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Poultry Science Club Named National Club of the Year

Club places first for third year in a row; also first in scrapbook competition. Matthew Hackenberg was second in Student of the Year contest.

100th Anniversary of Penn State's "Little "I" to be celebrated on April 8

This year's "Little I" will feature special recognition of champion and reserve showmen, show managers, judging teams and others who have contributed to its success.

Poultry Science Professor Receives Penn Ag Industries' 2017 Distinguished Service Award

R. Michael Hulet, Ph.D., is being recognized for his leadership in agriculture, specifically within the poultry industry.

Harpster Named Penn State Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus

Harold W. Harpster, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Animal Science, will be honored during Little I/Dairy Expo Weekend.

Penn State Students Participate in North American Dairy Challenge

Six Animal Science students competed in the Dairy Challenge and the Dairy Challenge Academy in Visalia, CA.

Penn State's Block and Bridle Club Gains National Recognition

Club was first in the nation for Chapter Activities, second for its website and third for its scrapbook; Amy Middleton was named Outstanding Junior.

Egan Receives Penn State's Excellence in Advising Award

Brian A. Egan, instructor of equine science in the Department of Animal Science, was recognized for outstanding advising, mentoring and encouraging students to achieve their best.

Professor does it all: researches, communicates findings, designs products

Jonathan Campbell's expertise makes sausage-making safer - by Jeff Mulhollem, writer/editor, Penn State News

Dr. Joseph B. Hess Named Poultry Science Distinguished Alumnus

Department of Animal Science will honor Hess at a reception and at the Poultry Science Club's annual Spring Awards Banquet on April 28.

Penn State's Annual Quarter Horse Sale April 29

The annual sale will be held at the Snider Ag Arena, and features a demonstration of the horses, tours of Penn State's horse barn and the auction.

CHAPS Provide Equine Education
Penn State Poultry Judging Team Places Second in Nation

Collegiate Poultry judging team excels at national contest in April, placing second overall among ten teams competing.

Research Focuses on Lost Genetic Diversity

Chad Dechow and Wansheng Liu conduct research that may help to reintroduce valuable genetic variance. Article by Amy Duke, Public Relations Specialist, College of Agricultural Sciences.

Heinrichs to be Recognized at ADSA Annual Meeting

Professor of Dairy Science Jud Heinrichs, Ph.D., will be named to the inaugural JDS Club 100 for authoring over 100 articles for the Journal of Dairy Science in his career.

Dr. Ann Swinker Receives National Equine Science Award

Animal Science Professor will be recognized at the ESS Symposium at the University of Minnesota, May 30-June 2.

Cloninger Named Animal Science Advising Coordinator

2007 grad Rachel Cloninger will work with current and prospective students in Department of Animal Science.

Penn State Students Absorb Swiss Agriculture, History and Culture

Fifteen Penn State students visited Switzerland after studying and analyzing the agricultural sector of the country.

Penn State Dairy Science Club Named Outstanding Chapter at ADSA

For the fifth consecutive year, Penn State's Dairy Science Club was recognized for their outstanding activities, participation and publications.

Penn State Students Dominate National ASAS Academic Quadrathlon

Four undergraduates from Penn State's Block & Bridle and Dairy Science Clubs took first place in the national ASAS competition held at the ASAS national meeting.

Chinese Dairy Leader Provides Overview of Growing Industry

Dengpan Bu, Ph.D., discussed the economic benefits of research and interacted with faculty on potential collaborative efforts.

Block and Bridle Saddle & Sirloin Club Inducts First Members

Dr. Harold Harpster and the late Ms. Vivian Baumer were inducted into the newly organized Saddle & Sirloin Club, recognizing their significant contributions.

Goodling Receives Distinguished Service Award

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents at their annual meeting Utah.

Painting of Penn State Stallions Comes Full Circle

Senior Caitlin Walsh donates painting of influential stallions; alumnus Joe Tylka and wife Julianne purchase it and gift it back to the Animal Science Department.

Penn State Wins National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest

Penn State students placed first overall at the contest held as part of World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, and were fifth high in reasons.

Prospective Students Invited to Department of Animal Science Open House

Penn State's Department of Animal Science will host an Open House for high school seniors on October 25 and 26.

Penn State Students Talk Issues with Congressional Leaders

Nine Department of Animal Science students visited Washington, D.C. and discussed current issues in the beef industry with Congressional leaders.

Schurman to be Honored as Penn State's Dairy Science 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Retired Extension Educator will be recognized by the Department of Animal Science on Friday, Oct. 27 at University Park

Animal Science Students Visit Tioga County Producers
Pennsylvania Targeting Excellence Event Raises Over $48,000

Clay shooting event brings together agricultural students and industry leaders to network and raise funds for scholarships

Penn State's Department of Animal Science Welcomes Gino Lorenzoni

Lorenzoni, D.V.M., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Poultry Science and Avian Health; will provide leadership in avian health extension programs.

