February 2016


♦ Notes from the Department Head ♦
 

Dr. Bill DaytonIt's February and it is a busy time here in the Animal Science Department. The semester is in full swing and both students and faculty are heavily involved in courses and other activities centering around education. We now have 430 undergraduate students and 45 graduate students majoring in Animal Science, and providing a world-class educational opportunity for these students is one of our highest priorities. We feel strongly that Animal Science students as well as other University students need to be better informed about animal welfare and behavior. In order to accomplish this, we are currently conducting a search for a Teaching Assistant Professor specializing in these areas who will offer courses that will inform students on animal welfare and behavior issues.

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the University of Minnesota Beef Quiz Bowl Team and their coach Dr. Tony Seykora for the team's first place finish in the 2016 National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl held in conjunction with the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, CA, on January 27. Students on the National Champion Team were Rebecca Church, Sarah Marketon, Troy King and Trevor Otte. This significant accomplishment brings credit both to the team and to the University of Minnesota.

The Animal Science Department faces some very the significant current challenges in order to maintain world-class teaching, research and outreach efforts. Primary among these is developing a comprehensive plan to justify replacement of several faculty who have been lost due to retirement with new faculty who will enable our department to address the future challenges created by the need to feed our growing world population. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts a 73% increase in meat consumption and a 58% increase in dairy consumption worldwide by the year 2050. Hiring of faculty in the traditional areas of nutrition, physiology, animal welfare, and production and management as well as strategic faculty hires in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, cellular biology and "omics" (genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) will help strengthen food security and safety while helping to increase production of animal derived food products. We greatly appreciate your continued support of our efforts to hire new faculty necessary to meet the growing challenge of feeding the growing world population.

Wishing you all the best,

Dr. William R. Dayton
Department Head


♦ Teaching / Research Highlights ♦
 

Dr. Rebecca K. Splan, Visiting Associate Professor

Dr. Rebecca Splan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech and an Adjunct Professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department at the U of M. She is currently visiting the U of M on a one-year research leave joining Dr. Molly McCue’s research laboratory in Equine Genomics. Dr. Splan is also teaching a new undergraduate course this semester, VPM 2500 Equine Genetics. This course also serves as a mentored teaching experience for several graduate students and post-doctoral students in the McCue lab.

Prior to her current position at Virginia Tech, Dr. Splan received her BSc in Animal Science from Michigan State University, her MSc and PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the University of Nebraska, and was a post-doctoral research assistant in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 2000 in a majority teaching appointment.

Dr. Splan’s research areas include equine genetics and the scholarship of undergraduate teaching and learning. Current efforts in equine genetics include investigation of the roles of non-coding RNA in equine athletic performance and metabolic health, and exploration of the effects of maternal diet on reproductive efficiency and early embryonic development. Additional interests include characterization and conservation of genetic diversity in horse populations.

The goal of Dr. Splan’s educational research is to identify improved learning contexts that develop self-directed learning and transferable skills among undergraduates. In other words, are there alternative ways to structure our courses and curricula in order to better prepare students for personal and professional success? To test her hypotheses, she has developed several authentic and/or immersive learning experiences over the years, including a number of international efforts. Dr. Splan’s work in agricultural science student education has been supported by several agencies, including USDA-NIFA and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Splan recently presented "Rethinking Education: Lessons in Adaptation" to the Animal Sciences Graduate Seminar class. She is always happy to collaborate on projects or talk with others about her research and teaching interests. Feel free to contact Dr. Splan via email at rsplan@vt.edu.

