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Call for Nominations for the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame
The Animal Sciences Hall of Fame Committee is soliciting nominations for the ANIMAL SCIENCES HALL OF FAME. The award will be presented at the Animal Sciences Spring Awards Program, to be held Friday, April 13, 2018 from 3-5pm in Price Arena.
The following criteria need to be considered when making nominations:
- Nominees will be considered who were bona fide majors in the department at The Ohio State University and who graduated twenty (20) or more years ago.
- Nominees must have demonstrated superior skill and achieved success for themselves. Their major career activity must be in an area related to Animal Sciences.
- The nominee shall have practiced service to others. Such activity includes giving of time, energy and thoughtfulness to their profession, local, state or national efforts, and or support of their local community. A reasonable amount of participation in statewide or national affairs is desirable.
- Consideration of nominees in the areas of animal production, academia and allied industry will be used in selection.
- Current and retired faculty/staff of the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University are not eligible.
The Hall of Fame Selection committee is soliciting nominations, with adequate justification, for the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame. The nomination should provide information on how the nominee excels in the listed award assessment criteria. The deadline for the nominations is January 31th. Please send nominations by e-mail (email@example.com) or mail to (Steve Boyles, Department of Animal Sciences, Plumb Hall, 2027 Coffey Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43210-1094). Nominations will be forwarded to the selection committee.
New CFAES LinkedIn Group
Please join the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences' newly launched LinkedIn group! The group is open to current and retired faculty and staff, alumni, students, donors, volunteers, and friends of the college.
This is a great space to network, give or receive career advice, reconnect with friends, and share CFAES memories.
You can join here!
Ohio State Dairy Judging Team has a Successful Autumn
The Ohio State University Dairy Judging Team had a busy autumn semester. Their season started on July 28, 2017, with the Ohio State Fair Dairy Judging Clinic. The first week of September, they made a trip to the Maryland State Fairgrounds for a Dairy Judging Boot Camp. Coach Bonnie Ayars believes the best summary for dairy judging is, “I have often remarked that many activities for youth are deposits, yet dairy judging is a major investment.”
Autumn 2017 contests and results:
- Big E Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest (September 16, 2017; Springfield, MA)
- Team Results: Second in overall reasons, 4th team in Holsteins and 2nd in Jerseys, 5th place team overall.
- Individual Results: Ella Jackson was 7th in reasons, Cassie Stechschulte was 6th, and Alex Houck was 5th. Jackson was 2nd high individual overall. The margin between Jackson and first place was one point.
- All-American Dairy Judging Contest (September 18, 2017; Harrisburg, PA)
- Team Results: First team overall.
- Individual Results: Ella Jackson wins high individual.
- National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest (October 2, 2017; Madison, WI)
- Team Results: 5th place team overall
- Individual Results: Lexie Nunes 7th high individual.
- North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) International Dairy Judging Contest (November 6, 2017; Louisville, KY)
- Team Results: Eighth overall, 3rd in reasons, 3rd in Jerseys, 4th in Guernseys
- Individual Results: Tanner Topp high individual Guernseys, Levi Plocher 3rd high individual Holsteins
- Big E Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest (September 16, 2017; Springfield, MA)
Dr. Barbara Nikolajczyk (B.S. Animal Sciences with distinction, '85) has been named Associate Director of Translational Research in the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at the University of Kentucky (UK) School of Medicine, and Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences at UK. Previously, she was a faculty member at the Boston University School of Medicine for 19 years. Dr. Nikolajczyk’s current research focuses on the role the immune system plays in obesity and the related co-morbidities of type 2 diabetes and periodontal disease. Her work further queries how changes in fuel sources in these diseases impact immune cell function. She published the first functional analyses of B cells and T cells in type 2 diabetes patients, and her work includes a molecular understanding of mechanisms responsible for pro-inflammatory lymphocyte functions in these patients. Complementary mouse work in Dr. Nikolajczk’s lab rigorously tests concepts identified for humans in a whole animal model. Her work in both human subjects’ material and mouse models demonstrates facility in multiple major experimental approaches and is a strong example of success from concurrent bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-bench work with cross-disciplinary impact.
