Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- Clay Mathis began work Aug. 5 as a livestock specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.
He will work to serve the educational needs of New Mexico cattle and sheep producers. Mathis will take over the range ram test, which systematically measures ram weight-gain performance and fleece characteristics at the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center.
"The first thing I will be doing is getting out on ranches in different parts of the state to get to know the livestock production systems and the ranchers themselves," he said. "That is something I will really enjoy."
Mathis came to NMSU from Kansas State University where he earned a doctorate, writing a dissertation on protein supplementation to grazing beef cattle. In 1997, he won the Purina Mills Beef Research Fellowship.
Mathis grew up in New Braunfels, Texas, where he raised a flock of sheep to show in 4-H and FFA events. He earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A&M. In 1991, he worked on a summer internship with the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho.
Mathis won both the Senior Merit Award and the Senior Scholarship Award from Texas A&M in 1993. He then pursued a master's degree in the physiology of reproduction, mostly working with beef cattle.
As an undergraduate, he was active on the meats, livestock and wool and mohair judging teams. He coached the wool and mohair team as a graduate student.
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