Midwest student competition results

Undergraduate and graduate student oral and poster competitions were held earlier this week at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, in Omaha, Nebraska. Congratulations to all of the participants and to the 1st, 2nd, 16and 3rd place winners in each of the divisions! The M.S. and Ph.D. Oral and Poster competition awards are sponsored by the ADSA/ASAS Midwest Board. Undergraduate Oral and Poster competitions are sponsored by the Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club, ASAS Foundation.

Here are the student competition results. Visit the ASAS Facebook page to see photos of the competition winners present at the Awards Ceremony on Tues., March 14.


1st. Effects of Spring Administration of Extended-Release Eprinomectin (LongRange) on Fescue Toxicosis, Performance and Reproduction of Fall-Born Beef Heifers.
J. M. Kordas*, F. A. Ireland, and D. W. Shike, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

STUDENT: Jessica M. Kordas

2nd. A Commercially Available Activity Monitor Attached to the Ear Tag Detects Swine Oral-Nasal-Facial Behaviors.
G. V. Hernandez*1, R. Manjarin1, Y. Luo2, A. N. Schmitz2, P. J. VandeVord3, E. M. Fievisohn3, and L. E. Hulbert2, 1California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2Kansas State University, Manhattan, 3Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

STUDENT: Gabriella V. Hernandez

3rd. Cognitive Ability, Activity and Metabolic Rate in Mice Divergent for Water Consumption.
D. Magee*1,2, M. T. Haag2, S. B. Johnson2, C. Rosenfeld3, K. D. Wells2, and W. R. Lamberson2, 1Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS, 2University of Missouri, Division of Animal Sciences, Columbia, 3University of Missouri, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Columbia

STUDENT: Danielle Magee


1st. Assessment of an Alternative Technique for Measuring Body Temperature in Pigs.
A. L. Petry*1, W. S. McGilvray1, A. R. Pendleton2, and A. Rakhshandeh1, 1Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 2South Plains College, Lubbock, TX

STUDENT: Amy L. Petry

2nd. Determining the Phosphorus Release for Natuphos E 5,000 G Phytase for Nursery Pigs.
K. M. Gourley*, J. C. Woodworth, J. M. DeRouchey, M. D. Tokach, S. S. Dritz, and R. D. Goodband, Kansas State University, Manhattan

STUDENT: Kiah M. Gourley

3rd. Timely on-Farm Euthanasia of Pigs: Development of an Innovative and Interactive Training Program for Caretakers.
C. R. Mullins*, M. Pairis-Garcia, and M. R. B. Campler, The Ohio State University, Columbus

STUDENT: Caitlyn R. Mullins


1st. Evaluating the Efficacy of Commercial Feed Additives as Potential Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) Mitigation Strategies in Complete Feed and Spray-Dried Porcine Plasma as Determined by Polymerase Chain Reaction Analysis and Bioassay.
J. T. Gebhardt*1, J. C. Woodworth1, C. K. Jones1, M. D. Tokach1, J. M. DeRouchey1, R. D. Goodband1, J. R. Bergstrom2, J. F. Bai1, Q. Chen3, J. Zhang3, P. C. Gauger3, R. J. Derscheid3, D. R. Magstadt3, P. H. Arruda3, A. Ramirez3, R. G. Main3, and S. S. Dritz1, 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, DSM Nutritional Products, LLC., Parsippany, NJ, 3Iowa State University, Ames

STUDENT: Jordan T. Gebhardt

2nd. The Effect of Isoflurane and Meloxicam on Behaviour of Dairy Goat Kids following Cautery Disbudding.
M. N. Hempstead*1,2, M. Stewart3, J. R. Waas2, V. M. Cave1, and M. A. Sutherland1, 1AgResearch, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 3InterAg, Hamilton, New Zealand

STUDENT: Melissa N. Hempstead

3rd. Lipid Peroxidation Decreases Performance and Viability of Nursery Pigs.
P. L. Chang*1, D. S. Rosero2, C. E. Zier-Rush2, S. Smith2, J. N. Wood3, K. E. Lloyd3, R. D. Boyd2, and E. van Heugten3, 1North Carolina State University, Department of Animal Science, Raleigh, 2The Hanor Company, Inc., Franklin, KY, 3North Carolina State University, Raleigh

STUDENT: Petra L. Chang


1st. Effects of Vitamins E and D on Performance and Antioxidant Enzymes in Nursery Pigs.
K. R. Copeland*1, D. B. Scales1, G. M. Hill1, J. E. Link1, K. C. Turner1, C. J. Rozeboom1, and R. L. Stuart2, 1Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2Stuart Products Inc., Bedford, TX

STUDENT: Kaylee R. Copeland

2nd. Feeding Liquid Sweet Whey to Growing Swine.
J. M. Lutz*1, N. Ernst1, A. R. Brummit1, J. C. Hofman1, J. P. Schweihofer2, S. Cho1, and D. W. Rozeboom1, 1Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2Michigan State University Extension, Bad Axe

STUDENT: Joseph M. Lutz

3rd. Effects of In Utero Heat Stress on Boar Growth and Reproduction prior to, during, and after Puberty.
J. A. Proctor*1, D. W. Lugar1, M. C. Lucy2, T. J. Safranski2, and K. R. Stewart3, 1Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2University of Missouri, Columbia, 3Purdue University, Department of Animal Sciences, West
Lafayette, IN

STUDENT: Jarret A. Proctor


1st. Vaginal and Uterine Bacterial Communities in Postpartum Lactating Cows.
B. A. Clemmons*1, F. Guirado Dantas1, G. A. Franco1, S. T. Reese1, O. I. Adeyosoye2, T. P. Smith3, P. R. Myer1, and K. G. Pohler1, 1University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 3USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE

STUDENT: Brooke A. Clemmons

2nd. Changes in Neonatal Foal Blood Chemistry during the First 72 Hours of Life.
N. B. Duncan*, M. J. Crosby, and A. M. Meyer, Division of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia

STUDENT: Natalie B. Duncan

3rd. Effects of Exogenous Phytase Supplementation and Dietary Phosphorus Concentration on Metabolism and Digestibility of Beef Cattle.
C. J. Long*, H. H. Stein, and T. L. Felix, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

STUDENT: Chloe J. Long


1st. Standardized Total Tract Digestible Phosphorus Requirement of 11- to 25-Kg Pigs.
C. M. Vier*1, F. Wu1, S. S. Dritz1, M. D. Tokach1, M. A. D. Goncalves2, U. A. D. Orlando2, J. C. Woodworth1, R. D. Goodband1, and J. M. DeRouchey1, 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, 2Genus PIC, Hendersonville, TN

STUDENT: Carine Vier

2nd. Effects of Floor Cooling on Late Lactation Sows Under Acute Heat Stress.
F. A. Cabezon*1, A. P. Schinckel1, J. N. Marchant-Forde2, J. S. Johnson2, and R. M. Stwalley3, 1Purdue University, Department of Animal Sciences, West Lafayette, IN, 2USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit, West Lafayette, IN, 3Purdue University, Department of Agricultural Biological Engineering, West Lafayette, IN

STUDENT: Francisco A. Cabezon

3rd. Effects of Dietary Copper Levels on Growth Performance and Response to Lipopolysaccharide Challenge in Nursery Pigs from Sows Fed Either High or Low Copper Diets.
N. Lu*, and M. D. Lindemann, University of Kentucky, Lexington


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Kellner awarded Outstanding Swine Nutrition Graduate Student

Trey Kellner, Iowa State University, is the recipient of the Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award. 

Kellner is from Stockton, Kansas and received his B.S. degree at the University of Nebraska. At Iowa State University under the guidance of Dr. John Patience, Kellner earned an M.S. degree in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

Kellner’s research has focused on more accurately predicting carcass iodine value, on understanding how dietary fat composition influences lipogenesis and lipolysis, how heat stress impacts dietary utilization and how the chemical composition of dietary fat can be used to estimate the ME and NE content of dietary fats.

Kellner is outgoing Graduate Director on the ASAS Midwestern Section Board of Directors. He has received numerous awards, including a Miller Fellowship and an IPPA Foundation Fellowship. Upon graduation, he will be a nutritionist for AMVC.

The Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award is sponsored by the Stahly/Peo Memorial and Tribute Fund of the ASAS Foundation.

Congratulations, Trey!

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Kansas State wins Midwest AQ!

Congratulations to the undergraduate team from Kansas State University! The team took top honors this week in the Midwest Academic Quadrathlon. Iowa State University placed 2nd overall, followed by University of Missouri in 3rd place. In all, 13 teams competed in the AQ.

Here are results for each of the AQ events. Follow ASAS on Facebook to see pictures from the competition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as photos from the AQ awards presentation.

Lab Practicum 

1st – Kansas State University

2nd – University of Missouri

3rd – Iowa State University

Oral Presentations 

1st – University of Minnesota

2nd – University of Illinois

3rd – North Dakota State University

Written Exam

1st – Kansas State University

2nd – Iowa State University

3rd – University of Missouri

Quiz Bowl

1st – Purdue University

2nd – University of Wisconsin-River Falls

3rd – University of Findlay

The following schools participated in the competition:

University of Missouri

Kansas State University

Iowa State University

North Dakota State University

University of Illinois

University of Findlay

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

West Virginia University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Purdue University

University of Minnesota

Special thanks to these Academic Quadrathlon sponsors:

  • Agri-King
  • ASAS Foundation
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
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Young Scholars honored at Midwest

The ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch honored Young Dairy Scholars and Animal Science Young Scholars last night during a reception at the 2017 Midwest Meeting in Omaha.

Follow ASAS on Facebook to see photos from the Reception and Recognition of the Young Scholar winners.

Congratulations to the 2017 Young Scholar winners!

Animal Science Young Scholars

Benjamin Bohrer

Kelsey Ronningen

Jordan Thomas

Avaro Garcia Guerra

Faith Keomanivong

Christopher Anderson

Trey Kellner

Francisco Cabezon

Young Dairy Scholars

Yan Sun

Sara Kvodera

Mario Riboni

Spencer Moore

Brittany Casperson

Angela Manthey

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Block & Bridle Convention coming up!

The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention is fast approaching. The meeting will be held March 31 to April 2 in Arlington, Virginia at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

Not yet registered for the meeting?  Register today as space is filling up quickly! Also make your housing arrangements soon. Discounted housing rates end March 6.

Speakers and tour stops are being finalized now, so watch for more details on the meeting website and by email soon.

We have great social events planned for the evenings, including:

Friday, March 31 – D.C. Monument Tours
Join us for an evening of monument tours as we stop at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.  Enjoy visits to many additional locations, viewed from the bus, and accented by lights during the evening.

Saturday, April 1 – Evening at Spocott Farm
Our final tour stop will be at this historic location on Gary’s Creek, just outside Cambridge, Maryland. The house was built in 1663. Explore the wildlife management area with over 5 miles of trails among ponds and wetlands or meander among the 19th century buildings surrounding the Spocott Windmill.  As the sun sets on your day of tours, we will have a BBQ and dancing before we return to the hotel. Read the full history of this historic location.

Sunday, April 2 – Awards and Banquet
Join us on the final night of the meeting for the Awards and Banquet, featuring a DJ and dancing, as we bid adieu to the 97th National Block & Bridle Meeting.

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