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Taking the Reins

Bill Lamberson named director of Division of Animal Sciences

Bill Lamberson, professor and interim director of the Division of Animal Sciences, has been named the permanent head of the division by Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Lamberson’s appointment is effective Nov. 1, 2017. Lamberson has been at the University of Missouri since 1984 – he joined as an…

Tiger in the Wild

CAFNR alum takes top job at New York zoo

In Norah Fletchall’s opinion, Truman the Tiger is the “greatest mascot in the world.“ And that’s not just because she’s a proud alumnae of the University of Missouri – it’s also because she has worked in large cat conservation for many years, as part of her career as, first, a zookeeper at the St. Louis Zoo, and now as President…

CAFNR’s Finest

Two CAFNR students are among the first class of MU Stamps Scholars

Olutoyin Jackson and Caitlin Kelleher of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were selected as part of the first class of Stamps Scholars on the MU campus. The University of Missouri is one of 42 schools that partner with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation for the program. Each year, four admitted Honors College students are…

Entrepreneurial Internship

California, Mo., native participates in entrepreneurial program at MU

As a senior at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Libby Martin is already looking to help solve problems in the production agriculture industry through the development of veterinary medical technology specific to cattle production. Martin is working to solve the problem of calving ease and efficiency in an effort to make calving season easier for producers and yield lower mortality…

Providing Leadership Development Opportunities

MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returns for second year

The University of Missouri Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returned in 2017 with a focus on teaching high school students more about the livestock industry. The four-day academy allowed an opportunity for networking with industry leaders. The goal of the program is to provide leadership development opportunities for youth in agriculture. The academy is a partnership between MU Extension, the…

That Family Feel

Britton Francis will lead the MU livestock judging team

Britton Francis was born and raised with black and gold in his blood. With a grandfather who was a professor of atmospheric sciences, parents who earned degrees from the University of Missouri and a brother currently earning a degree in plant sciences, the Francis family, who hail from Paris, Mo., has a Mizzou pedigree. Although Britton didn’t receive his bachelor’s…

MU Grazing School Key to Edgewood Dairy and Creamery

June is Dairy Month

Twenty years ago, Charles Fletcher of Edgewood Dairy and Creamery attended a University of Missouri Extension grazing school. It would change the future of the family dairy operation. Fletcher’s father started the dairy farm in 1966. His father milked cows by hand 365 days a year, morning and night. In 1993, the Fletcher family formed a partnership that included poultry…

A Global Affair

MU to host 10th International Conference on Pig Reproduction June 11-14

The top experts of the in the field of pig reproductive physiology will gather on the University of Missouri campus from June 11-14 for the 10th installment of the International Conference on Pig Reproduction (ICPR). “This meeting really brings the research, extension and industry components all together so you can see the spectrum,” Randy Prather said. “You can see what’s…

Biology and Beer

CAFNR researcher leads weekly conversations of evolutionary genetics in informal setting

On early Thursday evenings at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia, one can always listen to a wide variety of rock songs while sipping his or her favorite beer – but it’s the conversations generated that are sweetest song to Tim Beissinger at the weekly sessions known as “Detox.” An adjunct professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and…

Updating a Classic

CAFNR doctoral student works to provide animal breeding educators, students with modern version of 'cowgame simulator'

Growing up in southwestern Indiana, one of Maria Haag’s favorite pastimes was showing small animals like pigs, goats and rabbits – not cattle – at national events. These days, though, Haag is on the forefront of developing a modern version of what has been known for decades as a “cowgame simulator” to help students in animal breeding classes – both at…