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. 

Animal Science Students Receive Targeting Excellence Awards

May 19, 2016

Targeting Excellence just announced that they have awarded $123,000 in combined scholarships to 58 students from Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.  The scholarships were awarded to students enrolled in two-year, four-year, graduate and veterinary programs with a focus on food animal agriculture.  Four of the six recipients from Iowa were from Iowa State University's Animal Science Program.  These students are Danielle James, Kristin Hansen, Shelby Curry and Tyler Triggs.  


Animal Science and Study Abroad

May 10, 2016

There are several study abroad opportunities that students can participate in through the Department of Animal Science this year.   Students gain valuable life skills, strengthen leadership skills, experience personal growth and broaden their worldview by having exposure to new cultures through these study abroad programs.  

2016 Brazil Beef and Horse Industry Study Team 

Dr. Peggy Auwerda and Dr. Brad Skaar

Meat Judging Team Sees Success at 2016 Southeastern

May 9, 2016

In mid-April, the 2016 ISU Meat Judging Team completed their spring competition schedule by competing in the Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest hosted by The Ohio State University – Columbus and the University of Kentucky – Lexington. The team earned 4th place honors in the contest where 9 full teams vied for the champion trophy.  The Cyclones finished with divisional honors:  3rd in beef grading, specifications, and pork judging; and 4th in reasons.

Animal Science Graduate Student Scholarships

May 5, 2016

Friday, April 29th the Department of Animal Science hosted a Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards Ceremony in the Ensminger room at 1204 Kildee Hall.  The Ceremony was a chance for students to be recognized for their achievements and presented an award by Professor and Department Chair, Dr. Don Beermann.  Below are those students who received awards.  


Duane & Shirley Acker International Fellowship


Egg Industry Forum

April 28, 2016

Last week the Iowa State University Egg Industry Center hosted their 8th annual Egg Industry Forum at the Embassy Suites in downtown Chicago.  The goal of the forum is to update or increase people's awareness on the latest developments and priority issues concerning the U.S.

Block and Bridle 72nd Annual Horse Show

April 28, 2016

The 72nd Annual Block and Bridle Horse Show took place at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center this past weekend.  The show was for exhibitors to bring their horses and be evaluated by a judge.  Some of the classifications were showmanship, halter, English performance and Western performance.  Some of the breeds that were represented were American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse, POA, Appaloosa, and Miniature with over 175 entries.   Exhibitors of all ages attended, with a large showing of youth participants!   


Science with Practice Spring Poster Presentation

April 26, 2016


Posters lined Kildee Hall on Tuesday, April 26 with Agriculture Education and Studies Science With Practice (SWP) posters.  Each Spring the class has a Poster Presentation and Reception to celebrate student success and recognition of student research and project development.  Students present posters to graduate students in the Ag Education Department.  Students are then given awards for best posters.

Second Mural

April 25, 2016

There is a new piece of artwork in the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.  The art piece is the second of two murals installed in the main entrance atrium at 2516 Mortenson Road in Ames.  Hansen Center Manager, Marshall Ruble says “The artwork brings a lot of character to the Hansen Center and both pieces capture the essence of animal science.  I am proud to showcase these fine pieces of art in our center.”  Former Iowa Pork Producer’s CEO, Rich Degner, is featured in the piece as well as swine and the ties of Animal Science to 4-H and technology.&n

Poultry Event at ISU

April 21, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 marked the second annual FFA Poultry Career Development Event hosted by Iowa State University.  ISU Block and Bridle Club Poultry Interest Group helped to plan the event.  Assistant Farm Manager Cameron Hall says – “I’m ecstatic at how well the Poultry Interest Group did at setting up the event and making it successful.  This is one of the smallest interest groups within Block and Bridle but you wouldn’t know it because they arranged an event that brought in almost 300 kids.  It’s such an opportunity for these students to learn and grow.  It


Canines in Kildee Hall!

April 21, 2016

Dogs of all breeds could be heard barking this afternoon in the Farm Bureau Pavilion of Kildee Hall.  They were part of a class, AnS 224 Companion Animal Science that is offered every year in the Spring.  Associate Professor of Animal Science, Dr. Matthew Ellinwood, said the students were learning about dog showing and the definitions of conformation, obedience and agility shows and test.  Members of the Cyclone Country Kennel Club, a dog club in Ames that’s been around since the 1960’s, donated their time to help students learn the importance of dog obedience.

Poultry Supervisor Receives Award

April 13, 2016

Bill Larson, long-time supervisor of the Iowa State University Poultry Farm, was named the 2016 recipient of the Poultry Science Association Tyson Foods Inc. Support Personnel Award. This award is “given annually to a farm worker, laboratory technician, or extension assistant, in recognition of outstanding support of poultry science research, extension, or teaching programs.”  Bill will be presented his award in the Awards Ceremony at the annual meeting of the Poultry Science Association in New Orleans in July. 


Called to Be Bald!

April 13, 2016

FarmHouse Fraternity is teaming up with Be The Match On Campus for a new philanthropy, Called to Be Bald! All proceeds will be paid to Be The Match. Be The Match is an organization that strives to help find Leukemia and Lymphoma patients bone marrow donors to help cure their disease. Called to Be Bald is raising money to help these patients and their donors to help pay for their transplants that ultimately save their life. The men of FarmHouse and some Iowa State faculty are offering to shave their heads once reaching certain amounts of money.


Students Learn About Sheep Shearing in AnS 229 Sheep Science

April 13, 2016

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.” 


Animal Learning Day this Saturday, April 9th!

April 4, 2016

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


Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center Receives Impact Award

April 1, 2016

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.


AMSA Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award

March 28, 2016

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.  


Swine Genetics International (SGI) and Block and Bridle Proven to Win Pig Sale

March 28, 2016

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.


ISU Block and Bridle Club helps 4-H kids learn about Food Safety!

March 25, 2016

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.


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