Rebecca Splan


♦ News & Announcements ♦
 

DDGS as Alternative Ingredient in Aquaculture Feed

Dr. Jerry Shurson was involved in a recent study in Vietnam conducted by the U.S. Grains Council on the use of alternative ingredients for use in aquaculture feed. Results of the study showed that corn distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is an economical and excellent source of energy and digestible nutrients in the diets of Pangasius (catfish). A recent article published online at the Global Aquaculture Advocate (GAA) provided information about the research trials. DDGS in aquaculture diets has been limited but is increasing rapidly. It is still an unfamiliar feed ingredient for much of the global aquaculture industry. One of the major reasons for the limited use of DDGS until now is that a limited number of research studies have been published to evaluate DDGS use in various aquaculture diets. Read the full article titled "Pangasius diet trials show promise of DDGS" here.


U of M Students Win 2016 Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl

A team of students from the U of M took top honors in the 2016 National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl held in conjunction with the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, CA (January 27-29, 2016). Members of the National Champion Team were Rebecca Church, Sarah Marketon, Troy King and Trevor Otte. The team earned the invitation to the contest by winning the Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon last March at the Midwest Animal Science meetings held in Des Moines, IA. The team was coached by Dr. Tony Seykora. The second highest-scoring team was Penn State University.

The annual beef quiz bowl is designed to help develop future leaders through industry-oriented education and competition while offering students the opportunity to be part of the annual cattle convention. The competition was sponsored by Farm Credit Services, and was presented by the American Society of Animal Science and the National Cattlemen's Foundation.

2016 National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl Winners

Members of the winning National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl Team (above): Troy King and Rebecca Church (left to right), Sarah Marketon (second from right) and Trevor Otte (far right). Presenting the award were Linda Davis, National Cattlemen's Foundation (third from left) and Sarah Cortese, Farm Credit Services (fourth from left).


MAMP Offers Nelson Scholarship to U of M Students

The Nelson Scholarship was named for Pete Nelson who served as the Supervisor of the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science at the U of M from 2007 to 2013. In honor of Nelson, the Minnesota Association of Meat Processors (MAMP) offers two $500 scholarships to U of M students currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Animal Science or the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. Read more about Pete Nelson and the Nelson Scholarship here.

Scholarship applicants must provide a copy of their U of M transcript (unofficial copies will be accepted). An essay of 1,000 words or less discussing the student's education and academic activity, professional goals, and future role in the meat and/or food industry is also required. Application materials must be received ELECTRONICALLY via email (ryancox@umn.edu) by 11:49 pm (CST) on February 25, 2016.

Scholarship recipients will be announced during the awards banquet (March 5) at the MAMP Annual Convention. The convention is taking place at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, MN, March 4-5, 2016.


Technical Aspects of Bacon Focus of Workshop

"Bacon Basics and Beyond" is the Minnesota Association of Meat Processors (MAMP) Pre-Convention Value-Added Meat Processing Workshop hosted by St. Joseph Meat Market and provided by U of M Meat Science and cooperating universities and industry professionals. The program will focus heavily on technical explanation of bacon products and the inclusion of bacon in other meat products along with hands-on demonstrations of products that could potentially end up on a processor's offering list. The workshop will take place on March 3, 2016 (1:00-5:00 p.m.) at St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph, MN. The cost is $25 per person. To register, contact MAMP at 507-263-2976 or mamp@frontiernet.net.

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"America's Rib King" at BBQ Workshop

"America's Rib King" Dave Anderson of Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse is the keynote speaker at the 2016 BBQ Spring Training Workshop on April 9, 2016. The Minnesota BBQ Society joins U of M Meat Science in presenting this full day program packed with lectures and demonstrations provided by meat scientists, industry professionals, and BBQ Society competition pros. The workshop will benefit the amateur back yard cook as well as the seasoned competition chef.

The BBQ Training Workshop will take place at the Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science on the U of M St. Paul Campus. This year's program is being offered at a reduced registration rate of $135 per person. Registration includes admission to the day's events, a binder full of all presentations, breakfast refreshments, BBQ lunch, product tastings, and a U of M Meat Science hat. Register/pay electronically at www.mnbbqsociety.com. Space is limited so register soon!

See the workshop flyer for more information or contact John Scharffbillig at 651-295-7165 or johnscharffbillig@gmail.com.


