UPDATE Oklahoma State University
Spring 2019 Vol. 46
The Best of the Best
Don Gill Selected as Honoree
A Gateway to Excellence
Purebred Beef Center Provides Opportunities
A Triple Crown of Championships
Department Gains Three National Titles
Message from the
Randy Renbarger - 2018 – 2019
Greetings from the ASAA. I am continually amazed at the tremendous support and achievements of the faculty, staff and alumni at Oklahoma State University, which is evident by the accomplishments you will see in this publication. The success of the ASAA is due to committed and devoted alumni who support the ASAA and the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Recently, the ASAA has extended areas of support thanks to the generosity of loyal alumni and friends. Today, we annually provide more than $25,000 to students, judging teams, livestock units and organizations. In 2014, the ASAA established the Purebred/Teaching Center Endowments through the OSU Foundation with the goal of creating a $2 million endowment for each unit to create sustainability and cover maintenance costs. Each of the six funds have reached the minimum $25,000 endowment level, but we need your help to continue towards our goal. OSU is fortunate to be one of the only remaining universities to still have operational farms of all species. This is key for recruiting the industry’s brightest students and faculty, while providing hands-on experiences. With state budget cuts, it is critical we continue the growth of these endowments to support the operation and maintenance of each facility. I encourage you to consider making a contribution to one of the six endowments and continuing the tradition of excellence of each facility. At last year’s Gala Reunion, we incorporated an online bidding process to allow those unable to join us in Stillwater the opportunity to participate in the auction. With great success and a large turnout of off-site participation, the ASAA plans to continue the online bidding. I hope you will join us in raising support for scholarships by viewing items and bidding online at www.ASAAGala.givesmart.com. The ASAA provides opportunity to reconnect with alumni and contribute back to the department, which attributed so much to who we have become. I encourage you to join this elite group of more than 700 members by completing the form on the back cover of this publication. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 6, for alumni activities during the 2019 Animal Science Weekend, including our membership meeting at the Purebred Beef Center followed by the Gala that evening. By moving the Gala to Saturday, we hope you will stay an extra day in Stillwater and attend the Cowboy Classic Sale on Sunday to see the quality of cattle we have established at OSU.
of the Department
Clint Rusk - Head, OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences
Greetings and “thank you” to the alumni of the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences. I am honored to be your department head. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first six and a half years getting acquainted with animal and food sciences alumni across the state of Oklahoma and the country. I am very excited about the upcoming Alumni Science Alumni Association’s Gala Reunion to be held on Saturday evening, April 6, 2019. We hope the decision to move the ASAA Gala Reunion to a Saturday will allow more of you to attend this exciting event which provides an opportunity for alumni of our department to gather and reminisce with old friends, and to meet new friends. At this year’s Gala, we will recognize the livestock judging teams coached by Dr. Robert “Bob” Totusek and the meat judging teams coached by Dr. Lowell “Bucky” Walters. Please join us on April 6, 2019, as we introduce the current judging team members and celebrate the success of past judging teams! We are also blessed with an outstanding faculty and staff. Dr. Andrew Foote joined our faculty in late July as an assistant professor in ruminant nutrition. Dr. Foote will teach a graduate level ruminant nutrition class this spring and a second graduate level course next fall. He is in the process of establishing a vibrant research program and renovating our ruminant nutrition labs. We have also been fortunate to hire Dr. Paul Beck as our Extension beef specialist. Dr. Beck was a professor at the University of Arkansas for 20 years where he conducted applied beef cattle nutrition research at the experiment station near Hope, Arkansas. Dr. Beck joined our faculty in late August and has already presented at several cattlemen’s meetings across the state and the region. During the past year, the department has experienced numerous success stories including completion of the Ferguson Family Dairy Center freestall barn and Helms Hall, student housing. In July, the department officially changed its name to the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. The change acknowledges the rising demand for expertise in the food sciences within the food and agricultural industries and draws more attention to the major we offer here at OSU while recognizing the contributions of the food scientists in our department. I look forward to meeting many of you in 2019 at the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City, March 13-22 and during the Animal Science Weekend, April 5-7. The next time you are in Stillwater, please stop by and say hi.
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About the The Oklahoma State University Animal Science Alumni Association is a non-profit organization focused on promoting the profession of animal science. This is accomplished by providing scholarship and judging team support, encouraging student enrollment in animal science, improving awareness of educational opportunities and organizing events and activities for alumni. The Alumni Update is published annually and mailed to all animal science alumni. Beginning in 2020, the Alumni Update will be mailed only to current ASAA members. The Alumni Update may also be accessed online at OSUanscialumni.com.
