AnSci Connection - May 2015

♦ Notes from the Department Head ♦

Dr. Bill Dayton, Department HeadMay has arrived and with it spring seems to be here to stay. Classes are coming to an end and students and faculty are busy preparing for finals. Many students are looking forward to graduation and starting jobs or continuing their education beyond their BS degree. Additionally, a number of students are preparing for summer internships or May Term classes.

Speaking of May Term classes, we are excited about a new interdisciplinary May Term course being offered at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. The course is an examination of agricultural production systems, including organic, alternative and conventional systems. The course will also examine the history of production systems and their implications for producer lifestyles, social and natural environments, and economics at local to global scales. It includes farm visits, producer interviews, group projects, classroom presentations, and debates in addition to lectures. This course will provide students with appreciation of the diversity of agricultural production systems through interaction with local agricultural producers, and explore the role of these production systems in local, regional and global food supply chains.

It has been a sad situation with the introduction of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) into poultry flocks in Minnesota. It is difficult to see this in the news knowing how badly it is affecting poultry producers and processors. Extension faculty from CVM and CFANS have been assisting with production of biosecurity materials, liaison with various agencies, and communicating with the public. Planning for needed research in HPAI prevention is in progress.

All in all it is a busy time in the Department. We are continuing our strategic planning process with the goal of completing the process by July. We have also completed our interview process for the genomics position currently open in our department. We interviewed 4 well-qualified candidates and we anticipate hiring an excellent new faculty member in the near future. Additionally, we are accepting applicants for a faculty position in bovine reproduction/nutrition at the North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids.

The Animal Science Awards Banquet was held in the St Paul Student Center on Saturday evening, April 18. 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 parents.

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, and we thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to connecting again with you in the fall and hope you have a wonderful spring and summer.


Dr. William R. Dayton
Department Head

♦ Faculty Highlights ♦

Kyle Rozeboom

Kyle RozeboomKyle Rozeboom is a Lecturer of Animal Science/Youth Leadership Specialist and Livestock Judging Team Coach at the University of Minnesota. Kyle's teaching emphasis is in production animal agriculture and includes the following courses: ANSC 1511 - Food Animal Products for Consumers, ANSC 2012 - Livestock and Carcass Evaluation, ANSC 2013 - Beginning Livestock Judging, ANSC 3142 - Advanced Livestock Judging, ANSC 3801 - Livestock Merchandising, ANSC 4601- Pork Production Systems, and ANSC 4602 - Sheep Production Systems Management. Kyle also works in partnership with Tony Seykora in coordinating the College in the Schools (CIS) course, AnSc 1101 - Introductory Animal Science, which is now in its 10th year. This CIS course has grown from 5 high schools for the 2006-2007 academic year to nearly 20 schools for 2015.

Kyle also serves as U of M Block & Bridle co-advisor and as faculty supervisor for the Department of Animal Science Sheep and Swine Units. The swine herd numbers 35 sows and the sheep flock maintains around 40 mature ewes. These animal units are extremely important and play a large role in our undergraduate and public service components. The purpose of the flock and the swine unit is to provide a teaching resource for students, with the overall goal being to develop high quality livestock utilizing the best possible genetics and management procedures, and to allow students and visitors to interface these industry-leading techniques.

Kyle grew up on a diversified cropping and livestock operation near Murdock, MN. His family was involved in raising Suffolk sheep, commercial cattle, and purebred Duroc and Yorkshire hogs. He started college at the University of Minnesota-Waseca campus and completed his Associates degree at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, KS, while attending on a livestock judging scholarship. He then transferred to the University of Minnesota and obtained his Bachelor's degree in Animal and Plant Systems. While competing in collegiate judging, Kyle was High Individual Judge at the National Western Stock Show, Sioux Empire Stock Show, and National Barrow Show contests.

Kyle received his Master's degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. Kyle has worked as an Instructor and Livestock Judging Team coach at both the University of Georgia and University of Tennessee-Martin. Some highlights of Kyle's coaching career include the High Individual and Reserve High Individual at the North American, three Collegiate All-Americans, two Carload Cattle Judging winning teams at the National Western, and High Team honors at the Keystone International, Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic and Aksarben.

Kyle also works closely with the Minnesota and National 4-H and FFA organizations through presentations, clinics, livestock shows, and judging contests. Kyle has been fortunate to have been an invited official at numerous state and regional shows in sheep, cattle and swine throughout the U.S. including World Beef Expo, American Royal, National Western Stock Show and NAILE. This has allowed Kyle the opportunity to recruit quality students, and develop working relationships with community groups, livestock producers and breed organizations.

