AnSci Connection - February 2017

Notes from the Department Head

It’s February, and we are well into the semester. Our department is busy with teaching, research and extension activities, and many of our students have just completed their first round of midterms. Many of these activities are highlighted in this newsletter. We invite you to read about them and get to know our programs and the individuals who make them happen. Read on...





Teaching, Research, and Extension Highlights

At the 2017 American Forage and Grassland Council conference in Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Krishona Martinson, Equine Extension Specialist, was awarded the Merit Award. Read on...

Brad Heins will host an Outwintering Field Day on March 9th, 2017 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris, MN. Read on...

Dr. Shurson will speak at two conferences in March in Southeast Asia – VIV Asia 2017. Read on...

Lee Johnston and Yuzhi Li were interviewed for an article written by the Star Tribune discussing the work they have done in studying animal welfare and nutrition concerns in swine operations. Read on...

News and Announcements

Lucas Sjostrom, Brooten, Minnesota, has been named executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, and will serve concurrently as director of industry relations for Midwest Dairy, leading the Minnesota Industry Relations team for the organizations. Read on...

The University of Minnesota was well-represented at the 13th annual Midwest Dairy Challenge held February 8-10 in Madison, WI. Read on...

Forty-four of the 108 members of the Gopher Dairy Club traveled to the annual meeting of the Midwest regional association of dairy science clubs on February 3 & 4 in Brookings, SD. Read on...

January 22-24, 2017, the University of Minnesota Equine Program was at the American Forage and Grassland Council conference in Roanoke, Virginia. Read on...

Our very own Dr. Ryan Cox will be discussing the art of meat cutting at the Beef and Brew event held on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. Beef and Brew will be held at Bent Brewstillery from 6-8 p.m. Read on...

During its February 16 monthly meeting, the Gopher Dairy Club elected new officers, who will provide leadership for the club in 2017-18. Read on...

Check out these internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students! Read on...

The 2017 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference will be held on April 11-13th, 2017 at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul Campus at the University of Minnesota. Read on...

Congratulations

Congratulations to Abby Neu for successfully defending her MS Thesis, "Advancements in Animal Science: Hay rake-type impacts ash content of hay and Comparison of undergraduate student learning gains and satisfaction when enrolled in animal science courses offered in-person and online" on January 20, 2017.  Abby will continue her role as a Regional Extension Educator - Poultry with the University of Minnesota Extension.

Calendar of Events

March 2, 2017 – Minnesota Dairy Initiatives workshop, Owatonna, MN (Questions can be sent to: mmpa@mnmilk.org)     

March 8, 2017 – UMN Swine Extension- Pork Quality Assurance Plus training & Transport Quality Assistance training, Marshall, MN

More information here.

March 13, 2017 – Minnesota Dairy Initiative Workshop – Grazing Alternatives

March 15, 2017 – UMN Swine Extension- Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor Training, Mankato, MN

More information here.

See full calendar here.