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  • Tanner Volkmann will be a new addition to the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University as the manager of the new Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility upon his graduation. Volkmann is a current Iowa State animal science student, scheduled to graduate with with his B.S in May of 2022. The Stanley Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility is the latest cutting-edge research facility and is set to open in the summer of 2022. This facility was made possible by the Iowa turkey industry and allied partners.

  • Dr. Juan Steibel is joining Iowa State University in August 2022, as a Professor in the Department of Animal Science. Steibel will serve as the Lush Chair for Animal Breeding and Genetics, a position honoring Jay Lush. Lush was a prolific researcher, graduate mentor and outreach educator during his career as a professor of animal breeding in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University from 1930 to 1966.

    Steibel was most recently a Professor in the Departments of Animal Sciences and Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. He brings extensive research experience in developing and applying statistical and computational methods to analyze genetic, molecular, and phenotypic data to make better selection decisions in animal production systems.

  • The meat judging team returned home after a successful week of meat judging contests. Traveling with the team were coach and meat science graduate student Caroline Downey (Putnam, IL) and meat science graduate student Kayla Hospodarsky (Cedar Rapids). The team is also assisted by coach and program coordinator Dr. Sherry Olsen.

  • Ames, IA. – On Sunday, March 27th, the Dairy Science Club at Iowa State University hosted the 93rd annual Dairy Science Banquet. Animal science faculty, club members, and alumni are invited each year to recognize departmental and club success. The banquet was held in-person, after a virtual celebration the previous year, with 120 attendees.

  • Congratulations to ISU Animal & Dairy Science students for their second place finish at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge last week.

    Twenty students from Iowa State participated, consisting of 4 competitors in the national Dairy Challenge contest, 15 participants in the Dairy Challenge Academy, and a member of the social media corps. The Dairy Challenge is a farm evaluation event that seeks to train tomorrow’s dairy industry leaders and connect them with current industry partners. This year’s national event took place in Green Bay, WI.


  • Q&A with the Hardcore Carnivore

    Jess Pryles of Hardcore Carnivore is a communications professional from Melbourne, Australia, an urban area with a population of 5 million people. Pryles is currently a student in the Meat Science graduate certificate program at Iowa State University. She grew up loving food, however she didn’t feel like she was confident in cooking meat properly.

    On a trip to the United States, she discovered that brisket in America and Australia were very different. This led her to start researching meat cuts and how meat differs from various cattle breeds. The more research she did, the more fascinated she become with learning about meat science. “The agriculture industry is so welcoming to those that want to learn,” Pryles said.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Wes Schweer

    Wes Schweer’s college path took more twists and turns than he could have ever predicted. He originally came to Iowa State to major in Animal Science with the intent to pursue a veterinary career but decided to finish with his bachelor’s degree and proceed to enter the workforce. Like all good stories his path doesn’t end there; when Schweer was looking for jobs his senior year he didn’t find anything that quite fit, so he decided to stay and pursue his Master’s degree which guided him into also receiving his PhD in swine nutrition in 2018.

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