Bovance Names Scholarship Winners

Bovance has chosen Branden Zuck from Ames, Iowa, as the winner of the second Bovance Scholarship Contest. Applicants submitted essays related to cloning and its benefit to the agriculture industry.

Zuck is currently a sophomore at Iowa State University majoring in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary focus.  He is extremely involved on campus as a member of Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honorary Fraternity, Block and Bridle Club, Pre-Veterinary Club, Collegiate Beef Team and various other organizations.

Max Wolf of Lebanon, Conn., was recognized as the runner-up scholarship winner. Wolf is a freshman at Penn State University majoring in Animal Science with a business option.

The Bovance Student Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and students pursuing their first or second year of higher education.  Students pick a topic to write about ranging from which animal they would clone, how cloning could help feed the world to communicating with consumers on the value of cloning.  

This year’s winner, Zuck, answered the question, “How could genetic preservation and cloning help feed the world in the years to come?”  Wolf’s essay, this year’s runner-up winner, focused on the topic of why he would clone a specific bull. Winning essays can be viewed at or on the Bovance Facebook page.

Bovance is a joint-venture between Trans Ova Genetics of Sioux Center, Iowa and ViaGen of Austin, Texas.  Trans Ova Genetics helps cattle breeding clients effectively implement advanced reproductive technologies, including embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization, sexed semen, genetic preservation and cloning.  ViaGen adds value to the marketplace by cloning animals, licensing and selling proprietary animal genetics, and providing traits and technology for animal agriculture industries worldwide.  Bovance provides bovine cloning services and genetic opportunities to cattle producers across North America as an exclusive product offering from Trans Ova Genetics.