2022 Minnesota Nutrition Conference

July 26, 2022

The Minnesota Nutrition Conference will take place this year on September 21 and 22 in Mankato, MN. This conference delivers leading-edge, research-based knowledge to advance sustainable production of beef, dairy, poultry, and swine.

Registration for the 83rd Minnesota Nutrition Conference is now open. Visit the link for registration.


Student Spotlight: Sabrina Portner

June 23, 2022

Sabrina Portner is no stranger to agriculture, or to working with cows. Hailing from a 280 Brown Swiss dairy farm in Sleepy Eye, MN, Sabrina is pursuing her Masters degree and is mentored by dairy scientist Brad Heins at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris.


Avian Influenza Continues to Impact MN and U.S.

May 4, 2022

Avian Influenza Continues to Impact MN and U.S. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in Minnesota on March 26, 2022. The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is available 24/7 for anyone who needs it. 
Phone: 833-600-2670
Text: FARMSTRESS to 898211

#UMNProud (again!) at the National Dairy Challenge® Contest and Academy

May 3, 2022

The University of Minnesota was well-represented at the 2022 National Dairy Challenge Contest and Academy held March 31 to April 2 in Green Bay, WI. 

Participants from the University of Minnesota included the national contest team composed of Leif Annexstad, Matthias Annexstad, Nick Seitzer, and Jacob Twohey; the national aggregate contest team composed of Greg Brosig and Kjersten Veiseth (along with two students from the University of Idaho); and the academy team composed of Awna Hirsch, Isaac Rott, and Zach Schilter. Dr. Marcia Endres coached the teams. 

Academic Quadrathlon team

March 29, 2022

The UMN Academic Quadrathlon team won the U of MN competition and went on to represent the department at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science meeting in Omaha, NE. The team was coached by Dr. Tony Seykora and included undergraduate students, Matthias Annexstad, Leif Annexstad, Riley Puck, and Mathew Strobel. 

University organic dairy farm: Beyond the research

February 10, 2022

Cutting-edge research can sometimes feel far removed from the actual day-to-day realities of operating a dairy farm. But Associate Professor Brad Heins, PhD, leads dairy research and contributes to daily hands-on work at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) like any other dairy farmer.


30 years of mentoring: Animal science spotlight

February 10, 2022

This year we are celebrating the 30th year of the CFANS Mentor Program. Look for some exciting celebrations and recognition throughout the program year! As part of our year-long commemoration of this milestone, we'll be highlighting a mentor and mentee match each month. Get to know animal science mentee Venkata Sai Prasanth Niddavolu and mentor Lori Stevermer.

Meat and Dairy Salesroom

January 25, 2022

The University of Minnesota Meat and Dairy Salesroom is in room 166 of the Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science building, St. Paul Campus. The salesroom is open on  Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please note that masks will be required to wear while in the salesroom.


Poultry Certificate and Courses Offered This Fall

September 30, 2021

The Poultry Health Certificate is a new program intended for students and professionals already possessing a B.S. degree. It is a 12-credit program with a completely online option. See the September issue of the Animal Science newsletter for more information.