12 to Watch 04 Faces 2018-2019 ASAA Scholars 16 Triple Crown of Championships 07 ADepartment Gains Three National Titles Gateway to Excellence 12 APurebred Beef Center Provides Opportunities Best of the Best 16 The 2019 Hall of Fame Chairback Recipient
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UPDATE Oklahoma State University
Spring 2019 Vol. 46
The Best of the Best
Don Gill Selected as Honoree
A Gateway to Excellence
Purebred Beef Center Provides Opportunities
A Triple Crown of Championships
Department Gains Three National Titles
ON THE COVER Dr. Don Gill, 2019 Hall of Fame Chairback Honoree, nationally impacted the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences through applied research and innovations in feedlot nutrition. See his story on page 17. Cover by Kiera Leddy.
Print and distribution of this publication was paid for in conjunction with the ASAA and Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
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Faces to Watch
2018-2019 ASAA Sch
Your Impact Makes a Difference generosity from loyal and supportive alumni and friends enables osu students with support to achieve their goals. In 2018, the ASAA provided more than $25,000 to students, organizations and judging teams to further their education and activity participation. Providing financial assistance to these individuals is the mission of this alumni group and they are proud to invest in the education of current animal and food sciences students. Join the ASAA on their mission of support at OSUANSCIALUMNI.COM.
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Sage Becker Hometown: Keota, Iowa
Clay daily Hometown: Ft. Gratiot, Michigan
What DOES IT MEAN TO BE A COWBOY?
What DOES IT mean to be a cowboy?
What are your career aspirations?
What are your career aspirations?
It is hard to put into words what it means to be a Cowboy. Embracing tradition, having a passion for orange, a desire to learn, a kind and caring heart, and a willingness to be a friend to anyone and everyone you meet makes you a Cowboyâ€“ or at least that is what made me one. I loved Oklahoma State when I first visited my senior year of high school and I love it even more today. I plan to attend graduate school and eventually pursue a career in animal research with a special interest in immunology and genetics. My ultimate career goal is to become an immunogeneticist.
When reviewing my past three years of college, I cannot script a better college experience. This place has become a new home for me. The agriculture surrounding the state, the people who make the culture and the friends who have become my family are unbelievable memories that I will have forever. I forever will be thankful for becoming a Cowboy.
This summer I had an exceptional experience with Elanco Animal Health in their field sales department. This position allowed me to travel the country and visit with feed mill employees, nutritionists, veterinarians and producers. I would enjoy having a career related to this experience.
holarship Recipients Zane Hilbig Hometown: Morrison, Oklahoma
Cathy Mapes Hometown: Alva, Oklahoma
Additional 2018 - 2019 Scholarship Recipients: Hallie Barnes | Hulbert, OK Caroline Cowles | Rockfield, KY Addison Jordan | Hartsville, SC
Dani Ledonne | Oklahoma City, OK
Mattison Lemmons | Claremore, OK
what does it mean to be a cowboy?
what does it mean to be a cowboy?
Being a Cowboy means you are enthusiastic about your work, and willing to put the time and effort in to get a job done right. Being a Cowboy also means looking at obstacles not as hindrances, but as challenges to practice and hone your skills. A simple quote can sum it all up: “No matter how you feel, get up, look up, show up, and never give up.”
WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER ASPIRATIONS?
My goal is to become either a large or mixed animal veterinarian. This is why I want to have a solid undergraduate foundation of livestock management to build upon and have a successful veterinary career.
Singing the words “ever you’ll find us loyal and true” is something that can be embodied by many OSU traditions of the university. The words of the alma mater are something I hope to carry in my heart throughout the next three and a half years of my college experience and into my adult life as I strive to carry pride and loyalty in each endeavor.
What are your career aspirations?
Brittany Lippy | Manchester, MD Kylie Patterson | San Antonio, TX Colton Pratz | Stillwater, OK GeorgenA Ratliff | Longmont, CO Krista Rodney | Bentonville, AR Rachel Scott | Georgetown, TX Ciara Smith | Prosper, TX Charlee Teague | Fort Morgan, CO
My chosen career as a pediatrician is due to the impact on their adolescent patients. When I was a child, I looked up to both of my uncles because of their impact as doctors. Seeing their impact on others fueled my desire to become a pediatrician and it has become more of a passion of mine as I have continued to grow. VOLUME 46 | 5
The Oklahoma State University Animal Science Alumni Association held their second-annual Cowboy Tailgate on Nov. 17 as the Cowboys took on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Alumni from across the state gathered to cheer on the Cowboys to victory. The tailgate served as a venue for alumni, members and friends to have a common place to gather and renew acquaintances, said Scott Bulling, ASAA vice president. “Fellowship is a strong part of the ASAA mission and we enjoy the opportunity to gather with friends and create support for the department and students.”
Alumni, friends and judging team members gather to enjoy food and fellowship.
In addition, the ASAA hosted ESPN along with reporter Holly Rowe to provide gameday coverage of the OSU horse, meat and and livestock judging teams. A crowd gathered to recognize and congratulate the teams on winning their respective national championships all within three days. The three, 2018 national championships marked history for OSU. No other university has claimed all three national titles since 1987. By Kinzie Burtrum
Mark and Robin Stinchcomb, Amy Anderson, and Randy Renbarger enjoy visiting during the tailgate.
