Sudario Silva named Real Pork Scholar

October 26, 2023

The National Pork Board's Real Pork Scholars is a professional executive mentorship program for graduate students designed to leave a lasting impact on participants and the U.S. pork industry. Sudario Roberto Silva Junior is one of two U of M awardees, for his research focusing on swine nutrition and promoting sustainable and ethical pig production practices.

Isaac Salfer featured on KSTP-TV for National Farmer's Day

October 26, 2023

Assistant professor Isaac Salfer chatted with KSTP-TV on National Farmer's Day, highlighting the U of M Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Farm and sharing his perspective on students finding interest in the dairy industry once they gain exposure to the field.

Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest

October 10, 2023

It was a glorious day for the Gophers!

For many youth, the culmination of their junior dairy judging career rests on the Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo. Years of practice, a love for dairy cattle, and a brain full of reasons terminology are put to the test during a long day of judging classes, giving reasons, and waiting for the results.

When the final awards were announced at the banquet held Sunday night following the 2023 national contests, the University of Minnesota judges and their coaches had plenty to smile about. That’s because their team was named the winner of the 2023 Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest.

Lee Johnston

October 3, 2023

Congratulations to Lee Johnston for being named 2023 Outstanding Extension Faculty Specialist at the UMN EPIC Extension Banquet!  This is a well-deserved recognition of Lee's accomplishments in Extension.

Chris Faulk helps to build the first genome for Pallas’s cat

May 25, 2023

University of Minnesota researchers recently led successful efforts to build the first genome for Pallas’s cat (Otocolobus manul), a small wild cat native to central Asia known for its grumpy facial expression.

U of MN students sequence genome of newly discovered soybean pest

March 22, 2023

Associate Professor Chris Faulk and his graduate level Comparative Animal Genomics class sequence genome of newly discovered soybean pest.


March 15, 2023

Major breakthrough to combat African swine fever

February 9, 2023

The team, led by Gerald Shurson a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, and Declan Schroeder an associate professor from the College of Veterinary Medicine, used a novel testing method to measure and compare the two viruses based on their ability to survive and potentially become infectious under various environmental conditions.

Visit the St. Paul Campus for a Tour

January 25, 2023

  • Visit the St. Paul Campus for a Tour: The Animal Sciences Grad Club on the St. Paul campus provides tours of the dairy barn for various groups, such as youth groups, schools, 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and others. The club is also happy to coordinate tours of other species and tours of the dairy processing plant. If you are interested in participating in a tour, please contact Kathryn Bosley at or visit the Animal Science Department website at

University of Minnesota takes first overall at Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest

January 1, 2023

The University of Minnesota’s first ever graduate team was the top placing team in the live assessment portion of the competition focused on Dogs and Cats in an Animal Shelter. In addition, the team placed 1st overall in the international collegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest hosted November 18 – 20 by North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.