MANHATTAN, Kan. - Retired Cargill Meat Solutions vice president Dell Allen was named 2013 Kansas Stockman of the Year. The award is presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council at Kansas State.
Allen was a professor at Kansas State University from 1966 until 1988. He directed the meat laboratory and taught meat and live animal courses. He coached to meat judging teams to national championships.
He joined Excel Corp. in 1988. At Excel, which became Cargill Meat Solutions, he led the company's food safety and quality departments for 20 plants and more than 25,000 employees.
K-State's Weaber awarded for cow/calf genetics work
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A Kansas State University associate professor in the Animal Sciences and Industry Department received recognition for his early career work.
Robert Weaber, K-State Research and Extension beef breeding and cow/calf specialist, received the 2013 American Dairy Science Association / American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award.
Weaber's work focuses on cow/calf production and shows producers how to use certain genetic selection tools. By selecting animals with certain genetic traits, cattle producers can improve meat production and animal health. Weaber also encourages cattle producers to collect data and track genetic progress in their herds.
The award is presented to honor leaders in the area of Extension. The 2013 award was sponsored by Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC.
K-State welcomes 300 to Junior Swine Producer Day
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas may be better known for its beef production, but don't tell that to the 300 people who attended Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day to hear about swine selection, nutrition, daily care, and showmanship from guest speaker Kyle Baade.
The youth, who came from 45 counties, also participated in a non-competitive skillathon where they spent time at various stations identifying swine breeds, pork cuts, equipment and feeds. The activity was a fun way to educate the participants and prepare them for skillathon competitions later in the year, said Kansas Youth Livestock Program Coordinator Kristine Clowers.
K-State Research and Extension livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey and graduate students, Kyle Coble and Josh Flohr, led the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program training where youth learned how to responsibly use antibiotics.
The Kansas Pork Association, Suther Feeds, Essential Show Feeds and Valley Vet Supply sponsored the event. A 32-page Show Pig Guide was distributed at the event. It also is available online at www.YouthLivestock.KSU.edu.
Minnesota's Spronk elected NPPC president
WASHINGTON - Randy Spronk, a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn., was elevated to the post of president for the National Pork Producers Council. He was elected for a one-year term at NPPC's annual business meeting - the National Pork Industry Forum - March 8-9 in Orlando, Fla.
Other officers elected: Dr. Howard Hill, a pork producer and veterinarian from Cambridge, Iowa, president-elect; Dr. Ron Prestage, DVM, a pork producer from Camden, S.C., vice president.
The late Don Paulson, a pork producer from Bloomington, Minn., was inducted into the NPPC Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to the U.S. pork industry. One of the pioneers of the industry's grassroots organizing, Paulson developed a vibrant and successful state organization in Minnesota, with an impact that was felt far beyond his home state. He devoted his time and considerable talents to uniting producers and the pork industry for a common cause - increasing demand for pork.
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- Chad Settje of Creston, Neb., was awarded a second term on the board of directors for the North American Limousin Foundation. He also was elected treasurer. Mike Smith of Plainville, Kan., will serve a second term as anex officio member of both the board and its executive committee.