Kyle, his wife Gretchen, and their children Kelton, Owen and Landrey, live near Roberts, WI. In his free time, Kyle enjoys coaching basketball and raising livestock. He and his family run a small herd of Maine Anjou cattle and raise Duroc show pigs. The primary emphasis of their Maine Anjou Herd is to produce elite show heifers for youth exhibitors. Heifers they have raised have won the Tennessee State Fair, Georgia National Fair, Mid-South Fair, and Ozark Empire Fair, along with many county and local shows.

♦ News & Announcements ♦

Original Research Wins Luo & Nelson DGTC Scholarships

Graduate students Zhaohui (Peter) Luo (Swine) and Megan Nelson (Meat Science) were two of a select few to receive 2015 Distillers Grains Technology Council (DGTC) scholarships. The DGTC scholarship is for current graduate students (MS or PhD) who have completed original research which has resulted in new knowledge on distillers grains production/distribution, animal feeding (nutrition), or other applications/uses. The goal of the DGTC scholarship program is to encourage increased research and to reward outstanding research accomplishments in distillers grains topics.

As scholarship recipients, Peter and Megan will attend the 19th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium on May 13-14 in Kansas City, MO. Award winners are required to prepare a poster describing their research which will be exhibited at the symposium, and give a 5-minute overview presentation of their research during one of the general sessions. Peter will present his research titled "Effect of diet composition and particle size on nutrient excretion of finishing pigs and the propensity to cause manure pit foaming". His advisor is Dr. Jerry Shurson. Megan's research is titled "Effects of varying levels of modified distillers grains with solubles, soy glycerin, and soybean hull inclusion in feedlot heifer diets". She is advised by Dr. Ryan Cox.

Congratulations to Peter and Megan!

Peter Luo and Megan Nelson

Fung Named Outstanding Student Employee

Leonard Fung, a student employee working in Dr. Shurson's lab, was named a recipient of the 2014-2015 Outstanding Student Employee Award by the Student Employment Leadership Program (SELP). The Outstanding Student Employee Award seeks to recognize the top 10% of undergraduate student employees on the Twin Cites campus.

Leonard was chosen for his skill and commitment above and beyond expectations as well as the growth he has demonstrated toward the University's seven Student Development Outcomes: 1) Responsiblity and Accountability, 2) Independence and Interdependence, 3) Goal Orientation, 4) Self Awareness, 5) Resilience, 6) Appreciation of Differences, and 7) Tolerance of Ambiguity.

To celebrate Leonard's accomplishment, along with other students and supervisors from across campus, a student employee recognition event (the SELPies) will be held on May 7, 3:30-5:00 p.m., at Memorial Hall in the McNamara Alumni Center. Leonard will receive a letter and certificate of achievement at this event.

Congratulations to Leonard on this outstanding achievement!

Nelson Scholarship Winners Announced

The Nelson Scholarship is named in honor of Pete Nelson, who served the U of M as the Supervisor of Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science from 2007 to 2013. In honor of Pete Nelson, the Minnesota Association of Meat Processors (MAMP) offers two $500 scholarships to students currently enrolled as either an undergraduate or graduate student at the U of M in the Department of Animal Science or the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. External support was provided for a third scholarship to be awarded in 2015. Recipients of the scholarship were announced at the 2015 MAMP Annual Convention in St. Cloud. Following is a summary of these talented students' activities and accomplishments.

Morrine OmoloMorrine Omolo is a PhD student in Food Science and Nutrition. Her team investigates the systems biology of infectious disease and evolutionary biology. Her PhD project will combine experimental and computational approaches to study E. coli O104:H4, implicated in the 2011 German outbreak. Morrine's goal is to be more than a food microbiologist, as she has developed a collaborative relationship with Kisii University of Western Kenya. Her goal is to travel between the U of M and Kisii University during the course her PhD. This will expand her teaching experience and give her the chance to mentor and motivate more girls to pursue careers in systems biology.

Justin CarlsonMichaela Olson is a sophomore studying Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine, with an emphasis on food production animals. She is a member of the Block & Bridle Club, Gopher Poultry Science Club, and the Pre-Veterinarian Club as well as a laboratory and animal technician at the U of M Turkey Nutrition Laboratory. Michaela has worked at the U of M Southern ROC in Waseca with the Dairy Calf and Heifer program. Additionally, she is a Minnesota Board of Animal Health certified poultry testing agent for the state of Minnesota. Michaela was accepted into the VetFAST program and hopes to attend Veterinary School in the future. Her ideal career after college is working as a veterinarian, or as a meat and poultry inspector in the food industry.