Penn State Animal Science Students Participate in Dairy Challenge

Six students joined 119 students in innovative, three-day educational competition, working in mixed-university teams.

Penn State Equine Program Receives Gift of Stallion

Becky and Craig Bailey donate Red White N Good, an elite Quarter Horse stallion, to the Department of Animal Science's equine breeding program.

Dairy MOOC Offers Instruction in Four Languages

Developed by a team of Penn State faculty, the on-line Dairy Production and Management Massive Open Online Course expands its impact.

Bickel Named Equine Extension Associate

Bethany Bickel will assist state equine specialists with both adult and youth extension programs.

Poultry Judging Team Places Second in National Contest

Department of Animal Science students excel in Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest held at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas.

Penn State to Hold Second Online Beef Production Sale

"Belles of Christmas" online auction will take place on December 12, highlighting the outstanding beef genetics in the Department of Animal Science's Angus beef program.

Extension Meat Specialist Jonathan Campbell Assists Local Company
Trustee Committee Recommends Architect for Henning Building

Home to Veterinary and Biomedical and Animal Science Departments, the project will offer new lab and office space as well as future departmental growth.

Penn State's Poultry Science Club earns top honor at international exposition

The Club won Scrapbook of the Year, making it 21 times first place in 23 years. The Club was also third in the Club of the Year competition.

Penn State's Block and Bridle Club Recognized Nationally

Club was first in the nation for Chapter Year Book and Club Scrap Book; Amy Middleton was named outstanding senior in the nation.

More accurate estimates of methane emissions from dairy cattle developed

Alex Hristov, Ph.D., professor of dairy nutrition in Penn State's Department of Animal Science, was lead researcher for a study of 5,200 lactating dairy cows with collaborating scientists from 15 countries.

Patterson is 2018 recipient of Faculty Outreach Award

Professor of Poultry Science in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences is recognized for positive influence on individuals and organizations.

Katsigianis Named Penn State Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus

Katsigianis will be honored during the Little I/Dairy Expo Weekend on April 13 and 14 at University Park.

Researchers aim to further enrich eggs, poultry meat with omega-3 fatty acids

Animal Science's Kevin Harvatine, associate professor of nutritional physiology, and Robert Elkin, professor of avian nutritional biochemistry, collaborated on study.

New Penn State-USDA patented technology removes phosphorus from manure

Designed as a mobile system, the three-stage process could have huge impact on water quality challenges.

Penn State Equine Students Visit Cargill Feed Production Facility

Students in the equine nutrition course learned about equine products and career opportunities.

James L. Adams Named Poultry Science Distinguished Alumnus

Adams will be honored on April 27 at a reception at University Park.

Penn State Animal Science Students at North American Dairy Challenge

Four students were part of the Dairy Challenge and two students participated in the Dairy Challenge Academy, which took place in Visalia, CA.

Penn State Poultry Judging Team Places Fifth in Nation

The team placed third in the Market Product Division and were tied for third in Breed Selection Division.

Penn State Equine Research Team Explores the Florida Horse Industry

PSERT members learned more about the Florida equine industry and made presentations at an undergraduate research symposium at the University of Florida.

Hold your quarter horses: Donors create equine legacy at Penn State

Penn State's Equine Science Program recently received "Red, White N Good,” a quarter-horse stallion valued at $130,000, from Craig and Becky Bailey, of Bailey Farm in Ohio.

Smarsh Named Assistant Professor of Equine Science

Smarsh will work with the Extension Equine team and Pennsylvania's equine industry.

John Boney Named Assistant Professor of Poultry Science at Penn State

Boney will work closely with the poultry industry in environmental stewardship and new strategies in nutrient utilization.

Hines Named Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Penn State

Hines will bring applied swine research to Pennsylvania's swine industry.

Campbell Receives Young Scientist Educator Award

Recognized by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) with their ADSA-ASAS Northeast Section award.

Kevin Harvatine Recognized at ADSA Annual Meeting

Harvatine received the prestigious award for his research and educational leadership in identifying critical issues affecting the future of the dairy industry.

Meat Science Graduate Students Excel at National Competition

Had winning entry in fermented summer sausage class and third in specialty class at American Cured Meat Championship (ACMC) competition.

Penn State Extension Educators Recognized at National Meeting

Four Extension Educators received awards at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents meeting in Tennessee.

Department of Animal Science Prospective Student Open House to be held October 19

High school seniors are invited to learn more about the Department of Animal Science and meet faculty and students.

Swiss Students Get Overview of Pennsylvania Agriculture

Twenty students from Switzerland visited Penn State's University Park Campus and operations throughout the Commonwealth.

