Beef Cattle Institute; Texas Tech, Kansas State enter into beef industry agreement
Texas Tech University and Kansas State University have entered an agreement to bring Texas Tech into the Beef Cattle Institute, which fosters collaboration to deal with issues relating to the beef industry.
Established in 2007 under the leadership of Dan Thomson, a Texas Tech alumnus, in the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State has become one of the premier collaborative centers anywhere in the world for research, education and outreach in the beef industry. Texas Tech and Kansas State are leaders in providing the beef industry, from producers to retailers, with the people and tools needed to succeed both today and into the future, making this collaboration a natural fit.
"An integrated approach between our schools is a smart use of our resources so that collectively, we can better serve the beef industry that provides significant economic infrastructure for our schools and our states," said Thomson, the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology and Beef Cattle Institute director. "I look forward to growing opportunities for our faculty and students together through research, outreach and educational opportunities."
By adding expertise from Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, these universities hope to take the Beef Cattle Institute to another level of success, deliver far-reaching solutions for the beef industry, provide expanded opportunities for students and faculty and better serve the interests of our citizens.
Texas Tech and Kansas State have a shared vision for the service to the beef industry, its many and varied stakeholders and the citizens that benefit from the beef industry from consumers of beef to employees of allied businesses. Moreover, a large proportion of U.S. beef cattle are fattened between Lubbock, and Manhattan, Kansas, generating substantial regional and national revenues.
Beef from the region is exported around the world, so Texas Tech's involvement in the Beef Cattle Institute will have a global impact. "This relationship with the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State is an important step forward in our continuing efforts to serve the livestock industry and grow expertise in a research focus area of animal health, nutrition and welfare," said Michael Galyean, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "Linkage to the BCI will benefit faculty and students at both institutions."
Written by George Watson
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