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Joseph Limbach is this year's Outstanding Senior in Animal Science at K-State

A senior at K-State, Joseph Limbach, receives the Don and Jane Good Outstanding Senior in Animal Science award.

May 8, 2017

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OUTSTANDING SENIOR: Joseph Limbach from Eugene, Mo., is honored as the Outstanding Senior in Animal Science, an award presented in honor of longtime livestock coach and department head Don Good and his wife, Jane.

Joseph Limbach, Eugene, Mo., has been selected as the 2017 Don and Jane Good Outstanding Senior in Animal Science. Craig Good, Don and Jane’s son, presented the award April 1.

The Don and Jane Good award was established to honor Don Good, who was the livestock judging team coach at K-State from 1947 to 1966 and head of the animal science department from 1966 until his retirement in 1987.

Alumni of K-State judging teams came up with the idea for the award in an annual meeting several years ago. The Goods chose to make it an annual award to a senior who displays good character, academic achievement, leadership and judgment.

While an undergraduate student in Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University, Limbach was a member of the 2016 National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Team and the 2016 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team. He was named an All-American in livestock judging and placed fifth overall at the Meat Animal Evaluation national contest.

He was a member of the 2017 K-State Animal Sciences and Industry Academic Quadrathlon Reserve Champion Team. He was also active in several campus organizations, including Block & Bridle and Ag Competition Team’s council. Limbach assisted with a graduate research project with swine to investigate antibiotic alternatives by utilizing vitamin and mineral premix treatments.

At Fort Scott Community College, he was active on the livestock judging team, served as president of the Collegiate Farm Bureau, was a President’s Ambassador and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Internships outside Limbach’s comfort zone opened his eyes to multiple sectors in agriculture. He spent two summers working for a food-service trucking company learning both the management and labor-intensive side of the business. He also worked one summer for Crop Production Services. He says these internships helped him realize his true passion lies in the swine industry.

After graduating in May 2017, Limbach will join the team at JBS United as research coordinator for one of its commercial farms in Frankfort, Ind. He will eventually transfer to the headquarters in Sheridan, Ind., where he will work with the marketing team to design schemes for the sales force.

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.

Source: Kansas State University Extension News Service

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