May 2016


♦ Notes from the Department Head ♦
 

Dr. Bill DaytonWelcome to the May issue of AnSci Connection. It is a busy time here in the department. Students and faculty are busy preparing for the end of spring semester classes and many of our students are looking forward to graduation and starting jobs or continuing their education beyond the B.S. degree. Many students also are preparing for summer internships or for May Term classes. This year we are offering two popular study abroad classes ("Sustainable Food Systems of Italy" and "Belize: Wildlife Medicine & Conservation") during May Term.

The Block & Bridle Club recently held the 100th annual MN Royal event and on April 16th the Block & Bridle Club and Animal Science Student and Faculty Recognition Banquet was held. Students and faculty who have provided outstanding service to the department in the last year were recognized and honored at this event which was attended by a number of students, faculty and family members.

Additionally, a student team from the department recently placed 2nd in their division in the National Dairy Challenge competition held in Syracuse, NY. Team members conducted an in-person evaluation of a dairy operation and then answered questions from a panel of experts on reproduction, nutrition, animal health and financial issues concerning the dairy they evaluated. Congratulations to the team and their coach Dr. Marcia Endres on their success.

We also are in the process of interviewing candidates for the Teaching Assistant Professor position in the animal welfare and behavior area. We have identified 3 extremely well qualified candidates for this position and interviews are in progress. We are looking forward to filling this position in the near future. We believe that Animal Science students, as well as other University students, need to be better informed about animal welfare and behavior. A Teaching Assistant Professor knowledgeable in these areas will be able to accomplish this by offering specialized courses for Animal Science students and more general courses for non-Animal Science majors.

In the next few weeks, we will establish an Animal Science Facebook page that will provide current information on activities and events relevant to Animal Science. Once we have setup the page you will be able to find information on accessing it on the Animal Science Department website (http://www.ansci.umn.edu/). Please check out our new Facebook page!

The newsletter will take a summer break, but there will be much happening in the Department. We will keep you posted on these and other happenings via our new Facebook page. We thank you for your interest and support and we hope you have a wonderful spring and summer.

Best Wishes,

Dr. William R. Dayton
Department Head


♦ Teaching Highlights ♦
 

Stern Shares Innovative Teaching Methods with ISU and Rutgers

Professor Marshall D. Stern recently gave two invited teaching seminars titled "Using Innovative Teaching Methods and Technology to Enhance Learning by Undergraduate Students" to Animal Science Departments at Iowa State University and Rutgers University. The seminars focused on teaching methods and technology that improve interactive learning in the classroom and online. Enhancement of student communication skills using classroom debates on ethical issues related to companion animals along with use of an in-class engagement tool were discussed. Presentations were based on outcomes derived from four years of experience that Professor Stern has gained from teaching his debate course on "Companion Animal Hot Button Issues" and his online course on "Companion Animal Nutrition and Care". ​​

Pet visits with Dr. Marshall Stern Pet Visit with Dr. Marshall Stern Pet Visit with Dr. Marshall Stern

Over the 17 years that Dr. Stern has taught his Companion Animal Nutrition Course, his students have brought in some unique pets.


♦ News & Announcements ♦
  

What's Next for Our Graduate Students?

Mike Donnelly, advised by Dr. Les Hansen, plans to graduate and receive his M.S. late this summer. He ultimately plans to pursue a career working with dairy cattle genetics.

Christina Fehrman, advised by Dr. Ryan Cox, will go on to pursue a Ph.D. in Meat Science at South Dakota State University in Brookings. She'll be leaving for South Dakota in August after completing her M.S.

Yue Guo, advised by Dr. Abel Ponce de León, hopes to graduate with an M.S. degree this spring and then begin looking for an internship or other position soon afterwards.

Zhimin (Belinda) Huang, advised by Dr. Jerry Shurson, is currently working on her Ph.D. thesis and plans to finish this summer. She also is employed as a Technical Sales Manager for Distributors Processing Inc. (DPI Global). She is responsible for the Eastern Midwest U.S. and Asian markets. Belinda is working out of her home-based office in Carmel, IN.

