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Julie Walker named new South Dakota Beef Extension Specialist

BROOKINGS, SD – Julie Walker recently accepted a new role within South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension as the Beef Extension Specialist located in Brookings.

“When Cody Wright moved into his new role as Professor of Cow-Calf Nutrition and Management, we knew Julie Walker was a logical choice to move into the role of Beef Extension Specialist for the eastern half of the state,” said Clint Rusk, Head of the Animal Science Department. “The cattle industry plays an important role in South Dakota’s economy. Julie has the knowledge and experience our state’s cattle producers can rely on.”

Walker began her career with SDSU Extension in 1997 as an area beef livestock specialist in Hughes and Stanley Counties providing education and information in beef cattle nutrition, cow-calf management and BQA, and the National Animal ID system. In her most recent position, she served as the Beef Extension Specialist in Rapid City.



“I enjoy working with beef cattle producers because there are so many right answers – each situation is unique because each producer runs their operation a little differently than their neighbor,” said Walker, who began her career as an agriculture education instructor and soon decided she needed to get back into the livestock industry.

Walker grew up on a beef and dairy farm in Minnesota. She received her master’s degree in Ruminant Nutrition from Purdue University and her doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Kentucky in 1995.



“I’ve always felt the livestock industry was where I belonged. The work is challenging, but it’s refreshing too. The cattle producers I get to work with on a daily basis are great stewards of their livestock, so together we’re able to solve issues and develop management plans that, in the end, will help increase their profits,” Walker said.

As the new Beef Extension Specialist, Walker will office on the campus of SDSU. She will be working on beefSD, the beginner rancher program, production/management of beef cow-calf operations including heifer development, managing feed costs, cow-calf production and financial analysis, BQA and Environmental Training. Many of these Extension programs will be completed by working with a team of other Extension professionals.

“I look forward to continuing to serve South Dakota’s livestock producers in this new position,” Walker said.

BROOKINGS, SD – Julie Walker recently accepted a new role within South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension as the Beef Extension Specialist located in Brookings.

“When Cody Wright moved into his new role as Professor of Cow-Calf Nutrition and Management, we knew Julie Walker was a logical choice to move into the role of Beef Extension Specialist for the eastern half of the state,” said Clint Rusk, Head of the Animal Science Department. “The cattle industry plays an important role in South Dakota’s economy. Julie has the knowledge and experience our state’s cattle producers can rely on.”

Walker began her career with SDSU Extension in 1997 as an area beef livestock specialist in Hughes and Stanley Counties providing education and information in beef cattle nutrition, cow-calf management and BQA, and the National Animal ID system. In her most recent position, she served as the Beef Extension Specialist in Rapid City.

“I enjoy working with beef cattle producers because there are so many right answers – each situation is unique because each producer runs their operation a little differently than their neighbor,” said Walker, who began her career as an agriculture education instructor and soon decided she needed to get back into the livestock industry.

Walker grew up on a beef and dairy farm in Minnesota. She received her master’s degree in Ruminant Nutrition from Purdue University and her doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Kentucky in 1995.

“I’ve always felt the livestock industry was where I belonged. The work is challenging, but it’s refreshing too. The cattle producers I get to work with on a daily basis are great stewards of their livestock, so together we’re able to solve issues and develop management plans that, in the end, will help increase their profits,” Walker said.

As the new Beef Extension Specialist, Walker will office on the campus of SDSU. She will be working on beefSD, the beginner rancher program, production/management of beef cow-calf operations including heifer development, managing feed costs, cow-calf production and financial analysis, BQA and Environmental Training. Many of these Extension programs will be completed by working with a team of other Extension professionals.

“I look forward to continuing to serve South Dakota’s livestock producers in this new position,” Walker said.


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