New Faculty Spotlight Paul Beck
Associate Professor Beef Extension Specialist
Coming back to Oklahoma State University means I am returning home. It is my hope and intention to continue the excellence in beef cattle production research and Extension programming for which the department is known. My position will focus on applied production of stocker cattle and finishing systems. I am recruiting graduate students interested in applied nutrition and management of growing and finishing cattle for conducting research and Extension programs. I want to develop a research program in the outlying research stations in the state to provide avenues for generating Extension recommendations for producers in the environment in which they are operating and locations for field days for outreach and direct contact with producers.
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Judging team members and coaches celebrate the triple crown national championship for ESPN.
Andrew Foote Assistant Professor in Ruminant Nutrition
When I returned to Oklahoma State University, my main goal was to boost the graduate ruminant nutrition program. I add a unique skill set and perspective to the strong pieces currently in place, and through my research program and teaching, we will build one of the premier ruminant nutrition graduate programs in the United States. It is nice to work in a department where students are engaged, faculty enjoy their jobs and the alumni are proud of the institution and involved in securing the future of this department. My research is mainly focused on factors that contribute to feed efficiency of growing and finishing cattle. I have worked extensively on determining factors to regulate appetite and growth and will continue this line of research.
Dr. Clint Rusk, Holly Rowe and Dean Tom Coon are ready to cheer on the Cowboys.
Janine SalakJohnson Associate Professor, Stress Physiology & Animal Well-being
I look forward to raising the research bar in the department by putting Oklahoma State University on the map as one of the top departments working in the area of animal welfare utilizing non-traditional and traditional animal sciences and conducting valuable basic research essential to advancing and reacting to stakeholders needs. My research program will advance the science of animal wellbeing in food animals using the basic sciences to provide the foundation to translate the science to establish new “gold standard” for health and wellbeing of food animals and protect the value of animal agriculture in the state to remain sustainable. I enjoy that alumni are loyal and dedicated to the department and they stay actively involved and many have the fortitude to want to advance it.
Department of Animal and Food Sciences Judging Teams
2018 NATIONAL CHAMPION LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM
Arizona National National Western Stock Show National Western Stock Show —Carload Contest Dixie National Fort Worth Stock Show San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo National Barrow Show Tulsa State Fair State Fair of Texas American Royal North American International Livestock Exposition P.D. Miller—High Individual Haley Stark—2nd High Individual Blake Goss—10th High Individual All–Americans: Anna Grace Parnell and Haley Stark Dr. Blake Bloomberg was named Coach of the Year.
National livestock judging championship
Team members include Rachel Booth, Miami, Oklahoma; Riley Bradshaw, New Salem, Illinois; Corbin Cowles, Rockfield, Kentucky; Kevin Edwards, Calhoun, Georgia; Lori Edwards, Calhoun, Georgia; Blake Goss, Leedey, Oklahoma; Cody Heavin, Fair Grove, Missouri; Jesse Hensen, Canton, North Carolina; Sarah Hunker, Bellevue, Ohio; Caroline Hughes, Washington Court House, Ohio; Brett Jones, Ardmore, Oklahoma; Jessica Juvinall, Central Point, Oregon; Hannah Lauffenburger, Queen Creek, Arizona; P.D. Miller, Torrington, Wyoming; John Nelson, Chickasha, Oklahoma; Anna Grace Parnell, Stanton, Alabama; Corey Pell, Chouteau, Oklahoma; John Romero, Calhoun, Georgia; Haley Stark, DeLeon Spring, Florida; Mikalyn White, Washburn, Illinois; and Amber Wright, Lindsay, Oklahoma. The team was coached by Dr. Blake Bloomberg and assisted by Kyndal Reitzenstein.
Online Scholarship Auction
Can’t join us in Stillwater? Join the ASAA Scholarship Auction online! Support animal and food sciences students by purchasing artwork, cowboy attire and so much more!
April 6, 2019 Register and view items at
2018 NATIONAL CHAMPION MEAT JUDGING TEAM
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
International Iowa State University Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Southwestern Cargill High Plains Eastern National
National Western Stock Show American Royal
Kathryn Hearn—3rd High Individual Katelyn Gillum—7th High Individual Lilly Hildebrand—8th High Individual All–Americans: Lilly Hildebrand and Kathryn Hearn
National meat judging championship— more than any other university
Team members include Emmy Bechtold, Dixon, California; Mason Blinson, Buies Creek, North Carolina; Ally Casey, Coalgate, Oklahoma; Katelyn Gillum, Unionville, Missouri; Katy Harris, Breckenridge, Texas; Kathryn Hearn, Deleon Springs, Florida; Lilly Hildebrand, Templeton, California; Sam Nehls, Horicon, Wisconsin; and Andrea Thomas, Sutter, California. The team was coached by Dr. Gretchen Mafi and Morgan Pfeiffer.
