DelVal Grad to Receive National Jersey Award

6/7/2014 7:00 AM

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Richard G. “Dick” Smith, a graduate of Delaware Valley College who now lives in Waunakee, Wis., will receive the 2014 Award for Meritorious Service from the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc.

The presentation will be made June 25 at the Breeders’ Recognition Banquet in Alexandria, Va.

Smith has been active in the artificial insemination industry for more than 35 years as a geneticist and A.I. industry professional. He received his B.S. in dairy science from Delaware Valley College in 1968 and went on to receive an M.S. in animal science in 1974 from Iowa State University, the same year he began working for American Breeders Service.

Smith stepped into the role of Jersey sire analyst at ABS Global Inc. in the late 1990s, where he works closely with breeders to discover and select bulls, focusing on inheritance and potential transmitting patterns that best represent the traits associated with increased profitability.

“He can discuss cow family performance and scientific analysis of the most sophisticated genetic information with equal ease,” said Benny Rector, manager of D&E Jerseys.

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