Department News and Updates! October 4, 2013



  • Ermias Kebreab & Abbas Ahmadi awarded ‘Development of Ration Formulation and Enteric Methane Calculation Software For Dairy Cattle in Vietnam’ sponsored by USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Qian Wang & Frank Mitloehner coauthor of “Effects of inorganic v. organic copper on denitrification in agricultural soil” in Advances in Animal Biosciences
  • Anita Oberbauer coauthors “Inherited epilepsy in dogs” in Topics Companion Animal Medicine


  • Alison Van Eenennaam spoke at National Institute of Animal Agriculture 2013 conference opening session
  • Carine Elkhoraibi, Richard Blatchford & Joy Mench present talks on Backyard Flocks at the California Egg Quality Assurance Program meetings in Modesto and Riverside
  • Anita Oberbauer presented at the 7th International Conference on Advances in Canine & Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Canine & Feline Breeding & Genetics Conference held in Boston
  • Frank Mitloehner chair of the environmental sub-committee of the NAS Institute of Medicine project on 'Development of a Framework to Assess Health, Social, and Environmental Impacts if the Food System' held in Wash DC
  • Joy Mench participates in meetings of the Butterball Turkey Animal Care & Well-Being Advisory Council and the American Humane Association Humane Heartland Science Advisory Committee in Orlando
  • Brian Greco, Ph.D student in Joy Mench’s lab, presented invited talk on elephant behavior at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Meeting in Kansas City as part of a symposium “Using Science to Understand Zoo Elephant Welfare.”
  • Mark Rubio comes to the aid of UCD alums’ wedding reception at Putah Creek Lodge by providing straw bales
  • Frank Mitloehner attended coalition for sustainable egg supply meeting in Minneapolis (Joy Mench also attended) and a Discover conference in Chicago where he presented on dairy efficiencies
  • Caleb Sehnert, Meat Lab manager was one of 6 judges of "Grill on the Gridiron", Portland St. vs UCD (see photos below)