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Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 102

10/05/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 101

09/28/2018

State beef industry enjoys good times

09/21/2018

MSU provides cattle expo for area producers

09/21/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 100

09/14/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 99

09/07/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 98

08/10/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 97

08/03/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 96

07/27/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 95

07/06/2018

Our People: Derris Devost-Burnett

07/02/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 94

06/29/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 93

06/22/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 92

06/15/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 91

06/08/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 90

06/01/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 89

05/25/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 88

05/18/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 87

05/11/2018

MSU professorship focuses on beef cattle production in the Southeast

05/07/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 86

05/04/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 85

04/27/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 84

04/20/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 83

04/13/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 82

04/06/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 81

03/23/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 80

03/09/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 79

03/01/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 77

02/23/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 76

02/09/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 75

01/26/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 74

01/12/2018

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 72

12/01/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 71

11/17/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 70

11/10/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 69

10/27/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 68

10/20/2017

State equine association names room in MSU Animal and Dairy Sciences Building

10/18/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 67

10/13/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 66

10/06/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 65

09/29/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 64

09/22/2017

Breakfast on the Farm set for Oct. 27-28

09/21/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 63

09/15/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 62

09/08/2017

China beef market access will help cattle producers

09/08/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 61

09/01/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 60

08/25/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 59

07/28/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 58

07/14/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 57

06/30/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 56

06/23/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 55

06/09/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 54

05/26/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 53

05/19/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 52

04/28/2017

MSU clinic tackles barrel racing skills

04/26/2017

MSU hosts May 20 dairy open house

04/26/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 51

04/21/2017

Our People: Zachary Mason

04/17/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 50

04/13/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 49

04/07/2017

MSU researcher Lemley chosen for major regional recognition

04/05/2017

MSU Extension offers Horse Management 101

03/10/2017

Genomic testing can improve state dairy herds

03/08/2017

Extension hosts clinics for 4-H Horse Show classes

02/16/2017

Animal scientist will lead research, extension center

01/27/2017

Solutions for Major Challenges in Goat & Sheep Production

01/05/2017

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 48

12/09/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 47

12/02/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 46

11/18/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 45

11/11/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 44

11/04/2016

Annual MSU horse auction takes bids starting Nov. 14

11/04/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 43

10/28/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 42

10/21/2016

State's hay directory helps drought-affected producers

10/19/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 41

10/14/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 40

10/07/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 39

09/30/2016

Cattle prices falter despite good news

09/30/2016

MSU leads Western horse riding clinics in Europe

09/29/2016

MSU offers an expo to cattle producers

09/29/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 38

09/23/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 37

09/16/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 36

09/02/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 35

08/26/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 34

08/12/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 33

07/15/2016

Surplus drives down dairy farmer profits

05/27/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 31

05/27/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 30

05/20/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 29

05/13/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 28

05/06/2016

Beef Unit Field Day

04/20/2016

Beef and forage field day set for May 21 in Tylertown

04/19/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 25

04/15/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 24

04/08/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 22

03/11/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 21

03/04/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 20

02/26/2016

Animal and Dairy Sciences News and Current Events, Volume 19

02/19/2016

Animal Agriculture in China

12/08/2015

MSU horse judging team earns national recognition

12/03/2015

First MSU horse judging team places in national contest

10/19/2015

MSU Livestock Judging Team returns from Keystone International Livestock Exhibition

10/09/2015

Pasture-raised pork grows in popularity in Mississippi

09/17/2015

MSU professor to lead national beef organization

06/29/2015

Hay, forage producers wage war on fire ants

05/19/2015

Kindergartners enjoy 'Afternoon on the Farm'

05/06/2015

MSU introduces new equestrian club sport

04/28/2015

Dates set for MSU livestock judging camps

04/21/2015

New MSU beef specialist plans educational focuses

04/14/2015

Beef Unit Field Day highlights research

03/27/2015

National beef symposium heads to Biloxi in 2015

02/19/2015

New equine specialist joins MSU Extension

01/21/2015

Conference marks 25 years of educating dairy farmers

12/22/2014

Short supplies, high demand boost cattle producer profits

12/19/2014

Bulls contribute to MSU auction

11/06/2014

Equine lessons continue at MSU horse auction

10/21/2014

ADS student to work in Vietnam

10/16/2014

April McCain, an Animal Sciences Graduate student at MSU, will spend the spring semester in Vietnam working as a Borlaug Fellow. She is conducting the first safety survey on meat and poultry products in Vietnam.