Matt Jorgensen, advised by Dr. Marcia Endres, will be finishing his Ph.D. in the next month or so. Matt plans to pursue a career in animal behavior and welfare either in academia or in the non-governmental sector.

Myrrh Anna Kienitz, advised by Dr. Brad Heins, completed the requirements for her M.S. at the end of April. She accepted a position as an Organic Certification Specialist with MOSA, an organic certification agency in Viroqua, WI, starting May 16. Myrrh Anna moved to LaCrosse, WI at the beginning of May to begin the transition for her new job.

Lee Kloeckner, advised by Dr. Marcia Endres, plans to complete the degree requirements for his M.S. in September. He also is looking for employment in dairy nutrition.

Megan Nelson, advised by Dr. Ryan Cox, will defend her M.S. thesis on May 11th. Her long-term goal is to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor of Animal Science at an R1 (high research activity) institution.

Katie Nenn, advised by Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, will complete the requirements for her M.S. in June. She is currently job hunting.

Mauricio (Angel) Rosales Gallardo, advised by Dr. Brian Crooker, plans to graduate with an M.S. degree this spring. He hopes to land a job in dairy Extension here in the USA.

Kathryn Ruh, advised by Dr. Brad Heins, expects to graduate with an M.S. degree this summer. She then hopes to secure a job as a dairy nutrition consultant.


Neu is New Poultry Regional Extension Educator

Abby NeuAbby Neu accepted the Poultry Regional Extension Educator position starting on May 2, 2016. Her office location will be at the Willmar Regional Office (Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center). Abby will focus on developing and delivering Extension programs for poultry producers and industry professionals. She will also provide leadership to the Poultry Health and Production Program and will assist with the response to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.

Abby received a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the U of M and is currently completing her M.S. in Animal Science at the U. Along with livestock production and nutrition, Abby's professional interests include farm emergency preparedness and programming for women in agriculture. For the past two years, Abby has worked as an Extension Educator in Carver and Scott Counties. Previous to UMN Extension, Abby worked for a livestock nutrition company and as a barn manager.

Congratulations on your new Extension role, Abby!


PNC Recognizes "Legends of Feedlot Nutrition" at Spring Conference

The 2016 Plains Nutrition Council (PNC) Spring Conference was held April 14 and 15 in San Antonio, TX. This event is the premier nutrition conference for consulting, pharmaceutical and feed company nutritionists, graduate students and faculty from prominent universities where feedlot nutrition is a focus. It was well attended with over 300 participants from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, and Australia.

A segment of the conference focused on feed additives to substitute or support conventional ionophore and antibiotic feed additives in the feedlot. Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo presented an invited review (co-authored by Nicole Kenney-Rambo and Katie Nenn) on evidence of impact of feeding eubiotics (bacterial and yeast preparations, enzyme and yeast culture preparations and other novel feed additives) on feedlot performance.

At the conclusion of the first day's program, the PNC recognized a select group of "1st generation" consultants and academics who laid the foundation for and made significant contributions to the cattle feeding industry from a nutritional standpoint. Among the 2016 Charter Members and Inductees into the PNC "Legends of Feedlot Nutrition" were two individuals with ties to the U of M. Excerpts from their biographies compiled by the PNC follow. 

Dr. Richard D. Goodrich, originally from New Richmond, WI, earned his B.S. (1958) in agricultural education with a minor in biology from Wisconsin State University-River Falls, his M.S. (1962) with a major in animal science from South Dakota State University, and a Ph.D. (1965) with a major in animal nutrition from Oklahoma State University. He joined the faculty at the U of M in 1965 and was promoted to professor in 1971. Among his many contributions to science and teaching, while at the U of M he directed basic and applied ruminant nutrition research and was an innovative and popular instructor of various aspects of animal science. He consulted with agricultural leaders and students in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. Dr. Goodrich served as Head of the Department of Animal Science at the U of M from 1983-1995. Sadly, he passed away in 1996.

