CALS New Hires-May 2023

Andrew Magnuson, Postdoctoral Associate, Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Andrew MagnusonMagnuson received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University, with a distinction in research focusing on laying hen nutrition. This was followed by a Master of Science in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Arkansas, where he determined novel plasma biomarkers for phosphorus metabolism which translate across breeders to their broiler progeny. Continue reading “CALS New Hires-May 2023”

Three UVM Animal Science Alumni Who are Giving Back

Katie Berkelhamer holding two horses by their reins, Madison Simonds standing next to a black bull cow, Rachel (Lundsted) Richardson is hammering a horse shoe.
From left to right: Katie Berkelhamer, Madison Simonds, Rachel (Lundsted) Richardson.

Katie Berkelhamer is currently a science teacher at Essex High School and one of the University of Vermont Dressage Team coaches. Originally from New York and Connecticut, Berkelhamer graduated from UVM in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She then continued at UVM to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching. Continue reading “Three UVM Animal Science Alumni Who are Giving Back”

African Swine Fever is Getting Too Close for Comfort

A Google map of the Caribbean Ocean showing the distance from the island of Hispaniola to the southern tip of Florida.

About 20 percent of Vermont dairy farms raise pigs as well as dairy cows. Ninety percent of these farms raise pigs seasonally, and their health concerns may not be a priority for farmers. However, there is growing concern about the global spread of African swine fever (ASF), a deadly foreign animal disease (FAD) of pigs that was identified in two Caribbean countries during 2021. Continue reading “African Swine Fever is Getting Too Close for Comfort”

UVM Students Compete in 21st Annual Dairy Challenge

Four college students looking at dairy cows and their feed on a farm.

(Summary written by Wanda Emerich at The Miner Institute.)

Saratoga Springs, New York was the home base for the 2023 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC). The competition was held from March 30 to April 1, with six area dairies participating in the educational event. Dairy students from 31 colleges worked to improve their dairy management and communication skills, networked with other students, and explored industry careers. Continue reading “UVM Students Compete in 21st Annual Dairy Challenge”