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Division of Animal Sciences Alumni Newsletter // Fall 2019
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Students are back in class! That brings excitement and energy to campus and the Animal Sciences Center. With expected growth in student numbers, we have added sections of our introductory course, Biology of Animal Production. The lecture for one of the sections is taught in the Trowbridge sales arena, made possible with the recent investments in upgrading that facility. Read More >>

Reflections: Barry Steevens (click to read)
Reflections: Barry Steevens »

Dr. Steevens, professor emeritus, state Extension dairy specialist, (1978-2010) shares memories of animal sciences' Extension work

Feature Stories
Spencer Elected to National Academy of Sciences (click to read)
Spencer Elected to National Academy of Sciences »

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

A Unique Honor (click to read)
A Unique Honor »

Trio of animal sciences researchers honored with inventor award

Student Features
Matching Cattle to Their Best Environments (click to read)
Matching Cattle to Their Best Environments »

Troy Rowan earns podium presentation at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Judging Teams: Fall News

Livestock Judging
The fall semester judging schedule is active for the MU Livestock Judging Team. Team members are Clint Perry, Natalie Ayers, Zachary Ayers, Zachary Trout, Kristina Nadler and Rylee Fitzpatrick. The team is coached by Dr. Bryon Wiegand. The team recently returned from the National Barrow Show Contest in Austin, Minnesota. This was the first contest for fall; Zach Trout was 13th high individual overall. One of the team goals has been to improve each person’s average oral reasons scores. This contest they saw 4 of 5 judgers make marked improvements in reasons scores. The Barrow Show contest is very production-oriented and the Mizzou students showed their industry knowledge well, especially in the keep/cull classes and the truckload classes (both of which are producer-oriented in nature). One of the mantras that this team has adopted is “When I finish on this team I want to be known as a stockman rather than a livestock judger.” This speaks volumes to the maturity of this group. This month the team travels to the Flint Hills contest in Hutchison, Kansas, followed by the American Royal in Kansas City and finally the “big one” where they finish their collegiate livestock judging careers at the North American (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky, in November.

Meats Judging
The MU Meats Judging Team, coached by Teagan Schnurbusch, is also travelling and competing with a flurry of activity. Team members are Sara Gholson, Micaela Ort, Taylor Jones, Rachel Rothlisberger, and Carley McCall. They too, just returned from the National Barrow Show Contest hosted by Hormel Foods. Sara Gholson was 3rd high individual overall and was 1st in the processed pork division. The team is also busy preparing for the American Royal in Kansas City and the International held in Dakota Dunes, Nebraska. The International is basically the World Series of collegiate meats judging. In just a few short weeks, the 2020 meats team will start preparing for their first contest, which is held at the National Western Stock Show during early January in Denver, Colorado. It is always an exciting time when the current team and the new team are working out together, as they can serve as mentors giving incredibly good advice to their fellow future judging alums.

Research Achievements
Aiding Disease Treatment (click to read)
Aiding Disease Treatment »

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

Alumni Corner
Accepting the Challenge (click to read)
Accepting the Challenge »

Dr. Kristy Weber has broken barriers on her way to becoming the first female president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Supporting the State
A Loyal Spirit (click to read)
A Loyal Spirit »

Jon Schreffler has worked at the Thompson Research Center since 1978