2018 DAIRY JUDGING TEAM
World Dairy Expo
Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Contest
Nicole Sanders—7th High Individual Jax Bauer—12th High Individual All-Americans: Jax Bauer and Nicole Sanders
Team members include Jax Bauer, Hatfield, Minnesota; Carly Olufs, Petaluma, California; Nicole Sanders, Turlock, California; and Hannah Young, Los Banos, California. The team was coached by David Jones. 8 | ALUMNI UPDATE
2018 WORLD CHAMPION HORSE JUDGING TEAM
1st 2nd 4th
American Quarter Horse Association World Show All American Quarter Horse Congress All American Quarter Horse Congress American Paint Horse Association World Show American Paint Horse Association World Show Rachel Scott—High Lyndsey Harvey—2nd High Justin Dewbre—5th High Grayson Cottrel—8th High Ryleigh Semanchik—10th High
Individual Individual Individual Individual Individual
All–Americans: Grayson Cottrell, Justin Dewbre, Lyndsey Harvey, Katelynn Priest and Rachel Scott
Team members include Lori Cohen, Claremore, Oklahoma; Grayson Cottrell, Fairbury, Illinois; Justin Dewbre, Dibble, Oklahoma; Cody Garcia, Summersville, Missouri; Lyndsey Harvey, Claremore, Oklahoma; Sadie Jenkins, Seminole, Texas; Leah Jumper, Geary, Oklahoma; Katelynn Priest, Cuba, Missouri; Georgena Ratliff, Longmont, Colorado; Jessica Read, Owasso, Oklahoma; Rachel Scott, Georgetown, Texas; Ryleigh Semanchik, Great Meadows, New Jersey; Addie Shotts, Martinsville, Illinois; Courtney Weidenmann, Coal Valley, Illinois; and Nicole Wurzel, Hanford, California. The team was coached by Dr. Steven Cooper, Marissa Chapa and Mattie Lemmons.
2018 REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION JUDGING TEAM
National Reining Horse Association Rachel Blaha—4th High Individual
Team members include Rachel Blaha, Avon, South Dakota; Kasey Griffin, Madero, California; Lexi Hernandez, Frisco, Texas; Melea Pleshe, Fresno, California; and Fallon Sasser, Vinita, Oklahoma. The team was coached by Natalie Baker. VOLUME 46 | 9
Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma Simmons Food Stockman Oklahoma Byford Auto Group
Animal Science Alumni Association Adam Brockriede Agrilabs Bill Knight Ford Biozyme, Inc. Cargill Protein Cheyenne Jones Chris Harman Clay Burtrum Crimson Chemicals CrossFire Laser Engraving Dalton & Kass Newell Jeannie Dibble
Dino Cornay Global Animal Products -Ken Ridenour Greeley Hat Works Holy Cow Couture -Brittany Pillars Jackson Diamond Jewelers -Brad & Paula Jackson John Jeffrey Johnston Seed Company Kelli Brown Ken Holloway Kenneth Wyatt Galleries Leonard Jewelry
Little C Cattle Mark & Brenda Johnson Oklahoma Collegiate CattleWomen OSU Purebred Beef Cattle Center Praline Peacock -Lisa Bryant Randy Renbarger Residence Inn, Stillwater Scott & April Bulling Sweeney Enterprises The Happy Toy Maker Terrin Williams Tom & Tricia White
Tyson Food Research & Development Team -Jeff Hensley Walt Garrison Wendi Wilson Zoetis -Dalton Brown -Brett Burk -Dr. Doug Hillbig -Bill Jordan -Dr. Jeff Sarchet -Greg Thurston -Tom White
* Purchased the No. 1 Brick & Photo Adonna KnightVardeman Amy Anderson Amy Cline Andrea Ahlerich Austin Langemeier Austin Sexten Bill Taylor Bill & Joy Troub Blake Wilson Charlie Brandon Chris Hofschulte Clay Burtrum Craig & Micca Brown 10 | ALUMNI UPDATE
Crystal Garton Darci Miller Darin & Haley Annuschat Darla Reuter Don Renbarger* Eddie & Ruth Sims Jana Stein Jerry Reed Jerry White Jimmie Walker John Jeffrey John & Gaye Pfeiffer Joyce Ashe
Juston Stelzer Kacie George Kelsey Lee Mark & Brenda Johnson Megan Bryant Mike Burge Mike Conway Mike Frey Mike Schrammel Phil Stoll Randy & Robin Byford Randy Renbarger Ray Purdy Rob & Mary Shuey
Robert Hodgen Rhona Albrecht Sanzee Suthers Scott & April Bulling Scott Sherrill Shari Holloway Steve & Lindy Renbarger Tammi Didlot Tom & Shelly Sturgeon Tom & Tricia White Wendell Burge Zeblon Prawl 1968, 50-Year Livestock Judging Team
Dr. Gerald Horn and Dr. Bob Wettemann Hall of Fame Chairback Campaign raised $12,500 and endowed the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program fund.