Justin Carlson is a second year PhD student in Food Science who has completed multiple research projects that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. He participated in the CFANS mentoring program, served as a College Day leader for CFANS, and was an Academic Panelist at General Mills for the U of M. Justin also served as the Advocacy Chair for the Young Professional Leadership Council with the Minnesota American Diabetes Association. Beyond graduation, Justin would like to continue to do product development and research working with fiber and protein effects in food products and their nutritional benefits in the gastrointestinal tract. Growing up in the Chisago Lakes area, Justin knows the impact that Pete Nelson had on his local community, as Pete was a friend of his grandparents and father who regularly had their meat processed at Pete's shop on Main Street in Lindstrom, MN.

Hohertz is Runner up in Poster Competition at PNC

Beef Team graduate student Alex Hohertz was one of 4 runner ups in the Graduate Student Poster Competition at the Plains Nutrition Conference (PNC) in San Antonio, TX, held April 15-17, 2015. His poster was titled "Determining Energy Value of Oil-extracted Corn Distillers Grains with Solubles in Feedlot Diets". Posters are evaluated by a panel of PNC members. The Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation provides an award for the top five posters including the overall top poster.

Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo serves as Alex's advisor.

Congratulations Alex!

Alex Hohertz at PNC

Outstanding Student & Faculty Awards Presented at Banquet

The annual Animal Science Department / Block & Bridle Recognition Banquet, co-sponsored by Cargill, was held April 18, 2015, in the Northstar Ballroom on the St. Paul Campus with 150 people in attendance. Block & Bridle members Lisa Janak and Adam Munsterteiger served as Master of Ceremonies. The program included Dean Brian Buhr who presented CFANS highlights, Dr. Bill Dayton with departmental highlights from the past year, and featured speaker Brad Rugg, Director of Fair and Animal Science Programs - Extension Center for Youth Development - 4-H, with inspirational words for the students in attendance.

The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Undergraduate Scholarship Awards were announced and presented at the banquet to Alexandra Bakken, Nathan Bos, Thomas Duff, Isabelle Eid, Abigail Hansen, Johanna Knorr, Kristin Kuball, Mary Liebenstien, Michael Schmitt, and Justin Siewert.

The Block & Bridle Outstanding Service Award recipient was Chris Polzin (AnSc 1994). Chris owns a embryo transfer center and breeds elite breed cattle on his farm near Cokato, MN. Chris routinely provides livestock judging classes for various events and serves as an official for the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest.

Following are photos from the banquet.

Matt Jorgensen with Marshall Stern
Amanda Grev with Marshall Stern

Outstanding PhD Student in Animal Science Award was presented to Matt Jorgensen (left) by Dr. Marshall Stern.


Dr. Marshall Stern (right) presents Amanda Grev with the award for Outstanding MS Student in Animal Science.

Sam Baidoo with Isaac Salfer
Alfredo DiCostanzo with Tyler Johnson

Dr. Sam Baidoo (left) receives the Animal Sciences Graduate Club's Outstanding Faculty Award (presented by Isaac Salfer).


Alfredo DiCostanzo (right) was the recipient of the Block & Bridle Outstanding Faculty Award (presented by Tyler Johnson).

Chris Polzin with Allie Hawkins
Jaclyn Dingels with Lisa Janak
The Block & Bridle Club Outstanding Service Award was presented to Chris Polzin (right) by Block & Bridle member Allie Hawkins.
Jaclyn Dingels (right) was presented with the Block & Bridle Club Outstanding Senior Award by Lisa Janak.
Becky Church with Lisa Janak
Scott Dingels, Jaclyn Dingels and Paige Netzke
Becky Church (right) was named Outstanding Block & Bridle Rookie for 2015 (presented by Lisa Janak).
  Block & Bridle Freshmen Scholarship Awards were presented to Scott Dingels (left) and Paige Netzke (right) by Block & Bridle member Jaclyn Dingels (center).   

Animal Sciences Graduate Students Participate in Commencement

Seven Animal Sciences graduate students took part in the CFANS commencement ceremony at Northrop Auditorium on April 24, 2015. They included two PhD students (Dayane Lobão da Silva and Paula Regina Basso Silva) and five MS students (Zhaohui Peter Luo, Daniela Neiva Liboreiro, Isaac Salfer, Lucas Sjostrom, and Fangzhou Arkin Wu).

Congratulations to all!

Paula and Dayane at Commencement

Above (L-R): Paula Regina Basso Silva and Dayane Lobão da Silva.

