As part of the AnS 229 sheep science class, students are given the opportunity to visit the ISU sheep teaching farm and learn about sheep shearing, skirting fleeces and wool evaluation. Animal Science Professor, Dr. Curtis Youngs says “The importance of what they are learning relates to the preparation of a high quality wool clip for subsequent manufacture of high quality woolen goods (such as sweaters). It also relates to increasing profitability of sheep production.”
Click here to read Harvest Public Media's news article "Feeding bacteria to livestock could cut antibiotic use". The Department of Animal Science's staff - Kelly Nissen and Iowa State Associate Professor -Stephanie Hansen are featured in this article!
The Block and Bridle annual Spring Cake Auction will be tomorrow, April 5 in the Farm Bureau Pavilion Classroom.
This Saturday, April 9th, marks the second annual Animal Learning Day. Iowa State University’s Block and Bridle Club is hosting the event that lasts from 9am until 2pm at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at 2516 Mortensen Road in Ames. The event is free to the public and there are activities for all ages. Some of the activities include hands-on interaction with animals, photo booths, fun activities for children and presentations geared towards animal science learning. There is also an area that appeals to both kids and adults – t
The Jeff and Deb Hansen Center will be awarded the Impact Award later this year. The Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors established this award in 2000 to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations, or units whose programs or accomplishments brought broad recognition to the university and increased the involvement of ISU constituents in the life of the university during the year prior to being nominated.
Undergraduate animal science student, Brian Patterson, received the USAA award last week. The objective of this award is to promote meat science by recognizing outstanding undergraduate students with potential for a career in meats. The candidate may or may not have committed himself/herself to a career in meats, but should have demonstrated an interest in meat science and the meat industry. Brian will need to attend the Reciprocal Meat Science Conference (RMC) June 19-22 at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
This past weekend SGI and Block and Bridle held the Proven to Win Pig Sale. The event was held at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center and was the most productive sale yet with 138 hogs averaging around $322/head. According to Block and Bridle Pig Sale Co-Chair, “This is an event where breeders can spotlight their hogs to potential buyers. Many purchase these hogs for 4-H and FFA events. Block and Bridle is involved to give students and alumni the opportunity to gain experience in the pig business and network with others in the swine field.
On Tuesday, March 22, the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club as well as the Story County Extension office and 4-H Chapter assisted with (FSQA) Food Safety and Quality Assurance training in Nevada, Iowa to teach 4-H club members about food safety. The training is meant to teach young 4-H exhibitors about proper animal care, trust and ethics when being an exhibitor of any species at their local fairs as well as the state fair. Eight different stations were set up where Block and Bridle Club members taught different subjects.
The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards the following Graduate students with scholarships!
Farm Bureau Graduate Fellowship, Cayla Iske
Paul and Candace Flakoll Scholarship, Nichole Huntley
Print and Grace Powers Hudson Scholarship, Wes Schweer
Print and Grace Powers Hudson Scholarship, Amanda Robinson
Print and Grace Powers Hudson Scholarship, Taylor Wolfer
Former Iowa State University undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. alumnus, Dr. John Carlson, was recognized by the USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information : http://www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=13441
Congratulations to this year's winners of the C. Boyd Ramsey RMC Scholar Award! This award is co-sponsored by the C. Boyd Ramsey American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Mentorship Recognition program and the AMSA Student Membership. We had several talented and qualified applicants this year. With the addition of the Ramsey funds, four undergraduate and two graduate awards of $540 were awarded.
The Midwestern Section ASAS/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting was held in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday and Tuesday of last week. The competition included undergraduate and graduate students presenting oral and posters. An Academic Quadrathlon was also held. Iowa State University placed 2nd in the Undergraduate Poster Competition II with Abstract # 422: Evaluation of perennial switchgrass as a replacement for cornstalks in high sulfur beef cattle diets. A.K. Reis*1, R. Ostrem1, K. J. Heiderscheit1, O. N.
