Kenneth Stalder, a professor of animal science at Iowa State University, is the recipient of the 2022 Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Stalder is recognized nationally and internationally for his ability to apply research to create teaching and learning programs for hog producers and their employees. These resources communicate information on production efficiency, environmental sustainability and genetic improvement, and they help solve problems related to animal performance and sow longevity.
“Dr. Stalder has demonstrated his unique ability to identify educational needs and provide useful learning material for all of the different end users involved in swine production,” says Jack Dekkers, CF Curtiss Emeritus Professor of Animal Science.
Stalder has developed many tools that help pork producers make decisions for their operations. An example is a spreadsheet that allows users to determine how long a female needs to provide services to a breeding herd in order to achieve profitable status.
Another remarkable tool designed by Stalder is a series of posters explaining how to assess foot and leg strength, reproductive soundness and body condition score in sows. Since its publication, this poster series has reached more than 26,000 pork producers in the United States and has been used by pork producers in China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Finland, Sweden and the United States. Denmark.
Stalder earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State in 1987 and a master’s degree in agriculture from Western Kentucky University in 1992. He returned to Iowa State to earn a doctorate in animal husbandry and animal genetics with a minor in immunobiology in 1995 and began working at the university in 2003.
The Kolmer Award is named after Lee Kolmer, who served as dean of the college for 14 years beginning in 1973. Kolmer and his wife Jean established the award to honor faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the well-being of Iowans.
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