The Department of Animal Sciences recently lost two members of its community, Dale Shawk and Cynthia Sue Wilson.
Dale Herman Shawk, 57, of rural Bucyrus died December 11, 2017 at his farm from injuries sustained in a work accident.
He was born in Bucyrus on January 18, 1960 to Donald and Nancy (Wolf) Shawk. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Colonel Crawford High School in 1978. He was active in 4-H and FFA as a youth and supported both organizations throughout his life as a parent, advisor and livestock judge. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University and was a member of the 1980 Livestock Judging Team.
His obituary can be found in the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum.
The following remembrance for Cynthis Sue Wilson came from Dr. James Kinder:
I received word of the recent passing of Mrs. Cindy Wilson (obituary for Cynthia Sue Wilson). She and her husband, Gary, have been long time beef producers on the family farm near Zanesville and active leaders with the Ohio Cattleman’s Association. Gary was the Manager of the Ohio State Don Scott Beef Unit for many years. He subsequently joined the staff of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and worked with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
There were many of us who enjoyed the great hospitality and comradeship of the Wilsons when Gary was with Ohio State and subsequently when he was in his leadership roles with the NCBA, OCA and ODA. For those who are acquainted with the Wilsons, I hope you will keep Gary and the family in your thoughts as they deal with the passing of their loved one.
CHAIRE Holds Successful Welcome Event
The Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE) held its welcome event on December 7, 2017. CHAIRE is committed to expanding our knowledge of the interrelationships between people, animals and the environment. Visitors of all ages were able to learn about CHAIRE, as well as, view and interact with animals representing CHAIRE’s four focus areas: welfare and behavior, conservation, zooeyia (positive health benefits on people of interacting with animals), and companionship.
Throughout the evening, the importance of the responsibility of humans in the human-animal interaction was stressed. Animal Sciences Associate Professor and CHAIRE Director, Dr. Anthony Parker, started the evening by stressing human accountability, “It’s up to us to ensure the human-animal relationship is better understood. But, it’s also important to understand that both sides should benefit from the interaction.”
This theme continued throughout the evening as each of the four focus areas were introduced. While discussing conservation, the Director of Animal Management at The Wilds, Dan Beetem, told the story of raising and starting the reintroduction into the wild of a Scimitar-Horned Oryx, a species that is extinct in the wild outside of protected areas, “Humans were responsible for over-hunting and the destruction of the animals’ natural habitat. But we are also responsible for overseeing a breeding program in zoos and conservation centers that will help lead to their reintroduction and conservation in their natural habitat.” Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia, Animal Sciences Assistant Professor, stressed similar levels of responsibility for agricultural animals while discussing welfare and behavior. She reminded the audience that while the animals are often meant for service to humans or as food sources, it is important that their quality of life is preserved during their service.
Other CHAIRE members discussed ways that humans can fulfill or learn more about their obligations in the human-animal interaction relationship. CHAIRE Steering Committee member and Animal Sciences Assistant Professor, Dr. Kelly George, stressed the importance of education while discussing conservation. She told about her trips to South Africa with students, “It’s an eye-opening experience for the students. They get to see conservation efforts of critically endangered animals first-hand.” Dr. Lucinda Miller, Extension Specialist - 4-H Livestock, Companion & Small Animal Programs, explained that learning how to appropriately care for animals can occur anywhere. While surrounded by service dogs and their handlers, she explained that learning about the reciprocal human-animal relationship can occur at any age. Dr. Miller indicated that this reciprocal relationship is one of the primary goals of 4-H. While defining zooeyia, Dr. Teresa Burns, College of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor, provided an example of how those in attendance were fulfilling their obligation, “How many of you petted the miniature donkey? How many of you smiled? That’s zooeyia. But the kindness you showed to the donkey with your touch is just as important.”
