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Building Missouri’s Economic Impact

Thompson's feedlot allows specialists the opportunity to feed and keep cattle in the state

Beef cattle research was introduced at the Thompson Research Center, located in Spickard, Mo., in 1963, and since that time the site has served as an important research location that emphasizes premium cattle genetics. Thompson, part of the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Experiment Station, is continuing to build on that prestigious…

Supporting Future Scientists

Two postdoctoral fellows in the Division of Animal Sciences have received Lalor Foundation fellowships in the past three years

Since 1960, the Lalor Foundation has supported promising new researchers through its postdoctoral fellowship program. The foundation has put the focus of its assistance and funding on research in mammalian reproductive biology, and rewarded researchers who are establishing scientific and teaching careers with postdoctoral grants. During the past three years, two postdoctoral fellows within the University of Missouri (MU) College…

A Humbling Opportunity

Bryon Wiegand named director of the Division of Animal Sciences

As an alum of the University of Missouri, Bryon Wiegand has worked at his alma mater since 2007, in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences. Wiegand first joined Mizzou as an associate professor and has served as a professor in the division since 2015, with assignments in teaching, research and Extension. He was…

Enhancing Animal Reproduction

Division of Animal Sciences receives more than $1 million in USDA NIFA funding

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded nearly $11 million in funding for grants related to enhancing animal reproduction, and improving the welfare and well-being of agriculture animals. Researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences earned three of the 15 grants…

A Commitment to Social Responsibility and Public Service

Animal science course allows students to gain service learning experience

For the past five years, Rocío Melissa Rivera has helped students find ways to make a positive impact in the Columbia community through service learning. Rivera, an associate professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, teaches Animal Science 2140: Companion Animals, a course dedicated to teaching students about companion animals such as cats, dogs and horses. The course is one…

Reflections: Mike Smith

Dr. Smith reflects on 40 years in Animal Sciences

It has been my privilege to serve on the faculty of the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri for 40 years. In particular, I owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Bill Day, who I met as a PhD student at Texas A&M University. He was a member of a review team that evaluated the reproductive physiology…

Serving the Animal Industry

David Patterson named American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow

For nearly 25 years, David Patterson has helped Missouri cattlemen get the most out of their beef cattle operations. Patterson piloted the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program early in his University of Missouri career. The program has now enrolled more than 150,000 heifers on more than 900 farms – and contributes more than $3.5 million annually to the Missouri economy. Patterson,…

A Full Farm View

Nichole Anderson recently received a grant to develop virtual reality farm modules

When Nichole Anderson joined the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences in the fall of 2018, she was focused on bringing more technology into the classroom. With the help of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant, Anderson is taking a big step…

Division of Animal Sciences Receive 2020 Research Equipment Grant

A trio of researchers will purchase one GreenFeed Pasture System with the grant

A trio of researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences recently received a 2020 Research Equipment Grant from C-Lock Inc. to purchase one GreenFeed Pasture System, which measures the amount of methane, carbon dioxide, oxygen, hydrogen and hydrogen sulfide gases released by cattle. Jared Decker, associate professor and state…

Showcasing a Competitive Spirit

Mizzou Academic Quadrathlon team finishes tied for first at national competition

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the national Animal Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon to a virtual competition. That didn’t slow down the Mizzou Academic Quadrathlon team. After winning their regional competition, MU finished tied for first at the national competition, which was held in July. The team finished second overall after tiebreakers were taken into consideration. They finished first…