MS graduates at Commencement

Above (L-R): Isaac Salfer, Fangzhou Arkin Wu, Lucas Sjostrom, Zhaohui Peter Luo, Daniela Neiva Liboreiro.

Updates from the GPSC

The Gopher Poultry Science Club (GPSC) has been busy this past semester. The club participated in Zoetis's "Reach Teach Learn" grant proposal project and placed in the top five. The club also recently assisted the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association in educating the public about the poultry industry at Ag Awareness Day on April 21. Two of the club members, Michaela Olson and Tatum Odland, received Dr. M.E. Ensminger Scholarships which provide support for the continued education of a junior, senior or graduate student who is majoring in Animal Science.

Poultry Science Club Members

Gopher Poultry Science Club Members.

At their March meeting, GPSC elected new club officers for the 2015-2016 school year. Congratulations to Michaela Olson, President; Rachel Kircher, Vice President; Tatum Odland, Secretary; Divek Nair, Treasurer; and Jennifer Hagen, Public Relations. Drs. Anup Kollanoor Johny and Sally Noll advise the club. The club is looking forward to an exciting and successful year ahead!

Thank you to the previous GPSC officers for their excellent leadership: Paige Lemke, President; Michaela Olson, Vice President; Emma Hoversten, Secretary; and William Schanus, Tatum Odland and Deanna Scheller, Interim Treasurers.

GPSC is always looking for new members. The club encourages undergraduate, graduate, staff members, or anyone interested in poultry to attend a club meeting! To learn more about GPSC, please visit the club's website at or contact them at

And don't forget to like GSPC on Facebook! Go to:

Poultry Science Club Officers

2015-2016 GPSC Officers (L-R): Jennifer Hagen, Michaela Olson, Rachel Kircher, Divek Nair.

Alfredo DiCostanzoDiCostanzo Contributes to UNL Beef Video Series

Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo contributed to the 2015 Beef and Forage Management videos in the Dry Lotting and Confinement Cows Series posted on the University of Nebraska (UNL) Extension website. In "Part 2: Considerations on Facilities for Cows", Alfredo discusses the various types of indoor confinement structures for beef cows. The video covers design options, building design considerations, and the value of manure.

There are six parts in the series. Producers and others interested in maintaining cows with limited forage supplies can view the videos online at


Stern Presents Poster at Making Sense of Educational Innovation Conference

A University-wide conference sponsored by the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation and the Academic Health Center was held on April 8, 2015, at the McNamara Alumni Center. The conference was titled "Making Sense of Educational Innovation: Finding What Works for Today's Students". The conference included presentations, a technology showcase, roundtable discussions, and posters on topics of current interest to anyone who teaches at the U of M.

Professor Marshall D. Stern presented a poster on a course that he introduced three years ago. His presentation was titled "Using Classroom Debates as an Interactive Learning Tool in a Course on Companion Animal Ethical Issues". Professor Stern also will be attending the Innovate 2015 Conference titled "Innovations in Education: An Animal Sciences Curriculum for the 21st Century" from May 31 to June 2 in Braselton, GA. He will give two presentations addressing his courses on Teaching Companion Animal Nutrition and Care in the Classroom Concurrently with an Online Section of the Course, and Companion Animal Hot Button Issues.

Marshall Stern at Innovative Teaching Conference

Meat Science Hosts the MN State FFA Meats Evaluation Contest

On April 27, 2015, the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science on the U of M St. Paul Campus hosted the Minnesota State FFA Meats Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE). There were 124 students from throughout Minnesota participating in the contest which included beef yield and quality grading, retail cut identification, and five placing classes of carcasses, wholesale and retail cuts from beef and pork.

Dr. Ryan Cox, who served as contest faculty chair, extends his thanks to everyone involved for their tremendous contributions and support, including Christina Fehrman and Megan Nelson, U of M Meat Science (Official Committee and Superintendents), and Tristan McNamara and Dallas Dornink (Product Chairs). The group looks forward to successful contests such as this for many years to come.

See photos from the Minnesota State FFA Meats Evaluation Contest.

BBQ Spring Training

U of M Meat Science once again partnered with the Minnesota Barbeque Society to host the 3rd Annual BBQ Spring Training Workshop held in the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science on April 11, 2015. The workshop consisted of a blend of lectures and demonstrations addressing both backyard and competition style BBQ, and of course, plenty of product sampling!

Thank you to all of the BBQ Spring Training speakers and participants as well as the Minnesota Beef Council and the Minnesota Pork Board for their support. Both U of M Meat Science and the Minnesota BBQ Society look forward to the program again next year!

