Grant awarded at Cattle Industry Convention

During the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention, Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation awarded Dr. Sara Linneen, Ph.D. with a $15,000 grant.

The Dr. Kenneth & Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation was established in memory and as a legacy to Caroline who loved life, cattle and cattle people, and as an avenue to help future scholars while enhancing beef cattle research. Any American National CattleWomen (ANCW) member who is doing research in an area which benefits the betterment of beef production may apply for the grant.

Linneen is an assistant professor of animal science at Penn State University. She applied with the collaboration of Dr. Jessica Williamson, a field and forage crop specialist, and Ben Williamson, an applied livestock lecturer also from Penn State.

Dr. Eng said, “I’m pleased that Dr. Sarah Linneen received our Foundation award. It sounds like an interesting research project she plans to pursue and I’m sure Caroline would have been proud of her.

“I’m very happy the way this project developed and will definitely plan to fund a similar project for ANCW next year.”

Linneen received the grant for a three year study on the ‘Effects of Grazing Management and Monensin on Cow-Calf Production and Pasture Production’. Linneen will use sixty-four Angus based spring-calving pairs on a sixty four-acre tract. The area will be split into eight (2 replications/treatment) paddocks each totaling 8 acres, all of similar species composition. Monensin will be administered through loose mineral at the rate of 200 mg per cow per day and pairs on the rotation treatment will be rotated through two acre pastures every seven days. Linneen’s hypothesis is that using the combination of rotation grazing and Monensin will increase animal and pasture productivity and performance.

Linneen says, “The generous support of this project is enabling myself and my collaborators to initiate our professional and personal goals of growing the cattle industry, but more importantly in our effect to support producers with valuable information on maximizing resource utilization. I feel so fortunate and grateful to be a member of ANCW, and to have received this distinguished award from them.”

Barbra Jackson, past ANCW president said, “ANCW is thrilled that the Eng foundation has provided ANCW members with this tremendous opportunity! The structure of this grant allows for our members to get creative and bring innovative ideas forth. We’re excited to see what our members will propose in the applications and how generous this gift will be used to help women working in the beef industry.”

The applications were reviewed by a committee of ANCW members.