I joined the faculty of the Animal and Veterinary Science Department in 1985; at that time it was the Animal Science Department. My appointment for the first 20 years at the University of Idaho was 50 percent teaching and 50 percent research. For the last 5 years it has been my privilege to serve as the head of the Animal and Veterinary Science Department.
As a research and teaching faculty member, I was engaged in a broad spectrum of teaching and research activities that involved applied aspects of ruminant nutrition with particular emphasis on beef cattle. My teaching contributions have largely been in the following courses: Introductory Animal Nutrition, Feeds and Ration Formulation, Beef Cattle Science, and Feedlot Management. My research interests and accomplishments have included: 1) evaluation of fiber quality of forages and methods to enhance the digestibility of fibrous forages, 2) genetic factors associated with principle feed ingredients such as corn, corn silage and barley grain, and 3) characteristics of grain starch fermentability as affected by genetics and processing. Whereas my research program was very applied in nature it was fully integrated with teaching activities and my most significant contributions continue to be helping students acquire the skills needed to succeed in career positions. A less tangible contribution I have provided has been to provide our students with an abundance of relevant, outside-the-classroom learning experiences. Students enrolled in the degree programs in Animal and Veterinary Science have the opportunity to acquire vast technical knowledge complemented with applied understanding of animal agriculture and I am proud to be a part of their many successes.
Regardless of my appointment as a research and teaching faculty or as a department administrator, I have always felt it is my obligation and privilege to serve those who are engaged in animal agriculture throughout the state, region, and nation. I have a strong commitment to the three land-grant foundation missions of research, teaching and outreach. The Animal and Veterinary Department will strive to remain committed to those who are counting on us!