The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Foundation recently awarded a graduate fellowship and an undergraduate scholarship to two outstanding young people at the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association 2015 Annual Meeting and Awards Program held in conjunction with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Huntsville on Feb. 21.
The 2015 Alabama BCIF Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Carla Weissend, who is a graduate student seeking a master of science degree in beef cattle nutrition within the Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences, under the direction of Russ Muntifering. A native of Montgomery, Carla earned her bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from Auburn University. Weissend has gained experience in the livestock industry through Alabama 4-H, the National Junior Hereford Association, as an Auburn Ag Ambassador and an Alabama Cattlemen’s Association intern. Weissend serves as a graduate research assistant in the animal sciences department and as president of the Animal Science Graduate Student Association. Her goals are to pursue a doctorate in meat science and become a professor and researcher, focusing on both beef cattle nutrition and the meat quality characteristics affected by nutrition.
The 2015 Alabama BCIF Undergraduate Scholarship was awarded to Anna Holliman, who is an undergraduate student within the Mississippi State University Animal and Dairy Science Department seeking a bachelor of science degree in animal science/veterinary science. Holliman is a native of Gordo and has gained experience within the livestock industry and her family’s cattle operation. Her career goals are to become a large animal veterinarian and to operate a joint veterinary practice in west Alabama.
The Alabama BCIF is a non-profit foundation established in 2007. Its mission is to educate and facilitate the utilization of performance principles for the cattle industry. The Alabama BCIF provides a vehicle for individuals to make tax deductible contributions to support beef cattle performance educational programs, research, and activities.