SDSU professor and SDSU Extension swine specialist recognized with Pork All-American Award

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BROOKINGS — Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University Professor and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist was recognized by the S.D. Pork Producers Council with the 2015 Pork All-American Award Jan. 15, 2015 during their 46th Annual Pork Congress held in Sioux Falls.

“Bob is committed to and passionately serves South Dakota’s pork industry through teaching, research and outreach. What an honor to have his dedication recognized by the producers he serves,” said Barry Dunn, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences, SDSU Extension Director.

Thaler grew up on a diversified farm by Wagner, S.D., and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at SDSU. He joined the faculty of SDSU in 1988 after completing his PhD at Kansas State University in Swine Nutrition. Currently, Thaler serves as Professor and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist.

In order to meet the changing needs of pork producers, throughout his career, Thaler has served on a variety of SDSU Extension teams with faculty from the Ag Engineering, Vet Science, Economics and Plant Science Departments. He has also been very active in many National Pork Board programs like Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) and Transportation Quality Assurance (TQA).

Along with his work as an Animal Science Professor and SDSU Extension, Thaler is the co-advisor to the SDSU Swine Club and conducts research in swine applied nutrition and management. Currently, he is an active member of the team building the new SDSU Swine Unit.

“Whether working with students, producers, urban and rural neighbors, or policy makers, Bob tries to always be a positive voice for South Dakota and U.S. pork producers,” Glenn Muller, Executive Director, South Dakota Pork Producers Council.

Some of the committees Thaler has served on include; the Executive Committee of the National Swine Nutrition Guide, the National Pork Board’s Producer Education Executive Committee and the American Society of Animal Science’s national Extension Committee.

Bob currently serves on the S.D. Pork Producers Council’s Executive Board and is a past-president of the S.D. Master Pork Producers.

In February, Kansas State University’s Dept of Animal Science and Industry will recognize Thaler as a Distinguished Alumni.

Thaler and his wife, Karen have three children; Allyse, Sarah Holt (and husband Dustin), and Noah.