Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center Receives Impact Award

April 1, 2016

The Jeff and Deb Hansen Center will be awarded the Impact Award later this year.  The Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors established this award in 2000 to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations, or units whose programs or accomplishments brought broad recognition to the university and increased the involvement of ISU constituents in the life of the university during the year prior to being nominated.


AMSA Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award

March 28, 2016

Undergraduate animal science student, Brian Patterson, received the USAA award last week.  The objective of this award is to promote meat science by recognizing outstanding undergraduate students with potential for a career in meats.  The candidate may or may not have committed himself/herself to a career in meats, but should have demonstrated an interest in meat science and the meat industry.  Brian will need to attend the Reciprocal Meat Science Conference (RMC) June 19-22 at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.  


Swine Genetics International (SGI) and Block and Bridle Proven to Win Pig Sale

March 28, 2016

This past weekend SGI and Block and Bridle held the Proven to Win Pig Sale.  The event was held at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center and was the most productive sale yet with 138 hogs averaging around $322/head.  According to Block and Bridle Pig Sale Co-Chair, “This is an event where breeders can spotlight their hogs to potential buyers. Many purchase these hogs for 4-H and FFA events. Block and Bridle is involved to give students and alumni the opportunity to gain experience in the pig business and network with others in the swine field.


ISU Block and Bridle Club helps 4-H kids learn about Food Safety!

March 25, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22, the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club as well as the Story County Extension office and 4-H Chapter assisted with (FSQA) Food Safety and Quality Assurance training in Nevada, Iowa to teach 4-H club members about food safety.  The training is meant to teach young 4-H exhibitors about proper animal care, trust and ethics when being an exhibitor of any species at their local fairs as well as the state fair.  Eight different stations were set up where Block and Bridle Club members taught different subjects.

Seven Animal Science Graduate Students awarded College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarships

March 24, 2016

The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards the following Graduate students with scholarships!  

Farm Bureau Graduate Fellowship, Cayla Iske

Paul and Candace Flakoll Scholarship, Nichole Huntley

Print and Grace Powers Hudson Scholarship, Wes Schweer

Print and Grace Powers Hudson Scholarship, Amanda Robinson

Print and Grace Powers Hudson Scholarship, Taylor Wolfer

AMSA Students Receive the C. Boyd Ramsey RMC Scholar Award

March 24, 2016

Congratulations to this year's winners of the C. Boyd Ramsey RMC Scholar Award! This award is co-sponsored by the C. Boyd Ramsey American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Mentorship Recognition program and the AMSA Student Membership. We had several talented and qualified applicants this year. With the addition of the Ramsey funds, four undergraduate and two graduate awards of $540 were awarded.


ISU receives awards at American Society of Animal Science Midwest Meeting

March 21, 2016

The Midwestern Section ASAS/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting was held in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday and Tuesday of last week.  The competition included undergraduate and graduate students presenting oral and posters.  An Academic Quadrathlon was also held.    Iowa State University placed 2nd in the Undergraduate Poster Competition II with Abstract # 422: Evaluation of perennial switchgrass as a replacement for cornstalks in high sulfur beef cattle diets.  A.K. Reis*1, R. Ostrem1, K. J. Heiderscheit1, O. N.


ISU's Block and Bridle Cyclone Classic/AGR Spring Showdown is a Success!

March 21, 2016

The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center hosted the ISU’s Block and Bridle Cyclone Classic and Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Spring Showdown this past weekend with over 375 head of cattle and 500 people taking part in this annual event.  Exhibitors traveled from all over the Midwest to participate and ranged in ages from 5 to 21.  The event began with check-in on Friday, March 18th and the first-ever Cyclone Classic Skillathon!  The Skillathon included 5 stations consisting of feed identification, heifer class to judge, beef cattle anatomy, breed id

Student Employee of the Year

March 10, 2016

Each year, one outstanding student is honored as ISU's Student Employee of the Year.  Selection is based upon reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, interpersonal skills and unique contributions to the employer.  The 2015-2016 Student Employee of the Year is Rachel Wonderlich.  She majors in Child, Adult and Family Services.  Students of Distinction include Alexander Shaw of Ag Systems Technology, Spencer Bates of Interdisciplinary Studies and Morgan Pittz of Animal Science.


Dairy Science Club Annual Banquet

March 10, 2016

The Dairy Science Club held their 87th annual banquet on March 6 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ames Iowa.  There were around 160 guests at the banquet.  Over $48,000 was awarded in scholarshipsto students at the banquet.  The Dairy Science club has around 100 members and the club officers include Celina Young - President, Karla Hageman - Vice President, Cassie Krebill - Secretary as well as additional officers in the club.  