Totusek Brand of Excellence Award Recipient - Kim Brock
Awarded $25,000 in scholarship support to animal science students and judging teams for 2018-2019.
Honored National Champion Livestock and Meat Animal Evaluation Teams. More than $40,000 generated for animal science student scholarships!
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A Gateway to Excellence Purebred Beef Center provides students hands-on learning opportunities ago, Oklahoma State University developed a L ong reputation of being one of the most highly renowned
land grant institutions in the U.S. The reason for the reputation is because of the hands-on learning experiences the school provides for its students. One of which, is the department of animal and food sciences very own Purebred Beef Center.
“Much of the credit for the establishment of the Purebred Beef Center goes primarily to Dr. A.E. Darlow,” said Mark Johnson associate professor of animal and food sciences and supervisor of the OSU Purebred Beef Cattle Center. “He and Dr. W.L. Blizzard made the decision that we at Oklahoma A&M were going to have great judging teams and great purebred livestock.” Consisting of nearly 300 brood cows representing five breeds, the Purebred Beef Center spans across approximately 2000 acres of native and improved grass just west of Lake Carl Blackwell. While the headquarters for the Purebred Beef Center rest three miles from the OSU campus and includes a show barn, office, sale pavilion and bull testing facilities. The educational aspect of producing, promoting and merchandising the genetically superior livestock is a vital part of the OSU program that continues to gain national recognition, Johnson said. “The PBC is unique in the fact that it is primarily self sufficient,” Johnson said. “Through our annual sales, we are able to market cattle on a national level. The cattle we have sold have generated a large amount of success at both state Will Harsh feeds Angus and Hereford cows on pasture near Lake Carl Blackwell.
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and national levels which then brings customers back to our unit, wanting to purchase our livestock.” With the integration of Brangus, Limousin and Simmental genetics along with Angus and Hereford, the Purebred Beef Center owes much of it’s genetic diversity to it’s supportive alumni, Johnson said. One of the most influential females, DF Empress 6079, was purchased through a donation of $3 million from B&L Cattle in the 1990s. This cow was one of the first to gain national recognition for the Purebred Beef Center and produced several offspring, which have won multiple major Angus shows. To this day, some of the most productive, highest income-producing females trace back to her genetics, Johnson said. The Purebred Beef Center has proved beneficial in many capacities to nearly 900 animal science students at OSU. Each year the Career Development Program employs between eight to 12 students at the center. The program allows those students to work part time and in some cases live on site at the headquarters, Johnson said. Typically the responsibilities of students vary from feeding, preparing sale and show cattle for upcoming events and at times simply performing general maintenance around the center. The Purebred Beef Center has been home to many successful wins, said Will Harsh, Purebred Beef Center employee. Last year, at the National Western Stock Show, held in Denver, Colorado, the Purebred Beef Center took home the Champion Pen of Three Heifers in the Angus
yard show as well as Early Winter Bull Calf Division Champion. “I’ve been working for the Purebred Beef Center for around a year and a half,” Harsh said. “I consider myself to be pretty lucky. I’ve been raised around the production side and show side of the cattle industry my whole life. I was fortunate enough to be hired on while I was finishing up my senior year at OSU and it led to the permanent position that I have now.”
The Purebred Beef Center exhibited the Champion Angus Pen of Three Heifers at the 2018 National Western Stock Show. This was the first time OSU captured this accomplishment.
As one of the last universities to maintain all livestock units including, purebred sheep, dairy cattle, equine, swine and beef, it is the schools teachings through the purebred herds that attract students to OSU, Harsh said. The Purebred Beef Center has proved to be extremely beneficial to OSU’s livestock judging teams, said Cheyenne Jones, an animal science senior and member of the 2017 National Champion Livestock Judging Team. “While we were preparing for both Denver and Louisville, it was nice to have the beef center right down the road for us to practice at,” Jones said. “It is such a privilege to attend a school where we not only have one center focused on raising elite livestock but we are also fortunate enough to have all facets of the livestock industry represented here at OSU.”
The Purebred Beef Center hosts students participating in the annual livestock judging camp to provide the opportunity to evaluate quality cattle.
Purebred/Teaching Center Endowments The following endowments exist to support students, programs, and operations within the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
– Dairy Center – Equine Center – Purebred Beef Center
– Sheep and Goat Center – Swine Center – Willard Sparks Beef Cattle Research Center
By joining the ASAA and contributing to these endowments, you are supporting the operation and maintenance of each center, ensuring our facilities and purebred herds will be sustained for current and future Cowboys. Annual costs at each center often include student labor, feed, vet expenses, equipment and facility improvements. For more information about how you can be a part of this important legacy, please visit OSUgiving.com/ansi or call 405-385-0743.