Rodney Hissong to be Honored as Penn State’s Dairy Science 2018 Distinguished Alumnus

Franklin County dairyman, a 1998 graduate, will be recognized at a ceremony on November 2.

Penn State Animal Science Students Meet with Congressional Leaders

As part of their Advanced Beef Production Class, students traveled to Washington, D.C. and learned more about issues facing the beef industry and how to effectively communicate with elected representatives.

Penn State Poultry Judging Team Places Second at National Collegiate Contest

Team Member Katie Sondericker tied for first place individual overall; team also placed first in Breed Selection and Carcass Quality Division and fourth in Egg Production and Quality Division.

North American Dairy Challenge Honors Larry Muller with Founders Award

Award was presented posthumously at the Dairy Cattle Nutrition Conference held in Pennsylvania.

Raising awareness of beef and dairy industries is goal of Collegiate Cattlewomen

Members become more educated stewards of animal agriculture through community service, public awareness events and fundraisers.

American Lamb Goes to College

Penn State students enjoyed lamb entrees in dining halls.

Penn State scientists among leaders in carbon cycle assessment

Researchers develop first carbon budget for North American coastal waters

Annual, biological rhythms govern milk production in dairy cows
Livestock producers, consumers may be affected by cell-cultured meat regulations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will share oversight of the cellular-based meat industry

Move Forward Smartly with Manure Application

Weather challenges have influenced application; high-risk winter applications require special considerations.

College of Ag Sciences senior gets a 'kick' out of Penn State Horse Barn living
Tara Felix Receives National Recognition

Felix is a recipient of the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit.

Department of Animal Science Faculty Member Named Distinguished Professor

Alexander N. Hristov, Ph.D., P.A.S. recognized for his accomplishments in research, teaching and service.

Garrison Named Penn State Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus

He will be honored during the Little I/Dairy Expo Weekend, April 5 and 6 at University Park.

Little I Livestock Expo offers unparalleled showing experience for students

Little I and Dairy Expo will be held on April 6 at the Snider Ag Arena at University Park.

Penn State Wins Overall at 2019 NESA Competition

Eight teams with students from the Block and Bridle and Dairy Science Club competed and took first, second, third, fifth, seventh and tenth overall.

Penn State Prime: The Meat Lab is a Friday destination for many foodies, even as it trains the next generation of industry leaders

The Penn State Meats Laboratory offers fresh, specialty meat products as well as practical experience to students.

Student workers receive hands-on experience with deer at Penn State center

Penn State's Deer Research Center introduces students to industry regulations and inspections while working in a captive wildlife facility.

John Menges Named Poultry Science Distinguished Alumnus

Menges will be honored by Penn State's Department of Animal Science on April 26 with a reception and at the Poultry Science Club's Spring Awards Banquet.

Penn State Poultry Judging Team Places Third in Nation

The team also placed second in the Breed Selection Division and fifth in the Market Products Division. Karissa Lombardo was high individual in the Breed Selection Division and eighteenth overall.

Penn State Animal Science Students Participate in North American Dairy Challenge

Eight students were part of the Dairy Challenge and the Dairy Challenge Academy, held in Tipton, GA.

Annual Penn State Quarter Horse sale shatters records, draws large crowd

Horse named PSU Summertime Rockn shatters previous record, selling for $19,000

Elkin Honored by Poultry Science Association

Dr. Robert G. Elkin, Professor of Avian Nutritional Biochemistry, has been named a PSA Fellow, the highest recognition bestowed by PSA.

Penn State Students Study Swiss Animal Agriculture Practices

Fourteen students studied animal agriculture in Switzerland through course work and visits within the country.

Penn State Students Excel at ADSA-SAD Annual Meetings

Club members won first place in the Quiz Bowl; the club placed second in the Outstanding Chapter competition.

Ganda Joins Penn State's Animal Science Department

Ganda is Assistant Professor of Food Animal Microbiome; her appointment is 75 percent research and 25 percent teaching.

Penn State Equine Program Acquires Valuable Stallion

Anthony and Christina Curiale, Hidden Lake Farm, Logan Township, NJ, donated Quarter Horse stallion One N Only (Uno) to the Department of Animal Science.

Berkey Creamery partners with Meats Lab to promote Penn State-grown products

An expanded partnership now has the Creamery carrying salami, beef jerky and three flavors of meat snack sticks.

New animal science class offers insight into Irish equine industry

Students with an interest in horses will have an opportunity to learn about the Irish equine industry and travel there during spring break to visit horse farms and facilities.

State Dairy Judging Team Concludes Successful Fall

Team places first in oral reasons in three contests; was first at the All-American Dairy Show, second at the World Dairy Expo and third at Eastern States Exposition.

Henning Building, built in 1967, has been taken down as the first step in new construction project on Ag Hill

William L. Henning Building has been completely razed as a first step in the construction of the new Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building, expected to be completed in late 2021. To view site preparation, click on the webcam link.

