November 13, 2017

Kunkle Symposium preview

The Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science will hold its Annual Meeting February 3–6, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The scientific program will include the popular Bill E. Kunkle Interdisciplinary Beef Symposium. The symposium will focus on "Recent Advances in Replacement Heifer Development" and will be held the morning of Monday, February 5.

One of the invited speakers for this symposium is Dr. Ryon Walker, of the Noble Research Institute. Dr. Walker will discuss "Target Pre-breeding Bodyweight and Age in Replacement Heifers- Implications of Environment and Management."


Dr. Walker received his B.S. in animal science from Texas A&M University in 1997. In 1996, he interned for Leachman Cattle Company in Billings, MT, where he developed an interest in reproductive physiology. While at College Station, he also managed Butler and Son Charolais while earning his M.S. degree in animal science. From there he attended Colorado State University where he received his Ph.D in reproductive physiology with a focus in estrous synchronization and artificial insemination.

Dr. Walker spent 6 years with the University of Minnesota as a Beef Extension Specialist. He conducted programs and workshops across the state with a research emphasis on extending the fall grazing season and evaluating cow size and efficiency within the herd.

Dr. Walker spent over 6 1⁄2 years with Louisiana State University as an assistant/associate professor conducting research in the areas of cow feed efficiency and alternative feeding strategies during the backgrounding period.

The Bill E. Kunkle Interdisciplinary Beef Symposium will include presentations by Dr. David Lalman, Dr. Gary Williams, and Dr. Justin Rhinehart.

Meet Dr. Lalman in this Taking Stock article.

Meet Dr. Williams in this Taking Stock article.

Meet Dr. Rhinehart in this Taking Stock article.

Register online for the 2018 Southern Section Meeting. The early registration deadline is December 1, 2017. Download the PDF Registration Form.

For more information about the meeting, including the preliminary schedule, visit the 2018 Southern Section Meeting website.