See photos from BBQ Spring Training.

Rozeboom Receives Honorary Minnesota State FFA Degree

Kyle Rozeboom was among fifteen outstanding teachers, individuals and companies who received Honorary Minnesota State FFA Degrees. Each year the Minnesota FFA Association recognizes the contributions of those who have made a significant impact towards the success of the membership and the organization, and who have demonstrated success and support of the FFA and agricultural education. Many of these individuals have served in numerous leadership roles through career development events, the state officer team, the foundation or alumni events.

The 2015 recipients of the Honorary Minnesota State FFA Degree are: Representative Paul Anderson, Starbuck; Ed Barrett, FFA Beef Assistant Superintendent, Minnesota State Fair, Randolph; Scott Hislop, President, Minnesota FFA Foundation, Winnebago; Tom Mollet, CF Industries, Deerfield, IL; Representative Jeanne Poppe, Austin; Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Leadership Coordinator, Grove City; Kyle Rozeboom, Livestock CDE, University of Minnesota, St. Paul (pictured below); Senator Dan Sparks, Austin; Shell Tumburg, Agricultural Education Instructor, Perham; Pat Tax, Agricultural Education Instructor, Pierz; Mike Mastey, Ridgewater Farm Business Management, Belgrade; Jordan Pollock, Agricultural Education Instructor, AFSA; Mary Hoffmann, Agricultural Education Instructor, Sleepy Eye; Lisa Hoefs, Agricultural Education Instructor, Medford; and Duane Pliscott, Agricultural Education Instructor, Cannon Falls.

Kyle Rozeboom at Mariucci Arena

U of M Show Pig Sale a Great Success

The 1st Annual U of M Show Pig Sale was held on April 19, 2015, at the Livestock Arena on the U of M St. Paul Campus. For the first time, all pigs on the sale were born and raised by the Department of Animal Science Swine Teaching Unit. Forty-three head of January and February farrowed show pigs were sold for an average of $240. The pigs were sold as project animals for Minnesota 4-H and FFA members looking for animals for summer county fairs. This sale helps support the Swine Teaching Unit. Most of the pigs sold at the sale were from litters sired by boars from Shaffer's Goldrush out of Indiana. The Shaffers support the U of M's Swine Teaching Unit each breeding season by allowing the unit to breed to their elite boars at a reduced rate. The sale pigs this year were mainly crossbreds; however, there will be a few purebred litters of Durocs and Yorks.

The Block & Bridle Club along with members of ANSC 3801 (Livestock Merchandising) were responsible for all facets of pre- and post-sale management including advertisement, arena set up, animal cataloging, clerking, and load out. Running this sale has given the students experience in the principles and activities involved in successfully promoting and merchandising livestock. Assisting the students were Adam Munsterteiger (student manager of the Swine Unit), Kyle Rozeboom (Swine Barn Faculty Supervisor and ANSC 3801 Instructor), and Tony Seykora (Block & Bridle advisor).

Block & Bridle Hog Sale

Block & Bridle Hog Sale

Hampshire Ram Tops Sale!

The Department of Animal Science Sheep Teaching Unit recently sold the Top Selling Hampshire Ram in the Stars of the North Online Sheep Sale held on August 28th. The Stars of the North sale is hosted by Willoughby Online Sales and is organized by the Minnesota Purebred Sheep Breeders. Consignors included Suffolk, Dorset and Hampshire breeders from throughout Minnesota and Iowa. Nearly 3,400 people visited the website and the sheep sold for an average of over $550 per lot. Besides the ram, the U of M Sheep Unit also sold two yearling ewes. The ram sold to an Iowa breeder and the two ewes sold to a Wisconsin breeder.

Prior to the sale, students in the sheep production class (ANSC 4602) and members of the Livestock Merchandising course (ANSC 3801) were responsible for the shearing and fitting of the sale sheep and for the taking the photos that appeared on the sale website. Kyle Rozeboom serves as Faculty Supervisor of the Sheep Teaching Unit. The information that was submitted for the online sale is shown below.

Stars of the North Online Sale Info

U of M Students Participate in NAIDC

Twelve students from the U of M's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) participated in the 14th Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC) held April 9-11 in Liverpool, NY. In total, 274 students from 38 colleges across the U.S. and Canada attended this educational event. These students are training for careers in the dairy industry such as dairy producers, researchers, educators, financial analysts, nutritionists, farm service providers, and veterinarians.