MSU student researcher presents findings

08/08/2014

Blaire Fleming, an undergraduate research assistant in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, presented her project titled "Effects of dietary melatonin supplementation on total serum nitrates and antioxidant capacity of late gestating Holstein heifers" at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Ms. Fleming placed second in the oral presentations category under the biological sciences discipline. In addition, Ms. Fleming presented a poster titled "Effects of supplementing Holstein heifers with dietary melatonin during late gestation on serum antioxidant capacity and anti-Müllerian hormone of offspring" at the Joint Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO. Ms. Fleming is working under the guidance of Dr. Caleb Lemley.


MSU hosts young animal scientists

07/26/2014

Ph.D. Graduate Student Position

07/22/2014

Record livestock prices create curious dilemma

07/11/2014

Summer in South Africa widened students' horizons

06/03/2014

Bulldog Bound Perspective, featuring Heather Gray

05/21/2014

Extension Service teams assess ag disaster sites

05/02/2014

MSU Livestock Judging Team at "All East" contest

04/15/2014

The MSU Livestock Judging Team wrapped up the spring season by receiving awards at the "All East" contest hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN April 10-12, 2014! Matt Janzen was recognized as the 10th high individual in swine evaluation. His teammate, Justin Hall was 6th in cattle selection and went on to rank 15th overall in the selection portion of the contest!


ADS Banquet

04/04/2014

The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences held their annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday April 4th, 2014. As in years past, senior students were recognized at the banquet along with fellow underclassmen who were awarded scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of many alumni and friends, the Department was able to award over $22,000 in scholarships this year. This year, students who qualified as Scholars of the American Society of Animal Science were also recognized at the banquet along with the Outstanding Senior Student: Liesel Grossner Schneider, and the Outstanding Graduate Student: Ben Voelz.


Youth livestock judging camps coming in June

03/28/2014

A separate day camp on June 6th will be held for younger youth (ages 9-13) as well as adult coaches and volunteer leaders. This day camp will be conducted with an instructional method and level targeting the kids. Coaches will benefit by observing the teaching methods used on the kids, and they?ll learn about the format and note-taking methods used for oral reasons. This should be a day filled with learning for the kids, and it should give coaches ideas and material to take home and develop these new skills in their students. The focus of this camp will be to develop an understanding of the basics of evaluation and judging as well as general note-taking methods. The kids will do NO actual delivery of reasons during this camp. A three-day camp will then be held June 9-11 for older youth (ages 14 and up) and will entail a combination of classroom lectures, live animal evaluation on the farm, oral reasons and lab exercises.

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MSU student places first in Midwest competition

03/27/2014

Blaire Fleming is a 2013 CALS/MAFES undergraduate researcher working with Dr. Caleb Lemley. Ms. Fleming presented her project titled "Effects of dietary melatonin supplementation on total serum nitrates and antioxidant capacity of late gestating Holstein heifers" (JAS 92(2):244) as part of the Midwest American Society of Animal Science undergraduate research contest. Ms. Fleming placed first in this competition.


MSU at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

03/26/2014

The Mississippi State University Livestock Judging Team has returned home from yet another successful trip! We would like to congratulate team member Justin Hall for ranking 69 out of 130 contestants in the "placing" division at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.


MSU Livestock Judging Team

02/28/2014

The MSU Livestock Judging Team celebrates progress after returning home from the San Antonio Stock Show in San Antonio, TX. Now, after having been in three contests, MSU?s Melissa Steichen has ranked among the top half of contestants in placing classes every time out. We congratulate her on a successful performance at San Antonio where she ranked 48th in placings out of 101 contestants from universities across the country!


Academic Insight

02/27/2014

Academic Insight was hugely successful this year! Jessica Graves, Undergraduate Coordinator/ Instructor and event coordinator, reported that over 40 students, from 9 different states experienced hands-on activities including:

  • milking cows
  • collecting rumen fluid
  • "branding" horses

Prospective students and their guest had the opportunity to mingle with current students, faculty and staff to gain ?insight? on what the Department has to offer. Many student clubs were represented to provide information on the opportunities to get plugged in. Please check out the photos on our Facebook page.


Dairy Team News

01/30/2014

Please join me in congratulating Kenneth Graves and his team on the excellent service that they provide our Department. Due to their hard work and superior farm management skills, the Bearden Research Centers Jersey heard was in the top five in the nation once again as reported by the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Your 2013 AJCA Lactation Average is:
23,835M, 1,177F, 827P on 26 lactations
Nationally overall your herd ranks: 3rd for milk and fat
Among your herd size of 10-39 lactations, you rank:
2nd for milk, 3rd for fat and 5th for protein

Congratulations Kenneth, We really appreciate all that you and your team does for the Department, College and University. - Dr. John Blanton Jr., Professor and Head of Animal & Dairy Sciences


Judging Team News

01/30/2014

The Mississippi State University Livestock Judging Team has returned home from a successful trip to the 2014 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. We would like to congratulate Melissa Steichen for ranking among the top 20 high individuals in placings!

