Bernie O’Rourke

Bernadette (Bernie) O’Rourke

Extension Youth Livestock Specialist (90% Extension, 10% Teaching) – Housed in the department of Animal Sciences

Phone: 608-263-4304

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Beef, Sheep, Swine, Meat Goats, and Meat Science

Masters of Science in Animal Science – Meat Sciences Emphasis from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelors of Science Animal Science from South Dakota State University

Position Priorities:

  • Support for project development in the areas of Beef, Sheep, Swine, Meat Goats, &and Meat Science for both youth and adults – through county program speaking and developing of programs to be used statewide by staff and volunteers.
  • Program with 4-H, FFA, commodity groups to deliver high quality, needed programs.
  • State lead for the Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA) Program that reaches roughly 4500 youth each year.
  • Provide programs around ag advocacy and ag literacy, and much, much more!
  • Departmental responsibilities include:  teaching a careers course for undergraduates and recruit for the animal sciences department.
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