March 16, 2012

Swine geneticist to receive Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award

Clint Schwab, National Swine Registry

The Midwest Sections of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) have awarded the Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award to Clint R. Schwab. The award honors scientists and animal producers who are leaders in animal agriculture industry.

Schwab is the CEO of the National Swine Registry (NSR), a company that provides genetic evaluations, breed promotions and educational materials to the swine industry. Before serving as CEO, Schwab was director of the NSR Genetic and Technical Service, where he ran the Swine Testing and Genetic Evaluation System (STAGES™) program. With NSR, Schwab has evaluated purebred swine genetics in the United States and worked with breeders in China, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines.

“Genetics is a tool to improve our efficiency of production, probably more than anything,” Schwab said in an interview.   

Schwab grew up on his family’s swine operation in Colorado. He said his background made animal science a natural choice in college.

“I just knew it. That was what excited me,” Schwab said.

Schwab earned his bachelor’s in animal science at Colorado State University, and his master’s and PhD in animal breeding and genetics from Iowa State University. Schwab said animal scientists Tom Baas, Al Christian and Maynard Hogberg were important mentors during his time at Iowa State University. Schwab also served as the coach of the livestock judging team while at Iowa State, an experience that got Schwab involved in undergraduate education.

“It created a whole different network of people,” said Schwab.

Schwab said animal scientists interested in working in industry should try new things, like livestock judging, during college.

“Find the niche of the industry that you enjoy the most,” he said.

Schwab has worked at NSR for the last five years, and he has helped the company expand its role in the swine industry. Schwab represents NSR on the National Pork Board Animal Science Committee, the National Association of Swine Record and the National Pedigreed Livestock Council. He also serves on the United States Livestock Genetics Export Board of Directors, is the past president of the National Swine Improvement Association and currently holds an adjunct/collaborator faculty position at both Iowa State University and Colorado State University.

Schwab will receive the award on March 21 at the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association Midwest Section Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The award was sponsored by BASF Plant Science. The award comes with a plaque, monetary prize and recognition in the Journal of Animal Science.

Media contact:

Madeline McCurry-Schmidt

American Society of Animal Science / 217-239-3321