The national contest team from the U of M included Nathan Bos, Abby Mills, Andrew Plumski, and Michael Schmitt. The Academy team included Nathan Donnay, Eric Houdek, Johanna Knorr, Mary Liebenstein, Bret Otte, Sara Roerick, Katie Schmitt, and Wyatt Smith. Dr. Marcia Endres of the Department of Animal Science coached the teams.

Dairy Challenge® is an innovative two-day competition for students representing dairy science programs at North American universities. It enables students to apply theory and learning to a real-world dairy while working as part of a four-person team. The Dairy Challenge Academy was developed in 2013 to expand this educational and networking event to more college students. Academy participants also analyze and develop recommendations for operating dairies; however, the Academy is organized in mixed-university teams with two advisors to help coach these younger students. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has helped train more than 4,700 students through the national contest, Dairy Challenge Academy, and four regional contests conducted annually.

Collegiate participants visited six dairy farms in New York as part of their training to help farmers evaluate and adapt management to optimize success and animal care. Also, industry professionals presented cutting-edge research, new programs and career opportunities to students.

Each contest team received information from an area dairy, 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 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. The U of M team was complimented by the dairy producer immediately after their presentation who said they did a great job. The comment was very rewarding to the students.

NAIDC was established as a management contest to incorporate all phases of a specific dairy business. Its mission is to develop tomorrow's dairy leaders and enhance progress of the dairy industry, by providing education, communication and networking among students, producers, and agribusiness and university personnel. NAIDC is supported completely through generous donations by over 120 agribusinesses and dairy producers, and programs are coordinated by a volunteer board of directors. Dr. Marcia Endres serves on the board.

For more information, visit or

Dairy Challenge Academy

Academy team – Front row (L-R): Sara Roerick, Johanna Knorr, Mary Liebenstein, coach Marcia Endres, Katie Schmitt; Back row (L-R): Eric Houdek, Bret Otte, Nathan Donnay, Wyatt Smith.

Dairy Challenge Team

Contest team – Front row (L-R): Abby Mills, coach Marcia Endres; Back row (L-R): Michael Schmitt, Andrew Plumski, Nathan Bos.

Block & Bridle Hosts MJSC Beef Show

The U of M Block & Bridle Club hosted the 7th Annual Minnesota Junior Spring Classic (MJSC) Beef Show held at the Mower County Fairgrounds in Austin, MN, May 2 and 3. MJSC is an educational weekend-long exhibition that provides youth with a fitting demonstration, nutrition clinic, showmanship contest, and junior beef show. MJSC is a not-for-profit show that brings together families and cattle from across Minnesota and surrounding states including Nebraska and Oklahoma. There were 196 cattle shown by 150 youth exhibitors.

Block & Bridle Club members thank all of their sponsors, volunteers and families for their support. Block & Bridle also extends their thanks to the parents of the show families who attended the MJSC Beef Show. Without them, the club would not be able to take advantage of the opportunities to learn, grow and succeed in and out of the cattle industry.

MJSC Beef Show

Block & Bridle Club Members at MJSC.

4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference to be Held in Dubuque in June

Cow photoThe 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference is for dairy producers and others who are interested in the latest research on issues concerning the dairy industry including feed efficiency, calves and transition cows. The conference will be at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, IA, June 10-11, 2015.

A Pre-conference Symposium on the "Advances in Animal Health and Immunity", sponsored by Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, will be held on the morning of June 10. In the afternoon, the General Session will address"Feeding Management and Behavior". "Information for Better Decision Making" is the topic of the General Session starting on June 11. Breakout sessions offer 6 topics each day.

The early registration fee is $150 before June 1. After June 1 and at the door, the fee will increase to $175.

The 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension, and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

WCROC to Host Conference Showcasing Energy Systems for Farms

The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris, MN, is hosting the Midwest Farm Energy Conference, June 17-19, 2015. The conference will showcase energy efficient and renewable energy technologies for farms. Research in progress at the WCROC will be highlighted at the conference as well. Researchers are working together on an initiative to lower energy consumption and introduce renewable energy generation to crop, dairy, and swine production systems. Several funded research projects are currently in progress.

Midwest Farm Energy Conference logoThe conference includes topics on:

  • Energy usage in swine and dairy production systems
  • Lowering energy consumption by reducing temperature of swine facilities
  • Control strategies for swine and dairy facilities
  • Opportunities for solar energy on farms
  • Integrating energy efficient and renewable energy systems in Midwest dairies
  • Life cycle energy in livestock production
  • Incentives, grants, and loans for renewable and energy efficient systems

Renewable Energy bus tours on June 18 and 19 include:

The conference details, including registration information, are available online here. Check out the interview with Michael Reese, Renewable Energy Director at the WCROC, talking about the conference with Clean Energy Resource Teams.