The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center hosted the ISU’s Block and Bridle Cyclone Classic and Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Spring Showdown this past weekend with over 375 head of cattle and 500 people taking part in this annual event. Exhibitors traveled from all over the Midwest to participate and ranged in ages from 5 to 21. The event began with check-in on Friday, March 18th and the first-ever Cyclone Classic Skillathon! The Skillathon included 5 stations consisting of feed identification, heifer class to judge, beef cattle anatomy, breed id
2015 Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards
Each year, one outstanding student is honored as ISU's Student Employee of the Year. Selection is based upon reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, interpersonal skills and unique contributions to the employer. The 2015-2016 Student Employee of the Year is Rachel Wonderlich. She majors in Child, Adult and Family Services. Students of Distinction include Alexander Shaw of Ag Systems Technology, Spencer Bates of Interdisciplinary Studies and Morgan Pittz of Animal Science.
The Dairy Science Club held their 87th annual banquet on March 6 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ames Iowa. There were around 160 guests at the banquet. Over $48,000 was awarded in scholarshipsto students at the banquet. The Dairy Science club has around 100 members and the club officers include Celina Young - President, Karla Hageman - Vice President, Cassie Krebill - Secretary as well as additional officers in the club.
The Animal Science Academic Quadrathalon took place on Tuesday, February 23 in the Kildee Hall Farm Bureau Pavilion. This is an annual event and determines who will represent Iowa State University at the Midwest Academic Quadrathalon Competition which is held at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science Meeting March 14-16 in Des Moines. Students get the opportunity to compete against their peers through lab stations and a quiz bowl and the winning team has the opportunity to compete at the Midwest competition as well as earn scholarship money. The stations included b
Cyclone Swine Spectacular and Block and Bridle’s Spring Market Hog Show took place Saturday, February 27 at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. The Cyclone Swine Spectacular is a program put on by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Around 57 youth, ranging from ages 8-18, took part in this contest. The young swine enthusiasts competed in 6 different events including swine evaluation, knowledge bowl, skill-a-thon, meat quality workshop, extemporaneous and speeches. Prizes were given out to the top individuals!
2016 Iowa State University Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team National Western and ISU Contest Results
The ISU Meat Judging Team is comprised of seven students: Austin Egolf, Dillsburg, PA; Michaella Fevold, Story City; Zack Peppmeier, Shannon City; Michael Stender, Aurelia; Paige Whitney, Ida Grove; Rachel Wynn, Bedford, IN; and Laura Yoder, Kalona. Coaches include: Dr. Sherry Olsen; Alex Conover, Holstein; Carl Frame, Osseo, WI; and Breanna Saso, Mauston, WI.
The Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University Meat Science Extension, American Meat Science Association and faculty and staff are holding the 38th Annual Meat Evaluation Contest at the Meat Lab in Kildee Hall on Saturday, February 13. This Intercollegiate event includes Kansas State University, Michigan State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Tarleton State University, Ohio State University, The University of Missouri, The University of Nebraska and of course Iowa State University. The Contest is not open to public.
The Tradition of Excellence sale held on January 30th was a great success. Thirty-seven cattle lots sold for $86,250.00 with an average of $2,331. Three semen lots sold for $325 with an average of $108. The gross of the sale was $86,575. The Private Treaty Bull sale committed 40% of the departments’ bulls for a May delivery totaling over $20,000 and the remainder of the bulls are for sale on a first-come, first-serve basis until June 15th.
The American Society of Animal Science compiled the Journal of Animal Science and its most downloaded and most cited articles of 2015. Dr. John Patience, Dr. Nick Gabler, Dr. Jason Ross, Dr. Steven Lonergan and Dr. Lance Baumgard are among the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science faculty that have co-authored 3 of the top 10 most sited articles of 2015.
The 10 most cited articles published in the Journal of Animal Science in 2015 are below:
Saturday, January 30 marks the Biannual 2016 Tradition of Excellence Sale. The event will kick off at 9am with cattle on display for viewing at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Lunch is provided by the Beef Sales team at the Hansen Center and then at 12pm a private treaty bull sale takes place at the ISU beef teaching farm located at South State Avenue, Ames Iowa 50011. The Female Auction will take place at 1pm again at the Hansen Center. The event is hosted by students of Iowa State University.
Congratulations to the Iowa State University Dairy Judging Team who took 4th place last weekend at the Southwest Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held at the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas in which 15 teams competed.