Don't Miss Carver County Dairy Expo on February 15!

A top notch program is in store for the 24th Annual Carver County Dairy Expo on February 15, 2016 (doors open at 9:00 a.m.). The Dairy Expo is a great opportunity for dairy farmers, students and ag professionals to attend educational sessions, browse the trade show, network with peers, industry professional and educators, and enjoy the camaraderie of this long-standing tradition. The event is being held at Central High School in Norwood Young America, MN, and hosted by U of M Extension and the Carver County Dairy Core Team. Please visit the Carver County Dairy Expo website for details.


Minnesota Milk Dairy Management Workshops

Dairy Management Workshops/MN Milk LogoYou're invited to attend the February Dairy Management Workshops. Minnesota Milk has teamed up with some fantastic partners to offer you key dairy information at programs that vary slightly depending on location.

Tuesday, February 16 | 10:30am - 2:30 pm | International Event Center, Rochester, MN

10:30 Insights and Solutions with Ag Plastics and Recycling Panel Presentations by the Recycling Association of Minnesota
11:30 Ideas to Make a Profit with Current Challenging Prices presented by Tim Swenson, AgStar Financial Services
12:30 Hot Lunch and Networking
1:15 Minnesota Milk Legislative Update
1:30 Dairy, Dairy Beef and Grain Situation and Outlook for 2016! presented by Dr. Marin Bozic of the U of M
2:30 Milk Break and Conclusion

Registration is $10 per person or $15 per farm. The fee covers cost of education materials, lunch and break. Learn more and pre-register online by February 11 at www.mnmilk.org/dmw or call Minnesota Milk toll-free at 1-877-577-0741, or email mmpa@mnmilk.org. Registration will also be accepted at the door.

Wednesday, February 17 | 10:30am - 2:30pm | The Cactus, Perham, MN
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Thursday, February 18 | 10:30am - 2:30pm | Crow River Winery, Hutchinson, MN

10:30 Insights and Solutions with Ag Plastics and Recycling Panel Presentations by the Recycling Association of Minnesota
11:30 (PERHAM) It's All About the Sales! presented by Ken Herbranson and Kristine Spadgenske, along with Midwest Dairy Staff
11:30 (HUTCHINSON) It's All About the Sales! presented by Kevin Busse and Charles Krause, along with Midwest Dairy Staff
12:30 Hot Lunch and Networking sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association
1:15 Minnesota Milk Legislative Update
1:30 Dairy, Dairy Beef and Grain Situation and Outlook for 2016! presented by Dr. Marin Bozic of the U of M
2:30 Milk Break and Conclusion

Registration is $10 per person or $15 per farm (FREE if only attending 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. portion of the agenda). The fee covers cost of education materials and break. Learn more and pre-register online by February 11 at www.mnmilk.org/dmw or call Minnesota Milk toll-free at 1-877-577-0741, or email mmpa@mnmilk.org. Registration will also be accepted at the door.


Cost-Share & Grant Programs - An Educational Event for Dairy & Beef Producers

Douglas and Pope counties are co-hosting "Tools to Improve Farm Profitability Through Cost Sharing, Cover Crops and Grazing Native Grasslands" on February 24, 2016, at Forada Supper Club in Alexandria, MN. The program will focus on cost-share and grant programs available for dairy and beef producers interested in upgrades in the feedlot and in the field. Ten experts from various agencies including NRCS, SWCD, Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and others will be offering information and support for producers who are thinking of future projects.

See the program flyer for more information. Questions may be directed to the Douglas County Feedlot Coordinator, Mae Petrehn at 320-762-2932 or maep@co.douglas.mn.us.


