The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 27, 2013

OSU professor recognized


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — David Lalman, professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Animal Science and OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist, recently was recognized on a national stage for his work with Extension.

Named the 2013 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Extension Award winner, Lalman is the sixth animal science faculty from OSU to receive this honor since its inception in 1959.

“One of the fundamental jobs of ASAS is to ensure that our members are recognized for outstanding achievement. ASAS is excited to recognize Dr. Lalman with the 2013 ASAS Extension Award,” said Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, ASAS CEO. “To receive the Extension Award, a nominee must have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions in animal science Exten-sion.”

There is no lack of noteworthy contributions from Lalman in that category. Lalman began his Extension career as an associate state Extension beef nutrition specialist at the University of Missouri from 1991 to 1996 while working to complete the requirements for a Ph.D. After completing his Ph.D., he accepted an Extension beef cattle specialist position at OSU.

He has since been promoted from the rank of assistant to full professor with primary Extension duty, including developing statewide education programs in beef cattle nutrition and management with emphasis on cow-calf and stocker cattle enterprises.

“I’ve always enjoyed the cattle business and helping other people,” Lalman said. “My split appointment in Extension and research makes it possible for my Extension questions to become my research opportunities and for my research results to become my Extension programs.”

Lalman’s programs have generated nearly $2 million in extramural funding and have been awarded more than $250,000 of internal funding. He has published 44 peer-reviewed journal articles, 82 abstracts, 70 research progress reports, 83 Extension publications and 61 proceedings articles.

“One of Dr. Lalman’s great assets is to be able to identify both long-term industry needs and develop high quality, effective programs that are utilized by the industry,” said Chris Richards, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle nutrition specialist. “Examples of this include his participation in developing the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, OSU Master Cattleman Program and developing the OSU Cowcula-tor cow feeding tool.”

The OSU Cowculator allows producers to input cow herd information for a stage of production and combine that with forage and supplement feeding opportunities to meet the requirements of the cows. It summarizes the resources and cost of that production stage.

Lalman has mentored nine master’s students, five Ph.D. students and served on 36 other graduate student committees.

“Without a doubt, contributions from my graduate students, Extension educators, area specialists and faculty colleagues are largely responsible for any success that I have enjoyed,” Lalman said.