We invite you to follow us on Facebook for continued updates on our success.


Dairy Challenge Team Success

11/22/2013

Congratulations to the Dairy Challenge Team. They recently attended the Southern Regional Dairy Challenge in Baton Rouge, LA and did an outstanding job. At the southern contest the students are broken up into aggregate teams and this year MSU members were on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and two 5th place teams. There were 12 teams in total, with almost 60 students representing 11 schools from the Southern region.

The dairy club next will be attending the ADSA Student Affiliate Division Southern Meeting in Blacksburg, VA in January 2014 and the Dairy Challenge team will travel to the national competition in Fort Wayne, IN in April 2014.


ADS students participate in Pathways to Possibilities

11/12/2013

MSU Dairy Science Club wins big at state fair

10/22/2013

Natural horsemanship promotes leadership

10/22/2013

MSU horses for sale in first online auction

10/16/2013

2013 Animal and Dairy Sciences Alumni Reunion

10/01/2013

MSU scientists study reproduction mysteries

08/30/2013

Bulldogs enjoy beef dinner, learn about beef industry

08/22/2013

MSU associate provost made honorary member of college

08/22/2013

Young researchers study reproductive challenges

07/26/2013

Field day showcases the White Sand Unit

07/03/2013

MSU Livestock Judging Camps

06/03/2013

Two separate camps will be held for livestock judging. The MSU Livestock Judging Camp is for participants 14 and up and will be held July 29-31. A separate Day Camp is for younger participants (ages 9-13) and will be held August 1. Sign up today!


Cattle producers turn to MSU for reproduction class

05/10/2013

Beef and forage field day set for May 18

04/23/2013

ADS Instructor and student honored

04/11/2013

Two CALS/MAFES awards were given to members of the ADS department. Dr. Carolyn Huntington won the 2013 Excellence in Teaching - lower division award for her excellence in teaching primarily freshman in Introduction to Animal Science. Kaitlyn Hardin won the 2013 Excellence in Research award in the undergraduate student division for the research she conducted involving dairy calves. Congratulations to both of them!



Spring 2013 awards

04/11/2013

The ADS Annual Scholarship and Awards banquet was held on April 2nd, 2013. During the event, 21 scholarships were awarded to students, totally approximately $18,000. The ability to award these scholarships depends on the contributions of donors and students are extremely appreciative of the support.


MSU Block and Bridle attends national convention

04/11/2013

Six students involved in the Block and Bridle club traveled to Ames, Iowa in April for the National Block and Bridle Convention. Over 500 students from 34 schools participated. Students went on tours of industry locations all across Iowa, participated in the Pride of Schools Fair, listened to industry speakers and attended workshops, and attended the banquet where the MSU club received 2nd place for webpage and 5th place for scrapbook. There was even some time for fun, with a concert and a dance in the evenings. Pictured are (l to r) Matt Janzen, Katie Cagle, Cori Webb, Victoria Dixon, Shawna Blau, and Alex Holtcamp.


Conference keeps dairy professionals current

12/18/2012

M.S. Position in Molecular Swine Nutrition

12/10/2012

MSU horse, beef cattle auction set for Nov. 15

10/31/2012

MSU names animal, dairy sciences head

10/30/2012

Field day to address beef cattle research

10/24/2012

Experts converge to discuss forage

10/24/2012

2012 Annual Report

10/22/2012

Equestrian Team brings home honors

10/09/2012

The Mississippi State University Equestrian Team had a very successful western riding competition last weekend at North Georgia University in Dahlonega, Georgia. The team consisted of Leigh Beckman, Amanda Havard, Callie Cornelison, Lyndsey Senn, Caroline Garner, and Team Captains Emerald Barrett and Emma Stamps. The team brought home a second, third, fourth, four fifth, and two sixth place ribbons. This show was the start of the show season for the team and is the start of the team showing in a new region against teams from Georgia, Alabama, and South and North Carolina. The next show will be both a western and english show at Berry College on Oct. 20th. A special thanks to graduate teaching assistant Toree Bova for helping out with the team members during riding laboratories and to Brianna Tisdale, ADS senior, Mandy Youngblood, ADS alumni, and Patrick First, ADS alumni and CVM student, for their assistance with practices outside of the classroom. It looks to be a very successful show season in our new region.


