2007 J.W. Burch Award: Barry Steevens
Dr. BARRY STEEVENS is renowned throughout the state of Missouri for his relentless work ethic and his vast knowledge of milking systems. State producers have seen a dramatic increase in udder health, milk quality and production since his appointment to the University of Missouri in 1978 as a State Dairy Specialist. His commitment to educating producers about the latest technology and the best methods has had an enormous positive impact on milk production in the state.
"His dedication to the industry is inexhaustible," says Ron Belyea. "I have been at meetings in a one room school for 25 Amish producers in Clark, and at meetings at the Holiday Inn in Springfield, where there might be over 200 attendees. The enthusiasm and dedication to producer concerns are at the same intensity at all times. And we are the last to leave.
His tremendous knowledge base allows him to work with producers and researchers alike to ensure that the dairy industry in Missouri remains viable, and he constantly challenges and assists out-state dairy specialists to become better consultants and help us make the dairy producer more profitable.
"FEW PROFESSIONALS HAVE DEDICATED AS MUCH TIME AND EFFORT TO A STATE DAIRY INDUSTRY AS DR. STEEVENS; FEW STATE INDUSTRIES HAVE BENEFITED MORE FROM THE EFFORTS OF ONE PERSON. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY AND STRONGLY SUPPORT HIS NOMINATION FOR THIS MOST DESERVING REWARD."
— Perry Cregan, research leader, USDA Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory
"Producers across the state have the utmost respect for Dr. Steevens and his abilities to find accurate answers quickly," say Dairy Specialists Tony Rickard, Stacey Hamilton and Ted Probert. "They also greatly appreciate his foresight in seeing future challenges and having them addressed in timely communications or meetings. It will be a great loss to our industry in Missouri as well as the entire country when Barry retires and pursues other activities with equal zeal he has shown Missouri producers."
Nationally, Steevens has been a member of the National Mastitis Council, has served as chair of the vacuum pump subcommittee and co-chair of the NMC program planning committee. He has been a member, chair and co-chair of the Animal Health Committee, coordinated the Animal Health Symposium and was chair of Animal Behavior and Well-Being Committee in 2005.