2010 Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award

The Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award honors mid-career Purdue Agriculture graduates who have made significant contributions to their profession or society in general and have a record of outstanding accomplishments. One Animal Sciences alumna was recognized by the College of Agriculture and the Department of Animal Sciences on March 5 , 2010.

Patricia Houghton


Dr. Patricia L. "Patsy" Houghton of McCook, Nebraska, is founder, owner, general manager and president of the McCook-based Heartland Cattle Co. Heartland is a professional heifer development and research center, where beef producers retain ownership of their replacement heifers as the animals are synchronized and artificially bred according to customer specifications. Since its founding in 1990, Heartland has artificially inseminated nearly 71,000 heifers placed into 31 states, weaned more than 115,000 calves, fed 75,000 cattle and completed about 40 research projects. Houghton is a former Extension beef specialist for Kansas State University. She earned a doctoral degree in ruminant nutrition from Purdue in 1986.

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