The evening also included the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals. Throughout the evening, guests were able to interact with service dogs, goats, a miniature donkey, and rabbits. Handlers from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium made a special appearance with: a baby warthog, a swift fox, a penguin, a screech owl, a bobcat and a red-tailed hawk. The companion dog for the bobcat also made a brief appearance.
While CHAIRE is housed within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), The College of Veterinary Medicine and The College of Social Work are vital partners in the CHAIRE initiative. The CHAIRE initiative was inspired by the Department of Animal Sciences’ departmental academic review, which determined the department’s purpose is to obtain and communicate data-based answers to questions involving traditional topics like efficiency and quality as well as the ethics, challenges, and opportunities that may be embedded in those questions and other queries. Whether the context is the animal industry, conservation of animals, animal companionship, or other animal roles, those seeking answers deserve information based on facts, an idea embedded in the department’s motto: “Advancing knowledge for the betterment of animals and humans”. To learn more about CHAIRE, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or follow CHAIRE on Facebook (@OSUCHAIRE).
Student Participants and Visitors Enjoy the Processed Meats Product Show
The Processed Meats (MEATSCI 4510) class presented its final products to visitors who wanted to taste and judge the students' creations. Individuals or teams produced a variety of meat products, including proper labeling, a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) safety plan, and a marketing and advertising plan. The course was taught by Dr. Macdonald Wick, associate professor. According to Jake Parkinson, an animal sciences major with a meat science minor from Newark, Ohio, “I think that the most rewarding part of the show was the questions that we were asked and the interaction between people trying the product and my peers and I. A wide range of people showed up to try the products, from meat and food science professors to lay people who have no experience with processed meats, so being able to address both simple questions and provide more in depth responses was rewarding.”
Also on display were other products produced by the class throughout the year, such as various types of ham, bacon, prosciutto, and coppa. Students practiced their final products at least once before the presentation. “MEATSCI 4510 gave me an opportunity to learn more about a very popular and important component of the meat industry - processed meats. I enjoyed learning about all the different steps a processor must take in order make a processed meat product as well as the chemistry behind what makes the product truly 'processed,’” said Morgan Foster, an animal sciences major with a meat science minor from Gallipolis, Ohio.
Animal Welfare Judging Teams Place First
The 2017 Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest was held November 18-19, 2017 at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, Iowa. One of the two Animal Sciences' undergraduate teams, and the College of Veterinary Medicine's team, placed first in their respective divisions. Undergraduate Heather Pechtl was 1st place high individual for the undergraduate division. Team members on the first place undergraduate team include: Grace Moeller, Taylor Klass, Anna Garrett, Heather Pechtl, Julia Rose and coach Monique Pairis-Garcia. Jillian Garrison was 4th place high individual in the veterinary division. Team members include: Jillian Garrison, Meghan Studds, Clara Bruner and coach Emma Bratton. Competitors assessed the welfare of finisher pigs, meat rabbits, racing greyhounds, and farmed fish. Competitors also got a chance to tour the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine and listen to Dr. Temple Grandin speak about animal welfare.
2017 Little International Results
The 103rd Annual Saddle & Sirloin Little "I" (International) was held November 4, 2017, at the Beef, Swine, and Equine Centers in Columbus. There were approximately 60 participants in all of the competitions combined. The Little "I" events consisted of showmanship competitions in five livestock species (goats have been added this year), and a Ham and Corned Beef Curing Contest. The top two finishers in each category of the contest are listed below.
