Efficiency is Key at the Iowa State University Animal Science Teaching Farms!

July 25, 2016

Ben DrescherEfficiency is always at top of mind according to Ben Drescher,  ISU Teaching Farms Manager.  There are many things that the teaching farms do to be efficient on the farms.   One major area where this can be applied is the processing of the animal nutrients or manure.  Drescher says the liquid animal nutrients from the swine, beef and sheep farms go to a 1st and 2nd

Graduate Students Attend Society for the Study of Reproduction Annual Meeting

July 20, 2016

Five graduate students attended the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) 49th annual meeting in San Diego, California July 16 - 20.  Grad Students Katie Bidne, Mackenzie Dickson, Jake Seibert, Matt Romoser and Ben Hale had the opportunity to attend this important meeting focused on Systems Biology of Reproduction.  The mission of the SSR is to advance scientific knowledge by promoting outstanding research and training in reproductive sciences and to protect and preserve human and animal reproductive health.  Department of Animal Science Associate Professor, Dr.

Junior Nationals Have Record-Breaking Number of Attendees!

July 15, 2016

Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Center Director, Marshall Ruble, is an Executive Committee member of the Iowa Simmental Association which hosted the American Junior Simmental National Classic at the Iowa State Fair grounds July 9 -15th. Over 540 youth (ages 8 -22)  from across the nation competed in a contest for high individual which includes livestock judging, public speaking, quiz bowls, cattleman quiz, sales talk, fitting and showing.  According to Ruble, this is record numbers of youth and cattle,  beating the last record broken in 2010.

Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center Storage Event!

July 8, 2016

This summer, Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center (HASLC) is holding a storage event that will cater to the needs of Iowa State University students during the transition from summer to fall housing. It is very common for students to be left homeless for a few days while they wait to move into a new home for the fall semester. So, HASLC is offering a solution! 

Denim and Diamonds Event this weekend!

July 8, 2016

This weekend, Saturday, July 9 the 2016 American Junior Simmental Association National Classic Denim and Diamonds event is taking place in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  The event runs from Saturday, July 9 to Friday, July 15.  For schedule information, please click here.  

Iowa Swine Day Sees an Increase in Attendees

July 5, 2016

Iowa Swine DayProducers from all over the country attended the 5th  Annual Iowa Swine Day held at Scheman Auditorium on the Iowa State University Campus. Topics ranging from water quality to economic prospects for pork production to FDA Guidances and Veterinary Feed Directives were discussed. 

Swine Day this Thursday!

June 28, 2016


Iowa Swine day will be this Thursday, June 30 at the Scheman Building.  Registration begins at 7:30am and the programs are from 9 – 4:30pm.  This conference is pre-approved for 6 CEUs from ARPAS, and 7.5 scientific and 4.25 management CEUs by the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine. 


ASAS named ISU Award Recipients

June 27, 2016

The American Society of Animal Science has named recipients of awards to present at the Joint Annual Meeting July 19 -23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Dr. Don Beerman, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Chair, received the  Fellow of the American Society of Animal Science.


Horse Nutrition and Pasture Improvement Field Day on June 20, 2016

June 2, 2016

Iowa State University along with Purina and Dow AgroSciences is offering a professional horseman’s field day on Monday, June 20 from 2-7pm.  The event is to benefit the serious horse breeder looking to gain optimum nutrition for broodmares and growing horses.  Registration begins at 2pm.  Anyone can register and it is free.  Department of Animal Science Horse Farm Manager and Lecturer, Nikki Ferwerda, comments that this is open to the public and is geared towards anyone raising horses, especially horse breeders .  “We will be talking about nutrition for broodmares a

Hot Dog!

May 27, 2016

Dogs are everywhere at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center this weekend.  The Cyclone Country Kennel Club of Ames is hosting a dog agility trial today, Saturday and Sunday.  

"This is a free event which is open to the public and anyone is invited to watch the dogs run"  says Val Hims, Cyclone Country Kennel Club member.  The trial is a timed competition with two different courses:  Jumper with weaves and a standard course with contacts.  

Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award Recipients

May 23, 2016

Friday, May 20,  the Iowa State University Inspiration Awards and Annual Reception was held at the ISU Alumni Center.  The faculty-staff recipients included Larry Ebbers, William Edwards, Debra Gibson, Garry Greenlee, Thomas Hill, Robert Jolly and our own Animal Science faculty member – Matthew Ellinwood

Matthew Ellinwood


Sausage, Bratwurst and Meatballs - Oh My!

May 23, 2016

That is what students are making in Dr. Rodrigo Tarté’s class, Animal Science 460/560 (Processed Meats).  Dr. Tarté is an Assistant Professor of Animal Science and says in his class students learn principles of meat and food chemistry, meat processing, preservation and non-meat ingredient technology in order to transform raw commodities like meat and poultry into processed, value-added, products. 


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