Department News and Updates! May 29, 2015


  • ANS Spring Awards BBQ June 2, Putah Creek Lodge
  • Caleb Sehnert inducted into Bishop Mule Day’s Hall of Fame
  • Food for Thought: Communicating Agricultural Science June 3 Mondavi Center—Jim Murray participant & Alison Van Eenennaam discussion panelist
  • Action Jackson’s offspring excel at Bishop Mule Days: Action’s Protégé owned by UCD ANS & shown by ANS student Erin McCarty & Joel Viloria, barn manager was World Champion Donkey (points from donkey western, english, driving, gymkhana and halter events); Actions’s Shinanigan – World Champion Fun Mule (points from racing events) owned by Dan Sehnert; Action’s Red Rose – World Champion Ranch Mule (points from cattle work)
  • UC Davis Horse Barn Packing Team- Reserve World Champion Inter-Collegiate Packing Team (members: Maddy Seeley, Reina McAlexander, Kayla Wigney & Erica Falk with team Manager Heather Gordon)


  • The ANS Student Sheep Show and Management Team Rebecca Barnett (chair), Kelly Braxton-Semonsen, Savanah Miller, Anna Halle, Hannah Van Duzer mentored by Dana Van Liew hosted another successful sale and sheep outreach event at the sheep unit May 26th
  • Alison Van Eenennaam spoke at the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium (USDETC) in Clovis, New Mexico about “Respiratory Disease Prevention: Opportunities for Genetic Selection” and  “The use of GMOs in the dairy industry, and implications for mandatory GE process-based labeling
  • Frank Mitloehner conducted a dairy odor workshop for the Board of Directors for Tillamook Cheese Coop in Tillamook Oregon
  • Alison Van Eenennaam participated in the Genome Canada Large-Scale Applied Research Project Grant Review in Toronto, Canada


  • Jennifer Hughes & Trish Berger publish “Development of Apical Blebbing in the Boar Epididymis” in Plos ONE
  • Luis Moraes, Ermias Kebreab, Anders Strathe, & Jim Fadel co-authors of “Multivariate and univariate analysis of energy balance data from lactating dairy cows” in J. Dairy Sci