- Allison Carpenter
- Hannah Jarvis
- Drew Baus
- Sarah Landis
- Heather Pechtl
- Skylar Plank
- Wyatt Jones
- Sarah Landis
- Chase Green
- Allison Carpenter
- Taylor Andrews
- Lucas Buehler
- Sarah Schuster
- Briana Gwirtz
- Jamie Gothard
- Jonathan Suwarna
- Ashley Sindelar
- Autumn Fickel
- Charles Bowlby
- Anna Garret
- Jared Shields
- Justin Kieffer
- Bennett Klosterman
- Bennett Klosterman
- Ron Cramer (OSU Meat Lab)
Sheep Blog Offers Advice on Keeping the Flock Healthy and Profitable
COLUMBUS, Ohio — If you’re seeking the latest tips on when to give your sheep haircuts and what to feed lambs to be sold for someone’s dinner table, you can consult a newly-revived Ohio sheep blog.
The Ohio State University Sheep Team blog offers easily digestible doses of research findings on raising sheep, keeping them safe and healthy, and the business profitable. After a six-year run ending in 2014, the sheep blog was relaunched in August 2017.
Brady Campbell, sheep team program coordinator with Ohio State’s College of Food Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), manages the site and includes contributions from the more than 25 Ohio State faculty and staff interested in sustaining Ohio’s sheep industry.
“Ohio State has done a lot of research on sheep, but unfortunately not a lot of people are aware of the research,” Campbell said. “I think it’s important that this information is readily available online.”
That’s why Campbell turns research papers into shards of advice that people in the sheep industry can use.
Campbell is a third-generation shepherd whose master’s degree in animal sciences focused on sheep production, examining alternative management strategies to reduce parasitic infection.
Recent sheep blog posts offer advice on shearing female sheep, letting female sheep graze on corn stalks left over from the harvest and determining whether sheep are resistant to common products that eliminate parasites.
Managing parasites, one of the most serious issues for sheep raised on pasture land, is a particularly vexing problem for shepherds now, given that deworming medications no longer work for some sheep, Campbell said.
Sheep become infected by inadvertently eating the parasites, then spread it through their waste to other sheep, causing them to lose weight and grow weak.
Another key issue for shepherds is keeping records to ensure their sheep are properly identified and tracked, Campbell said. If a sheep has a weak immune system and performs poorly, it probably should be culled from a flock; conversely, if a sheep is high-performing, it’s important for a shepherd to know the sheep’s parents so that more sheep can be bred to also be high performers, Campbell said.
Shepherds in Ohio have small flocks, keeping an average of 36 sheep, so some may not be apt to keep detailed records on them since their sheep operation does not provide their primary income, Campbell said.
“A lot of producers have lost track of the basics of keeping records,” Campbell said.
By putting the latest research findings on sheep information in a blog, Campbell hopes to attract younger people to the site and inspire them to raise sheep, if they aren’t already doing so.
“Our younger shepherds are very hungry for information.”
To view the blog, see u.osu.edu/sheep/.Writer(s):
Kady Davis Wins Inaugural Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarship
Second-year Animal Sciences student Kady Davis is the first recipient of the Kenny Walter Scholarship presented by the Ohio Farm Bureau. Davis, from Carrollton, OH, has a family legacy in the agricultural industry.
“I chose my major (Animal Sciences) because of the deep impact that the agricultural industry has had on myself and my family. I live on a beef cattle cow/calf operation where we have about 50 head of cattle. I personally have been very involved in the showing side of the industry by exhibiting cattle, pigs, and chickens at various places. My entire family has been, and currently is, very involved in the industry as a whole,” said Davis. Davis had the 2016 Grand Champion Meat Chickens at the Ohio State Fair.
While at Ohio State, Davis has been active in Saddle and Sirloin Club, Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority and the Running Club. She is also involved with the Animal Sciences Community Alliance. “We help facilitate Cristo Rey High School's science club, a school right here in Columbus. The activities we are planning to do with the students include interactive and hands on animal science lessons to give them a perspective of the variety of sciences that are available to them after high school,” said Davis. While Davis is unsure of her plans after graduation, she is interested in a career in animal genetics or nutrition.
Davis first learned about the Kenny Walter Scholarship through the Carroll Country Farm Bureau newsletter. To learn more about the scholarship, go to https://ofbf.org/kenny-walter-scholarship-fund/.