Academic Quadrathalon

March 4, 2016

The Animal Science Academic Quadrathalon took place on Tuesday, February 23 in the Kildee Hall Farm Bureau Pavilion.  This is an annual event and determines who will represent Iowa State University at the Midwest Academic Quadrathalon Competition which is held at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science Meeting March 14-16 in Des Moines.  Students get the opportunity to compete against their peers through lab stations and a quiz bowl and the winning team has the opportunity to compete at the Midwest competition as well as earn scholarship money.  The stations included b

Cyclone Swine Spectacular and Block and Bridle’s Spring Market Hog Show

March 4, 2016

Cyclone Swine Spectacular and Block and Bridle’s Spring Market Hog Show took place Saturday, February 27 at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.  The Cyclone Swine Spectacular is a program put on by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Around 57 youth, ranging from ages 8-18, took part in this contest. The young swine enthusiasts competed in 6 different events including swine evaluation, knowledge bowl, skill-a-thon, meat quality workshop, extemporaneous and speeches. Prizes were given out to the top individuals! 

Meat Evaluation Contest Results

February 16, 2016

2016 Iowa State University Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team National Western and ISU Contest Results

The ISU Meat Judging Team is comprised of seven students: Austin Egolf, Dillsburg, PA; Michaella Fevold, Story City; Zack Peppmeier, Shannon City; Michael Stender, Aurelia; Paige Whitney, Ida Grove; Rachel Wynn, Bedford, IN; and Laura Yoder, Kalona. Coaches include: Dr. Sherry Olsen; Alex Conover, Holstein; Carl Frame, Osseo, WI; and Breanna Saso, Mauston, WI.

38th Annual Meat Evaluation Contest

February 11, 2016

The Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University Meat Science Extension, American Meat Science Association and faculty and staff are holding the 38th Annual Meat Evaluation Contest at the Meat Lab in Kildee Hall on Saturday, February 13.  This Intercollegiate event includes Kansas State University, Michigan State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Tarleton State University, Ohio State University, The University of Missouri, The University of Nebraska and of course Iowa State University.  The Contest is not open to public.

Tradition of Excellence Sale a Success

February 10, 2016

The Tradition of Excellence sale held on January 30th was a great success.  Thirty-seven cattle lots sold for $86,250.00 with an average of $2,331.  Three semen lots sold for $325 with an average of $108.  The gross of the sale was $86,575.  The Private Treaty Bull sale committed 40% of the departments’ bulls for a May delivery totaling over $20,000 and the remainder of the bulls are for sale on a first-come, first-serve basis until June 15th.

ISU Department of Animal Science Faculty Co-Authors on Most Cited Papers

February 5, 2016

The American Society of Animal Science compiled the Journal of Animal Science and its most downloaded and most cited articles of 2015.  Dr. John Patience, Dr. Nick Gabler, Dr. Jason Ross, Dr. Steven Lonergan and Dr. Lance Baumgard are among the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science faculty that have co-authored 3 of the top 10 most sited articles of 2015.

The 10 most cited articles published in the Journal of Animal Science in 2015 are below:


Tradition of Excellence Sale Kicks off this Saturday!

January 25, 2016

Saturday, January 30 marks the Biannual 2016 Tradition of Excellence Sale.  The event will kick off at 9am with cattle on display for viewing at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.  Lunch is provided by the Beef Sales team at the Hansen Center and then at 12pm a private treaty bull sale takes place at the ISU beef teaching farm located at South State Avenue, Ames Iowa 50011. The Female Auction will take place at 1pm again at the Hansen Center.  The event is hosted by students of Iowa State University.

ISU Fort Worth Judging Team Takes 4th Place!

January 25, 2016

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.

ISU Judging Team Competes at National Western Stock Show

January 19, 2016

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.  

Four ISU Women Animal geneticists featured in YouTube video "Scifie"

January 19, 2016

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.

CALS Spring Awards Announced

January 7, 2016

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has announced the award recipients for their Award Recognition program which will be held February 2, 2016 in the Memorial Union.  Award Recipients from the Department of Animal Science include:  

Bill Larson - Ag and Life Sciences P&S Excellence Award

Dr. Anna Johnson - Mid-Career Research Award

Dr. Dan Morrical - Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Outreach Award

Dr. Susan Lamont - Faculty Award for Diversity Enhancement

Dr. Tom Baas - Outstanding Advising Award


New Furniture Lines Kildee Hall

January 7, 2016

Due to a private donation, Kildee Hall receives much-needed new furniture.  A private donor wanted the donation to be used specifically for new furniture so students and guests would have a place to sit when visiting.  Replacing the 12 tables and chairs in the main hall with more than 30 tables and chairs will more than double the area for students to sit and study.  The tables are also slightly bigger allowing two laptops/table instead of just one like before.



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