Carcass Viewing in Meat Lab

August 29, 2016

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

New Student Barbecue in Kildee Hall

August 26, 2016

This last Wednesday, August 24th,  marked the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences new student barbecue.  Students were invited to receive a free meal consisting of  pork burgers, brats, chips and cookies.  There were representatives from 26 different clubs at the event to share information about their clubs.  The BBQ was held in Department of Animal Science's Kildee Hall Farm Bureau Pavilion.


Iowa State University 4-H Skillathons

August 26, 2016

Iowa State University held the annual Livestock Skillathon at the State Fair this year with Amy Powell, Department of Animal Science Extension Youth STEM Specialist, directing the event.  Over 231 youth from 51 counties across the state of Iowa competed in this event.  What is a skillathon you ask?  According to Powell, a skillathon is a science-based educational contest that tests the participants knowledge of animal science.

Iowa State Fair Champion Animal Meat Viewing

August 22, 2016

This Friday is the Iowa State Fair Champions Animal Meat Viewing in 133 Meat Lab.  This event is held for exhibitors and their families, buyers, representatives from Iowa Foundation for the Advancement of Agriculture,  ISU meats judging team students and faculty to view the carcasses of the state fair champions.   Attendees will learn about different species used and various factors to determine the value of the carcass.  Steer, heifer, lamb, swine and goat meat carcasses will be available for viewing at 10:30am.  Champions data will be posted to Animal Sc

Dairy Science Club Awarded

August 22, 2016

The American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division (SAD) awards an outstanding chapter yearbook and scrapbook each year at the Joint Annual Meeting.   The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Dairy Science Club received 3rd place in the scrapbook competition and 3rd place in the yearbook competition this year.   They competed against colleges and universities across the nation.  Winners receive plaques as well as monetary awards.  One advisor, one student and one industry person judges the contest and the scrap


The Department of Animal Science Welcomes Dr. Chris Cassady!

August 18, 2016

Dr. Chris CassadyWe welcome Dr. Chris Cassady to the Department of Animal Science as our new Livestock Judging Coach and Lecturer!  Dr. Cassady comes to us from the University of Illinois at Urbana where he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Ruminant Nutrition.  He received a Bachelor of Animal Science in 2010 from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Stephanie Hansen Honored with Portrait

August 11, 2016

Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Associate Professor, Stephanie Hansen, will be featured in the portrait exhibit at the Iowa State Fair.  This is a live portrait exhibit titled "Your Beautiful Adventure" and will be held August 11-21 in the Varied Industries Building.  There will be 20 portraits painted by Iowa artist, Rose Frantzen.   Dr. Grace Obata Amemiya (ISU Agronomy Professor), Joe Lyon (Iowa Dairy Industry Leader), Paxton Williams (ISU Alum), Dr.

Department of Animal Science and the Iowa State Fair

August 11, 2016

The Department of Animal Science takes outreach seriously.  The Iowa State Fair provides a venue for our faculty, staff and students to share their knowledge with the public.   Below are just some of the activities where you may see folks from the Department of Animal Science volunteering their time.  To find out more about when and where these events take place, please click here. 

Poultry Science Association Award Recipients

July 29, 2016

The Poultry Science Association had their annual meeting at the Hilton in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 11- 14.  

Iowa State University had excellent showing at the annual meeting, with alumni winning five of the society’s major awards.  Awards won included (shown left to right in photo taken at the awards ceremony):

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. 


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