American Society Of Animal Science Recognizes Global Scope Of Virginia Tech Researcher's Work

ds into different environments," Notter said. "The breeds that are there have adapted to the local conditions. If we just bring in breeds from alien environments, we stand the chance of losing genetic resources that have developed over many generations. We also stand the chance of that introduced breed failing in an environment to which it is not suited."

Notter's specialty is the genetic management of beef cattle and sheep. The underlying theme of this work has been the genetic control of reproductive traits with the aim of developing trouble-free animals as well as animals that are more productive. Much of his work falls into the category of basic research, which adds to the foundation of knowledge of a subject. Other parts of his work, however, are applied research, or research in ways to make basic understanding directly useful to producers.

"I enjoy doing applied, producer-applicable research," Notter said. "I like working to help farmers select the best animals."

Notter is a native of Gallia County, Ohio, located in the southern part of the state. He is the son of Russell and Edna Notter. He earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University in animal science in 1972, and a master's and doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska in 1977

He has conducted a broad range of research since joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 1977, including the study of the genetic control of seasonal breeding in sheep and identifying strategies for predicting genetic merit in livestock improvement programs.

His recent accomplishments include introduction of across-breed genetic evaluation procedures for beef cattle, creation of a line of sheep with reduced seasonality of breeding, and development of the first across-flock genetic evaluations for U.S. sheep breeds.


Contact: D.R. Notter
Virginia Tech

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