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OSU Animal Science Department to Present Totusek Lectureship in November- Five Rivers Cattle Feeding CEO is Guest Speaker

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 3:41:10 CDT

OSU Animal Science Department to Present Totusek Lectureship in November- Five Rivers Cattle Feeding CEO is Guest Speaker The Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science and the Animal Science Graduate Student Association will present the 17th Annual Totusek Lectureship Nov. 4 – 5.

The event begins the evening of Nov. 4 with a prime rib dinner and seminar, followed by a noon general seminar in animal science on Nov. 5. The event is free, but those who are interested are asked to RSVP to Evin Sharman at evin.sharman@okstate.edu.

This year’s lectureship will feature speaker Mike Thoren who has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC since the Company’s inception. From 2003 until 2005, Thoren was the President and CEO of ContiBeef LLC, a former wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Grain Company.

He began his career with the Cattle Feeding Division of Continental Grain Company in 1991 and worked his way up through the Company as feedyard general manager, director of feedlot operations, vice president of operations, and CEO. Thoren received his bachelor’s in agribusiness and his master’s in agricultural economics from Washington State University.

Sharman, Animal Science Graduate Student Association president, said Thoren has a vast amount of experience and knowledge of the cattle feeding industry to share and this lectureship will provide a unique opportunity to hear a voice from the industry with the dedication for the future of beef production.

“Thoren will discuss the future of the cattle feeding industry,” Sharman said. “This lecture should be good insight on how the cattle feeding industry will change over the next few years.”

The lectureship is in honor of Robert Totusek, who was a member of the OSU Animal Science faculty for more than 38 years, including 14 years as head of the department.

Totusek was a friend and advisor to all and is known for his contributions in animal evaluation, beef cattle nutrition and livestock production.



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