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CAFNR Faculty Part of Approximately $11 Million in Funds from UM System, Mizzou Following Strategic Research Investment

The University of Missouri System has announced $20.5 million in awards for its first round of research funding to address grand challenges, foster system-wide collaboration and enhance faculty research through new equipment. This is part of the System’s plan to strategically invest $50 million in research and creative works over the next five years, announced last fall. Researchers from CAFNR…

Animal Sciences Students, Postdocs Receive Awards at National Meeting

The following Animal Sciences students and postdocs received awards at the 2019 Society for the Study of Reproduction annual meeting held July 18-21 in San Jose, California: Karl Kerns and Grace Wiley were awarded SSR Trainee Travel Awards. Karl is a recent PhD graduate and is working as a postdoc under Peter Sutovsky. Grace is an undergraduate research assistant, also…

Aiding Disease Treatment

CAFNR researchers receive $8.6 million federal grant for new biomedical research center

The University of Missouri recently announced that researchers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have received an $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new national research center. The Swine Somatic Cell Genome Editing Center will focus on aiding the development of biomedical treatments for human diseases such as cystic fibrosis. The center will…

A Combination of Research

Amanda Patterson’s research focuses on understanding how the uterus is repaired after pregnancy, in both animals and women

Last year, Amanda Patterson was looking for a place where she could combine her reproductive research interests in animals and her stem cell research interests in women. She found the perfect opportunity at the University of Missouri. Patterson joined the Division of Animal Sciences in November 2018 as an assistant professor. She also has a joint appointment in Obstetrics, Gynecology…

Matching Cattle to Their Best Environments

Troy Rowan earns podium presentation at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

In 2015, Jared Decker received a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture with the goal of creating genetic and genomic predictions that would allow producers, farmers and ranchers to identify the cattle that are going to perform the best in their specific environment. Troy Rowan arrived at the University of Missouri in 2016 – and has…

Spencer Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences is 10th MU faculty member elected to prestigious academy

Thomas Spencer, a Curators Distinguished Professor in the Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors a U.S. scientist can receive. The National…

A Passion for Animals

Nichole Anderson joins Division of Animal Sciences faculty

Nichole Anderson’s love for animals, specifically horses, took her to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to study equine science. Her goal was to eventually become a professional horse trainer. Anderson grew up riding horses and joined the equestrian team at NDSU right away. She rode for the team for a year. “After a year of riding I really didn’t win…

Defining the Objective

Division of Animal Sciences bringing cattle breeding plans to Agricultural Research Centers

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! You can view the magazine online by clicking here: Road to Discovery.  For years, the Thompson Research Center, near Spickard, Mo., has been home to a very defined breeding plan…

Reflections: Billy Day

Dr. Day, professor emeritus, shares Animal Sciences Research Center history

Responding to the need to advance animal research, Dean Elmer Kiehl, in 1961, appointed a committee to plan a new research facility. Professor Bill Pfander chaired the committee with members Boyd O’Dell, Harold Johnson, George Garner, Billy Day, Milt Shanklein and Jim Savage. Professor Pfander provided strong leadership to the committee and was instrumental in securing $300,000 in funding from…

A New Mission

Patrick Montgomery's passion for animals, entrepreneurship and helping veterans led to the creation of the KC Cattle Company

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, began just like any other day for sixth grader Patrick Montgomery. When the day ended, Montgomery had a new purpose and focus. Montgomery watched terrorists attack the twin towers that morning and spoke to his father that night. He said that if the United States went to war, and if the war was still going on…