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Beef Specialist Receives UW Extension’s Top Honor

December 9, 2019
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Steve Paisley

Helping with one of the livestock industry’s most critical programs and his outreach efforts on behalf of 4-H are some of the reasons a beef specialist has received the University of Wyoming Extension’s top honor.

Steve Paisley, director of the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle, received the Jim DeBree Award during the organization’s annual training conference in Laramie in November.

The Jim DeBree Award is named in honor of the retired Wyoming extension administrator and given to those who demonstrate a high level of professionalism, performance and leadership within their program areas and communities.

Paisley leads statewide efforts with extension educators to conduct beef quality assurance (BQA) training for producers. Beef quality assurance is one of the most critical and rewarding programs fostered by the livestock industry in recent years, says Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA).

Paisley is a recognized leader in BQA training in Wyoming and at the national level, Magana wrote in his nomination letter. Paisley has provided BQA training at WSGA conventions and will do so again this month.

Paisley joined UW Extension in 2001. He is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Paisley’s research focuses on management of the young beef female and includes heifer development and selection, as well as economical and practical management and feeding programs. He has guided numerous graduate students and teaches academic courses at UW.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UW and his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.

His ability to listen and to take direct input from others is a key characteristic of Paisley, UW Extension educator Scott Cotton wrote in his nomination letter. Cotton is based in the Natrona County Extension Office.

“His outreach efforts with 4-H programs exceed those done by other beef specialists in the U.S., with literally thousands of 4-H and FFA members learning from him firsthand,” Cotton says.

Paisley also has conducted hundreds, if not thousands, of ultrasounds on 4-H swine, sheep and cattle.

“Paisley has contributed greatly to Natrona County 4-H programs as well as many others across the state of Wyoming,” says Joddee Jacobsen, Natrona County 4-H educator, in her nomination letter.

Every year, Paisley also co-leads the annual Range Beef Cow Symposium, an effort among universities in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and UW.

He has assumed extension’s role in collaborating with the WSGA to organize and identify speakers for the association’s Progressive Rancher Forum, which provides a series of concurrent educational sessions on topics important to cattle producers.

Paisley has demonstrated leadership in Wyoming’s cattle industry by serving as regional vice president of WSGA for the past three years, Magagna says.

“The Wyoming cattle industry is clearly stronger because of the dedication of Dr. Steve Paisley,” Magagna says.

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