AMSA Students Receive the C. Boyd Ramsey RMC Scholar Award

March 24, 2016

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.


ISU receives awards at American Society of Animal Science Midwest Meeting

March 21, 2016

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.


ISU's Block and Bridle Cyclone Classic/AGR Spring Showdown is a Success!

March 21, 2016

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

Student Employee of the Year

March 10, 2016

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.


Dairy Science Club Annual Banquet

March 10, 2016

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.  


Academic Quadrathalon

March 4, 2016

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

March 4, 2016

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! 

Meat Evaluation Contest Results

February 16, 2016

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.

38th Annual Meat Evaluation Contest

February 11, 2016

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.

Tradition of Excellence Sale a Success

February 10, 2016

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.

ISU Department of Animal Science Faculty Co-Authors on Most Cited Papers

February 5, 2016

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:


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.



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