Animal Sciences

Celebrating dairy products and community in Indiana

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Since 1937, it has been a national tradition to celebrate dairy every June. Originally organized by a group of grocers to promote the distribution of milk in the heat of summer, the tradition has expanded to celebrate all dairy products and the people behind them. While the world grapples with radical change, there is no better time to celebrate the gathering of people and nutritious food around the table.

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Pork Research guide in gloved hands

Teacher of Purdue’s first meat science course reflects on lifetime of research

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

After 75 years, Max Judge still recalls a simple question that set the course for decades of progress in meat science.

Growing up on a farm in Henry County, Judge showed pigs through 4-H. “In 1945, I had the opportunity to host the county pig tour,” Judge recalled. “Lo and behold, leading the tour was Hobe Jones.” Jones taught animal sciences at Purdue for 38 years. “I was excited to tell Hobe that my brother had worked with pigs at Purdue under Cliff Breeden. My brother had told me that Cliff kept his pigs from getting too fat by feeding them by hand instead of on a feeder.”

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Questions and answers about the road from farm to table

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture offers the following questions and answers to provide background and insight into how COVID-19 is impacting the food supply chain and animal welfare. The information is provided by Jayson Lusk, distinguished p…

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Free nutrition and management series for dairy producers

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 University News Story

Join dairy academia and industry experts for a free virtual “Dairy Nutrition and Management Series” on Monday (May 4). The one-day conference will cover topics in dairy farm management and nutrition best practices. In addition, attendees can participat…

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The Road from Farm to Table

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

The following questions and answers provide background and insight into how COVID-19 is impacting the food supply chain and animal welfare. The information is provided by Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, and Candace Croney, professor of animal behavior and well-being, and director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University.

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Animal sciences professor cautions against ‘panic buying’ chicks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 University News Story

A global pandemic is not the optimal time to start raising chickens, Marisa Erasmus, an assistant professor of animal sciences at Purdue University, cautions.

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Candace Croney's cat and dog with her laptop

Managing your “fur-workers”: Supporting your pets while working from home

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

A downside of working from home is that many of my important work conversations are interrupted by what I have begun to refer to as my fur-workers,” said Candace Croney fondly describing her cat, Bernie, and Havanese mix Desi. “They like to help me out by announcing the end of the world is coming because a delivery arrived or walk across my keyboard to end a web conference without my consent.”

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From the lab to the laptop: How College of Agriculture professors are pivoting to virtual classrooms

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

In many ways, attending in-person university lectures is a great equalizer, John “Barny” Dunning, Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) professor observed.

“In the face-to-face format, I get three chances a week to remind students of critical deadlines, upcoming activities and impart crucial information. Of course, students don’t get that information if they don’t come to class, but then it is their fault,” Dunning said.

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Message from the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Dear Purdue Agriculture Community,

Purdue University leaders have made important strategic decisions regarding our campus response to the outbreak of the newly identified coronavirus, COVID-19. I invite you to read more about those decisions and how they will be impacting classes on this site, which will be updated daily.

For Purdue Agriculture, these important guidelines have several implications that I want to share with you. We will be updating information regularly on this page and through our Twitter feed @PurdueAg.

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Nira with a dog on campus

Student learns from two and four legged friends

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

“I didn’t want to come to Purdue. I just wanted to get out of the Midwest,” said Brandon Hunter, who grew up in southern Illinois. “I saw myself moving somewhere far away like California, Georgia or Pennsylvania.”

Hunter first heard about the MANRRS-Purdue chapter through Pamala Morris, assistant dean and director of multicultural programs, and Myron McClure, assistant director of student recruitment and retention.

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New associate dean for academic programs joins Purdue agriculture leadership team

Monday, February 10th, 2020 University News Story

Christine Wilson, a professor and director of undergraduate programs for Kansas State University’s agricultural economics department, has been appointed associate dean and director of academic programs for Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, ef…

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Animal health care receives boost through Elanco, Purdue strategic alliance

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 University News Story

Elanco Animal Health Inc. (NYSE: ELAN) today (Feb. 4) announced a four-year collaborative research agreement with Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation with a goal to collaborate and train talent as they seek solutions to some of the greates…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Derico Setyabrata

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

DERICO SETYABRATA “I personally enjoy food — cooking and eating. Sometimes the dry-aging process can really improve the products. It’s interesting for me to figure out those flavors.” — Derico Setyabrata, PhD student, Animal Science   THE STUDENT When Derico Setyabrata bites into a flavorful steak, he can’t help but wonder why it tastes so…

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Karcher's Classroom full of students

National Teaching and Student Engagement award winner explores learning opportunities with students

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

By Chad Campbell From a distance, Elizabeth Karcher kept an interested eye on her dozen students while they explored a bustling market in Ho Chi Minh City. It was “free time,” but opportunities like these were why Karcher encouraged students to travel to Vietnam. Karcher, an assistant professor of animal sciences, was one of two…

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Students are gobbling up this simulation

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Exams, papers, presentations – these are some of the most common assessments employed by professors. Sometimes, however, the best way to gauge understanding is through more interactive means, finding ways to simulate real-life challenges students could encounter in their post-graduate careers or studies. Marisa Erasmus, assistant professor in animal sciences, put…

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Calving school hosted by Purdue veterinary faculty

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 University News Story

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will host a calving school for beef and dairy producers on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lynn Hall, 625 Harrison St., West Lafayette. Land O’Lakes sponsors the school, at which producers will l…

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