Register Now for Precision Dairy 2015!

Register now and plan to attend the Precision Dairy Conference and Expo taking place on June 24 and 25, 2015, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN. Look for Registration Information on the conference website.

Plenary session speakers include Dr. Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota, Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky, and Dr. Henk Hogeveen, Utrecht University-Netherlands. Several speakers have been confirmed for the Industry Update Sessions and Producer Showcases (see Speakers for more information).

The Program Agenda will be finalized soon. Please visit the Precision Dairy 2015 website for updates.

Since Precision Dairy 2015 ends by 11:15 a.m. on June 25, consider attending Day 2 of the Hay and Forage Expo at Hernke's Dairy in Cannon Falls, MN (approx. 40 min from Rochester).

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Save the Date! September 16 & 17 is Minnesota Nutrition Conference

Save the date and plan to join us for the 76th Minnesota Nutrition Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, September 16 and 17, 2015, at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, MN. The Minnesota Nutrition Conference is the upper Midwest's premier educational event for livestock nutritionists, feed industry professionals, and others who wish to learn about what's happening in beef, dairy, swine, poultry and equine nutrition.

Please visit the conference website for:

Also at the 76th Minnesota Nutrition Conference:

  • Pre-conference Symposium: "The Role of Fatty Acids in Animal Nutrition", September 16 - sponsored by Milk Specialties
  • Welcome Reception, September 16 (5:30 p.m.) - sponsored by Alltech
  • Luncheon, September 17 - sponsored by Diamond V (Ruminant section) and Nutriad (Non-ruminant section)
  • Flash Drives - sponsored by Novus

SPECIAL OFFER! The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is offering anyone who is pre-registered for the Minnesota Nutrition Conference to attend the first day (September 15) of the AFIA Liquid Feed Symposium at a rate of $75. In return, anyone who pre-registered for the full AFIA Liquid Feed Symposium may attend the last day (September 17) of the Minnesota Nutrition Conference at the same rate ($75). Proof of registration will be required for entry - details to be announced. The AFIA Liquid Feed Symposium will be held on September 15-17 at The Depot Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

The Minnesota Nutrition Conference is made possible through the generous support of sponsors. Many sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more about becoming a sponsor of the 76th Minnesota Nutrition Conference, please see Sponsorship Opportunities. Questions about sponsorship? Please contact Val O'Reilly ( or 952-334-0404) or John Goihl (800-322-0437 or

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CFANS Seeks Voluneers for Undergrad Commencement

CFANS is looking for a few more volunteers to help with CFANS Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 16th. Specifically, people are needed to help check-in students when they arrive. This is the most fun job of the night! Check-in volunteers are free to leave when students are checked in (by 7:00 p.m.) Volunteers need to arrive by 5:30 p.m. Sandwiches and beverages will be provided for volunteers.

VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) is being used to organize Commencement volunteers. Please sign up for CFANS Commencement 2015 - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click on link ( to go to the CFANS invitation page on VolunteerSpot.
  2. Enter your email address (no need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots. VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Michelle Overton at to get you signed up manually.

♦ Condolences ♦

Jerrold (Jerry) Tesmer

Jerry TesmerJerrold Arlen Tesmer, 64, of Harmony, MN, passed away in Rochester, MN, on April 13, 2015, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. A service was held at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Harmony, MN, on April 17.

Jerry atttended the University of Minnesota for one year before enlisting in the Army during the Vietnam War. While serving in the military, Jerry married Kathryn (Kathy) Jennsson in Riceville, IA, on July 28, 1973. He then returned to the University to complete his B.S. degree in Agricultural Education. After teaching high school agriculture in Grand Meadow for one year, he returned home to Harmony due to family illness, and for the next 10 years, Jerry owned and operated a hog operation.

In 1987, Jerry was offered a position as an Extension Agent with the local county Extension office. While working with Extension, he completed a Masters of Adult Education. His duties included providing programming for agriculture and environmental issues, assisting farmers with farm financial management, as well as a producing a weekly news column and radio program. He also served as an advisor on the statewide farm information line. Jerry's proudest accomplishment was his Farm Safety Day Camp. The program initially began as a summer day camp for about 50 students; however, the last eight years, all fourth-grade students across Fillmore and Houston counties attended the camp. Each year, over 400 students participate in 15 stations, with the assistance of 30 presenters and 30 FFA volunteers. In 2011, Jerry was a finalist for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Search for Excellence: Farm Safety and Health Award. Jerry recently retired from the University of Minnesota Extension with over 27 years as an Agricultural Extension Educator serving the people of Fillmore County. However, through the years, he also served Mower, Winona, and Houston counties. In his last position, he assisted farmers in both Fillmore and Houston counties.