Dr. John Matsushima was born and raised near Platteville, CO. He attended Colorado A&M College (now Colorado State University) in Fort Collins where he earned his B.S (1943) and M.S. (1945) degrees in animal science before going on to the U of M for his Ph.D. (1949) with a major in animal nutrition and biochemistry. From 1949 to 1951, he served on the staff of the University of Nebraska specializing in feedlot nutrition and providing leadership at all of the cattle research stations throughout the state. In 1961, he headed up the beef cattle nutrition program at Colorado State University. His broad experience with beef cattle over his 50-plus year career has had a far-reaching impact on the growth and development of the feedlot industry. Dr. Matsushima retired in 1991 but remains a Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University.


Dairy Students Continue Their Winning Way in Dairy Cattle Judging

Two teams from the Gopher Dairy Club tied for first overall in the collegiate division of the dairy cattle judging contest that is annually hosted by Hoard's Dairyman magazine. Collegiate teams have 10 student members for this contest, and all 20 students are members of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. The teams both had an average score of 476 points out of 500 possible for 5 classes of cows representing 5 breeds. The tie wasn't broken because the two teams are from the same university and the same fraternity. Therefore, both teams were recognized for placing first. This accomplishments follows 1st-place wins (as well has high individuals overall) in the 3 most recent collegiate judging contests, which were held at Harrisburg, PA; Madison, WI, and Louisville, KY.

Dairy Cattle Judging Team

Twenty members of Alpha Gamma Rho at the U of M comprised the two teams that tied for first in the Hoard's Dairyman judging contest.
Front row (L-R): Nate Donnay, Austin Davis, Matt Hanson, Vincent Migliazzo, Eric Houdek.
Middle row (L-R): Fred Mansfield, Matt Stellpflug, Mike Slater, Luke Werner, Brady Bobendrier, Josef Pettit, Jordan Agrimson, Chase DeFrang.
Back row (L-R): Matt Johnson, Wyatt Smith, Matt Ditsch, Jake Borst, Adam Donkers, Andrew Krause, Dane Thompson


U of M Students Place 2nd at Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® National Contest

Nine CFANS students participated in the 15th Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC) held April 7-9 in Syracuse, NY. The national contest team from the U of M consisted of Animal Science seniors Eric Houdek, Mary Liebenstein, Bret Otte, and Wyatt Smith. In addition, five Animal Science students participated in the Dairy Challenge Academy: Christyn Hokanson, Amber Johnson, Jordan Juckel, Fred Mansfield, and Libby Mills. Dr. Marcia Endres coached the teams.

Each contest team received information from one of the contest dairies, including production and farm management data. After an in-person inspection of the dairy, students interviewed the herd owners. Each team developed a farm analysis and recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management.

The event culminated with contest team members presenting recommendations and then fielding questions from a panel of judges. These official judges included dairy producers and industry experts in dairy finances, reproduction, nutrition and animal health. Presentations were evaluated for accuracy of analysis and recommendations, with awards presented at a final banquet on Saturday night. Our national team placed 2nd their division. Well done!

The Dairy Challenge Academy was developed in 2013 to expand this educational and networking event to more college students. Academy student-participants also analyzed and developed recommendations for an operating dairy; however, the Academy was organized in mixed-university teams with two advisors to help coach these younger students.

All of the U of M students indicated that this event was a very rewarding experience, not only because of the real-world learning, but also the outstanding networking opportunities that take place during the event. Our contest team represented the U of M extremely well, gave a very professional presentation, and came home with a top award. Congratulations to all!

Dairy Challenge Team

Dairy Challenge Team (L-R): Eric Houdek, Mary Liebenstein, Marcia Endres (coach), Wyatt Smith, and Bret Otte.

 
Dairy Challenge Academy Team

Dairy Challenge Academy Team (L-R): Libby Mills, Christyn Hokanson, Fred Mansfield, Amber Johnson, Jordan Juckel, and Dr. Marcia Endres (coach).


Annual Awards Presented at Block and Bridle/Animal Science Banquet

The Block and Bridle/Animal Science Recognition Banquet was held April 16, 2016 in the North Star Ballroom. Block and Bridle members Maggie Larson and Allison VanDerWal served as master of ceremonies. Dr. Bill Dayton gave departmental highlights from the past year. Gene Hugoson, former Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture, was the featured speaker and spoke of the challenges facing production agriculture. Following are recognitions of the evening:

2016 Academic Quadrathlon Team
 
2016 Beef Quiz Bowl Team

The Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon team was recognized for their 6th place finish at the regional AQ competition (1st in dairy lab practicum, 3rd in oral presentation). Team members were (L-R): Allison VanDerWal, Bret Otte, Adam Munsterteiger, and Mary Liebenstein.

 

The Minnesota Beef Quiz Bowl Team earned championship collegiate honors at the National Cattlemen's Association Convention held in San Diego, CA in January. Pictured above are (L-R): Trevor Otte, Sarah Marketon, Becky Church, and Troy King.

     
2016 ASAS Scholars

The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) recognizes the very top scholars among animal science undergraduates each year with a certificate, membership into the society, and names listed in the July issue of the Journal of Animal Science. ASAS Undergraduate Scholarship Award winners are in the photo above (L-R): Fred Mansfield, Johanna Knorr, Mary Liebenstein, Libby Mills, and Thomas Duff. Three additional ASAS award winners, Alexandra Bakken, Ethan Dado, and Gabriella Sorg, are not pictured.

 
U of M General Livestock Judging Team

The General Livestock Judging Team competed well this spring and is gearing up for competitions this fall. Pictured above (L-R) are: Greg Harder (assistant coach), Rachel Engel, Josef Pettit, Paige Netzke, Scott Dingels, Emma Penzenstadler, Fred Mansfield, Maggie Larson, and Kyle Rozeboom (coach). Team member Mindy Rinkel is not pictured.

 
Rel Seykora with Mary Liebenstein
Dr. Ryan Cox with Adam Munsterteiger

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Rel Seykora (above, right) by Block and Bridle member Mary Liebenstein. Rel has prepared the food for the Introductory Animal Science Showmanship Contest for many years, served as a judge for Minnesota Royal competitions, picked up Block and Bridle members from the airport, and supported the club in many other ways throughout the years.

 

Dr. Ryan Cox (above, left) was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Award by Block and Bridle member Adam Munsterteiger. Among his many responsiblities, Dr. Cox conducts research on meat quality and processing, manages the Animal Science Meat Lab, and coordinates the FFA Meat Judging Contest.

 
Nicolas Pitlick with Becky Church and Paige Netzke
 
Rachel Engel and Becky Church

Freshman Nicholas Pitlick (center) was presented with the Block and Bridle Scholarship Award by committee members Becky Church (left) and Paige Netzke. Nicholas is majoring in Animal Science; he raises meat goats and shows his goats on the national stage. Morgan Krause, also a scholarship winner, is not pictured.

 

Rachel Engel (left) received the Outstanding Block and Bridle Rookie Award, and Becky Church received the Outstanding Block and Bridle Senior Award.


Gopher Poultry Science Club: Elections and Omelets!

Gopher Poultry Science Club Makes OmeletsThe members of the Gopher Poultry Science Club held their final meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 3rd. The meeting kicked off with a thesis presentation by Tatum Odland titled “Effect of probiotic supernatants in increasing the efficacy of tetracycline on inactivating multiple-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg.” This was the capstone to her honors experience at the U of M. Tatum plans on attending veterinary school here in the fall - we wish her the best of luck! Next, annual elections were held. Congratulations to all who were elected:

  • President: Rachel Kircher
  • Vice President: Madison Taylor
  • Secretary: Suzy Pagel
  • Treasurer: Divek Nair
  • Public Relations: Eli Braun and Elizabeth Thesis

The meeting was adjourned with a fun omelet mixer. Members of the club made their own omelets (and scrambled eggs) with various ingredients and techniques. It was a good year for the Gopher Poultry Science Club and they are looking forward to next year!