Dr. Larry Chase Named as Penn State's Dairy Science 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

Cornell University Professor Emeritus will be honored at a ceremony at University Park on Friday, Nov. 1

Penn State Animal Science Students Visit Nation's Capital

Student met with Congressional leaders and discussed issues affecting agriculture and the beef industry.

Dr. Terry Etherton Recognized by Northeast ASAS/ADSA

Etherton received Distinguished Service Award for his many outstanding contributions to the broad field of animal and dairy science.

Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building Project

The new Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building will replace the 52-year-old Henning Building and co-locate the departments of Animal Science and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. The 105,000 square foot new construction will feature an array of unique spaces and facilities for students, faculty, and staff.

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Penn State Extension helping Pa. meat processors withstand COVID-19 outbreak

When Monica Hepler and her husband decided to take the “Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point for Meat and Poultry Processors” course offered by Penn State Extension a year ago, they had no idea, of course, that a global pandemic was coming.

Equine program celebrates successful online quarter horse sale

Despite having only a few weeks to shift an in-person auction to an online event, the 18th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was a smashing success, organizers said. Twelve horses sold for approximately $94,700, giving this sale the highest average sale price per horse in the program’s history.

Odd but stellar undergrad research project vital to student’s education, future

When Kaylee Kishbaugh arrived at Penn State four years ago, she didn’t even know what prosciutto was, let alone that it could be made from duck. But now, looking back over her undergraduate experience and looking ahead to her career, she realizes the odd meat product was pivotal for her.

College of Agricultural Sciences supports food banks, families in need

With thousands of people out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis — and food banks working tirelessly to feed an ever-growing number of hungry families — Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is doing its part to fill empty shelves and refrigerators.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member among LEAD21 graduates

Burt Staniar, associate professor of equine science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was one of 90 individuals completing the LEAD21 program, a leadership-development initiative affiliated with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Teaching excellence recognized in College of Agricultural Sciences

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized nine faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2019.

Feed supplement for dairy cows cuts their methane emission by about a quarter

The addition of 3-Nitrooxypropanol to the feed of dairy cows reduced their enteric methane emissions by about 25% in a recently published study — one in a series of Penn State studies of the investigational substance in the United States — which might be an early step toward it being approved for use in this country.

Penn State receives student recruiting grant to spur interest in poultry studies

The Department of Animal Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences received a $10,000 student recruiting grant from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation. The grant, made possible in part by Perdue Farms Inc., will be used to support youth programs in poultry and help recruit students interested in the poultry industry.

Penn State faculty member recognized by dairy and animal science groups

Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award at the recent annual meeting of the Northeast Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the Northeast Branch of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) in Hershey.

Animal science class will explore animal industries in Belgium, the Netherlands

For students interested in embedded courses through Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the spring 2020 semester will include a new animal science class that features a trip to Belgium and the Netherlands.

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences honors outstanding alumni

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored five of its graduates with 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards, which will be presented during a banquet Oct. 22 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, recognize the alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.

Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building project advances

The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (Sept. 12) recommended approval of the final plans and authorization to expend funds for the Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building at the University Park campus at a cost of $98.5 million. The project will be presented to the full board for a vote on Friday, Sept. 13.

Berkey Creamery partners with Meats Lab to promote Penn State-grown products

Penn State tailgaters and students alike have new products to enjoy thanks to a partnership between Berkey Creamery and the Penn State Meats Laboratory. The Creamery now carries five flavors of salami, five flavors of beef jerky and three flavors of meat snack sticks, all made at the Meats Lab.

New animal science class offers insight into Irish equine industry

Students who have always dreamed of traveling to the Emerald Isle and have an interest in horses, now may have the chance through an embedded course, Animal Science ANSC 499. “Ireland’s Equine Industry: A Global Perspective into the Horse World” will be offered for the first time in the spring 2020 semester.

A goal realized: Couple creates scholarship in poultry and animal science

The George A. and Tina K. Georges Scholarship, which benefits students minoring in poultry and avian science or in animal science, has been created in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programs

Skin tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists.

Penn State professor named Poultry Science Association Fellow

Robert Elkin, professor of avian nutritional biochemistry in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as a Poultry Science Association Fellow, the highest recognition the association bestows upon a member.

Seaweed feed additive cuts livestock methane but poses questions

Supplementing cattle feed with seaweed could result in a significant reduction in methane belched by livestock, according to Penn State researchers, but they caution that the practice may not be a realistic strategy to battle climate change.

Annual Penn State Quarter Horse sale shatters records, draws large crowd

The 17th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was the most successful in the equine program’s history, bringing in just over $100,000, according to organizers.

Songbird-body changes that allow migration may have human health implications

Songbirds that pack on as much as 50 percent of their body weight before migrating and that sleep very little, exhibit altered immune system and tissue-repair function during the journey, which may hold implications for human health, according to Penn State researchers.

