Beck receives American Society of Animal Science Early Career Achievement Award

July 23, 2012
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Paul Beck, Southwest Research and Extension Center
870-777-9702 / pbeck@uaex.edu

Dave Edmark, Agricultural Communication Services
479-575-6940 / dedmark@uark.edu

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Paul Beck, professor of animal science
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HOPE, Ark. – Paul Beck, professor of animal science at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, received the 2012 American Society of Animal Science Early Career Achievement Award. He was honored at the society’s annual meeting in Phoenix.

Beck’s research at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope focuses on cattle nutrition and management, with the goal of improving the economic and environmental sustainability of cattle production. His studies of grains, grasses and co-products in cattle diets have improved the production of growing and gestating beef cattle. Today, farmers can use Beck’s research to choose the most suitable cattle feed and stay profitable. Beck is currently researching the production of nutritious forages for growing and gestating beef cattle.

Beck was born in Guthrie, Okla., and raised on a wheat and livestock farm. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science from Oklahoma State University. Beck earned his Ph.D. at the UA and became an associate professor there in 2008. Through his research and extension efforts, Beck has authored or co-authored 258 publications, including 52 peer-reviewed articles, and presented at 47 professional meetings and 161 Extension meetings. Beck has also been involved in garnering over $1,126,199 in extramural funding since 2003.

The ASAS Early Career Achievement Award is given to young scholars who are working to discover, share and apply animal science. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more that 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.