Distinguished Extension Faculty Award
Steve Boyles Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and OSU Extension
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) ensures that beef and dairy cattle are maintained in a manner which will result in a safe and wholesome beef product for the consumer. Ohio’s BQA program is a joint effort of OSU Extension, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Dr. Boyles has provided leadership to Ohio’s BQA program since its inception in 1994. Ohio’s program resources have been used by other states and was the certification tool for the 5-State Beef Alliance. Dr. Boyles has presented BQA related topics to over 15,000 people. Most of his efforts have been with in-person programming. However, he was an early adaptor of web-based BQA certification having an Ohio site in 2002. He uses hands-on teaching tools for conducting programs on animal handling and corral design. His corral kits have been used in multiple states and at national cattle producer conferences and veterinarian conventions. Dr. Boyles serves on several national BQA working groups in curriculum development. The Bovine Emergency Response Plan (BERP) team trains first responders how to handle livestock accidents on highways. Dr. Boyles was recently recognized as the BQA Educator of the Year at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Annual Convention. To learn more about the other award recipients visit CFAES Award Recipients.