Meat Science Program and Meat Judging Team Hold a Meat Judging Clinic
The meat science section in the Department of Animal Sciences opened its doors on September 28, 2017 to other university meat judging teams on their way to their first Collegiate Meat Judging Contest (Eastern) in Wyalusing, PA. Dr. Lyda Garcia and the 2017 Meat Judging Team gathered on September 27th to fabricate beef, pork, and lamb carcasses and set up classes to use for their guests. “I am a big fan of our students/meat judgers serving others. At the same time, they understand what it takes to put one of these together and have a further understanding of judging concepts when setting up classes,” said Dr. Garcia. Teams from Kansas State University, Tarleton State University, and the University of Illinois took advantage of the opportunity to sharpen their meat judging skills.
The coach for the University of Illinois Meat Judging Team is an Animal Sciences alumnus. Brandon Klehm, Class of 2015, is pursuing his MS in Meat Science at Illinois. “I spent four years working with Ron Cramer (Meat Laboratory Manager) in the meat lab. The program here at Ohio State and my experiences in the Meat Lab and on the Meat Judging Team prepared me extremely well for graduate school and serving as a coach. Every time I come back to Ohio State, I’m always impressed by all of the new and dynamic things going on here.”
For the first time, Ohio FFA and 4-H meat judging teams were also invited to take advantage of meat products to practice at the Ohio State Meat Laboratory. For two years, Dr. Garcia has been working with Ohio FFA and Ohio 4-H. For the first time, in February 2017, Ohio 4-H launched their meat judging with four teams competing. “My goal is to make our youth meat judging teams more knowledgeable and competitive overall, especially for the teams competing at the national level. Meat judging is a tremendous opportunity. It is on the job training in contest form,” said Dr. Garcia.
“Dr. Garcia has helped make meat judging a cool, fun, program again,” said Klehm. “I think it’s great she’s reaching out beyond the Department. People in 4-H and FFA from my hometown in East Canton have been telling me about it.”
Dr. Garcia believes we should not lose sight of our youth. Ohio is an agricultural state. According to Dr. Garcia, “If our youth coming from an agricultural background take an interest in agriculture, they are one step ahead of the student who does not have the ag background. We need to take care of our students; we need to encourage them to pursue higher education. We need to let them know that they can continue to work in an area they enjoy.”
Eight Department of Animal Sciences Undergraduates Participate in Fall Undergraduate Research Forum
Seven Department of Animals Sciences majors and one minor participated in the Fall Undergraduate Research Forum on September 14, 2017. All eight had projects supervised by faculty in the Department. The Department had representation in each of the three sessions; each session had approximately 100 participants. Presented by the Office of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry and the University Libraries, the Fall Undergraduate Research Forum is a stepping stone to larger venues such as the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. All eight of the participants plan to submit their projects to Denman.
Dr. Sheila Jacobi’s research in swine nutrition has long-term impacts for the swine industry, as well as human nutrition. Her research on gut health in piglets can have similar results for nutritional interventions for babies. More... Dr. Lyda Garcia’s enthusiasm for education and meat science makes an important contribution to the uniqueness of the Department of Animal Sciences. Through her background in livestock production, meat industry internships, graduate school training and research, and her international work, she seeks to bring monetary and product value to the meat industry, producers, and consumers. More... Dr. Eric England is combining his background in chemistry with his research in meat science to improve meat quality. He is focused on understanding how biochemical mechanisms control the transformation of muscle and the resulting changes in fresh and processed meat quality. More... Dr. Lisa Bielke’s interest in poultry science began at an early age. Encouraged by support from family and educators, she has focused her research on improving poultry health. More... Dr. Daniel Clark’s interest in meat science has shaped his research interests. His research in meat science and muscle biology will have health impacts for livestock and poultry, as well as economic impacts for producers and consumers. More...