Jeannine Schweihofer, Michigan State University Extension agriculture and agribusiness educator, and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, was one of four individuals recognized for their contributions and dedication to the beef industry during the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association’s (MCA) Summer Round-Up July 8-9 in Mount Pleasant.
Jeannine received the “Young Member of the Year” award. Previously she served as the livestock Extension educator for the Thumb and Saginaw Valley areas, working mainly with beef feedlots. Jeannine and husband Ryan work on the family farm, raising crops and beef cattle.
Jeannine began her affiliation with Extension as a 4-H member showing steers. She went on to earn a bachelor’s in animal science and while on campus was a member of the MSU meat and livestock judging teams.
Jeannine feels that farming and raising beef cattle help her with her Extension programming because she experiences many of the same challenges that producers do. And being part of the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association helps as well.
Jeannine explains, “MCA is another opportunity for me to interact with fellow cattlemen and cattlewomen and hear their successes and frustrations. That networking helps me build research ideas and Extension programming needs.”