Accomplishments

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% 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.

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.

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.

Etherton Receives PCA's 2020 Industry Service Award

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.