Department of Animal Science represents at Zoo STEM night

September 27, 2017

STEM activitySeptember 19 th the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo held a STEM night geared towards 3-5 th graders celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The event focused on introducing students to different STEM careers as they had the opportunity to participate in fun activities throughout the zoo.  Amy Powell, Extension Program Specialist III as well as Animal Scienc

Dr. James Koltes Joins the Department of Animal Science

September 27, 2017

James KoltesDr. James Koltes joins us as an Assistant Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the Animal Science Department. Dr. Koltes received his BS in Dairy Science and Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PhD from Iowa State University in Genetics. Dr.

New Record Achieved with help from ISU

September 22, 2017

Eggs on stickEggs-on-a-stick handed out at the 2016 Iowa State Fair set a new record at 162,576. Helping achieve that goal and pictured here is Egg Industry Center (EIC) Director Dr. Hongwei Xin and ISU Food Science Professor Tong Wang. Also pictured are EIC Advisory board member Blair Van Zetten and his spouse.

Graduate Student, Melissa Diest, gives talk in the UK

September 14, 2017

Melissa DiestAt the recent World Veterinary Poultry Association conference in Edinburgh UK, graduate student Melissa Diest gave a podium talk on her graduate research, and Sue Lamont gave an invited Keynote talk on “Breeding for Disease Resistance ”. Over 2,000 poultry health professionals from around the globe were in attendance.

Champion Carcass Viewing Results

August 29, 2017

Kale BoysenThe Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions Carcass viewing brought around 50 folks in to view the carcasses. The event kicked off with Dr. Jodi Sterle speaking to the crowd and explaining the process and event. Dr. Dan Morrical followed with an introduction of folks in the room and safety standards before proceeding into the coolers.


4-H and FFA Meat Judging and Livestock Judging Contest Saturday

August 24, 2017

Iowa State University and the Department of Animal Science will be hosting the 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging contest this weekend. On Saturday around 9am, 4-H and FFA students will meet in Kildee Hall for the meat judging contest and they will go to the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center for the livestock judging contest. For more information and a schedule of events click here.  

Three Records Set at the State Fair Sale of Champions

August 24, 2017

Kale Boysen of Wapello FFA exhibited Grand Champion FFA Market Hog which weighed in at 284lbs and set an all-time record for any species with $54,000, selling for $1,000 more than the record in 2016. Kale will be senior at ISU majoring in Agriculture Studeis and minoring in Agronomy. He is a member of Block and Bridles Swine Interest Group and the Beginning Farmer's Network.

Max Petzenhauser of Story County exhibited the Grand Champion 4-H Meat Goat which sold for $19,000 and Nick Deppe of Bellvue FFA exhibited the Grand Champion FFA Meat Goat which sold for $16,000.

Stop by the IMAC exhibit at the Iowa State Fair

August 11, 2017

The 2017 Iowa State Fair is in full swing and fair goers are lining up to milk a cow.  The Dairy Science Club, an animal science club, conducts the 'I milked a cow' exhibit for all 10 days of the fair.  This exhibit allows patrons to actually milk a cow and happens at 9am, 1pm and 4pm each day.  The club also maintains the animals for all of the Dairy Boulevard of Breeds which includes feeding and milking as well as giving milk parlor talks and discussions around 3 times a day.

Faculty and Staff bring home awards from ASAS/CSAS Conference

July 18, 2017

The American Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Society of Animal Science joined forces this year to hold their annual meeting and trade show together in Baltimore, Maryland!  The meeting's focus was Animal Science and Technology:  Ensuring Food Security.  

Iowa State University faculty and students took home some awards and scholarships. Below are those who were awarded:


AB&G Short Course Attracts Attendees from All Over the Globe

June 28, 2017

Last week, ISU's Department of Animal Science's Animal Breeding and Genetics section, hosted a short course in Kildee Hall titled:  Introduction to Graphical Models with Application to Quantitative Genetics and Genomics.  There were close to 75 in attendance and attendees traveled from all over the world to attend.  Twenty-seven countries were represented from 4 different continents.


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