ISU Judging Team Has Successful Run at the American Royal!

November 3, 2016

The 2016 Iowa State University recently competed at the American Royal Livestock Judging Contest in Kansas City, MO. This contest is one of the largest and most competitive events year round, with 25 teams and 125 contestants competing for top honors. This year, the Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team placed 5th in beef judging, 5th in sheep and goat judging, and 5th overall! The team was paced by Johnathan Triggs, who was named the high point individual overall in the contest!

2016 Homecoming

October 27, 2016

Kildee Homecoming

Kildee Homecoming

Animal Science staff member, Mary Lents, shares her Cyclone spirit with this display for Homecoming 2016.  


Dairy Judging Team Competes at the World Dairy Expo

October 14, 2016

The Iowa State University Senior Dairy Judging Team rounded out the fall judging season with their last contest this past weekend by competing at the 2016 Lely National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo, which was held in Madison, WI. Team members included:  Cassidy Buddenberg, Decorah, IA; Karla Hageman, Decorah, IA; Jennifer Huhe, Cresco, IA; and Mariah Schmitt, Fort Atkinson, IA.  Results are as follows:  

2016 Lely National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest – Madison, Wisconsin

Block and Bridle Club Helps Feed the Hungry!

October 6, 2016

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science Student Group, Block and Bridle,  in conjunction with Meals From The Heartland organized the 2016 Hunger Fight that took place in the Department of Animal Science's Kildee Farm Bureau Pavilion yesterday. Students majoring in Vet medicine, Agronomy, Animal Science, Agriculture education and other majors packaged over 83,000 meals for the needy.

Iowa State University Horse Barn Recognized in Magazine

September 28, 2016

The Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine recognized Iowa State University Department of Animal Science in an article titled Never mind Veishea – ISU Horse Barns Still Site of Greatest Show.  The article is part of the fall 2016 edition of the magazine and talks about the importance of the barn, barn history and some about the horses.  To read the article in full, please click here:  Iowa Barn Foundation Horse Barn Artcle.pdf



Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team Competes at National Barrow Show

September 15, 2016

The Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team recently competed at the National Barrow Show in Austin, MN. Out of 15 total teams, Iowa State finished as the 4th overall team. Individually, Katlyn Kahler, from Cambridge, IA finished 10th overall. Other team members include Kristi Smith of Princeville, IL, Kendall Steines of Springbrook, IA, Isaac Taber of Cameron, IL, Johnathan Triggs of Mount Ayr, IA, and Shayne Wiese of Manning, IA. We want to congratulate all students on their individual and team successes!

Hormel National Barrow Show Meat Judging Contest

September 13, 2016

By Dr. Sherrlyn Olsen

The 2016 Iowa State University Meat Judging Team began the fall judging season at the Hormel National Barrow Show Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held at the Hormel Research and Development Facility in Austin, MN on Saturday, September 10. This contest tested both undergraduate and graduate students, on their knowledge of both fresh and processed pork products.

Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Workshop Has Highest Attendance in 4 Years!

September 13, 2016

Veterinarians, extension educators, producers and students from universities across the US attended the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle workshop  held September 7 and 8 at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines, Iowa.   The event included 249 attendees from across 29 states and Namibia, Africa.  It was a first-ever to be hosted in Iowa; and Iowa State University Assistant Professor of Animal Science and host site organizer, Dr.

We welcome Dairy Farm Co-Manager, Ronald Skoyen to Iowa State University Department of Animal Science!

September 2, 2016

Ronald SkoyenWe have a new face joining the Department of Animal Science Dairy Farm as Dairy Farm Co-Manager.  His name is Ronald Skoyen and he knows a lot about dairy.  Ronald comes to us from the US Dairy Forage Research Center in Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin.  There he spent nine years as an Ag Supervisor and then a Dairy Herd Manager and Research Program manager.

Carcass Viewing in Meat Lab

August 29, 2016

The Champions Animal Meat Carcass Viewing took place on Friday, August 26 at 133 Meat Lab within the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.  Exhibitors and their families, buyers,  representatives from the Iowa Foundation for the Advancement of Agriculture, meats judging team students, faculty and staff attended this annual event.  Goat, lamb, heifer, steer and swine carcasses were available for viewing.    The meat from the Sale of Champions will go to local buyers Hy-Vee, Inc, Fareway Stores, Casey’s General Stores, Elanco Animal Health, Iowa

New Student Barbecue in Kildee Hall

August 26, 2016

This last Wednesday, August 24th,  marked the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences new student barbecue.  Students were invited to receive a free meal consisting of  pork burgers, brats, chips and cookies.  There were representatives from 26 different clubs at the event to share information about their clubs.  The BBQ was held in Department of Animal Science's Kildee Hall Farm Bureau Pavilion.


Iowa State University 4-H Skillathons

August 26, 2016

Iowa State University held the annual Livestock Skillathon at the State Fair this year with Amy Powell, Department of Animal Science Extension Youth STEM Specialist, directing the event.  Over 231 youth from 51 counties across the state of Iowa competed in this event.  What is a skillathon you ask?  According to Powell, a skillathon is a science-based educational contest that tests the participants knowledge of animal science.

Iowa State Fair Champion Animal Meat Viewing

August 22, 2016

This Friday is the Iowa State Fair Champions Animal Meat Viewing in 133 Meat Lab.  This event is held for exhibitors and their families, buyers, representatives from Iowa Foundation for the Advancement of Agriculture,  ISU meats judging team students and faculty to view the carcasses of the state fair champions.   Attendees will learn about different species used and various factors to determine the value of the carcass.  Steer, heifer, lamb, swine and goat meat carcasses will be available for viewing at 10:30am.  Champions data will be posted to Animal Sc

Dairy Science Club Awarded

August 22, 2016

The American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division (SAD) awards an outstanding chapter yearbook and scrapbook each year at the Joint Annual Meeting.   The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Dairy Science Club received 3rd place in the scrapbook competition and 3rd place in the yearbook competition this year.   They competed against colleges and universities across the nation.  Winners receive plaques as well as monetary awards.  One advisor, one student and one industry person judges the contest and the scrap


The Department of Animal Science Welcomes Dr. Chris Cassady!

August 18, 2016

Dr. Chris CassadyWe welcome Dr. Chris Cassady to the Department of Animal Science as our new Livestock Judging Coach and Lecturer!  Dr. Cassady comes to us from the University of Illinois at Urbana where he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Ruminant Nutrition.  He received a Bachelor of Animal Science in 2010 from Texas A&M University.


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