A legacy of excellence surrounds the department and is further amplified through the utilization of the Purebred Beef Center. Through the testament of time, the Purebred Beef Center has stood as a strong hold and staple in the experiences of many OSU animal science alumni and students, Jones said. “The great purebred livestock facilities offered through the department are just a few of the things that attract students to our campus.” Johnson said. “Those centers, along with judging teams, help to contribute to students having great undergraduate experiences so that when they complete their degree they are better prepared for careers. Ultimately, those students who go out and become productive and successful members of society have a loyalty to our program and they turn around and support our program.” By Jennifer Bedwell VOLUME 46 | 13
Meet Our Members “But two years later after A&M broke the record, OSU got it back,” Rich said.
Rich credits livestock judging for giving him lifelong friends.
klahoma State University’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences continues to live out its tradition of excellence through its alumni. Most notably, the department’s judging teams are known for setting records and turning up the heat at competitions. Dusty Rich served on the 1961 International Champion OSU Livestock Judging Team. Rich’s team set a record at the international contest which lasted 40 years before Texas A&M University broke that record. up Megan (McMichael) G rowing Hobbs said she traveled every year
with her family during middle school and high school to Oklahoma. She said they would attend sheep sales searching for their next show lamb. One year her family decided to tour Oklahoma State University and they were immediately sold on the department of animal science, she said. “My mom made it a point and encouraged my sister and I to move away from our hometown and experience new opportunities,” Hobbs, an Underwood, Indiana, native, said. “She wanted us to go out and be ourselves. I did not think twice about living 12 hours from home.” Hobbs said she began college as an animal science and agricultural education double major. However, through meat science classes she became interested in
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“I am pretty proud of our team and what we have accomplished,” Rich said. “Out of our team of seven, four have Ph.Ds., one has a master’s degree, three received outstanding teaching awards at the university level, two served as national breed association secretaries, three served as department heads and as a group have marketed nearly a quarter of a million head of livestock a year. It’s a pretty impressive record.” Rich’s team was coached by Dr. Bob Totusek and Dr. Jack McCroskey. His team members also went on to coach six national champion livestock judging teams from various universities, he said. Rich obtained a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from OSU before he
the meat industry. “I truly believe if I did not have encouragement from Dr. Chance Brooks, past OSU Department of Animal Science faculty member, and Dr. Chad Carr, now a professor at the University of Florida, I would not have pursued an interest in meat judging,” Hobbs said. “This led to my interest in meat science.” Hobbs’s meat judging team won the national championship in 2002. She was named a top animal science senior and the top meat science graduate student. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2004 and went on to continue her education by obtaining a master’s degree in meat science in 2005. Hobbs is a director of research development and innovation for Cargill Protein. She and her husband Joe reside
joined the U.S. Army. After five and a half years of active duty, he returned back to the cowboy life until he realized his career in the livestock industry belonged elsewhere, he said. Rich returned to OSU to continue his education by obtaining a master’s degree in reproductive physiology under Dr. E.J. Turman. He then went on to receive a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Rich resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife Ginger. Throughout his life Rich served on the faculty at three universities, including OSU, was the founder of Oklahoma BEEF Inc, was the CEO of the American Polled Hereford Association, was a livestock nutritionist for an international company and was a cowboy. “It has been a great life,” Rich said. “OSU and the people I met and were tutored by during those years played a major role in the professional success I have been fortunate to achieve.” near Newton, Kansas. Together they operate Hobbs Lambs LLC, a 300 head progressive club lamb operation which sells lambs to youth across the country to show in 4-H and FFA. “We host livestock judging workouts, bring sheep to the Big 3 Field Days and Joe serves on committees for livestock judging contests,” Hobbs said. “Agriculture is our passion.”
is a fifth-generation K ellicattlePayne producer from Mustang,
Oklahoma. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2014. She serves on the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom advisory council, is the Stockyard City Main Street president, and was a co-chair for the David Jones OSU Dairy Judging Team Scholarship committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association Cattleman’s Leadership Academy, Class 26. Q: Why did you choose to attend OSU? A: The summer before my freshman year of high school, I attended the OSU Big 3 Field Days with the Amber-Pocasset FFA Chapter. The next month I was at an event at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and I ran into Dr. Bob Totusek in the hall. At 14 years old, I stopped him and told him I had attended the Big 3 Field Days. He asked me well, where do you want to go to school? And I said, OSU, of course. A month later my FFA advisor, Mr. Billy Scott, came out to check pigs. He told me Dr. Totusek had sent a card to the high school addressed to me. In the card, he thanked me for stopping him in the hall. Right then and there, I knew I had to go to OSU.
