroxidation status on broiler performance and oxidative stress. Ms Lindblom is co-advised by Drs. Gabler and Kerr.



Beef Teaching Farm Sells Bull at Beef Expo

March 3, 2017

The ISU Beef Teaching Farm sold a Simmental  Angus Bull that was an ET (Embryo Transfer) son.  The EPD or Estimated Progeny Difference, was as follows: top 10 percent of the breed for calving ease, top 10 percent for birth weight and top 15% of breed on maternal calving ease.  

Hansen Center Exceeds 100,000 Visitors in 2016

March 3, 2017

The Jeff and Deb Agricultural Student Learning Center has welcomed 106,377 visitors since it's doors first opened in 2014.  It currently holds 22 different classes a semester and around 155 events and meetings in a year.  The Hansen Center has a 92% retention rate of classes from 2015 and a 27% increase in events and meetings from the year before.

Meat Judging Contest

March 3, 2017

The 39th Annual Iowa State University Meat Evaluation Contest was hosted in the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory on Saturday, February 11.  Thirteen teams competed in this annual event and included: Angelo State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, South Dakota State University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University, The Ohio State University, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and West Texas A&M University.  This was the largest ISU contest in the hi


New Skeleton Aids Learning in Animal Science Courses

February 7, 2017

There is a brand new bovine skeleton in Kildee Hall.  The skeleton is used for students to learn the different bones of the cow skeleton.  Students are able to gain hands-on experience by identifying where each bone is located on the skeleton. Veterinarian and Lecturer, Dr.

Dr. Beitz and Dr. Gunn Will Receive Awards this Spring

January 23, 2017

Dr. Don Beitz received notice that he will receive the Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award from the ISU Alumni Association.  This award was established in 2011 as a way for former ISU students to recognize current or former faculty or staff who had a significant influence on their lives as students at ISU.  


Iowa State University Livestock Judging Competes at National Western Stock Show

January 23, 2017

The Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team recently competed at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Iowa State finished 8th in swine and just outside of the top 10 overall in the hill contest. Individually, Kenton Lain, from Corydon, IA finished 9th in swine and Grace Seaba, from Muscatine, IA finished 5th in swine. In the carload contest, Iowa State was paced by John Fortin, from Darlington, WI, who was named the high individual in the contest. Iowa State finished 11th overall in the carload competition.

NW Iowa Sheep producers Attend ISU Extension Program

December 16, 2016

A large crowd of NW Iowa Sheep producers attended an educational program organized by Beth Doran, Beef Field Specialist, along with NW Iowa Sheep Producers Association on Tuesday, December 13 in Sheldon, Iowa.  Dr. Dan Morrical, Department of Animal Science Professor,  was the featured speaker and covered the latest micro mineral survey results.


National Swine Improvement Federation Meeting

December 9, 2016

The NSIF held their annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina Thursday and Friday of last week.  The Federation has an annual two-day conference that attracts leading swine breeders, industry and university geneticists, and prominent international figures in swine breeding. Papers presented during these conferences address both theory and practice of swine improvement. Workshops, panel discussions and concurrent sessions are used to maximize the information transfer and general value for everyone attending the conference.

Saddle and Sirloin Event

November 18, 2016

Industry Leaders, Professors and friends of the family from all across the US joined Dr. Maynard Hogberg as he was honored with the prestigious Saddle and Sirloin Award in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend.  To read the ISU press release, click here.

Animal Science Graduate Student Awarded 2nd Place in 3MT Competition

November 18, 2016

November 15 marked the Iowa State University Graduate College's first Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The goal of the event is for graduate students to summarize their research in three minutes or less to a non-expert audience.  They are only allowed to use one static slide and no props.  No time is built in for audience questions and the contestant can't even go one second over the 3 minute time or disqualification occurs.  The winner of the competition receives a $500 scholarship and expenses paid trip to the regional competition.

Meat Judging Nationals

November 16, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Iowa State University Meat Judging Team for a strong finish at the National Championship in Dakota City. In divisions, the team was 2nd in beef grading, 4th in overall beef, 6th in placings, 9th in specifications, and 10th in lamb judging and pork judging. The team finished in 7th place. Michael Stender, Aurelia, had a great day in the cooler and was 3rd High Individual Overall Contest. He was 2nd in beef grading, 4th in overall beef, and 8th in placings. Zack Peppmeier, Shannon City, was 8th in beef grading.


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