Department Highlights

Riley Silvis, 2019 National Petite Miss Agriculture, helps to hand out half gallons of milk Tuesday during a distribution event outside of the Nittany Mall. Photo by Abby Drey
May 27, 2020

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.

This 4-day old fawn was one of six born over the past weekend at the Penn State Deer Research Center. The annual fawning season is normally the last two weeks of May with the peak-time for births being around Memorial Day.
May 27, 2020

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.

photo by Chris-McKee, Creative Commons/
May 22, 2020

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

The high selling animal at the online auction PSU Nite To Be Ceen, by PSU He Rox The Nite out of Cee Jackie Step.
May 10, 2020

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

Paula Morgan, administrative support coordinator for the Department of Animal Science, left, recently delivered a case of eggs to Robin Knepp of the Central Pennsylvania Community Action Food Bank in Philipsburg. Image: Amy Duke
May 8, 2020

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.

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. IMAGE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
April 24, 2020

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.

From left:  Ethan Metzler, Lindsey Bright, Samantha Shirk and Luke Trimble.
April 24, 2020

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

April 17, 2020

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.

Burt Staniar, center, displays his LEAD21 certificate, flanked by LEAD21 program chair Mike O'Neill, from the University of Connecticut, left, and LEAD21 board chair Brian Kowalkowski, from the College of Menominee Nation. Image courtesy of LEAD21
April 14, 2020

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

March 28, 2020

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

March 25, 2020

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

Cows in the study at the Penn State dairy barns, to eat a sweet treat, put their heads in devices that measure methane they belch. The average dairy cow burps about 380 pounds of the potent greenhouse gas a year.
March 2, 2020

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

February 21, 2020

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

A Holstein steer gets a hormone implant in its ear.
February 21, 2020

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

November 18, 2019

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.

November 10, 2019

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

October 31, 2019

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

October 17, 2019

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.