Q: Why did you choose to pursue an animal science degree? A: I was initially pre-veterinarian, but when I saw there was a livestock merchandising option, I switched right away. It was a go with what you know. In hindsight, I never would have imagined having the career I hold today as the Oklahoma National Stockyards Company Yards Liaison. Q:What takes place during the day in your current career? A: Every day is different. The first thing I did today was clean out a drain (laughs). And on Wednesday (Oct. 31), the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be speaking from my sale arena. I also conduct tours because I believe it is important to educate people about where their food comes from and the cattle auction industry. The sale barn is the last of the original terminal markets where fat cattle were sold. It is a very viable market and is celebrating 108 years of service. Today, we had 12,000 head of cattle on the grounds. I take pride in representing the stockyards and the agriculture industry in the best manner that I can. Q:What extra-curricular activities were you involved in while at OSU? A: I was the Dairy Science Club president
for two years, was on Ag Student Council, I worked at the dairy on campus and I was also a member of the dairy judging team. My dairy judging team was the first team in 14 years to judge for OSU. Q: Why did you decide to join the ASAA? A: Joining the ASAA went hand in hand with running into David Jones in September 2017. I had reached out to the OSU Foundation and told them I wanted to start a scholarship. I did not even think of being an annual member, I just went ahead and signed up for a lifetime membership. It made complete, total sense to me because it allows me to provide support back to the university. We should always feel compelled to give back to those who support us throughout the years. By Kiera Leddy
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State University and was a professor at determine how to produce healthier Montana State University. calves for feedlots. “Oscar guided me to animal science,” “The original intent was eight or 10 Gill said. “When he knew I was going people,” Gill said. “The symposium kind to graduate in agricultural education, he of got out of hand and a couple hundred convinced me I needed to get a master’s people attended it.” degree in animal science. He immediately The symposium was titled the offered me an assistantship.” preconditioning seminar, Gill said. The Gill worked two years as an assistant term preconditioning cattle was coined at county agent with Montana State this symposium, he added. University Extension before pursuing a “The term came about between a Ph.D. in animal science at Oregon State strong argument with me and John University. Upon receiving his degree in Herrick, a veterinarian from Iowa State 1965, Gill moved to California and began University,” Gill said. “A bunch of us his career in the cattle feeding industry. were naïve enough to believe we could “The Imperial Valley was the heart of solve the problem with vaccinations and enuine scholar. True gentleman. California’s cattle feeding industry,” Gill worming cattle before they were shipped. Incredible intellect. Mr. Politeness. said. “It was really where large-scale cattle But John said ‘No, they will have to be Don Gill left a 38-year impact on feeding started in the United States.” conditioned before the move.’” Oklahoma State University. He shaped lives, transformed the cattle feeding He worked with cattle feeders for two The preconditioning seminar would industry and generated millions of dollars years until Oklahoma State University be one of many symposiums Gill would for Oklahoma and surrounding states’ recruited him to fill an open Extension have significant contributions to while economies through selfless service service position, Gill said. Gill began as at Oklahoma State University, said an Extension animal nutritionist in 1966 Don Wagner, past OSU Department of Gill lived in Stevensville, Montana, with Oklahoma State University and Animal Science department head. until his father was deployed to Baghdad, stayed with the university throughout the Iraq. He lived there for 18 months with his “He was one of the first to discover entirety of his career. family while his father was an agricultural if you precondition calves, the calves education teacher for the Point Four “If it was not for Oscar Thomas,” would be healthier when they arrived Program. The Point Four Program was Gill said. “I probably would never have at the feedlot,” Wagner said. “Also, the a part of U.S. foreign policy to spread taken the position with Oklahoma State. calves would grade better and have technical assistance and economic aid to He convinced me this university had the higher carcass value when harvested. undeveloped countries under the Truman potential to grow and be more successful Dr. Gill’s work would eventually lead administration, according to the Truman than the University of California.” to the development of the now widely Library. After obtaining his high school recognized and popular Oklahoma diploma through correspondence courses, A Man of Inquiries Quality Beef Network.” Gill returned to Montana State University When Gill left California, he said his Gill said he would like to be recognized where he received his bachelor’s degree friends gave him a list of things he needed as a catalyst for bringing people together in agricultural education in 1957 and to solve when he arrived in Oklahoma. master’s degree in animal science in 1959. On that list, he added, was to determine to solve problems and there is no doubt he has achieved this. He credits Oscar Thomas for instilling why so many cattle would become sick “Animal science at Oklahoma State his passion for animal science. Thomas and die once they reached the California feedlots. Gill coordinated a symposium became pretty famous for bringing people received his degree from Oklahoma of animal and veterinary scientists to together and putting on symposiums,”