No time for horsing around: Students prep for annual quarter horse sale

The 17th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place Saturday, April 27, at the Snider Agricultural Arena at University Park.

Student workers receive hands-on experience with deer at Penn State center

Penn State’s Deer Research Center, commonly referred to as “the deer pens,” has been an endearing part of many students’ college experiences since the 1970s, providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity for hands-on learning about one of the state’s most recognizable mammals.

Penn State Livestock Judging Team learns the value of evaluation

As members of the Penn State Livestock Judging Team, several students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been putting their knowledge of animal form and function to the test this semester at national competitions.

Little I Livestock Expo offers unparalleled showing experience for students

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members are gearing up for one of their favorite events, the 102nd Little International Livestock Exposition — also known as Little I — a yearly event that gives students hands-on experience showing beef and dairy cattle, swine, horses and sheep from the University’s on-campus farms.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member named distinguished professor

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named Alexander Hristov, professor of dairy nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as a distinguished professor. Hristov is an internationally recognized scholar in livestock greenhouse gas mitigation and production and in amino acid nutrition of dairy cows.

Anaerobic digester will enhance nutrient management at Penn State farms

An anaerobic digester being constructed as part of the Department of Animal Science’s renovation project at its farms is a part of its total nutrient management program that will also support Penn State’s sustainability goals.

College of Ag Sciences senior gets a 'kick' out of Penn State Horse Barn living

When Paulina Oleinik, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, started her college career at the University's Altoona campus, she had no idea that one day she would call a horse barn her home.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty members honored for teaching excellence

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized six faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2018.

Annual, biological rhythms govern milk production in dairy cows

The amount and composition of milk produced by dairy cows appears to be more regulated by internal, annual biological rhythms than by environmental factors such as heat and humidity, according to Penn State researchers who studied more than a decade of production records from herds across the country.

Livestock producers, consumers may be affected by cell-cultured meat regulations

According to a team of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences livestock experts and food scientists focused on cellular agriculture, the progress of this technology requires thorough evaluation and discussion to address the multitude of questions surrounding it.

Raising awareness of beef and dairy industries is goal of Collegiate Cattlewomen

The Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen club is dedicated to raising public awareness about the beef and dairy industries while helping its members become more educated stewards of animal agriculture through community service, public awareness events and fundraisers.

Giddy up: Newly formed equine alumni group looks forward to continued growth

The Equine Alumni Affiliate Program Group is one of the newest official affiliates of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society.

College of Agricultural Sciences selected as host site for Mandela Fellows

Boubou Sangho and Gladys Freeman, recipients of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, spent six weeks of professional development at Penn State's University Park campus in August and September.

Penn State professor lends expertise to revise national poultry publication

Robert Elkin, professor of avian nutritional biochemistry in the Department of Animal Science, recently was appointed as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee that will prepare the 10th revised edition of the Nutrient Requirements of Poultry publication.

College of Agricultural Sciences students awarded NIFA fellowships

Eight graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are among the 101 recipients of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

College of Agricultural Sciences celebrates outstanding students for 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently recognized recipients of the Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Student Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Holsteins born at Penn State to improve genetic diversity are 'udderly' amazing

The six bundles of Holstein joy born at the Penn State Dairy Barns in April of last year — the outcome of a research project to improve genetic diversity in the breed — have garnered a fan following.

Katsigianis named Penn State Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus

Ted Katsigianis, vice president of agricultural sciences for the Biltmore Co. in Asheville, North Carolina, will be honored as the 2018 Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State's Department of Animal Science.

Greater omega-3 fatty-acid enrichment of eggs, poultry meat is goal of research

Research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences aims to fortify foods people frequently eat — eggs and chicken — with heart-healthy, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

More accurate estimates of methane emissions from dairy cattle developed

Leading the worldwide effort to get a better handle on methane emissions from animals, an international consortium of researchers devised more accurate models to estimate the amount of the potent greenhouse gas produced by dairy cattle.

No such thing as 'uncured' corned beef, Penn State meat expert says

Millions of Americans will celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday this month with a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage — but most won't pause to consider what makes the meat so distinctive or how it ended up being a tradition.

16th annual quarter horse sale: A tradition of excellence

The 16th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place Saturday, April 28, at the Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park.

Penn State Extension expert sees beef quality continuing to improve

Following 25 years of measurement, management and continued improvement, the quality of beef is high, but there is still an opportunity to make it better, according to a beef cattle specialist with Penn State Extension.

Penn State's Poultry Science Club earns top honor at exposition

The Poultry Science Club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences won Scrapbook of the Year at the recent International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pre-Vet Club helps students explore veterinary medicine

The Penn State Pre-Vet Club is a preprofessional club that helps students interested in veterinary medicine get involved in various aspects of the field.

