Dr. Larson was raised on a diverse hay and beef cattle operation in northwestern Minnesota. The family farm focused on purebred cattle, in addition to backgrounding calves. This upbringing instilled a passion for the beef industry, which lead to a Master's degree from North Dakota State University in ruminant nutrition focusing on feedlot nutrition while managing the university feedlot for four years. At the University of Nebraska, Dr. Larson received a Ph.D. in applied reproductive physiology with an emphasis on nutritional programs to improve reproduction in cow/calf production. With experience in cow/calf and feedlot operations, both large and small, Dr. Larson has a unique perspective of the beef industry that can easily be applied to animal production.
Gregory Lardy is associate vice president for Agricultural Affairs at North Dakota State University. He was raised on a farm and ranch near Sentinel Butte, N.D. He received his B.S. degree in Animal and Range Science from NDSU in 1991, his M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Missouri in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska in 1997. He joined the faculty at NDSU in 1997 as Extension beef cattle specialist. From 2009 to 2018, he served as head of NDSU's Animal Sciences Department, providing leadership for more than 60 faculty and staff. Since 2018, he has served as interim director of NDSU Extension and acting director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Lardy also served as president of the American Society of Animal Science in 2013-2014. Dr. Lardy and his wife, Lynae, reside in West Fargo, N.D. They have three grown children and one grandson. In his free time, Dr. Lardy enjoys spending time with his family, reading, photography and being outdoors, as well as group fitness activities.
Dr. Travis Mulliniks is Range Cow Nutritionist at the University of Nebraska and located at the West Central Research and Education Center in North Platte, NE. He grew up on a cow-calf operation in eastern Oklahoma and received his BS degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. In addition, he earned a MS and PhD in Range Nutrition from New Mexico State University. Dr. Mulliniks' research and extension objectives consist of developing an applied cow-calf research program that emphasize economically viable management options through enhanced efficiency, productivity, and strategic nutritional management in beef cattle production.
Dr. Jim MacDonald is an Associate Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he holds a 60% research, 40% teaching appointment. His primary research focus is in beef cattle production systems. He also has interests in incorporating alternative feeds into beef diets, improving yearling stocker management systems, integrated cropping and livestock systems, improving the management of newly received calves, and investigating dietary effects on beef quality. Dr. MacDonald teaches classes in animal nutrition, management, and systems analysis at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also an instructor for the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars program the UNL Feedlot Internship Program and advises graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. MacDonald was raised on a cow-calf and diversified cropping operation in central North Dakota. He received his B.S. in animal and range sciences from North Dakota State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He was on faculty in the Texas A&M System for 6 years prior to returning to UNL in 2012. He lives with his wife and two children near Waverly.