The Science Behind One Health: iCOMOS

The U of M is hosting the 2nd International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS), April 24-27, 2016, at the Commons Hotel on the East Bank Campus. iCOMOS is a global forum designed to (i) communicate the importance of science in solving pressing health issues at the interface of humans, animals and the environment; (ii) facilitate interdisciplinary, international collaborations embracing health, science and economics; and (iii) inform public policy development that is necessary for preserving human and animal health. The conference is intended to be of interest to human and animal health care scientists and professionals, economists, trainees, environmental scientists, ethicists, public health and chronic disease specialists, and policy experts in health, agriculture, food and environmental affairs.

The program will feature keynote lectures and poster presentations in the areas of:

  • Balancing Personalized Medicine and Public Health in a Changing Environment
  • Water at the Interface of Health, Economics, and Environment
  • Role of Science in Formulation of Local and Global Health Policy

Four concurrent workshops will address solution and implementation opportunities:

  • Tomorrow's Health Science Workforce: Physician-Scientist and Team Science
  • One Health One Policy: Managing Risk Enroute to Global Food Security
  • Big Data: The Language and Future of One Medicine One Science
  • Team Science Case Study: Canine and Human Epilepsy, a Model for Bidirectional Benefit

For more information and details, please visit the iCOMOS website or contact Marie Villano at 612-624-4972 or cceconf4@umn.edu.

Partnering to present iCOMOS: U of M Academic Health Center, CFANS, CVM, Institute on the Environment, MnDRIVE, and Office of the Vice President for Research.


Save the Date for the Dairy Health Conference

The 2016 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference is set for May 18-20-, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport-Mall of America. This annual world-class continuing education opportunity is for dairy veterinarians, dairy industry professionals, dairy producers, and others with an interest in dairy cattle. The conference provides participants with the latest developments in dairy production science, health, management, and food quality.

This year's conference topics focus on the overall feeding, health, and environmental care of dairy animals. Presenters will be U of M Veterinary Medicine dairy researchers, a large-scale dairy producer, dairy feed and health product representatives, and USDA and State of Minnesota officials. New at the conference this year is a reception and social hour at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, May 18th. Participants can choose from three workshops: 

  1. All-day session (8h CE): Food Armor© will present a six-section plan for proper drug use on the farm.
  2. Morning session (4h CE): Use of DC305 for assessment of health events on dairy farms.
  3. Afternoon session (4h CE): Improving feeding management with TMR audits.

The Minnesota Dairy Health Conference is presented by the U of M's Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine.

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President's Award for Outstanding Service

The President's Award for Outstanding Service was established in 1997 to recognize faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the U of M. This award is presented each year in the spring and honors up to 12 active or retired faculty or staff who have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. Nominations for this award are due by March 11, 2016.

Please consider nominating individuals who have provided outstanding service to the University allowing them the recognition they deserve! For a complete description of the award and nomination requirements, please visit the U Awards & Honors website. Questions may be directed to Vickie Courtney (courtney@umn.edu or 612-625-4805).

 


♦ Condolences ♦
 

Dianne Christine Dayton

Dianne Christine Dayton, wife of Dr. William Dayton, passed away on January 23, 2016, at the age of 67. Services were held at Roseville Memorial Chapel, Roseville, MN, on January 28. Dianne was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Julia Dubridge and her sister, Barbara. She is survived by her husband of 45 years; children, Dennis (Nicole) and Kristopher (Lauren); granddaughter, Elizabeth; sisters, Janean (Ron) Pennington and Michelle (David) Westbrook; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Dianne was devoted to her family and extremely proud of the successes of her children. She earned an MS degree in education from Iowa State University and was a strong proponent of education. Her work life centered around education. She taught GED classes that allowed students who did not receive a high school diploma to obtain a high school equivalency diploma. Additionally, she worked for several years in the Minnesota Department of Education Family Literacy Program. She enjoyed music, traveling and family holiday events. Read the full obituary here.