Ag education student gains hands-on experience in the classroom

Rose Cowan, right, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is getting a head start on her teaching career as a student teacher in the Penn Manor School District in Millersville.

Uncertainty surrounds U.S. livestock methane emission estimates

A new study of methane emissions from livestock in the United States — led by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — has challenged previous top-down estimates.

Say cheese, Penn State! Cheese Club evolves, looks forward to continued growth

The Cheese Club was founded in 2013 by animal science students with an interest in dairy science. Since then, involvement fairs and word-of-mouth advertising have helped club members reach students from across the University who share their love of cheese.

Warming unlikely to have major impact on animal agriculture in Northeast

Climate change will not significantly impair animal agriculture in the Northeast region of the United States, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who point out there are many variables in the future scenario they envision.

CHAPS open house offers rare view of Penn State’s equine science programs

Sept. 30 will mark the fifth annual Penn State Horse Barn Open House, hosted by the Collegiate Horseman’s Association at Penn State (CHAPS) and the Penn State Equine Research Team at the equine science facilities' “Old Barn,” directly across from Beaver Stadium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in connection with the third annual Celebrate Agriculture Day at Beaver Stadium, an event designed for Penn Staters to honor the agricultural roots and history of the University.

Demonstrations, clinics highlight Equine Experience at Ag Progress Days

Ag Progress Days Equine Experience will offer a variety of activities for horse enthusiasts.

Penn State researchers receive grant to develop new contraception technology

Francisco Diaz, associate professor of reproductive biology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Pak Kin Wong, professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, have received a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program — an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — to develop a novel approach to contraception.

Recovering lost genetic diversity in Holsteins is focus of professors' research

Holstein calves recently born at Penn State may help to reintroduce valuable genetic variance thanks to research conducted by Chad Dechow and Wansheng Liu, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Professor does it all: researches, communicates findings, designs products

There is a popular saying that contends, "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." But Jonathan Campbell, assistant professor of animal science at Penn State, doesn't buy it.

Animal science major prepares for 100th Little International

The Little International Livestock Exposition, commonly dubbed “Little I,” has been a staple of the Penn State agricultural community for many decades. And this year, senior animal science major Kasie Kerr is running the show.

100th annual Little International Livestock Expo slated for April 8

For 100 years, students at Penn State have gained experience in handling large animals through showing at the College of Agricultural Sciences' Little International Livestock Exposition, better known as the "Little I." This year's 100th anniversary event, hosted by Penn State's Block and Bridle Club, will begin at 8 a.m. April 8 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at Penn State's University Park campus.

Poultry science professor receives PennAg's Distinguished Service Award

R. Michael Hulet, associate professor of poultry science and extension poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from PennAg Industries Association at the group's annual dinner March 21. In its recognition, PennAg Industries called Hulet a true friend of agriculture, honoring him for his strong leadership throughout his career.

Avian flu threat re-emerges as new outbreaks are reported in U.S. flocks

Poultry and animal disease experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are urging commercial poultry producers and small-flock owners in Pennsylvania to ramp up their vigilance and biosecurity in the wake of recent outbreaks of avian influenza in several states.

Penn State agricultural sciences students excel at National Forage Bowl

Representatives from the Penn State Agronomy Club, a student organization in the College of Agricultural Sciences, took first place at the National Forage Bowl competition at the American Forage and Grassland Conference, held Jan. 23-24 in Roanoke, Virginia. The competition requires students to identify forage and weed species and answer questions about many aspects of forages, from seeds to animal health, in a format similar to the popular game show "Jeopardy!"

Dairy of Distinction applications due April 15

Pennsylvania dairy producers are invited to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award from the Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction program. The award is based on the concept that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of milk and stimulate milk sales and public support for the industry.

Graduate Student Spotlights: Cesar Matamoros

Cesar Matamoros is a PhD student in the Huck Institutes' Integrative and Biomedical Physiology program. Learn why he's excited to do his research at Penn State.

Holstein steers given hormone implants grow as well as beef steers

Penn State researchers offer study results as good news for dairy farmers struggling to keep their operations financially viable.

Joy Pate, Ph.D., Honored by Society for the Study of Reproduction

Pate, Professor of Reproductive Physiology in the Department of Animal Science, will receive the Society's 2020 Trainee Mentoring Award at its annual meeting.

Feed supplement for dairy cows cuts their methane emission by about a quarter

A recently published study by Department of Animal Science researcher Dr. Alex Hristov shows promise in reducing methane production in cows.

Penn State Quarter Horse Sale Goes Online

Penn State's annual quarter horse sale will take place online, with bidding open from April 27, 2020 to May 2, 2020.

Equine Science Program's Legacy of Hands-On Learning Continues...Online

Penn State's Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale has been transitioned to an online auction.

