Animal Science: Today and Tomorrow
Dr. Tom Troxel Dr. Michael L. Looper
Busy Spring for the UA, Department of Animal Science
The UA, Department of Animal Science has had a busy semester for students, staff, and faculty. Between events, competitions, conferences, and awarding over $42,000 in scholarships to current students, the Department has been a constant hub of activity.
The outstanding students who helped to make those activities possible were honored at the Department’s annual Awards Banquet in April. It was at this banquet that 48 scholarships totaling over $42,000 were presented to our students. Funds to support these scholarships are generated from you, our alumni, supporters, and stakeholders. We extend a huge thank you from the entire Department for your generous support of the scholarship program. Also at the banquet, Graduate of Distinction awards were presented to alumni William H. (Billy) Caldwell, II (B.S. ’89) and William R. (Bill) Shaddox, Sr. (B.S. ’56). Advanced Graduate of Distinction awards were presented to alumni Dr. Curtis C. Melton (M.S. ’65) and Dr. Ernest Keith (M.S. ’75). The faculty and staff of the UA, Department of Animal Science would also like to congratulate all students from the Department that graduated either last Fall or this Spring with B.S. degrees in Animal Science. Eight of these students were accepted to veterinary medicine schools.
The Livestock Judging Team has been busy earning awards at the five competitions they competed in this semester. The 2013 Arizona National Livestock Show was the highlight, where the UA team scored top in all group sections. The team also placed well in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Southwestern Expo and Livestock Show, the Dixie National Intercollegiate, and the National Western Stock Show. They plan to continue their success in the upcoming school year.
The Department also established their very first Horse Judging Team. Members were selected from the Equine Evaluation course offered this Spring. In April, the team traveled to Whitesboro, TX, to compete in its first competition. Members are currently preparing for five competitions scheduled for the Fall semester.
The Departmental faculty had numerous research abstracts, and several students in both the undergraduate and graduate student competitions at the Southern and Midwest sections of the American Society of Animal Science meetings. Faculty will hit the road again this summer, attending various scientific conferences to present their recent research findings. If you would like to know more about specific research projects, please visit our website at http://animalscience.uark.edu.
The Department recently teamed up with law enforcement to educate and promote safe large animal handling and wellbeing. Faculty met with the Arkansas State Animal Control Association to provide an educational session on the topic. Randy Forst, Extension Agent and Staff Chair in Carroll County, coordinated the day’s activities and attained the live dairy and beef cattle, horses, and small ruminants utilized in this hands-on demonstration. Faculty members Dr. Michael Looper, Dr. Andrew Fidler, Steve Jones, Dr. Mark Russell, and Dr. Tom Troxel presented on various topics and assembled a book of guidelines providing recommended minimum standards of care. The guidelines will serve the animal control officers and law enforcement officials when addressing neglect and cruelty to livestock. The book and program was sponsored by the Animal Care Committee of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Dr. Yvonne Thaxton, director of the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, and Beth Rumley, attorney with the National Agricultural Law Center, both of the Division of Agriculture, informed the group of available resources.
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Livestock Judging Team
Coach Bryan Kutz, Jimmie Hollenback, Colten Booth, Caleb Russell, Lindsay Bowman, Matt Merideth, Olivia Foster, Brittany Smith, Morgan Watts, Bryce Brummet, Assistant Coach Tom Devine
Horse Judging Team
Brittany Rodgers, Whitt Bell, Becca Schlote, Sean Hill, Shelby Wood, and Chynell Fitzgerald