Shirley Mae Frederick

Shirley Mae Frederick, wife of Dr. Edward C. Frederick, passed away at the age of 85 on January 9, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. Services were held on January 15 in Waseca, MN. Shirley was born in Mankato, MN, and grew up on a farm and attended country school near Eagle Lake. In 1951 she was wed to Edward Frederick. During their 65 years of marriage, Shirley worked as a homemaker caring for their five children. Her family was most important to Shirley. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, as well as a chauffeur, cheerleader, schedule juggler, and confidant. She enjoyed being active in her community. She was an FFA and 4-H leader, dedicated time to the Waseca Arts Council, was a member of Catholic Daughters, and volunteered at Farmamerica and at the U of M-Waseca for many years. Shirley is survived by her loving husband, children, Diane (Randy) Fox, Donald (Sandra) Frederick, Ken Frederick, and Karen (Mark) Swenson; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Betty Bisch, and by many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Nora (Daby) Lunkenhiemer, and daughter Bonni Treangen. Read the complete obituary here.
 


♦ Graduate Student Profile ♦
 

Kathryn RuhKathryn Ruh

Kathryn Ruh is pursuing a Master's degree in Animal Science focusing on dairy nutrition and management under the advisement of Dr. Bradley Heins. Her research projects involve the utilization of warm season forages for grazing organic dairy cows and investigating forage qualities of BMR sorghum sudangrass and teff grass compared to cool season pasture grasses. Results of these studies should provide more information to organic dairy farmers who must make important decisions about how they manage their pastures for grazing.

Kathryn grew up in Two Rivers, WI, and worked on an alpaca farm for three years during high school. She majored in Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, the Animal Welfare Judging Team, Badger Dairy Club, Saddle and Sirloin Club, and the Lutheran Campus Center. She also worked as a laboratory assistant in the Dairy Nutrition Lab with Dr. David Combs.

In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys reading, baking, camping, and attending live music events.
 


♦ Congratulations ♦
 

Jennifer Janak (AnSc '14) and William (Willie) Coyne (AnSc '13) were married on January 16, 2016. Jennifer is currently working as a report writer for Dairy Star. Willie is a salesman at Juettner Motors in Alexandra, MN. See wedding photo.

Michelle Schultz (AnSc MS student) was wed to Kyle DeBoer on January 2, 2016. Kyle works for Allina as a Business Analyst - Resolute Hospital Billing. See wedding photo.


♦ Calendar of Events ♦
 

- February 2016 -

2 - Tour de Forage Winter Meeting, The Event Center, Floodwood, MN.

3 - Tour de Forage Winter Meeting, Paul's Par-A-Dice, Albany, MN.

3 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (10:30 a.m.), Henry's Banquet Center, Foley, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

3 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Heintz Center, Rochester, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

4 - Tour de Forage Winter Meeting, Eagles Club, Rochester, MN.

8 - Winter Dairy Series: Mastitis Bugs, Old & New (noon), State Bank of New Prague, New Prague, MN. RSVP to Alison Benson, 952-466-5322.

9 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (11:30 a.m.), McIntosh Community Center, McIntosh, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

9-11 - World Ag Expo, International Agri-Center, Tulare CA.

11 - Winter Dairy Series: Forage Production Topics for Today's Producers (10:30 a.m.), McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, MN. Contact: Nathan Winter, 320-484-4334.

15 - 24th Annual Carver County Dairy Expo (9:00 a.m.), Norwood Young America, MN. Contact: Abby Neu, 952-492-5386.

16 - MN Milk Dairy Management Workshop (10:30 a.m.), International Event Center, Rochester, MN. Register online, at the door, or by phone (1-877-577-0741).

17 - MN Milk Dairy Management Workshop (10:30 a.m.), The Cactus, Perham, MN. Register online, at the door, or by phone (1-877-577-0741).

17 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Minnesota Pork Board Office, Mankato, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

18 - MN Milk Dairy Management Workshop (10:30 a.m.), Crow River Winery, Hutchinson, MN. Register online, at the door, or by phone (1-877-577-0741).

18 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (11:30 a.m.), Pizza Ranch, Alexandria, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

19 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (11:30 a.m.), Lewiston Silo School, Lewiston, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

19 - U of M Job & Internship Fair (10:00 a.m.), Minneapolis Convention Center.

