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American Society of Animal Sciences Scholastic Achievement Award Winners


Adams, Krista
Brockhaus, Olivia
Cameron, Hannah
Cook, Lauren
Cowan de Wolf, Ella
Daniel, Shelby
Dreger, Sarah
Hoch, Katherine
Johnson, Rachel
Kirkpatrick, Britney
Lewis, Sara
Lolkema, Mackenzie
Lynn, Heather
McMurphy, Anna
Morris, Taylor
Rose, Lacey
Shannon, Marissa


Perfect pairing: Chef’s gift delivers big benefits for students

Animal Sciences Students with Cougar Seasonings

“When Chef Jamie Callison wants to impress at his Cougar Football tailgate dinners, he brings out his best: Student-crafted, locally made foods that tell the story of Washington State University.”

Read the full CAHNRS article here.


2017 Washington State Sheep Producers’ Golden Sheep Hook Award Winner Jan Busboom

Jan Busboom Awarded Golden Sheep Hook

The Washington State Sheep Producers’ Golden Sheep Hook Award is the highest honor presented by the state sheep producers organization; it is in recognition of outstanding service to the sheep industry and the Washington State Sheep Producers organization.

The 2017 WSSP Golden Hook Award is awarded to an individual who has worked in our midst for many years and grew up in the sheep industry.  With his father as his mentor, he raised and showed sheep; and together they were well recognized as top quality Columbia breeders across the U.S.  He continued his passion by pursuing a degree in animal sciences and eventually received at PhD in Michigan State University.  A tireless team member and dedicated mentor, this year’s Golden Hook recipient is Dr. Jan Busboom, Washington State University Extension Meat Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences.

Jan came to Washington to work at the university in 1989.  Since first appearing on the scene in Pullman, he quickly became a valuable asset to the world of academia, extension and the sheep industry here.  He was able to combine his interest in meat muscle mass and sheep while researching the callipyge gene and has always been eager to help with numerous Extension outreach programs.  Jan is the WSU Meat Evaluation and Analysis Team(MEAT) team leader for the LAMB 100, 200 and 300 program and has been instrumental in delivering these programs in Washington, Oregon, California and the Rocky Mountain region.

Jan’s positive attitude makes him a delightful asset on any team project or in any mentoring capacity. Countless graduate students have sought his guidance in their endeavors and have risen to exciting new heights under his tutelage.   He truly is a knowledgeable meat scientist who has been researching and mentoring budding academics for the past 25 years.

A sheep judge in all climates, he shares his expertise with those passionate about sheep.  He is at home sporting a lab coat and hard hat in the cooler or a polo on a hot day summer day judging or handling sheep.  His calm demeanor and steady personality make Jan easy to work with and he excels in mentoring youth as a tireless dedicated 4-H leader.  With his wife Janice at his side, together they manage a flock of Suffolk Hampshire crosses and lead the Albion 4-H Sheep Club.  Each year they work diligently to improve the breeds and create competitive crossbreds.  Jan is also actively engaged in developing an NSIP testing strategy for seedstock producers.

For many years he has been involved in the annual Northwest Junior Sheep Expo and has represented the university professionally by sharing knowledge on carcass and meat qualities.

Jan believes in education and is a valuable asset to any project making him a great advocate for the sheep industry, research and extension.  Currently, he serves as a team member on WSU Sheep Endowment ram management study, analyzing reproductive fitness of breeding stock.  Jan is also working with a group to create a Spanish resource guide for sheep herders.  This will not only enhance the quality of the care that commercial range  flocks receive, it will also better the lives of those working with them.  Recently, Jan received a grant teaming up with the University of Idaho to conduct trainings for ultrasound technicians specializing in sheep evaluation to take place in the summer of 2018.

In September 2018, Jan will retire from WSU but will forever remain passionate about education, meat science, genetic improvements, youth, mentoring, research and the sheep industry.

Please join me in congratulating this year’s winner of the WSSP Golden Hook Award, the man who is always able to rise the challenge of whatever is asked of him, Dr. Jan Roger Busboom.

WSU Dairy Club participates in ADSA conference

ADSA Group in Pittsburgh

Members of the WSU Dairy Club traveled to Pittsburgh last summer to attend the American Dairy Association’s annual conference. Read more about the trip in Maya Wahl’s article.

Cougar Seasonings

Bottle of Everything Seasoning All-Purpose seasoning for meat, seafood, potatoes, eggs, veggies, & more. Bottle of Expresso Seasoning & Rub - Enjoy with steak, port, salmon and chicken.

Spice up your game with Cougar Seasonings!

PULLMAN, Wash. – Whether you want to infuse your kitchen creations with flavor or spice up your tailgates this season, Washington State University’s got you covered. The WSU Department of Animal Sciences has officially released WSU Seasonings & Rubs.

