Iowa State University 2018 Animal Industry Report Now Available Online

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2018 ISU Animal Industry Report now available


AMES, Iowa – The 2018 Iowa State University Animal Industry Report is now available online. The annual report, now in its 15th year, features a variety of animal industry-related research done at Iowa State that is supported by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. The report is coordinated through the animal science department.

This year’s edition has nearly 80 articles organized under eight categories ranging from animal products and environment to poultry and small ruminants. The report includes a table of contents and is available on the Iowa State Digital Repository This site has links to all years of the AIR beginning with the first issue in 2004.
Don Beermann, chair of the animal science department, said the report combines reports from researchers on campus and out in the state, including research that relates to the beef, dairy, poultry and swine industries in Iowa.
“A variety of professionals conducted the research for this report, including Iowa State faculty, staff and graduate students; visiting scholars; Iowa State Extension field staff; and collaborators from other universities and professors,” Beermann said. “Some research relates to improving production efficiencies while other research relates to improving environmental quality, animal health, animal product food safety and animal behavior and well-being. All are important aspects of keeping animal agriculture strong and viable, and contributing to the economy and quality of life in Iowa.”

By the numbers:
From 2004-2018
1392 articles have been published as part of the Animal Industry Report
            Readers from 10,300 institutions in 206 countries downloaded articles 240,957 times

In just the first three months of 2018
Readers from 1,402 institutions in 131 countries downloaded articles 11,026 times.

The most popular article: Hydroponic Fodder Systems for Dairy Cattle, ASL R2791, from the 2013 AIR: it’s been downloaded 21,405 times.



The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Dr. Don Beermann, chair of animal science department, 515-294-2160,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Pork Industry Center, 515-294-4496,

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