21 - Gopher Dairy Club Annual Banquet (11:30 a.m. Social Hour; 12:30 p.m. Banquet), Ramada Plaza Minneapolis. Contact: Lisa Janak, Banquet Chair, 507-301-2544.

24 - Tools to Improve Farm Profitability Through Cost Sharing, Cover Crops & Grazing Native Grasslands (10:00 a.m.), Forada Supper Club, Alexandria, MN. Contact: Mae Petrehn, 320-762-2932.

24 - Legislative Kickoff Breakfast with President Kaler (7:30-9:00 a.m.), McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, MN. RSVP here.

25 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (11:30 a.m.), The Oaks, Willmar, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

- March 2016 -

1 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (noon), Stewartville Legion, Stewartville, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

2 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), AmericInn, Marshall, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

3 - Winter Dairy Series: Labor & Farm Vision (12:00-3:30 p.m.), Glencoe City Center, Glencoe, MN. Contact: Nathan Winter, 320-484-4334.

3 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (noon), Pizza Ranch, Slayton, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

3 - MAMP Pre-Convention Workshop "Bacon Basics and Beyond" (1:00), St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph, MN. Contact: MAMP (507-263-2976 or mamp@frontiernet.net).

5 - Horticulture Day, Southern ROC, Waseca, MN.

14 - Winter Dairy Series: Replacement Cost Strategy to Maximize Profit (noon), State Bank of New Prague, New Prague, MN. RSVP to: Alison Benson, 952-466-5322.

14 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (7:30 p.m.), American Legion, Millville, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

14-15 - 67th North Central Avian Disease Conference, Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN.

15 - Organic Egg Farmers of America 6th Annual Symposium (9:00 a.m.), Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN.

15-17 - 45th Annual Midwest Poultry Federation Convention, Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN.

17 - Your Dairy Checkoff Meeting (7:30 p.m.), Branding Iron, Preston, MN. Contact: Midwest Dairy Association.

17-19 - North American Farm & Power Show, Four Seasons Centre, Owatonna, MN.

23 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), West Central ROC, Morris, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

31 - Winter Dairy Series: Replacement Cost Strategy to Maximize Profit (10:00 a.m.), Sibley County Service Center, Gaylord, MN. Contact: Nathan Winter, 320-484-4334.

- April 2016 -

2 - 15th Annual Classes Without Quizzes, U of M St. Paul Campus.

6 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Morrison County Government Center, Little Falls, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

9 - 2016 BBQ Spring Training Workshop, Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science, U of M St. Paul Campus. Register online or contact John Scharffbillig, 651-295-7165 or johnscharffbillig@gmail.com.

11 - Winter Dairy Series: Impact of Soil Fertility on Forage Quality (noon), UM Extension-Scott County, Jordan, MN. RSVP to Alison Benson, 952-466-5322.

20 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Regional Extension Office, Worthington, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

20 - Borealis Night of Excellence (5:30 p.m.), North Star Ballroom, U of M St. Paul Student Center.

24-27 - 2nd International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS), Commons Hotel, U of M East Bank Campus. Contact: Marie Villano, 612-624-4972 or cceconf4@umn.edu.

- May 2016 -

18 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), McLeod County Fairgrounds, Commercial Bldg, Hutchinson, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

18-20 - 2016 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference, Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport-Mall of America.

- June 2016 -

8-10 - World Pork Expo, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA.

15 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Minnesota Pork Board Office, Mankato, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

21 - Agronomy Field Tour, Southern ROC, Waseca, MN.

12 - PQA Plus Night Class *PQA ONLY* (6:00-9:00 p.m.), Minnesota Pork Board Office, Mankato, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

- July 2016 -

20 - PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) / TQA Plus (1:00-4:00 p.m.), AmericInn, Marshall, MN. Pre-registration is recommended. Send email to colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.