Graduate students Whitney Crossland of Texas A&M University and Greta Krafsur of Colorado State University have been awarded W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2015-16 school year from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Each $12,000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture. The scholarships will be presented in January at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, Calif.
Crossland, of Denton, Texas, is a student at Texas A&M University studying the feeding application of ethanol by-products and the effects of commercial feed additives on the ruminant microbiome. She plans to use her scholarship for international travel to gain a global understanding of beef production.
Crossland received both her Bachelor of Science in animal nutrition and Master of Science in ruminant nutrition from Texas A&M University. Over the last ten years she has worked in numerous capacities, including as a graduate teaching and research assistant, livestock pharmaceutical saleswoman, and marketing coordinator.
Krafsur is from Estelline, S. D., and is a Ph.D. student at Colorado State University, using her veterinary pathology training to explain the development of bovine high-mountain disease, known as Brisket Disease. She hopes to identify the biomarkers associated with the phenotype that can be used to predict disease risk, with the goal of improving selective breeding, precondition, and fattening regimens.
Krafsur received her Master of Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. She will continue the family tradition and start her own cow-calf herd.
The W.D. Farr Scholarships, established in 2007, recognize superior achievement in academics and leadership, and allow graduate students to further their study in fields that benefit the cattle and beef industry. Farr was the first president of the National Cattlemen's Foundation, and served as president of the American National Cattlemen's Association, which would later become the NCBA. He was known for his dedication to improving agriculture, livestock and water development, which has resulted in significant changes in farming methods that have influenced the practices of ranchers and farmers throughout the nation. Farr died at age 97 in August 2007.
Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association