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NMSU Hires New Dairy Specialist

LAS CRUCES--The son of a fourth generation dairy farmer is the new dairy specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Micheal Looper, who recently completed studies for a doctorate in reproductive physiology at Oklahoma State University, will address needs of the state's dairy industry through education and technology transfer. He'll also assist with developing a research agenda for NMSU.

New Mexico's dairy industry continues to grow and is a major contributor to the state's economy, said Ron Parker, Extension animal resources department head.

"We now have more than 208,000 dairy cows in the state, and we are very fortunate to have someone of Mike's background and personality to work with this very important industry," he said.

Looper grew up on a dairy farm near Ft. Smith, Ark., and earned a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in reproductive physiology from the University of Arkansas.

He won the Joe V. Whitman Research Presentation Award in 1998 and was second this year in the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science Graduate Student Awards competition.

As an undergraduate, Looper was president of the Block and Bridle Club and a member of collegiate 4-H and FFA clubs.

He is a member of the American Dairy Science Association, the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine and several other professional organizations.