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Department of Animal Science|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Paisley receives Oklahoma State University Graduate of Distinction Award

 Paisley AwardExtension Beef Cattle Specialist Steve Paisley received the Advanced Degree Graduate of Distinction award at the Oklahoma State University Animal Science Banquet held on April 6th at the Wes Watkins Center in Stillwater, OK.

 Established in 1984, the Advanced Degree Graduate of Distinction award recognizes OSU animal science alumni with M.S. and Ph.D degrees who have attained singular professional excellence in the field of Animal Agriculture.

 As the largest department within the University, the annual OSU Animal Science awards banquet regularly attracts over 700 students, alumni, parents and donors.  Designed to recognize outstanding departmental undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, over $360,000 in scholarships were awarded to animal science students during the event. 

 Raised on a family farming and ranching operation near Oshkosh, NE, Paisley received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wyoming.  In 1998, he competed his Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition at Oklahoma State University.  Following graduation, Steve was employed by Kansas State University as an Extension Livestock Specialist in Hutchinson, KS focusing on beef cattle production in South Central counties.  In October 2001, Paisley accepted the state beef specialist position with the University of Wyoming.

 While at Wyoming, Dr. Paisley has provided leadership for programs including “Gate to Plate”, “Beef Industry Tour”, and “WyoBeef Shortcourse” that emphasize the connections between cow-calf operations and the subsequent feedlot, harvesting, fabrication, distribution and retail segments of the beef industry. 

 Currently stationed at the University’s SAREC facility near Lingle, WY, his research focuses on improving carcass quality through ultrasound selection tools, as well as improving production efficiency through measuring individual feed intake and feed efficiency.  Paisley coordinates an annual forage-based feed efficiency bull test , allowing local seedstock producers to evaluate actual feed efficiency within their own herds.

 Steve and his wife, Carrie and their three children Ty, Todd and Hadley live and operate their own ranch north of Wheatland, WY. A centennial ranch that has been owned and operated by his wife’s family since 1888.



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