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Phone: (307) 766-2224

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Animal Science News & Events


November 2, 2020 - Congratulations to the University of Wyoming Meat Judging Team for winning the 2020 Virtual American Royal Meat Judging Contest! See both team and individual placings here.

 


August 4, 2020 - Congratulations to PhD student Chad Page on receiving the Western Section American Society of Animal Science Young Scholar award! This prestigious honor is awarded to one PhD student in Animal Sciences across the Western U.S. annually. Read more about Chad's accomplishments

 


 

August 4, 2020 - Gwen Hummel, a graduate student in the Animal Science Department at UW, recently earned first-place honors in the Paper Competition at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Virtual Meeting held July 19-23, 2020.

The Western Section Graduate Paper Competition has two parts, a written proceedings paper published in Translational Animal Science, and a 12-minute oral presentation. The goal of the competition is to provide students the opportunity to showcase their skills in effectively communicating scientific data in multiple forms, emphasize methods used, clearly communicate results and implications, and to challenge a student's understanding of their subject matter and research. 

In her paper titled 'Evidence for the amnion-fetal gut-microbial axis in late gestation beef calves,' Gwen used microbial evidence to indicate that the gut contents of beef calves, including the meconium and rumen fluid before suckling, do contain a microbiome. In addition, there is evidence that a microbiome exists in the amnion and vagina of beef cows. By linking these microbiomes, Gwen’s research indicates that the fetal meconium has a microbiome that is similar to the microbiome of the amnion, and overall, provides some of the first evidence for an amnion-fetal gut-microbial axis. No analysis of the microbiome of the ruminant placenta has been published before this dataset, and this is also the first research to explicitly indicate the existence of this axis.

When asked, it is clear Gwen is extremely excited to have been chosen as the award winner:

“Overall, the fact that a reproductive microbiome talk was awarded is a huge step for my science, as my field of research is still often regarded as contentious.” 

Not only did Gwen earn this award, but her score combined with another UW graduate student’s score helped UW earn the Institutional Award. The University of Wyoming has a strong history of winning this award, but it has been several years.

“Having Gwen earn this award is a huge honor. It’s great to bring that [Institutional Award] back to UW and have Gwen as the 1st recipient!” says Dr. Hannah Cunningham-Hollinger, Assistant Professor in the UW Animal Science Department

Gwen is working towards completion of a Master’s degree under the guidance of Dr. Hannah Cunningham-Hollinger. Before coming to UW, she earned three degrees at Colorado State University: BS in Equine Science (2017), BA in Technical Communication (2017), MS in Biomedical Sciences specializing in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (2018). She began her studies at UW in the Spring of 2019 and will finish in the Spring of 2021 before moving on to pursue a PhD. It is her goal to continue to research the reproductive microbiome.

Please help us congratulate Gwen on a well-deserved award. The Department of Animal Science is proud to have students such as Gwen represent UW so well at national meetings.

 


July 23, 2019 - The UW Meat Science Quiz Bowl team had an exceptionally rich experience at the 2019 Receiprocal Meat Conference. To read more about their experience, click here

 


 

June 17, 2019 - The UW Meat Science Quiz Bowl team is partnering with Freddy's Frozen Custard to raise funds. The event will be held June 20, 2019 from 4 - 8 pm. Twenty percent of the sales from customers who present the Quiz Bowl flyer will be donated to the team for their trip to the Reciprocal Meat Conference held in Fort Collins, CO June 23 - 26. All you have to do to contribute is print the flyer or download it to your smartphone to show the cashier upon ordering. Please plan on joining the team for dinner! 

 


May 31, 2019 - Dr. Hannah Hollinger joined the University of Wyoming Animal Science Department in August 2018 as a new Animal Breeding and Genetics faculty member. Hannah’s research focuses on improving feed efficiency in ruminant livestock.  Specific areas include the developing rumen microbiome and the influence of host genetics and maternal factors on rumen colonization that can affect lifetime performance. Click here to read about Hannah's work in determining genes that affect body weight gain in mature cows. 

 


 May 1, 2019 - University of Wyoming students named award winners at the 2019 Joint Convention of the Wyoming and Colorado Meat Processors Association. For more information on the contest and UW participants click here

 


 

April 23, 2019 - The University of Wyoming Rodeo team is gearing up for their last rodeo of the season, right here in Laramie! Be sure to join us April 26-28 to cheer on our cowboys and cowgirls. Both the men and the women are winning the region heading into the final rodeo of the year. The men will carry in a team total of 4,785 points and the women will carry in a team total of 2,445 points. Our very own Seth Peterson is also winning the Men's All-Around race with 1,115 points and UW cowboys Caden Camp and Ty Everson are sitting 2nd and 3rd in the standings. This is one you won't want to miss folks! 

 


 

April 15, 2019 - Lorianne Stevens, a University of Wyoming Department of Animal Science student, collaborated with Dr. Whit Stewart to provide an overview of zinc supplementation and its impact on western sheep production. Lorianne will graduate in May 2019 after completing a degree in Animal and Veterinary Science with an emphasis in Communication. To read the full article click here. 

 


 

February 1, 2019 - The UW Livestock Judging team received top honors at the Arizona National Livestock Judging contest on Jan. 31, 2018. Team honors included: Champion Team Overall, Champion Team Swine, Champion Team Sheep/Goats. Individual honors included: Logan Despain - High Individual Overall, 1st swine, 2nd reasons, 4th beef, 5th sheep/goats; Zackery Schumaker - 3rd Overall, 5th swine, 5th beef; Justin Terry - 5th Overall; Alexi Goodnow - 9th Overall. Click here for more information on the UW Livestock Judging team or follow their success on Facebook.  

 


 

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Phone: (307) 766-2224

Fax: (307) 766-2355

Email: animalscience@uwyo.edu

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