With much of the world halted by the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State's farms carry on
College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member among LEAD21 graduates

Department of Animal Science's Burt Staniar completed the LEAD21 program, a leadership-development initiative.

Penn State Extension Highlighted on Food Safety Video

A newly created video highlights Penn State Extension's Industrial Food Safety and Quality Team and its important contribution to Pennsylvania's meat processing industry.

Pa. dairy industry has future, despite shrinkage, damage from COVID-19 outbreak
Poultry Science Club Elects Officers for 2020--2021

Elections and recognition of outstanding members took place virtually as a result of Covid-19, with students having returned to their homes.

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, state temporarily OKs farms applying milk to fields

Robert Meinen, senior extension associate in the college, explains that the guidance recognizes that dairy producers are facing a very difficult situation - markets for their milk have dried up and their cows keep making milk.

College of Agricultural Sciences supports food banks, families in need

Penn State Meats Laboratory, the Penn State Poultry Education and Research Center and the Penn State Berkey Creamery have donated food products to food banks throughout the region.

A New Twist on an Old Tradition: Program Celebrates Successful Online Quarter Horse Sale

The 18th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale brought the highest average sale price per horse in its history.

Penn State Extension helping Pa. meat processors withstand COVID-19 outbreak

Operations large and small benefit from trusted, experienced educators they work with regularly

Fawning over the Fawns

It is fawning season at Penn State's Deer Research Center. Part of the University's Department of Animal Sciences, the Deer Research Center provides unique research and educational opportunities for students and faculty.

'Win-win' collaborative event aims to support struggling dairy farms, help Centre County residents

The State College Food Bank, Vale Wood Farms, the State College Downtown Rotary, Penn State Extension and the Centre County Farm Bureau came together on Tuesday to distribute half gallons of milk to the community.

Penn State Dairy Science Club Excels at ADSA Virtual Meetings

Club tied for first in annual report of activities; the Dairyman yearbook placed first; Shoshana Brody was named Outstanding Student Member.

ADSA Recognizes Dechow, Brody, and Melgar Moreno with National Awards

Three from Department of Animal Science given highest honors at virtual annual meeting.

Correct dosage of methane-inhibiting additive in dairy cow feed shown in study

Alex Hristov, distinguished professor of dairy nutrition in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, worked with an international team of researchers to study a methane-inhibiting supplement in dairy cattle feed.

Animal Science Students Place First in National Quadrathlon

Four Penn State students competed in the Academic Quadrathlon held virtually as part of the American Society of Animal Science annual meeting and trade show.

Penn State Meat Market Will Re-Open in August

The Meat Market will re-open the week of August 24 after receiving approval from the University for the safety plan for customers and employees.

Etherton Receives PCA's 2020 Industry Service Award

Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Association recognized Dr. Etherton for his support and leadership.

Poultry Science Faculty Selected as Part of $10 Million Project

Department of Animal Science's Dr. Gregory Martin and John Boney will be part of the research team working to create a sustainable broiler production system by improving bird and human health.

New Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building Now 50% Complete

A "topping out" ceremony was held to mark the halfway point of construction. The new building, replacing the Henning Building, is expected to be complete in late 2021.

Dairy cows exposed to heavy metals worsen antibiotic-resistant pathogen crisis

Dairy cows, exposed to drinking water contaminated with heavy metals for a few years, carry more pathogens loaded with antimicrobial-resistance genes able to tolerate and survive various antibiotics. That’s the finding of a team of researchers that conducted a study of two dairy herds in Brazil four years after a dam holding mining waste ruptured, and it spotlights a threat to human health, the researchers contend.

Adele Turzillo to lead Penn State Department of Animal Science

Adele Turzillo, most recently the vice president for animal agriculture systems at the World Wildlife Fund, has been named head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Nov. 2.

Preorders required for this year's Poultry Science Club turkey sale

Each November, members of the Penn State Poultry Science Club flock together to harvest turkeys for Thanksgiving. The birds are raised and cared for by students at the Poultry Education and Research Center beginning in July. The students sell the turkeys to the community on the Monday before Thanksgiving.

New Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building now 50 percent complete

Leaders from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Office of Physical Plant, HOK architectural firm, and Turner Construction Co. on Sept. 11 held a "topping out" ceremony to mark the halfway point of construction of the Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building on the University Park campus.

Penn State Extension teaching biosecurity best practices to young producers

With foreign animal diseases such as strep zoo, vesicular stomatitis and African swine fever threatening livestock producers, Penn State Extension and the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence are teaching biosecurity best-management practices to youth.

Penn State Extension milk giveaways help local dairy farmers, families

Lisa Holden, associate professor of dairy science and Penn State Extension dairy team member, was one of the people who spearheaded a free milk giveaway, or milk drop, at the Nittany Mall on May 26.

Etherton receives beef cattle organization's Industry Service Award

Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2020 Industry Service Award from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association at its recent annual meeting.

