Annual Events


BEEF U – BEEF EXCELLENCE EDUCATION FOR YOU

This event is held in the Spring of each year. This program is for youth from ages 9 to 19 years old. For one Saturday in April (generally the 1st Sat. of April), attendees spend the day at the Lambert-Powell Meats Laboratory and Stanley Wilson Beef Teaching Center with Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences faculty, staff and students where they are introduced to topics from pasture to plate in beef production. It is sponsored by Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama 50 Cent Beef Checkoff, and Auburn University, Department of Animal Sciences. Contact Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson for more information.

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Spring Break Tour

This is a fun event for students in Animal Science. Each year the department chooses a new location to tour for Spring Break. While many students spend the week at the beach, Animal Sciences students spend it learning more about animal agriculture in a different part of the country. The first trip in 2008 was to Texas, followed by a trip to Missouri and Iowa in 2009, Florida in 2010, and Louisiana and Texas in 2011, Tennessee and Kentucky in 2012, and Texas and Oklahoma in 2013. The students visit agricultural colleges in the area that they travel to in addition to visiting businesses and farms related to animal science and agriculture in general. Contact Dr. Wayne Greene for more information.

Academic Quadrathlon

This fun filled event puts the practical skills of our students in Animal Sciences to the test. Each year the department holds our competition in October with the winning team competing in regionals in February of the following year at the Southern Section meeting of the American Society of Animal Sciences. The students form teams of four people and compete over a three day competition. Sunday night begins with in an oral presentation on current events topics, and a written test. Monday night is the fun-filled practicum where the students travel to each animal unit and various stations in Upchurch Hall to complete practicals from live animal handling to equipment identification and diet formulation. Tuesday night the competitive personalities are exposed in the quiz bowl portion of the event. Finally, we conclude on Friday night with an appreciation dinner for the participants and faculty/staff supporters and crown the winning team to wish them well as the prepare for competition again in the spring. Contact Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson for more information.

Block and Bridle Sheep and Goat Show

Each August, Block and Bridle host a youth sheep and goat show to get show participants geared up for the circuit of shows beginning in the fall. This event is held at the Stanley Wilson Beef Teaching Center. Participants are youth aged showmen and women. Classes include breeding stock, market animals and showmanship. Contact Mr. Bob Ebert for more information.

Block and Bridle Youth Livestock Judging Contest

The Youth Livestock Judging Contest is hosted by Block and Bridle in the spring of each year. This event is for students 9-19 and provides a both an judging contest and a learning environment. This event is held at the Stanley Wilson Beef Teaching Center. Contact Mr. Bob Ebert for more information.

State 4H Livestock, Meats and Agri-Knowledge Contest and State FFA Livestock and Equine Career Development Events

The Auburn University Animal Sciences Department hosts these events in conjunction with 4H and FFA at Auburn University facilities. The winning teams from these events are eligible to continue onto National Competition. Contact Mr. Bob Ebert for more information.

DAIRY U – Dairy Awareness Introductory Resource for Youth University

This event is on the first Saturday in May each year. This program is a hands on educational program for youth 9-19 which deals with different aspects of the Dairy Industry. Topics in the past have dealt with:
How does a Cow make Milk, Cheese Making, Ice Cream & Dipping Dots, Bottling Milk For Sale, Showing Dairy Cattle and visiting Auburn University’s Veterinary School Dairy to milk cows. Events begin at the Stanley Wilson Beef Teaching Center. Contact Mr. Boyd Brady for more information.

St. Jude Trail Ride

The AU Horseman’s Club hosts a benefit trail ride for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Spring Semester. Participation is open to students and non-students alike. Riders must pay a $15 donation, and are encouraged to collect additional donations from friends and family. Prizes are given to top fund raisers. Contact Horseman’s Club Advisor Dr. Betsy Wagner for more information.