Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Associate Professor, joined the faculty of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University in August of 2011 as Cow-Calf Extension Specialist. Previously, Weaber served in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) as Extension Specialist-Beef Genetics and was responsible for educational programming in the area of beef cattle genetics. Dr. Weaber also serves as central regional secretary of the Beef Improvement Federation, is a co-coordinator of the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium education programs and has served as a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Policy Division Board of Directors. The focus of his extension and research programs have been to broaden the availability, use and understanding of genetic selection tools (Expected Progeny Differences, DNA markers and selection indexes) as well as performance data collection schemes implemented by cattle producers.
Dr. Weaber grew up on a cow-calf operation in southern Colorado and went on to earn a BS in animal science followed by a Master of Agriculture degree in the Beef Industry Leadership Program at Colorado State University. He completed his doctoral studies in the Animal Breeding and Genetics Group at Cornell University. While there, he served as the Interim Director of Performance Programs for the American Simmental Association for three and a half years. Previously, Weaber was Director of Education and Research at the American Gelbvieh Association. Weaber is the recipient of the Midwest Section of Am. Society of Animal Science Young Animal Scientist Extension Award (2013), Beef Improvement Federation’s Continuing Service Award (2011), Univ. of Missouri Extension’s J.W. Burch State Specialist Award (2011), and the Univ. of Missouri Provost’s Award for Creative Extension Programming by Young Faculty (2010).Bob and his wife, Tami, and their young children, Maddie, Cooper and Wyatt, reside near Wamego, KS.