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Department of Animal Science

A young married couple standing in a field.

Feb 9, 2021

CALS Breeds Love

Three NC State couples prove that finding love is possible in college, especially for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

Billy Ray Vickers carries the ball down field in a Technician photo, circa 1979.

Jan 22, 2021

Major Player

Billy Ray Vickers learned the value of hard work growing up on a farm in the Blue Ridge foothills. The lessons he learned on and off the football field at NC State propelled him to a successful career in manufacturing. 

Waste lagoon and hog houses

Nov 24, 2020

Waste Solutions: From Farm Waste to Feed, Fertilizer and Energy

In this episode of Farms, Food and You, learn how extension specialists and researchers are helping farmers use plant-based agricultural leftovers as cattle feed and turning hog waste into valuable bioenergy and fertilizer. 

A young man standing on the steps of Emory University's School of Public Health

Oct 26, 2020

Alumnus Focuses on Zoonotic Diseases with CDC

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumnus Dan Popkin is interning with the CDC to better understand zoonotic diseases while he works toward his master’s degree in public health from Emory University. 

Tiayonna Liska standing in her home garden holding a basket

Oct 12, 2020

‘The Best Decision’

Experiences at NC State lead CALS alumna Tiayonna Liska on an unlikely path to educational entrepreneurship. 

A young black man wearing an NC State shirt and holding a clipboard

Sep 10, 2020

Je’Juan Bryant: The Difference Scholarships Make

Je’Juan Bryant, a junior majoring in animal science, says getting a higher education would have been more stressful without scholarships. Thanks to support from our Pack, he can focus on what matters most — earning a degree and making a difference. 

Brown Swiss herd dairy cows in a field

Jun 17, 2020

NC Dairy Industry: A Glass That’s More Than Half-Full

North Carolina’s dairy industry plays a key role in North Carolina’s agricultural fabric, contributing more than $10 billion to the state’s total economy. Despite its ups and downs, dairy farmers remain committed to providing families with delicious and nutritious dairy products for a family meal or quick snack. 

Smiling child with his arm around a pig

Jun 12, 2020

The Shows, and the Contests, Go On

Despite widespread event cancellations, 4-H horse and livestock contests and events went on, thanks to extension professionals who found innovative ways to use technology to bring these events home. 

Rachel Brown face-to-face with one of her sheep.

May 14, 2020

There’s No Stopping Rachel Brown

Throughout her time at NC State, recent graduate Brown has been contributed eagerly and often to the college community and to the growth of school students. Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could slow her momentum. 

A young couple on a farm with a miniature cow and sheep.

Feb 10, 2020

First Came Friendship, Then Came Love

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni Taylor and Harrison Jenkins don’t recall their actual first date - they just remember always being together.