Tradition of Excellence Sale Kicks off this Saturday!

January 25, 2016

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.

ISU Fort Worth Judging Team Takes 4th Place!

January 25, 2016

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.

ISU Judging Team Competes at National Western Stock Show

January 19, 2016

The ISU Livestock Judging Team competed in Denver, Colorado at the National Western Stock Show and placed 10th overall.  Kendell Steines was 7th in Sheep and Goats, Katlyn Kahler was 10th in Hogs.  The team scored 8th overall in the Carload Contest and Johnathan Triggs was 10th overall.  Team Members were Kendell Steines, Krisi Smith, Katlyn Kahler, Shayne Wiese, Shane Bockenstedet, Dustin Smith and Johnathan Triggs.  There were 24 Senior College Teams that competed at the National event.  

Four ISU Women Animal geneticists featured in YouTube video "Scifie"

January 19, 2016

This 4 minute piece is a parody written to the song "but first let me take a selfie" by the Chainsmokers. The video shows scifies of female plant and animal breeders from around the world emphasizing the important role women play in this field - both historically and at the current time - and also emphasizing the passion these women have for science, their careers and their family lives.  Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam from UC-Davis produced the video that was first debuted at the opening session of the International Plant and Animal Genome Meeting on January 10, 2016.

CALS Spring Awards Announced

January 7, 2016

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has announced the award recipients for their Award Recognition program which will be held February 2, 2016 in the Memorial Union.  Award Recipients from the Department of Animal Science include:  

Bill Larson - Ag and Life Sciences P&S Excellence Award

Dr. Anna Johnson - Mid-Career Research Award

Dr. Dan Morrical - Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Outreach Award

Dr. Susan Lamont - Faculty Award for Diversity Enhancement

Dr. Tom Baas - Outstanding Advising Award


New Furniture Lines Kildee Hall

January 7, 2016

Due to a private donation, Kildee Hall receives much-needed new furniture.  A private donor wanted the donation to be used specifically for new furniture so students and guests would have a place to sit when visiting.  Replacing the 12 tables and chairs in the main hall with more than 30 tables and chairs will more than double the area for students to sit and study.  The tables are also slightly bigger allowing two laptops/table instead of just one like before.


Dr. Joseph Sebranek Receives Award

December 30, 2015

Joseph Sebranek, Ph.D., distinguished professor of animal science at Iowa State University, will receive the Harry L. Rudnick Educator’s Award in recognition of his role as an educator of future industry leaders and his extensive research, which has advanced the meat and poultry industry’s food safety and quality management systems.  The North American Meat Institute will hold their inaugural annual awards ceremony on January 26 in Atlanta, Georgia where Dr. Sebranek will be presented the prestigious award.   The event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center.


ISU Livestock Judging Team Takes 5th Place!

December 7, 2015

The 2015 Iowa State Livestock Judging Team capped off its season by finishing 5th at the North American Livestock Exposition, held in Louisville, Kentucky. This contest serves as the National Championship for Livestock Judging and marks the 4th time in 5 years that the ISU squad finished amongst the top 5 teams in the country. This contest marks the end of the judging year and the team was also honored at the banquet with two “All American’s”: Bailey Core and Elizabeth Heaton.

ISU Meat Judging Team finishes 7th

December 7, 2015

The judging careers for members of the 2015 Iowa State University Meat Judging Team wrapped up at our national championship, The International, hosted by Tyson Fresh Meats at the Dakota City, NE facility. The ISU team finished in 7th place overall and earned 4th place honors in beef grading with 18 teams competing in the event.

Graduate Student, Cayla Iske, receives Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award

December 2, 2015

Cayla Iske, a graduate student in the Department of Animal Science, received the Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award for the fall semester.  The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by graduate students in teaching.  Cayla receives a $500 award from the department of animal science, a certificate of achievement signed by the ISU President and the Graduate Dean, a letter of commendation from the ISU President and an honor cord to be worn at graduation.  Ms. Iske is studying under the supervision of Dr.


Dr. Jim Reecy Recognized By AAAS

November 23, 2015

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is recognizing six Iowa Staters for their distinguished work in neuroscience, math, biochemistry, livestock genomics, physics and crop genomics. The six are part of the association's new class of fellows. - See more here!


Three Iowa State University CALS Students Receive Scholarships

November 6, 2015

If you are walking around campus or traveling through Kildee, Curtiss, or Lagomarcino halls take some time to congratulate these students for receiving awards from the the North American Meat Institute Scholarship Foundation.  The NAMI Annual Meeting took place November 2nd - 5th in Washington, D.C.  Eight students received scholarships to further their education in meat and food science, culinary arts and animal science.

International Feed Efficiency in Swine Conference

October 27, 2015

The International Conference on Feed Efficiency in Swine was a great success seeing over 500 participants and hosting collegiate and industry leaders from all over the world!  The event was co-hosted by Iowa State University and Kansas State University to share publicly the findings of 5 years worth of research conducted on feed efficiency.   A grant provided by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), a component of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture which is a federal agency within the USDA,  was provided to fund the work.

Horses Sold

October 27, 2015

In 2014, 14 foals owned by Iowa State University were born during the AnS 332 Equine course. The foals have grown up on campus and interacted with students as the primary model for learning in both AnS 317A (Behavior and Training of the Weanling) and most recently AnS 317B (Behavior and Training of The Yearling).

The weekend of October 17-18, 2015, brought about a culmination of effort and learning. Students enrolled in AnS 317B attended one or both of the All American Quarter Horse Congress Sale and/or the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Fall Sale.


New Faces in the Animal Science Department

October 21, 2015

You may see some new faces in the Department of Animal Science as we have new faculty that have and will be joining us this year.

Dr. Rodrigo Tarte, Assistant Professor focusing on processed and value-added meats and food safety comes to us from John Morrell Food Group (Smithfield Foods) in Lisle, IL.  He will be teaching ANS 270 - a Meat Science course- and focusing on research here at Iowa State University. 

Iowa 4-H'ers Compete at AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl

October 12, 2015

Four teams from Iowa competed at the AKSARBEN 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl.  Eighteen Franklin and Story county youth participated in the contest that was held in Omaha, Nebraska on September 26.  Franklin County placed third in the nationwide competition.  4-H members answered questions about beef, goats, sheep and swine as well as current events facing the livestock industry.  The teams were coached by Jacki Dohlman, County Youth Coordinator in Franklin County and Katlin Kahler, a junior in Animal Science from Story County. 


Block and Bridle Hunger Fight Feeds Many!

October 8, 2015

This year the Block and Bridle team exceeded expectations by packaging 102,384 meals for those in need.  On October 7, 2015, Block and Bridle, one of the largest student run organizations on campus,  teamed up with Meals from the Heartland to provide meals for those in need.  College of Ag and Life Sciences students, faculty, and staff as well as many members from the Block and Bridle committee took turns filling boxes with food essentials.  The meals will be distributed across Iowa as well as across the rest of the world.

4-H Beef Blast

October 5, 2015

The Department of Animal Science hosted students September 30th for the annual beef blast event.  Please click here to read more!  

ISU Wins at National Barrow Show

September 16, 2015

The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University has enjoyed unprecedented success at the 2015 National Barrow in Austin, Minnesota. The Swine Teaching Farm started the week by earning Reserve Champion Purebred Truckload honors, Champion Crossbred Truckload honors, and Grand Champion Truckload on Monday.


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