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Gill said. “We would invite everyone in the computer center had blocked it. But the country who knew something about because the money came from an outside beef cattle.” source as a grant, they could not block me. I got that computer.” Gill helped coordinate eight symposiums during his career with A Man of Education Oklahoma State University. Each Another reason Gill’s impact was so great symposium revolved around a current on the cattle feeding industry was because issue within the industry, he said. of his graduate students, said Keith “Anybody and everybody who had Lusby, past Oklahoma State University anything to do with the cattle industry faculty member. showed up,” Gill said. “Including U.S. “Dr. Gill’s impact on not only my senators and representatives.” career but my life has been immense,” Wagner said one could credit the said Zeb Prawl, Zinpro Corporation success of the beef cattle symposiums to account manager and former graduate Gill’s reputation. student. “Without that education and experience under Dr. Gill, I most likely “Whenever Don was on a program, would have never gotten into the animal people were always anxious to hear nutrition business at all.” him speak because he brought a unique perspective,” Wagner said. Gill had 16 graduate students during his career at Oklahoma State University The symposiums helped the department with its visibility in “Dr. Gill was the best kind of mentor,” Oklahoma and surrounding states, said Heather Depra, beef producer and Wagner added. former graduate student. “He could take very complex concepts and make them “In terms of putting the department applicable to things we were doing every of animal science on the map as a day. He was always very practical and premier place for feedlot research, applied with science and our research.” feedlot programming and Extension,” Wagner said. “Don did that through his A Man of Innovation enormous amount of experience, talent Agriculture was in a recession during and uniqueness.” the ‘80s, Gill said. The dean at the A Man of Firsts time, Charles Browning, called all the county agents together to spend two days Gill said he was one of the first faculty brainstorming about what they could do members at Oklahoma State University to increase the profitability of agriculture. to have a personal computer. “I had been doing research on how “I had a lot of research money from grazing cattle could obtain more energy outside,” Gill said. “I wanted to order a out of grass, how they could consume Radio Shack Model 2 computer, a Daisy more grass and how they could digest Wheel printer and an extra disk drive. It it better,” Lusby said. “We had done cost $5,200.” some trials feeding really small amounts He said he forgot he had turned in of protein to stocker cattle during the the request, but two months later the summer. We were receiving some really paperwork came back confirming he impressive gains, especially in July and August by feeding a pound of soybean could buy the technology. meal. I took it in and showed it to Don. “Jay Murray said, ‘You do not know He looked at me and said, ‘Do you know what kind of revolution you have caused what this means?’” at Oklahoma State,’” Gill said. “The The collaboration of Gill, Lusby engineers had been fighting for years to get a computer in the department, but and Wagner eventually led to the
development of a feeding program. This feeding program would increase the profitability of agriculture, specifically in Oklahoma cattle production. During the midsummer, Bermuda grass and other native grasses are low in protein, Gill said. If a protein supplement was added the result was a dramatic increase in feed efficiency and rate of gain in the animal, he added. Adding an ionophore would increase the rate of gain even more, Gill said. “That is how the Oklahoma Gold and SuperGold feeding programs came to be,” Gill said. “There is no question it works really well.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes one national Extension award recipient each year. Gill and Lusby received the award in 1990 for conceiving, developing and promoting the Oklahoma Gold feeding programs, which generated millions of dollars back to Oklahoma and surrounding states’ economies. “If you look at the people who had the most impact on the cattle feeding industry in the history of the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science,” Lusby said. “I do not think you can come up with many who have had more of an impact than Don Gill.” In 2018, Gill was honored as a legend in feedlot nutrition by the Plains Nutrition Council. Gill said it was an honor to receive this award because of those who have received this award before him. Some of those names consist of Glen Lofgreen, John Matsushima, Bill Garrett, Fred Owens and others. “Don Gill in his own unique way has contributed as much to the image and reputation of the department as anyone else has,” Wagner said. “He is a true legend and ranks up with the best of the best at Oklahoma State.”
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Friday, April 5 6:00 p.m.
Animal and Food Sciences Scholarship Banquet
Wes Watkins Center
Saturday, April 6 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Lunch and ASAA General Membership Meeting
Purebred Beef Center
Tour of Purebred Beef Center and Viewing of Cowboy Classic Sale Cattle
Purebred Beef Center
All alumni are welcome Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
Gathering for Dr. Bob Totusek and Dr. Lowell Walters Teams
Teams to gather at their own designated location
ASAA Gala Reunion
ConocoPhillips Alumni Center
Social Hour, Cash Bar and Meal
Photos of 50-Year Teams, Dr. Totusek and Dr. Walters Teams
ASAA Gala Reunion Program
Highlight of Dr. Bob Totusek Livestock and Dr. Lowell Walters Meat Judging Teams, 50-Year (1969) Teams, and Hall of Fame Chairback Recipient – Dr. Don Gill
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News from the Purebred Teaching Centers
OSU Stud 8139 sold at the 2019 National Western Stock Show Angus bull sale.
This replacement female exemplifies the improvements to our breeding program throughout the last five years and evidence of the quality our donors of genetics are providing to the center.
OSU-Cowboy McCutchen Ginger was the Grand Champion Holstein at the 2018 Tulsa State Fair.
The OSU Sheep and Goat Center raised and exhibited the Champion Natural Ewe at the Oklahoma Black and White Show and Sale in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
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High selling 2-year-old gelding, 2016 Bay Gelding (OSU Set Em Up Joe x OSU Waywards Pick) sold for $7,600 to Jerry and Lynda Shoemake, at the A Bar Ranch, 2018 Cowhorse Classic.
Grand Champion Yorkshire Gilt at the 2018 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. Sired by The Warden and raised by OSU. Sold to Purple Power Boar Stud for $5,000.
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