Gopher Poultry Science Club

Members of the Gopher Poultry Science Club.


Registration is Now Open for Gopher Dairy Camp

Teens have the opportunity to improve their dairy cattle skills at the 2016 Gopher Dairy Camp being held June 12-14 on the U of M St. Paul Campus. Camp participants engage in fun activities including Dairy Fitting and Showmanship workshops, Dairy Showmanship contest, Gopher Gold Auction, Dairy Foods workshop, recreational games, and a Saints baseball game. The camp is for youth with an interest in dairy cattle who have competed grades 6 through 9 but have not yet started grade 10.

Registration is now open! See the camp brochure for more information. Questions may be directed to Nicole Krumrie at 320-296-8603 or krumr008@umn.edu. Gopher Dairy Camp is presented by the U of M Gopher Dairy Club and the Minnesota State 4-H Dairy Committee.

Gopher Dairy Camp Showmanship Contest Winners from 2015

Showmanship Contest winners from last year's Gopher Dairy Camp.


Princess Kay Finalists to be Announced May 15

Dairy princesses from around Minnesota are participating in Midwest Dairy's Princess Promotion, Leadership and Selection Event at St. Cloud State University from May 13-15, 2016. This event is hosted each year by Midwest Dairy Association to help train future dairy champions and select the 12 finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way. A number of CFANS students are involved. On Sunday afternoon, May 15, you can follow the announcement live on the Princess Kay of the Milky Way Facebook page or the Midwest Dairy Twitter account (#MNPrincessKay). Participation information and more details can be found here.


Dairy 3 for Me logoDairy 3 for Me Pledge

Are you enjoying three dairy servings a day? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), you should be! The new DGA recommend three servings, and Midwest Dairy is adding emphasis to the DGA with a campaign asking people to pledge Dairy 3 for Me on their websites, or on social media with the hashtag #Dairy3forMe. The goal is 5,000 pledges.

Animal Science group photo

Above (L-R): Justin Siewart, Matt Jorgensen, Lee Kloeckner, Brittany Shonka-Martin, Lisa Janak, and Glenda Pereira from the U of M Department of Animal Science pledge Dairy 3 for Me.


MMPA Scholarship Applications Due June 20

Minnesota Milk logo Applications for Minnesota Milk Producers Association (MMPA) scholarships are due Monday, June 20, 2016. MMPA will award ten $1,000 scholarships this year to students continuing their education within the dairy industry. Read more.

Questions may be directed to MMPA; call toll-free 1-877-577-0741 or email mmpa@mnmilk.org.


June Dairy Month Events at MN Farms

Midwest Dairy Association logoMore than a dozen of Minnesota's dairy farms will host events during June Dairy Month this year, reaching out to their consumers and inviting them to enjoy a visit to the farm; farm hosts often offer a breakfast or other meal as well. Midwest Dairy has posted a calendar of events taking place across the state on their website at MidwestDairy.com.


77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference is September 21-22!

Plan on attending the 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference on 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. The conference is designed to provide leading-edge, research-based knowledge to advance sustainable production of beef, dairy, equine, poultry and swine.

More details will be announced as program planning progresses. Watch for updates via email and on the conference website.

Minnesota Nutrition Conference


♦ Graduate Student Profile ♦
  

AnSci Connection is highlighting two graduate students this month: Christina Fehrman and Jessica Rauba.
 

Christina Fehrman

Christina FehrmanChristina Fehrman is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Meat Science with Dr. Ryan Cox. Her research is evaluating the effects of feeding calcium hydroxide treated corn stover to Angus steers during the backgrounding phase on carcass characteristics and meat quality. In addition to her research, Christina assists with various meat science extension events such as BBQ Spring Training and Beef U, as well as meat judging events such as the State Fair Processed Meat Championship and the Minnesota FFA Meat Judging contest. She has also guest lectured for Meat Science 101 and the Livestock and Carcass Evaluation Class. Upon graduating this summer, Christina will be returning to SDSU to pursue a PhD in Meat Science.

