Dave Thomas, an animal scientist and sheep extension specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named the 2005 winner of the Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award by the American Society of Animal Science. Thomas received the award in July at the ASAS Awards Program during the society”s annual meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Thomas has been engaged in research, teaching, extension, and international activities for 28 years at Oregon State, the University of Illinois, and at the UW-Madison since 1991. He has worked on projects in Indonesia, with prolific and hair sheep breeds; in Central Asia, on improvement of prolificacy in Finewool flocks; and in Israel, on utilization of the Booroola gene. He currently represents USAID to the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya. Thomas has an internationally recognized research program in the genetic improvement of sheep with more than 450 career publications.
A Wisconsin native, Thomas earned a B.S. degree at UW-Madison, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, and earned graduate degrees from Oklahoma State University. He teaches courses in genetics and sheep production and has served as the state Sheep Extension Specialist at both Oregon and Wisconsin. He served ASAS as a Director-at-Large, as a member of both the Sheep and Genetics Program Committees, and as a member of the Journal of Animal Science editorial board.
“Traditional missions of Land-Grant institutions have been teaching, research, and extension. Most institutions have added international agricultural activities to this mission. Dave Thomas has developed effective programs in all four areas, practicing the mission of the Land-Grant university in its broadest sense,” an ASAS citation stated.