Animal science students place first in National Quadrathlon

Animal science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took first place in the American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon, held online in July as part of the American Society of Animal Science virtual annual meeting and trade show.

Correct dosage of methane-inhibiting additive in dairy cow feed shown in study

The optimum amount of a methane-inhibiting supplement in dairy cattle feed has been determined by an international team of researchers, indicating that widespread use of the compound could be an affordable climate change-battling strategy, if farmers embrace it.

Animal science embedded course gets creative with virtual experience

Although the travel portion of their study abroad class was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, animal science students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences still experienced a “virtual” Ireland while learning about the equine industry in Pennsylvania.

College of Agricultural Sciences alum reflects on lessons learned at Penn State

Nelson Gaydos, an outreach specialist with the American Association of Meat Processors, credits his education and experiences at Penn State for helping him to meet the challenges of the food industry.

Pulsed ultraviolet light technology to improve egg safety, help poultry industry

Pulsed ultraviolet light can be an effective alternative to some of the antimicrobial technologies now used by the poultry industry to kill pathogens on eggshells, according to Penn State researchers, who simulated production conditions to test the technology.

College of Ag Sciences sophomore selected for Presidential Leadership Academy

Agricultural sciences and leadership are top priorities for Penn State sophomore Mikara Anderson. As the 2019 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen, 2020 FFA state president and active member of the Penn State Dairy Science Club, Anderson continues to build her resume and network as part of the exclusive Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State.

Graduate Student Receives National Recognition

Alyssa Lyons received a "Certificate of Excellence" for her research findings presented at the International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF)

Passion for poultry leads to excellent outcomes for animal science senior

Participation in 4-H and a part-time job in the poultry industry hatched a promising future for Lindsey Bright, leading her to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Penn State Poultry Education and Research Center.

Animal Science Students Receive Top Honors at 2021 Graduate Exhibition
Smarsh receives Young Scientist Educator Award from Society of Animal Science

Danielle Smarsh, assistant professor of equine science and equine extension specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will be honored by the American Society of Animal Science for applied educational efforts in equine exercise physiology.

Researchers to seek novel strategies to boost, expand turkey breeding

A Penn State research team has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop novel strategies to overcome the constraints that the seasonal cycle imposes on reproductive output of turkey hens.

Terry Etherton to retire with legacy of groundbreaking research, leadership

As he retires from Penn State at the end of June, Terry Etherton, distinguished professor of animal nutrition, is known in animal science circles around the world as a pioneer for his research. But in the College of Agricultural Sciences, he also is recognized as a leader whose steady hand guided the Department of Animal Science for more than 22 years.

PSU Dairy Science Club Excels at ADSA Virtual Meetings

The Penn State Dairy Science Club was well represented at the 2021 American Dairy Science Association—Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD) meetings held virtually from July 11-13.

Heinrichs Receives National Recognition

Jud Heinrichs, Ph.D., Professor of Dairy Science at Penn State, has been awarded the 2021 Service to American/World Agriculture Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) at its annual meeting held virtually from Philadelphia, PA, July 6-9.

Penn State Animal Science Professor Recognized by ADSA

Alexander N. Hristov, Ph.D., P.A.S., distinguished professor of dairy nutrition in Penn State’s Department of Animal Science, has been recognized as the 2021 recipient of the American Feed Industry Association Award, presented during the virtual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association.

Retired avian biology professor is named fellow of Poultry Science Association

Alan Johnson, former Walther H. Ott Professor in Avian Biology in Penn State’s Department of Animal Science, has been named a fellow of the Poultry Science Association.

Penn State Scientist to Head Society for the Study of Reproduction

Troy L. Ott, Ph.D. Professor of Reproductive Physiology in Penn State’s Department of Animal Science, and Associate Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, will become president of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) at their August business meeting.

Penn State Extension has been preparing pork producers for AFS for several years

The late-July disclosure that African swine fever was discovered in Dominican Republic pigs — the first time the disease has been found in the Western Hemisphere in 40 years — rocked the pork-production industry, but Penn State Extension has been preparing for the disease’s arrival for nearly three years.

Penn State Butcher School seeks applicants for 2nd session, starting in January

The Penn State Butcher School, offered by Penn State Extension, is now seeking applications for its second session, starting in January 2022.

Meaty mission: Animal science facility at Penn State aids teaching, outreach

Penn State’s meat processing laboratory and retail operation in the College of Agricultural Sciences supports comprehensive research and teaching on all aspects of meat science.

Penn State Students Reserve National Champions at ASAS Academic Quadrathlon

A team of undergraduates from Penn State University’s Block and Bridle and Dairy Science Clubs was named Reserve National Champions in the American Society of Animal Science’s (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon competition, held July 17-18 as part of the 2021 ASAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Louisville, KY.