Matt Luebbe joins UNL as feedlot nutrition and management specialist

New feedlot nutrition and management specialist appointed at UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Dr. Matt Luebbe will join the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center in November as feedlot nutrition and management specialist.

Luebbe’s appointment is effective Nov. 1. He will replace Dr. Judson Vasconcelos, who left earlier this year to take a position in the private sector.

Luebbe will be responsible for conducting research and extension programs focused on efficiency, profitability, food safety and environmental management aspects of feedlot cattle production in the central High Plains. His academic rank will be assistant professor, with his time evenly divided between research and extension activities.

In announcing Luebbe’s appointment, Dr. Linda Boeckner, director of the Panhandle Center stated, “We at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center are pleased that Dr. Matt Luebbe will be joining our faculty and staff to fill a critically important position that will help meet the needs of the feedlot industry within this central High Plains region. Dr. Luebbe will work closely with Dr. Karla Jenkins, the cow-calf-range specialist at the Panhandle Center, the feedlot support staff, and the extension educators in our county offices to deliver strong research and extension programs.”

A Nebraska native, Luebbe is a postdoctoral research associate at Texas AgriLife Research in Amarillo, Texas. He received a Ph.D. in animal science from UNL in August 2009. He has lived and worked on the family’s cattle backgrounding operation. His research has focused on beef feedlot nutrition and management, including ruminant starch and protein utilization, nutrient management, and corn milling byproduct usage.