A Winter Celebration in the Department of Animal Sciences was held on January 11, 2021. The event was held to kick off the Spring Semester 2021 by looking back on 2020 and focusing on the positive accomplishments. This includes congratulating Dr. Bill Weiss on his retirement, opportunities for professional development at OSU in Animal Sciences from current and former students, and remarks from our stakeholders.
Congratulations to Dr. Bill Weiss who retired on January 31, 2021!
After 33 years on the faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences plus 3 years in graduate school, I’ll be retiring from OSU at the end of January. This was my dream job-conducting research on dairy cow nutrition and then taking that information out to the field to hopefully help dairy farmers. After retirement, I plan on giving some talks and presentations at various conferences, do a little consulting, improve my golf game (which really needs it) and finish fixing up an old tractor. Thanks to the department for all they have done to help me and especially to the crew at the Krauss Dairy Center, Donna Wyatt (my tech for almost 30 years) and all the grad students that have passed through our lab.
My name is Cameron White and I am a 4th year animal sciences major. I started my undergraduate career at OSU in August 2017 and have had the chance to be a part of numerous professional development opportunities in both Animal Sciences and CFAES as a whole during my time here. Extracurriculars like the CFAES Peer Mentors, CFAES Undergraduate Student Council, and the Animal Science Community Alliance have been phenomenal ways to improve my leadership skills, and the Education Abroad program offered by CFAES has helped to expand my view of my major. I also have my time spent as an animal sciences undergraduate TA and the animal sciences undergraduate research program to thank for preparing me for a future at graduate school after I graduate this May and move towards pursuing a career in academia as a professor of animal sciences.
Alex Tebbe is a recent graduate student in the Department of Animal Sciences. Before coming to OSU and earning a MS (’17) and PhD (’20) with of Dr. Bill Weiss, Alex earned his BS (’15) at the University of Illinois. Alex is now a dairy consultant and technical service specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition LLC in IL, IN, and OH.
Juan Moreno - CEO of ST Genetics
Juan Moreno graduated from the Department of Animal Sciences with a bachelor's degree in 1988. He began his career as a student at Ohio State after growing up in his family cattle operation in Columbia. Juan is the founder and CEO of ST Genetics which is based in Dallas, Texas. Juan and his partners made their move into history in 2001 when they acquired the license to begin commercial production of sex sorted semen. The company has grown from producing sex organ semen for the dairy industry to the business today that also builds the technology behind the sex ordering process for multiple species. He has developed other precision livestock technologies and is a supplier or world class genetics for both the dairy and beef industry.
Jack Fisher - Retired Executive VP of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Jack Fisher grew up on a farm in Crawford County and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He received his bachelor and master degrees in Agriculture from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences here at The Ohio State University. He also has a degree in counseling from Ball State University. He has extensive experience in both government and agribusiness and has served as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Other positions have included the Director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, and was Executive Director for Governmental Affairs at the Illinois Farm Bureau. He retired in 2016 after serving 20 years as the Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Jack has previously served on the OSU Board of Trustees, Alumni Board member, and on the OSU Vice President's Advisory Council. He was inducted into The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences Hall of Farm and has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. In 2016, Jack was inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. The Ohio Farm Bureau also created the Fisher Fund for Lifetime Learning.
Thank you to everyone for working, learning, and sharing together. We are land-grant strong!!!