McCarthy and Xiong Both Earn Endowment Awards at Nebraska Cattlemen Convention Friday, December 9, 2022
Two Department of Animal Science faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were recently awarded endowments for their work in the beef industry during the annual 2022 Nebraska Cattlemen Convention in Kearney, Neb., on Dec. 6-9.
Dr. Kacie McCarthy, an assistant professor, and cow-calf extension specialist, and Dr. Yijie Xiong, an assistant professor, and precision livestock management extension specialist, were recipients of the Nebraska Beef Industry Endowment and the Nebraska Range and Conservation Endowment, respectively.
The Nebraska Beef Industry Endowment was established in 2009 and provides grants to beef-industry-related research and/or teaching positions at post-secondary educational institutions in Nebraska. McCarthy is the principal investigator for a heifer development study at Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory and has played an integral part in the BeefWatch Webinar series. She joins Dr. Rick Funston, Dr. Galen Erickson, Dr. Matt Spangler, Dr. Jim MacDonald, Dr. Dennis Burson, and Dr. Andrea Cupp as faculty recipients of the award from the Department of Animal Science.
The Nebraska Range and Conservation Endowment was created in 2011 and provides grants to range management and conservation research and teaching positions at post-secondary educational institutions in Nebraska. Xiong goals are to develop methods and evaluate innovative precision animal management technologies that would reduce labor requirements, predict disease and enhance production efficiency and environmental sustainability for the livestock industry. She joins Dr. Karla Jenkins and Dr. J. Travis Mulliniks as faculty recipients of the award from the Department of Animal Science.