Hawkins earns industry honor

David Hawkins, a retired professor in the Department of Animal Science, was inducted into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery during a banquet attended by agricultural leaders from across America earlier this month.

November 25, 2013

Hawkins, standing in front of his portrait that was made part of the prestigious Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Collection.

David Hawkins, a retired professor in the Department of Animal Science,  was inducted into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery during a banquet attended by agricultural leaders from across America earlier this month.

The Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery is the livestock industry’s Hall of Fame. Being inducted into the Portrait Gallery is the highest honor earned in the livestock industry. For more than a century, inductees have been chosen based on their service to agriculture, and their subsequent impact on the livestock industry.

Hawkins started his teaching career at Michigan State University (MSU) after earning his doctorate in 1969. In 1973 he was named the faculty coordinator of the MSU Beef Cattle Teaching Center. During his more than 40-year career at MSU, he has been a teacher, livestock judging team coach, student mentor, purebred livestock show judge and National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest Superintendent. Hawkins has been received numerous awards, including Distinguished Teacher, Animal Industry Service and Fellow Awards from the American Society of Animal Science.

Currently, Hawkins and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Mason, Michigan where they raise Angus cattle.

 

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