Weaber: Purebred Beef Unit is a head start on career in the cattle business | Livestock


Bob Weaber, a professor of animal sciences, says K-State’s Purebred Beef Unit was built to accommodate contemporary livestock handling spaces. (Courtesy photo.)

Bob Weaber gets a feeling of satisfaction as he enters the Purebred Beef Unit on the Kansas State University campus.

The building, just three years old, serves as something of a spark for Weaber, a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, and the faculty coordinator at the unit.

Here, he has the opportunity to carry out a vigorous research program, while also helping to mold students who are training for careers in the beef cattle industry.

“My research focuses primarily on beef cattle genetics as well as my special interest in new trait development, such as feet and leg structure in cows, male fertility, feed intake and feed efficiency,” Weaber said.

He and his animal science colleagues work with others in the College of Veterinary

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