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From Terry Etherton

Posted: December 17, 2008

As I write this article on a blustery November day, I am reflecting on three events that recently occurred on campus that merit celebration and illustrate the legacy of the Department...

Dr. Terry Etherton As I write this article on a blustery November day, I am reflecting on three events that recently occurred on campus that merit celebration and illustrate the legacy of the Department.

On November 18, the Stockmen’s Club and Dairymen’s Club celebrated their 2nd Annual Dairy and Animal Science Alumni Tailgate at the Ag Arena. We had a big crowd, lots of fun, and a silent auction to support our scholarship program…it was a great success!

The Dairy Science Club, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Holstein Association, hosted the 25th Annual Nittany Lion Fall Classic sale on November 8. A huge crowd of buyers celebrated the silver anniversary of our sale.

This speaks volumes about the value of the sale to the dairy industry, the legacy of how a great idea can last for a long time, and provide a terrific learning experience for our students.

I have come to appreciate that building a legacy takes place step-by-step, and over time.

Speaking of a long-term legacy, we had an Angus Production sale on November 7 to celebrate the fact that the Department has had an Angus herd for 97 years! There are only 10 other Angus farms/ranches in the United States that have been around this long or longer. The sale was part of a merchandising class – another great learning experience for our students, and the sale was successful!

These events represent different ideas that were launched over a span of almost a century! I have come to appreciate that building a legacy takes place step-by-step, and over time. In June Ken Snyder filled the barnworker/milker position vacated by the retirement of Steve Miller.

The great success the Department has had in building legacies over the decades reflects the hard work of countless talented employees – present and past!

This issue of Hoofprints presents recent happenings in the Department, and how we serve the greater good and continue to grow our legacy.

All the best for a Happy New Year!

Terry D. Etherton,
Department Head and Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition