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New Extension Beef Cattle Specialist: Dr. John Hall

Livestock Update, August 1997

Steve Umberger, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

Dr. John Hall will join the faculty of the Virginia Tech Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences on August 15 as an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist. Dr. Hall comes to Virginia Tech from the University of Minnesota North Central Experiment Station located in Grand Rapids, MN. He is a native of Pennsylvania and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from the University of Georgia. Starting in 1984, Dr. Hall served as Associate County Agent for North Carolina State University. In 1986, Dr. Hall began work as a Research Analyst at the University of Kentucky where he completed a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology in 1991. After leaving Kentucky, he worked three years as a post-doctoral research associate at the USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, Montana. He was a county extension education director for Iowa State University from 1994 to 1995 before moving to the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Hall will provide leadership to the Virginia Tech Extension beef cattle program, with his major subject matter responsibilities in the area of cow-calf management. Dr. Hall's training and research has focused on the relationship of beef cow nutrition and reproductive performance. He has conducted research projects and extension programs on replacement heifer development, estrous synchronization of early postpartum cows, managed intensive grazing, stockpiling forages for extending the grazing season, and forage-based wintering diets.

Dr. Hall's address and telephone number are: Dr. John Hall, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, 304 Litton-Reaves Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061-0306, (540)231-9153.

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