July 30, 2004
July 30, 2004 -- The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) this week honored Dave Thomas and Yves Berger, both from the University of Wisconsin (UW), with the ASAS Animal Management Award, reports Agri-View.
Thomas, UW-Madison animal science professor and extension sheep specialist, and Berger, UW-Spooner Agricultural Research Station superintendent, have worked together for 13 years. They have focused their interests in the sheep industry on specific issues such as sheep breed comparisons, artificial rearing, electronic identification and more.
During the last 10 years, their research has focused on the problems faced by the small but growing number of dairy sheep producers in the United States and Canada. With the only dairy sheep research program in North America, they have improved management and milking systems to enhance the profitability of dairy sheep production.
According to ASAS, Thomas? and Berger?s research with dairy sheep and their direct involvement with dairy sheep producers are largely responsible for the continued growth of this industry in North America, which made them ?exemplary recipients? of the ASAS award.
?Dave and Yves have long been advocates for the sheep industry in this country and around the world,? stated American Sheep Industry Association President Guy Flora. ?The industry is fortunate to have researchers of this level of integrity working along-side the producers to advance sheep issues. Dave and Yves are highly deserving of this recognition.?