Berger Named 2016 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dr. Larry Berger, this year's Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry Distinguished Alumnus, has had a notable career as a researcher, professor and department head. Berger was recognized for his accomplishments and presented the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Weber Hall on the K-State campus.
Through the years, Berger has received numerous awards for teaching and research. His research emphasis was on the use of protein and energy nutrition and animal management techniques to improve the production efficiency of beef cattle. He was author or co-author of more than 330 research publications and was nationally recognized for research excellence with the American Society of Animal Science Ruminant Nutrition Award. He served on the NRC subcommittee to produce the 1996 Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle and he made five trips to consult feedlots in China, and gave invited presentations in seven countries.
A native of Waterville, Kansas, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from K-State ASI in 1973 and 1975. During his time at K-State he was on the livestock judging team.
He began his faculty career at The University of Illinois after receiving his doctoral degree in ruminant nutrition from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1978. He was at Illinois for 31 years and then in 2009 was named animal science department head at UNL.
"Larry is uniformly respected by his fellow scientists because he has technical excellence in nutrition and he has combined this with a great understanding of animal agriculture," says Evan Titgemeyer, K-State ASI graduate program director and research coordinator. "Because of Larry's technical expertise, research excellence, inviting personality and unquestioned integrity, throughout his career at Illinois he was always at the forefront of any nutrition-focused beef industry challenge, the result being that he always provided science-based solutions with both applied and basic understanding of both the problem and solution."
Berger retired in July 2016 from UNL and now he and his wife, Sue, live in Champaign, Illinois. The couple has three children — Eric, Nadia and Austin.
The Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry department serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education.The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science, food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills.