Xin to present at U of A Center for Food Animal Wellbeing Symposium

Considerations and innovations in transporting poultry and hogs and the challenges and opportunities in managing beef cattle health and well-being will be among the topics covered Aug. 3 during the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing’s seventh annual symposium on current issues and advances in food animal well-being. The center is a unit of the U … Continue reading Xin to present at U of A Center for Food Animal Wellbeing Symposium

Agricultural engineering and animal science professor named CALS Assistant Dean for Research

Hongwei Xin has been named the new assistant dean for research in CALS. Xin, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor who holds the Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professorship in the agricultural and biosystems engineering and animal science departments, Xin was named to the newly created position effective April 1. He will focus on the promotion … Continue reading Agricultural engineering and animal science professor named CALS Assistant Dean for Research

Monitoring animal health

Researchers are using remote sensing technologies to increase the health and efficiency of livestock production. One of the studies involved tracking chickens to get a sense of the basics for potential cage-free production. How many feeders to provide a cage-
free flock is one of the many production questions that need answering, says Hongwei Xin, director of … Continue reading Monitoring animal health

ABE grads win at Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest

Three agricultural and biosystems engineering graduate students attended the 2016 Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest, held at Ohio State University on November 12 and 13. The Iowa State University graduate team, comprised of Suzanne Leonard, Kai Liu and Jofran Oliveira, placed first in the Team Live Assessment scenario and third place Overall Team. Suzanne Leonard … Continue reading ABE grads win at Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest

ISU faculty, staff and students win big at ASABE in Orlando

Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering faculty, staff and students were once again a strong presence at the annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) conference. More winners will be announced in upcoming Inside magazines (ASABE publication): 2016 ASABE Major Award Winners: Carl Bern: Sukup Global Food Security Award Mark Hanna: SMV Technologies Ergonomics, Safety … Continue reading ISU faculty, staff and students win big at ASABE in Orlando

Xin: The cage-free hen movement has reached a tipping point in consumer preferences

Hongwei Xin, said he hoped consumers always will be able to choose between conventionally produced eggs and cage-free eggs, each of which has its pros and cons. Most of the corporate commitments to cage-free eggs have 2020 or 2025 deadlines, he said, because it can take years to complete the transition. Cage-free eggs cost more to produce … Continue reading Xin: The cage-free hen movement has reached a tipping point in consumer preferences

Awards bestowed by Iowa State University Agricultural Honor Society

The Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta, presented awards April 21 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students. Two individuals’ accomplishments were recognized with the 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Thomas Loynachan, professor … Continue reading Awards bestowed by Iowa State University Agricultural Honor Society

Xin: Egg prices forecast to fall as industry recovers from bird flu

Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University, said the state is making good progress in recovering from bird flu. Iowa had 46.5 million egg-laying hens as of mid-March compared with 58.3 million before the outbreak. Producers are adding about 3 million birds each month, but that pace is expected to slow … Continue reading Xin: Egg prices forecast to fall as industry recovers from bird flu