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Glenn Selk Honored with BIF Pioneer Award


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (June 14, 2013) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Glenn Selk with the Pioneer Award during the organization's 45th annual meeting and research symposium in Oklahoma City, Okla., June 12-15, 2013. The award recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle, honoring those who have had a major role in acceptance of performance reporting and documentation as the primary means to make genetic change in beef cattle.


Selk has been a valued component of Oklahoma beef cattle extension since his days as an area extension specialist in northeast Oklahoma from 1973-1980. After completing his doctorate at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1986 he joined the OSU Animal Science faculty as the Extension Animal Reproduction Specialist.


Selk has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Extension Award presented in 2005 by the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science and multiple extension programming  and faculty awards.

As a frequent contributor to Drover’s Cattle Network and many state extension publications, most cattle producers have become familiar with Selk’s Cow-Calf Corner words of wisdom that give the producer both practical management tips, as well as challenges to rethink or re-evaluate current management practices. Topics from basic recordkeeping, to herd health to cow herd economics have been presented in a producer-friendly manner — both in print and more recently in short video clips. He has delivered more than 1500 radio broadcasts, 500 TV shows, 930 live presentations and written more than 100 fact sheets.

He retired for the Oklahoma Extension Service in June, 2010, though still contributes animal sciences issues to the Cow Calf Corner column and other publications. Glen and his wife Mary, who also retired from the Oklahoma Extension Service, have a married daughter Katherine. These days if you can’t find Selk in the office, he will typically be on the golf course.

He was presented the BIF Pioneer Award at a luncheon Friday, June 14, in Oklahoma City.

For more information about this year's symposium, including additional award winners and coverage of the meeting and tours, visit www.BIFconference.com. For more information about the BIF organization, visit www.beefimprovement.org.



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