Jerry was a role model for other Agricultural Extension Educators, and served in leadership positions on numerous boards including the Minnesota Association of Extension Educators (MAEE), the Minnesota Association of Extension Agricultural Professionals (MAEAP), and the Advisory Committee to the Dean of Extension. He was recognized in 2007 as the Minnesota Farm Bureau Extension Educator of the Year, and he also was recognized in March 2015 at the Minnesota House of Representatives Agriculture Finance Committee for his outstanding service to agriculture.

Jerry owned and lived on a rural Harmony farm with his wife Kathy where he raised a small flock of sheep. He was involved with the St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Luren Singing Society. Jerry enjoyed spending time with his five married children and six grandchildren. Jerry will be missed by ma`ny family, friends, and colleagues.

Memorials may be sent to the Eagles Cancer Research or to the Matt Hahn Agriculture Scholarship. Memorials to the Hahn Scholarship should be made out to "Matt Hahn Scholarship" and mailed direct to the Tesmer household at 22097 County 30, Harmony, MN 55939.

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Brittany ShonkaBrittany Shonka

Brittany Shonka is pursuing a PhD in Animal Science focusing on dairy cattle genetics. She is co-advised by Drs. Les Hansen and Brad Heins. The main focus of her research is to compare ProCROSS crossbred cows to purebred Holsteins for feed intake, frame size, body weight, and overall production efficiency during their first two lactations. The study started in September and is expected to finish in 2017.

Brittany grew up on a 40-cow dairy in Northeast Iowa, and was actively involved in the farm from an early age. She loved showing her cattle for 4-H. After high school, she attended Iowa State University (ISU) where she majored in Dairy Science with a minor in Genetics. While at ISU, Brittany was heavily involved in the Dairy Science Club, and was a member of the Dairy Judging Team and the Dairy Challenge Team. After earning her Bachelor's degree, Brittany pursued a Master's in Animal Breeding and Genetics at ISU with Dr. Diane Spurlock. Her project focused on estimating genetic parameters for feed intake during the dry period.

In her spare time, Brittany enjoys reading, sewing, baking, and making trips back to Iowa to spend time with family. She also enjoys exploring the Twin Cities area with her fiancé Caleb.

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♦ Calendar of Events ♦

- May -

6 - SowBridge "Five Things You Wanted to Know About Pen Gestation but Were Afraid to Ask" - Tom Parsons, U of PA. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or

6-8 - Minnesota Dairy Health Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites PSO Airport -Mall of America, Bloomington, MN.

12 - CFANS Spring College Assembly (9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon), 105 Cargill Bldg., U of M St. Paul Campus.

15 - CFANS Commencement (7:00 p.m.), Northrop Auditorium.

20 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), McLeod County Fairgrounds, Commercial Bldg, Hutchinson, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email or call 1-800-537-7675.

- June -

4 - PorkBridge "Effective Procedures for Cleaning Up After PED, PRRS, etc." - Rebecca Robbins, Seaboard Foods Corp. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or

4 - Six Presidents, Four Decades of Leadership, One University (1:30-3:30 p.m.), Northrop Auditorium.

10 - SowBridge "Temperature Management for Sows and Piglets" - Jay Harmon, ISU. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or

10 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Minnesota Pork Board Office, Mankato, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email or call 1-800-537-7675.

10-11 - 4-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA.

17-19 - Midwest Farm Energy Conference, WCROC, Morris, MN. Contact: Michael Reese, 320-589-1711 or

24 - Certification Class: PQA Plus (6:00 p.m.), Saint Olaf College, Valhalla Room, Northfield, MN. Class is free but pre-registration is requested; email or call 1-800-537-7675.

24-25 - Precision Dairy Conference & Expo, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN.

24-25 - Hay & Forage Expo, Hernke's Dairy, Cannon Falls, MN.

- July -

10 - Summer Field Day, WCROC, Morris, MN. Contact: WCROC, 320-589-1711.

12-16 - ADSA/ASAS Joint Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

- August -

11 - Organic Dairy Day (8:00 a.m.), WCROC, Morris, MN. Contact: WCROC, 320-589-1711.

- September -

15-17 - AFIA Liquid Feed Symposium, The Depot Renaissance Hotel, 225 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN. Contact: AFIA, 703-558-3573.

16-17 - 76th Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN.