Steve grew up on farms in West Virginia and Ohio. He received his B.S. degree from Virginia Tech in animal science, a M.S. from The Ohio State University in reproductive physiology and a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition from Kansas State University. Upon graduation, Dr. Boyles worked at North Dakota State University as a livestock extension specialist. His OSU on-campus teaching involves a course dealing with animal welfare. His current area of focus in extension programming is Beef Quality Assurance, Animal Handling and Facility Design. His research program involves forage systems. He received the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association - Industry Service Award and the Excellence in Extension Award from OSU Extension and The OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. Besides serving as a beef extension specialist to Ohio’s beef producers, Dr. Boyles has worked as a beef cattle nutrition consultant in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Slovakia, Russia and Mongolia. Dr. Boyles is also involved in conducting environmental assessments and animal welfare audits of livestock operations in the U.S.