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.
The Graduate College Teaching and Research Excellence Award recipients are announced each term. In the Department of Animal Science, we recognize the recipients for the year at the April Graduate Student Scholarship and Awards event. Today we recognize three students that were selected for this term.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Animal Science staff member, Mary Lents, shares her Cyclone spirit with this display for Homecoming 2016.
Dr. Dan Morrical, Dr. Curtis Youngs and Joe Sellers will provide classroom and hands-on learning opportunities for sheep producers on November 19. Please click here to read more: Educational Program for Sheep Producers to be Held in Ames.pdf
2016 Fall Iowa Thoroughbred and Breeders and Owners Association Sale is in the Books
The Iowa State University Meat Judging Team recently competed in the 2016 American Royal Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest presented by Elanco Animal Health and hosted by Nebraska Beef, Omaha, NE. The team was 3rd in beef grading; 4th in overall beef; 7th in beef judging and reasons; and 10th in pork judging and total placings.
Block and Bridle Club, one of the largest undergraduate clubs on campus, is hosting the annual Little North American Showmanship Competition this Saturday, October 15, at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. It is a show for Iowa State Students to show animals and be judged on how well they show their livestock.
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
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.
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
The Animal Science Department has eight members that are being honored on this coming Monday (Sept. 26) at the University Award Ceremony. The Ceremony will be held at 3:30 pm in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.
A full list of award recipients can be found here: http://www.inside.iastate.edu/article/2016/09/22/awards
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!
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.
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.
By Dr. Chris Cassady, Livestock Judging Coach
By Amy Powell
We 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.
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