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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…

An Investment in Animal Reproduction Research

Division of Animal Sciences receives nearly $1.5 million in funding from USDA-NIFA

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced an investment of $6.2 million in animal reproduction research. Nearly $1.5 million of that investment is coming to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences. A total of 14 awards were handed out to 11…

A Dream Job

Tawnie DeJong selected to lead livestock judging program at Mizzou

Since she was a toddler, Tawnie DeJong has been studying what separates a superior specimen of livestock from one just a little less impressive. Livestock judging has been a mainstay in DeJong’s life since she began judging cattle in 4-H. She continued to judge through FFA in high school and joined the livestock judging team at South Dakota State University…

Making the Cut

Harly Durbin has been collecting and organizing hair shedding data

In 2015, Jared Decker, an associate professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and state beef Extension specialist, received a $3 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture focused on matching cattle to their best environments so producers can make educated decisions about which animals are going to be most productive for them. Harly Durbin and Troy Rowan…

Bringing Home a Win

CAFNR students place first at regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon 

Four University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources students captured first place at the regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon, which was held in conjunction with the American Society of Animal Science’s (ASAS) Midwest Conference last month. Jacob Blank, Madison Filley, Emily Shanks and Anna Tarpey will represent MU at the national competition, which is set to be…

Excellence in Evaluation

Three CAFNR students finish fifth in the undergraduate division at recent Animal Welfare Evaluation Contest

Three University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) students took home fifth place in the undergraduate division at the recent Animal Welfare Evaluation Contest at Colorado State University. The annual event featured 22 undergraduate teams and 95 undergraduate students. Junior Chloe Momphard (Troy, Mo.) tied for fifth place. Senior Jewel Gant (Schaumburg, Ill.) and junior Elyse…

A Unique Honor

Trio of animal sciences researchers honored with inventor award

A trio of researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Division of Animal Sciences were recently honored with one of the more unique awards in their respective careers. Randy Prather, Kevin Wells and Kristin Whitworth were invited to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) in mid-August to receive the Inventor of the…

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…

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…