A poultry interest group is being added to the Block & Bridle Club in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.
The B&B club, which has more than 500 members, currently includes beef, companion animal, horse, meats, sheep and swine interest groups. The club is one of the largest on campus and is open to students campus-wide in all majors. The club offers opportunities for students to network with industry representatives and learn more about the specific interest animal science areas.
Mike Persia, assistant professor of animal science and one of the club's advisers at ISU, says it's important to include a poultry interest group. Iowa leads the nation in egg production and is ranked in the top 10 for turkey production.
"Students have expressed interest in a poultry group and a couple of students in particular have demonstrated strong leadership in forming this group," Persia says. Persia will be the first faculty adviser to the group, which will officially begin meeting in January. He says it's an opportunity for students to meet and learn from industry representatives.
Andrew Sauer, a sophomore in animal science, is one of the student leaders who has been working to establish a poultry interest group. "The poultry interest group needs to be included because there is such a strong interest in poultry production in Iowa," says Sauer. Beth Baudler, who currently serves as Block & Bridle president and is a senior in animal science, adds "All the interest groups help students get firsthand experience in an area they may choose as a career."
The Block & Bridle club begins its annual summer sausage and cheese sales this month. The money raised through those sales helps the club pay for speakers, plan trips to industry locations and host student events. There are 92 active Block & Bridle chapters nationwide. To learn more about Iowa State's club go to www.ans.iastate.edu/clubs/bbclub/?pg