2012 ADS Newsletter

09/10/2012

MSU, science teachers develop genomic lessons

07/19/2012

Department Head Position

06/28/2012

Spring 2012 Award

06/08/2012

Congratulations to Kenneth Graves, dairy herder, who received the Zacharais Distinguished Service Award.


Instructor / Undergraduate Coordinator

05/31/2012

Instructor/Livestock Management

05/31/2012

Assistant Extension Professor

05/23/2012

MSU Dairy Science Club

10/03/2011

Twelve members of the MSU Dairy Science Club took animals from the MSU dairy to exhibit at the Mississippi State Fair Open Dairy Show. The entries from Mississippi State were honored with several top 5 placings, 3 class winners, as well as Junior, Senior, and Grand Champion titles. Each member halter broke, trained, and fitted their own animal for the show. The club also sold t-shirts and helped as needed with the Junior show and special classes. Participants included: Paige Nicholson, Kaitlyn Hardin, Chelsea Meyer, Rachel Howell, Ashleigh Thomas, Stephanie Opp, Kellie Kaletsch, Colby Hardin, Kristin Barnett, Becca Broome, Haley Kerr, and Melissa Steichen.


Assistant/Associate Professor-Reproductive Physiology

06/23/2011

Assistant Professor - Non-Reminant Nutrition Announcement

05/27/2011

2011 ADS Banquet

04/01/2011

Scholarships were awarded to students at the awards banquet in April. Back row, l to r: Jordan Craig, Ryan Andrews, Rachel Montgomery, Taylor King, Reagan Bugg, Ryan Kennedy, Ashleigh Thomas, Rachel Howell, Kaitlyn Hardin, Lacy Priest. Front row, l to r: Emerald Barrett, Kathleen Barton, Cori Webb, Matt Woolfolk, Lanna Durst, Chelsea Meyer.


Spring 2011 Awards

04/01/2011

  • Ms. Ann Leed has recieved both the Upper Division and Overall 2011 CALS Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Carolyn Huntington has received the 2011 Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Award for faculty and the 2011 National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advising Award for faculty
  • Mr. Kenneth Grave, Dairy Herdsman, has received the MAFES Research Support Staff Award
  • Dr. Peter Ryan has received the 2011 MAFES Outstanding Publication Award
  • Dr. Erdogan Memili has received the 2011 MAFES/CALS Faculty Research Award


MSU hosts Southern Regional Dairy Challenge

11/01/2010

Mississippi State University hosted the 5th Annual Southern Regional Dairy Challenge Competition in November, 2010. This competition is a 2-day event where students conduct on-farm evaluations, given production and financial data from two local dairy farms. They present their suggestions to a panel of judges from the dairy industry. It was a big undertaking and a great compliment for Mississippi State to be chosen as host school. This year, we had 15 schools and 70 students compete on two local dairies owned by Jeremy and Beth Graham (Graham Dairy Farm) and Grandy Ladner/Darren McGee (Heritage Dairy Farm). We are very grateful to these producers for opening their farms to the students and allowing them to critique their operations. The students gain valuable experience when they are able to see real farms at that level, and hopefully the producers gained helpful suggestions for improvements.

The MSU team of students did great and represented the state well! Farm owner Jeremy Graham, team members Rachel Howell (Silver), Kaitlyn Harden (Platinum), Kellie Kaletsch (Gold), Ashleigh Thomas (Gold), McKenzi Hunter (Silver), and farm owner Grandy Ladner are pictured above.


2010 Academic Quadrathlon held

11/01/2010

The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences conducted the 2010 annual Academic Quadrathlon event in November. Many students participated with five teams total and the competition consisted of a laboratory practical, a written exam, an oral presentation and a quiz bowl. The winning team (pictured above) were Charles Huckaby, Matt Woolfolk, Angel Henderson, and Monty Stanley.


2010 ADS Banquet

04/01/2010

The banquet is a time for our clubs to share about their activities held in the past year as well as the announcements of all our scholarship winners. The 2010 scholarship recipients are pictured.


2010 Academic Quadrathlon

02/01/2010

This year's Academic Quadrathlon team placed 3rd in competition at the Southern Section meeting of the American Society of Animal Science held in Florida in February. Congratulations to the team and their coach, Dr. Brian Rude! Team members (left to right) Samantha Lesniewski, Becky Telle, Garrett Steede, Steven Davidson and Coach Dr. Brian Rude.


2009 Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences Reunion

09/01/2009

Held in September on campus, the reunion brought together former students and faculty of the department, as well as current students, staff and faculty. Along with food and fellowship, visitors got to tour our animal facilities on campus and brush up on their animal judging skills. Alumnus Andy Williamson and his band The Town Square Pickers entertained us with live music. It was great to see old friends and we look forward to having another reunion in a few years!