AnSci Connection - September 2016

Notes from the Department Head

It’s September, summer is nearly over and it is a busy time in the department with classes getting started. Welcome to all of our new students as well as our returning students! The Animal Science academic program currently has 394 undergraduate students and 52 graduate students enrolled. We recognize and greatly appreciate the contributions our students make to our department, college and university. Read on...

Teaching, Research, and Extension Highlights

Dr. Beth Ventura joins the Department of Animal Science as the Animal Behavior and Welfare Teaching Assistant Professor. Originally from San Diego, California, Beth obtained a PhD in animal welfare from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2015. Her dissertation research sought to understand stakeholder priorities and concerns in the dairy industry, with the goal of identifying policy solutions that work for both farmers and animals. She holds a BS in Animal Science from Michigan State University and an MS in Animal and Avian Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Read on...

Dr. Travis Hoffman is the new sheep specialist for University of Minnesota Extension and also holds a joint appointment with North Dakota State University Extension. He was an instructor in meat sciences in the Department of Animal Sciences at South Dakota State University since September 2015. Prior to that, he was the Colorado beef quality assurance coordinator, a joint appointment for Colorado State University and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado Beef Council, for 7 1/2 years. Read on...

After 19 years at the University of Minnesota and 37 years total in higher education Professor F. Abel Ponce de León retired July 1, 2016. Dr. Ponce de León received his Ph.D. in animal science at the University of Massachusetts and then completed his postdoctoral training at Amherst College. He went on to serve as a faculty member with the University of Massachusetts where held teaching, research, and administrative positions. He came to the U of M in 1997 to serve as the Department Head for the Department of Animal Science as well as the Co-Director of the Animal Biotechnology Center. Read on...

An open house for the Department's Rosemount Beef Unit was held for industry professionals and department staff and faculty on September 20th. The building originally designed to house small ruminants was transformed, with investments secured by the RROC and the Department of Animal Science, to house 240 head in 30 pens. This investment required that other satellite projects be completed to modernize the entire facility: roadways, roof water flow diversion, holding pens, cattle lanes, feed storage and feed mixing area. The project has taken much of 2016 and over $700,000 to be completed. Read on...

On Monday, September 26th the department will host Dr. James Sartin for the seminar, “Surviving the Review Process: An Editor’s Perspective.” The workshop is targeted towards graduate students and will cover scientific writing for publication, navigating the review system, and publishing in the Journal of Animal Science. After the seminar faculty members, librarians, and Center for Writing staff members are invited to a reception to connect with Dr. Sartin. Read on...

This July at the 2016 American Dairy Science Association® Awards two of Department of Animal Science faculty members were presented with awards. Read on...

              

News and Announcements

Crystal Langeberg received a promotion within CFANS and moved to the Plant Pathology Division as a Finance Professional 3. Read on...

Saige Sulzberger joined the Department of Animal Science as the Dairy Barn Manager. Saige hails from Muscatine, Iowa where her passion for working with animals began. She earned a dual bachelors degree in Animal Science and Spanish from Iowa State University. Her undergraduate experience exposed her to work with large animals and ultimately influenced her decision to continue on for her masters degree from the Department of Animal Science at the University of Illinois. Read on...

The 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference is this Wednesday and Thursday, September 21-22, 2016 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, MN. This conference is a well-received and popular event for academics and professionals in the livestock nutrition and feed industry. Read on...

Animal science graduate students Joey Mielke and Michaela Trudeau were part of a research project funded by the American Feed Industry Association. The project titled, Hazard Analysis in Feed Ingredients for FSMA Compliance seeks to provide animal food manufacturers with an easy way to identify the most likely hazards that could occur in the various ingredients they use to make their products. Read on...

This summer Dr. Shurson was invited by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to speak on distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and their use for feed companies at a number of conferences in Southeast Asia. Read on...

CFANS has launched a new advising center and model that will serve undergraduate students starting this Fall semester. This new center brings together all of the staff advisors and allows the advising center to offer enhanced services to improve students' experience in CFANS and to help them graduate on time and with the courses they need to launch their professional careers. Read on...

Annually, the Gopher Dairy Club presents monetary awards on a competitive basis to new students. Income generated by the Gopher Dairy Bar, which the club manages during the Minnesota State Fair, permits this financial support of new students.
The highest-ranking individual receives the Douglas Siem Memorial Award of $2,000, and five other recipients of $1,500 were selected for 2016-17. Read on...

Once again in 2016, members of the Gopher Dairy Club received the largest number of scholarships awarded by the National Dairy Shrine, Ft. Atkinson, WI, among all universities. Students at the U of M received 14 of the 43 scholarships (33%). In total, National Dairy Shrine will present members of the Gopher Dairy Club with $17,500 in scholarships at the organization's annual recognition banquet on October 6, 2016, in conjunction with World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI. Read on...

Minnesota 4-H and the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association annually recognize the top 25 dairy cattle exhibitors at the Minnesota State Fair in the 4-H Dairy Showcase, and five of the recipients will be students this fall in CFANS of the University of Minnesota. Read on...

Dr. Marcia Endres was elected Chair of the International Precision Dairy Farming Organization Board of Directors and also selected to represent ADSA on the National Board of Directors of the Professional Animal Auditors Certification Organization. Read on...

The UMN Meat Science team recently traveled to San Angelo, TX for the 2016 Reciprocal Meat Conference.  The U had 6 individuals in attendance including Dr. Ryan Cox, graduate students Megan Nelson and Christina Fehrman, and 3 undergraduate students: Jordan Juckel, Nicole O’Sell, and Kirsten Hall.  The 5 students competed in an intercollegiate processed meat judging contest. Read on...

      

Animal Science alumni, faculty, staff, and students, do you have old photos related to the Department of Animal Science? Earlier this summer the department launched a Facebook page. The department is putting out a call for throwback photos to post on Throwback Thursdays on the Facebook page. If you have photos you would like to share, please send to: berth034@umn.edu



Graduate Student Spotlights

  Ping Ren is pursing his PhD degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Sow Nutrition with Dr. Samuel Baidoo, with plans to present his final defense this Fall. His research focuses on investigation of different feeding levels and housing systems on sow and litter performance, nutrient digestibility and definition of hunger using science-based physiological indicators using pregnant gilts as a model. Read on...

Paula Basso Silva is pursuing her PhD in Animal Science with emphasis in Dairy health, immunology, and physiology with plans to defend at the end of September. Her current research has evaluated the effects of recombinant bovine somatotropin treatment of peripartum dairy cows on metabolic and immunologic parameters, health, and productive and reproductive performances. Read on...

Congratulations

Share in the personal and professional accomplishments of our students, staff, and faculty! Read on...

Calendar of Events

September 20, 2016 – Rosemount Beef Unit Reopening

September 21, 2016 - Career Fair Prep Workshop http://www.cfans.umn.edu/outreach/events/career-fair-prep

September 21-22, 2016 – MN Nutrition Conference http://www.mnnutritionconf.umn.edu/registration-information

September 26, 2016 - Seminar with Dr. James Sartin, Editor in Chief of Journal of Animal Science https://goo.gl/forms/7v1CREGiwTsJPoe22

See full list here.