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Senior Spotlight: Paige Williams

Williams will graduate with a degree in animal sciences

The Biology of Animal Production course at the University of Missouri introduces students to a variety of livestock production systems, as well as numerous production animals. It is a course that completely changed Paige Williams’ collegiate journey. An interest in equine brought Williams to MU, as she grew up riding horses and participating in multiple rodeos across Missouri. She raised…

Growing Together

Anna Hartke and Mark Wendell have grown professionally and personally while pursuing degrees at MU

While the Swine Club at the University of Missouri was valuable professionally for both Anna Hartke and Mark Wendell, it also proved to be special on a personal level. Hartke and Wendell grew up in different parts of Illinois and both arrived at Mizzou as animal sciences majors in 2016. They had a couple of courses together during their freshmen…

Honoring Decades of Tradition

Ryan Chapski, who plays trombone, is in his second year as a member of Marching Mizzou

Founded in 1885, Marching Mizzou is the marching band for the University of Missouri. With 350 members, the band features students from nearly every major at Mizzou – including numerous students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. For the first time in the band’s history, Marching Mizzou will participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Support Marching Mizzou…

A Welcoming Environment

Sarah Keely, who plays mellophone, is in her second year as a member of Marching Mizzou

Founded in 1885, Marching Mizzou is the marching band for the University of Missouri. With 350 members, the band features students from nearly every major at Mizzou – including numerous students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. For the first time in the band’s history, Marching Mizzou will participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Support Marching…

Precision Agriculture Using Genome Editing for Improving Agricultural Traits

Bhanu Telugu seeks solution for milk allergies through investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Associate Professor of Animal Sciences Bhanu Telugu hopes his work will ultimately help improve milk yield in livestock, and feed babies with milk allergies and set global precedents for the regulation of genetically engineering animal products for consumption by humans. Telugu recently received a $2.34 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support his research. “We hope…

A Genetic Pioneer

Jerry Litton's dedication to data advanced the Charolais breed on a national stage

In a small town in northwest Missouri, a small farmhouse without electricity and running water stood against the rural landscape that was the Litton Charolais Ranch. This was the childhood home of Jerry L. Litton, the successful cattle rancher and United States Congressman – and the namesake of the Animal Sciences Research Center, known to few as Litton Hall. Litton…

Meeting Her Goals

Verónica Negrón-Pérez's educational journey has brought her back to Puerto Rico for an important research role

After finishing her undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Verónica Negrón-Pérez was excited to continue to her educational journey. Negrón-Pérez set a very specific goal for herself – she would spend the next 10 years gaining important research and hands-on learning experiences through the pursuit of advanced degrees. After those 10 years were up, she…

An Innovative Study Abroad Program

Nix Cannady is working toward their veterinary medicine degree through the FEEPASS Programme at the University of Glasgow

Through an innovative study abroad program, University of Missouri senior Nix Cannady is finishing their animal sciences degree in Scotland – and getting a jumpstart in the University of Glasgow’s veterinary medicine degree program. Cannady is working toward their veterinary medicine degree through the Facilitated Early Entry Programme for Animal Science Students (FEEPASS) in the School of Veterinary Medicine at…

Ready for the Ring

Little American Royal event allows students to train and care for a variety of livestock animals

Each fall, Kansas City is home to a premier event that has been around for more than a century – the American Royal. The various competitions held throughout the event include world-class livestock and horse shows. For several years, the Block and Bridle Club at the University of Missouri has held their own version of the American Royal – the…

Building Staying Power

Mobile meat processing training centers will address labor shortages within meat processing industry

With its land-grant mission, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) is focused on research, teaching and Extension in an effort to improve the lives of Missourians. The Division of Animal Sciences will soon take that philosophy on the road with help from the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). Next year, CAFNR will send two…