Christina grew up outside of Lake Benton, MN on a seed stock cattle operation that also raised row crops. Her interest in meat science began when she competed in the Food Science and Technology and the Meat Evaluation CDEs in FFA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in the fall of 2015. While at SDSU, Christina worked part time at the Meat Science Laboratory where she learned the technical skills involved with the meat industry from hoof to plate. She also served as a TA for the Introduction to Meat Science class. She was also involved with Sigma Alpha Sorority, Block and Bridle, Little International, and the 2013 SDSU Meat Judging Team.

In her spare time, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephew, reading, and watching western and action movies.
  

Jessica Rauba

Jessica RaubaJessica Rauba is pursuing a Master's degree in Animal Science with an emphasis on calf nutrition with Dr. Bradley Heins and Dr. Hugh Chester-Jones with support from Milk Specialties Global where she works full time as a Milk Replacer Formulator and Research Coordinator. Her project entails analyzing existing calf data that ranges 10 years across three farms. She will be working with over 4,000 calf records from trials done by Hubbard Feeds Inc. and the Southern Research and Outreach Center. The dataset encompasses several milk replacer and starter studies. She will be looking into the effect of the amount of protein consumed from milk replacer and starter in relationship to corresponding energy consumed and calf growth. The results of this analysis will aid both manufacturers and producers in formulating and choosing diets for their calves that will lead to enhanced growth and performance.

Jessica grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. After three summer internships at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, MN during her under-graduate career at the U of M, she knew that she wanted to work in research and focus on nutrition. Upon graduating from the U of M with a B.S. in Animal Science, she started working at Milk Specialties Global.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys hiking and cycling.


♦ Congratulations ♦
  

Dr. Daniel Gallaher, Department of Food Science and Nutrition will be the interim head of the department staring July 1, 2016. Dr. Gallaher has been with the department since 1988. He will serve as interim head until a national search is completed. The current department head, Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez is stepping down at the end of the fiscal year to take position at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Larry Jacobson, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, is retiring from the U of M after nearly 42 years of dedicated and distinguished service.

Dr. Mike Schmitt, Associate Dean-CFANS, was awarded Outstanding Agricultural Mentor at the Women's Agricultural Leadership Conference on April 13. This award honors those who are influential mentors to numerous women across Minnesota.


♦ Calendar of Events ♦
   

- May 2016 -

1-4 ADSA Large Dairy Herd Management Conference, Oak Brook, IL.

6 - CFANS Graduate Commencement (1:00 p.m.), North Star Ballroom, U of M St. Paul Campus. Register online here.

13 - CFANS Undergraduate Commencement (7:00 p.m.), Northrop Memorial Auditorium, U of M East Bank Campus.

14 - Spring Semester Ends.

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.

18-19 - 20th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium, St. Louis, MO.

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

24 - U of M Night at Target Field (7:15-10:15 p.m.).

26 - Siehl Prize Ceremony, McNamara Alumni Center, U of M East Bank Campus.

- 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.

15-16 - Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA.

21 - Agronomy Field Tour (8:30-11:30 a.m., lunch to follow), 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 -

2-9 - American Dairy Goat Assoc (ADGA) National Show, Harrisburg, PA.

7 - U of M Crop Management Tour, University Center, Hwy 14 & County Rd 22, Rochester, MN.

11-12 - Minnesota Sate Cattlemen's Summer Beef Tour, Canby, MN. Contact: Krist Wollum (507-530-3854) or Dick Pesek (507-829-3774); Email mncattletour16@gmail.com.

19 - ADSA ASAS Joint Annual Meetings, Salt Lake City, UT.

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.

- August 2016 -

2-4 - Minnesota Farmfest, Gilfilan Estate, Morgan, MN.

- September 2016 -

15 - Open House (4:00-8:00 p.m.), Southern ROC, Waseca, MN. Contact: Deanne Nelson.

21-22 - 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN.

- October 2016 -

25-30 - American Dairy Goat Assoc (ADGA) Convention, Austin, TX.