Animal Science

Note to Public: Rural UC Davis ‘Isn’t a Park’

May 27, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, the rural parts of the UC Davis campus have seen an influx of visitors seeking alternative recreation spots close to home — sometimes too many visitors and sometimes with adverse consequences.

Officials say habitat is being damaged, agricultural research threatened and wildlife impacted in the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and other areas of south and west campus.

CRISPR a Tool for Conservation, Not Just Gene Editing

May 21, 2020
Scientists Use CRISPR to Rapidly Identify Endangered Delta Smelt and Its Look-Alikes

The gene-editing technology CRISPR has been used for a variety of agricultural and public health purposes — from growing disease-resistant crops to, more recently, a diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Students rise to the occasion at the UC Davis Goat Teaching and Research Facility

April 10, 2020

The dedication and character of UC Davis students is clearly evident at the Goat Teaching and Research Facility these days.

“Operations need to continue at the goat facility because the goats need to be fed and milked—regardless of current events,” said Teresa Greenhut, a student resident at the goat barn and adjacent creamery.

Genome-Edited Bull Passes on Hornless Trait to Calves

October 07, 2019
Study Sheds Light on Future of Genome Editing in Livestock

For the past two years, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have been studying six offspring of a dairy bull, genome-edited to prevent it from growing horns. This technology has been proposed as an alternative to dehorning, a common management practice performed to protect other cattle and human handlers from injuries.

Frank Mitloehner Honored With Science Communication Award

April 16, 2019

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) named UC Davis animal scientist Frank Mitloehner the 2019 Borlaug CAST Communication Award recipient. Mitloehner, a professor and air quality extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science, is the 10th recipient of this award.

Meat Lab Team Finds the Winning Cure

March 06, 2019

The Meat Lab’s student employees found the right cure — with beef jerky — to regain the team title in the college section of the California Association of Meat Processors’ Cured Meat Competition.

With the recent win, UC Davis has now had possession of the Norm Eggin Championship Cup for six years out of the seven years it has been awarded.

“After losing the trophy to Cal Poly by a mere 10 points last year, our returning juniors and seniors really wanted to get it back,” said Caleb Sehnert, UC Davis Meat Lab manager and team coach.

Anita Oberbauer Wins Teaching Prize

March 06, 2019
Her ‘Companion Animal Biology’ Class as Popular as Ever

Pardon the interruption, students, but we wanted you to know the animal science professor standing in front of you, Anita Oberbauer, whom you fondly call “Dr. O,” is the recipient of the 2018-19 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

Human Actions Impact Wild Salmon’s Ability to Evolve

December 04, 2018
Spring-Run Chinook’s Decline and Loss Connected to Specific Gene Variation

Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish in a study led by the University of California, Davis. Prompt conservation action could preserve spring-run chinook, as well as their evolutionary potential.

UC Davis breaks ground on new dairy goat parlor and creamery

October 19, 2018

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences broke ground October 15 on a new dairy goat parlor and creamery just south of campus near the existing Dairy Goat Teaching and Research Facility off Old Davis Road.

The 2,420 square-foot Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery will provide a California Department of Food and Agriculture inspected and approved facility for students, staff, faculty and industry stakeholders to process fluid milk and make cheese with state-of-the-art equipment. The project should take about eight months to complete.