These curated blends can replace an entire spice rack. The WSU Espresso Seasoning & Rub pairs perfectly with steak, pork, salmon, and chicken, combining espresso and peppers to provide a smoky, robust complement to the meat. The WSU Everything Seasoning is a tasty addition to any meal, promising to take your dishes from ordinary to exceptional.

These blends were designed with Cougar Quality Meats in mind, crafted specifically for WSU Premium Beef by award-winning Executive Chef Jamie Callison. Chef Callison is the author of The Crimson Spoon and a Culinary Arts Instructor in the WSU School of Hospitality and Business Management.

Recipes for WSU Seasonings & Rubs were generously donated by the Callison family in order to benefit WSU students. All proceeds from the sale of WSU Seasonings & Rubs help support educational programming in the Department of Animal Sciences.

Both seasonings are available at Cougar Quality Meats through WSU Premium Beef; WSU Connections stores in Everett, Spokane, and Pullman; Dissmores IGA, Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe, and Crimson & Gray in Pullman; the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown; and online: WSU Connections.

For more information on WSU Seasonings & Rubs, Cougar Quality Meats, or the Department of Animal Sciences, contact Dr. Jan Busboom at 509-335-2880 or, or the Premium Beef Team at 509-335-1002 or

ASAS Animal Growth and Development Award

Min DuMin Du

Dr. Min Du earned his B.S. from Zhejiang University, M.S. from China Agricultural University and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. After postdoctoral training at University of Alberta, he was an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. In 2011, he moved to Washington State University as a Professor and Endowed (Funded) Chair. His research focuses on stem cell differentiation and muscle and adipose tissue development, and is well funded by USDA and NIH awards. Dr. Du has trained more than 30 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and published 194 peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent speaker for national/international meetings. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal Science, and is a reviewer or panel member for more than 40 scientific journals and funding agencies. He was the recipient of the Young Scientist Award, Early Career Achievement Award from ASAS, UW Outstanding Advisor Award, and Distinguished Service Award from Physiological Genomics Group of American Physiological Society.

Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production

Larry FoxLawrence Fox

Lawrence K. (Larry) Fox was raised in New York and spent his summers milking and feeding cows, caring for replacement heifers, and putting up hay. After graduating from Cornell University in 1977, Fox worked for a year on a 60-cow dairy in central New York. He completed his MS at Virginia Tech in 1980 and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. His first faculty appointment was at the University of Hawaii (1982-1985), where he served as the dairy extension specialist in dairy management. ln 1985, Fox left Hawaii for a position at Washington State University (WSU), where he has remained for more than 30 years. ln 1986, Fox developed an Advanced Dairy Management course at WSU. This course was focused on teaching students how data-based management programs and projection and analytical programs could be incorporated into dairy management systems. In addition to the Advanced Dairy Management course, Fox has been the lead instructor for Dairy Cattle Traits and Selection for 15 years, Introductory Dairy Production Laboratory for more than 25 years, and the senior-level Dairy Production class for more than 25 years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Fox has advised the WSU Dairy Club for 32 years. The focus of the club’s efforts are service and learning–and having fun. The WSU Dairy Club regularly attends the Student Affiliate Division meeting of the ADSA, has an officer at the national level most years, and is one of only two teams that has won the Quiz Bowl competition more than once. The WSU Dairy Club has also won the Hoard’s Dairyman National Judging Competition. Because of his dedicated service to this successful club, Fox was awarded the ADSA-SAD Advisor of the Year Award in 2012.

WSU Extension Launches Statewide Animal Ag Website

Animal agriculture has an important role in Washington’s economy and communities. WSU Extension faculty and specialists involved in animal agriculture production from across Washington state have launched an updated version of the Washington State University Extension Animal Ag Website (  Information from the WSU Extension Central Animal Agriculture website ( will be included in the new site and the URL will direct users to the new statewide site.

Relying on traditions of excellence and combining modern technology with current advancements in scientific research, the WSU Extension Animal Ag Team delivers educational programs and resources to aid livestock producers develop practices to respond to new opportunities, challenges, and demands.  This new website feature factsheets, event program details, and resource team member contact information for topics including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep/goats, horses, other minor food animal species, forages/pasture, and water quality.  The website also features resources for youth livestock producers and there is also a section of factsheets available in Spanish.  The goal in developing the new statewide based website was to make it more user friendly, allowing WSU Extension clientele to efficiently and effectively access animal agriculture information.

CUDS at Watts Brothers Dairy

CUDS at Watts Brothers Dairy

The WSU Cooperative University Dairy Students (CUDS) visited Watts Brothers Dairy to learn more about Jersey cattle management. Two managers and the veterinarian of Watts Brother Dairy are alum of the Department of Animal Sciences and CUDS. Thank you Watts Brothers Dairy for allowing us to visit!

Why Does This Calf Have Six Legs?

National Geographic image of calf with six legsIn a new episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol, the veterinarian is faced with a bovine dilemma—a cow with extra limbs.

Source: Why Does This Calf Have Six Legs?