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UW Beef Cattle Specialist Receives Animal Society’s Regional Extension Award

July 11, 2011
Steve Paisley

University of Wyoming beef cattle specialist Steve Paisley recently received the Extension Award at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science meetings in Miles City, Mont.

The award recognizes one individual from the Western United States for his or her extension programming and education and research efforts.

Paisley, an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has been the UW Cooperative Extension Service beef cattle specialist for 10 years. He works from the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

"Steve has done a fantastic job of fulfilling his duties as our UW extension beef specialist," says Doug Hixon, professor and head of the Department of Animal Science.

Paisley was recognized as one of the Top 10 Industry Leaders Under the Age of 40 in 2007 by Cattle Business Weekly and received the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Achievement Award in 2008 and its Distinguished Service Award in 2010.

He has completed four master's students and is currently advising two more. Paisley has contributed 21 peer-reviewed publications, 11 abstracts and published 10 proceedings papers since coming to UW.

His formal research efforts have focused on using ultrasound to monitor muscle and adipose (fatty) tissue development throughout the feeding period of beef cattle while developing implant strategies to enhance the economics while producing a desirable beef end product.

Paisley was responsible for initial feedlot facility design planning and with the construction of the GrowSafe System to measure individual feed intake in group-fed cattle. He has coordinated GrowSafe, feedlot and bull evaluation studies at SAREC.

Since 2005, he has received as principal investigator or co-principal investigator nearly $2.18 million in grants and gifts to support his research and extension programs.

Paisley and his wife, Carrie, have three children, Ty, Todd and Hadley.  They live north of Wheatland in Platte County.

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