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News from Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University

January 10, 2018

The successful distance education program, SowBridge, begins its tenth year in February. ISU animal science professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said the program is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets. Operation owners, employees, technicians, managers and technical service providers are encouraged to consider registering. The first session is Feb. 7 .

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Beef Bash a Blast

December 12, 2017

Beef BashDecember 2 at the Jeff and Deb Hanson Agriculture Student Learning Center youth in grades 7-12 attended the 2017 Beef Blast. This workshop, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Department of Animal Science, taught participants about working with beef cattle. Youth had a variety of hands-on workshops to explore genetics.

Christensen, Peters, and Timms Win 2017 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Awards

December 12, 2017

Leo TimmsDuring the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit held on December 7 in Ames, Iowa, the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) recognized Christensen Feedlot / Royal Beef, Peters Beef Genetics, and Dr. Leo Timms of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Ames for the 2017 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards.

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Dairy Judging Contest Results

November 30, 2017

The junior dairy judging team competed on November 5 th, 2017 in Louisville, KY at the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Team members included: Macey Betcher, Plainview, MN; Katie Kerndt, Lansing, IA; Mason Lettinga, Middleview, MI; Mary Scott, Westgate, IA; Alex Brand, Ellsworth, WI; and Logan Domeyer, Colesburg, IA. In the Ayrshire Division, Iowa State was 7 th Overall and was 1 stplace in the Brown Swiss Division with Mary Scott in 5 th place and Mason Letting

Meat Judging International National Championship in Dakota City, NE

November 22, 2017

The 2017 Iowa State University Meat Judging Team finished in 9th place at The International National Championship in Dakota City, NE behind Texas Tech, Kansas State University, Colorado State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M, South Dakota State University, Florida, and Nebraska. In divisions, the team was 7th in lamb judging, 8th in beef judging and total placings, 9th in overall beef and specifications, and 10th in beef grading.

Austin Putz researches disease resistance in swine

November 22, 2017

Austin PutzAustin Putz is a PhD student researching disease resistance in swine. Austin works directly with several Canadian swine producers where they take healthy pigs and first put them into a clean environment. Here they can take samples for early predictors of disease resilience. After early sampling in a clean environment, pigs are sent to a disease challenge facility.

News from the Egg Industry Center

November 17, 2017

As the November 15 potential deadline for ammonia emissions reporting for CERCLA (the Comprehensive Emergency Response Compensation and Liability Act) draws near for the US livestock and poultry industry, the Egg Industry Center reminds the industry of the egg production ammonia emission estimation tools it has developed. Click here to read more.

Equestrian Hunt Team Competes at Notre Dame

November 6, 2017

The Iowa State Equestrian Hunt Team competed at Notre Dame for the last show in their regions season. They compete on flat and over fences hunt seat within IHSA. Horse's names are drawn out of a hat for each rider so that you are only judged on your capabilities as a rider and it's all about the luck of the draw. This was a fabulous show for the team!

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Meat Judging Team Update

November 6, 2017

The Iowa State University Meat Judging Team recently competed in the Cargill High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held in Friona, Texas. Twelve teams competed in the event and the team placed in 7 th behind Texas Tech , Colorado State University, Texas A&M, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, and Florida. Individual results included: Drew Wilson – 5 th in lamb judging and 7 th in beef grading; and Taylor Wulf – 7 th in total placings.

Pork 101 hosted at ISU

November 6, 2017

Pork 101October 23-25th, ISU hosted PORK 101, a three-day, hands-on educational program to help participants learn about quality and consistency issues facing the pork industry. The program is hosted by American Meat Science Association in cooperation with the National Pork Board and sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

ISU Animal Science Graduate, Dr. Craig Morris, Named VP of International Marketing for National Pork Board

October 23, 2017

The National Pork Board named USDA"s Dr. Craig Morris to the International Marketing post. Dr. Morris graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and obtained his PhD from Texas A&M university in 1995 where he held the Regents Graduate Fellowship in Animal and Meat Science. To read the full press release, click here.

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