This fund was formed to recognize the contributions of Dr. Louis J. Boyd to education and to the American Society of Animal Science. This fund will be used in conjunction with the Zimbelman, Hafs, Britt, and Glenn clubs to increase funding for public policy interns in Washington, DC.
After Louis (Louie) Boyd obtained a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Illinois (1956), he accepted faculty appointments first at the University of Tennessee and then at Michigan State University. His research took him to England for a year on sabbatical leave. In 1972, Dr. Boyd was chosen to be the Chair of the Division of Animal Science at the University of Georgia, including six departments at three locations. The cooperative program between the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State College is one example of Louie’s creative administrative initiatives. Later, he headed the Sponsored Programs for the College of Agriculture, and their International Agriculture Program. As emeritus professor, he led the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Council, and continued his service with numerous state and national committee and board assignments.
Two of Dr. Boyd’s contributions illustrate his wide influence. He was coauthor (with Harold Hafs) of Dairy Cattle Fertility and Sterility, the first of the Hoard’s Dairyman books. Over 400,000 copies of this book have been distributed in four languages. It has been reprinted several times, the later editions with other authors. As a second example, early in his Extension work, Louis found dairy farmers often bred heifers to Angus bulls to reduce birth size of calves and minimize calving difficulties. Unfortunately, this reduced selection options for replacing older cows. Consequently, as a result of his research, he was the first to publish that birth weight of their calves varies among bulls, both within dairy breeds and within beef breeds. Some Holstein bulls sire smaller calves than some Angus bulls. Therefore, dairy bulls known to sire smaller calves may be chosen for breeding heifers, a finding that remains as standard option for farmers in selecting AI stud bulls.
Dr. Boyd was named a Fellow of American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), and a Fellow of the American Society for Animal Science (ASAS). He was a member of several Boards of Directors including Coble Dairies, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), ASAS, ADSA, and the ASAS Foundation. He also contributed his expertise in several capacities such as President of CAST, and the Editorial Board of the Professional Animal Scientist. Dr. Boyd was one of the first awardees in the Hall of Distinguished Alumni of the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky and he has been inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Fund value as of 2/28/2021: $31,839
To make a donation click here or you may send a donation by mail to: ASAS Foundation, PO Box 7410, Champaign, IL 61826. If you prefer, please contact the ASAS office at 217-356-9050 and we will take your pledge and generate an invoice for your donation.
Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 we have to cancel the internships for 2021. Applications for 2022 will be available in September of 2021. Please click here for requirements and application instructions.
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