CLANTON, Ala. – The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently named Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist as the 2016 Outstanding Extension Educator. The Outstanding Extension Educator Award is presented to recognize and honor an exceptional Extension Educator and their support and implementation of beef cattle performance programs in Alabama. Mullenix, who is also an Auburn University assistant professor of animal sciences, has made a profound impact within the state in a short period of time. Mullenix’s work in forage management and supplementation is improving efficiency of cow-calf, stocker, and backgrounding operations.
Alabama Extension director Dr. Gary Lemme praised Alabama BCIA for its selection of Mullenix.
“The scope of Dr. Mullenix’s Extension work reveals not only her breadth of knowledge, but her creativity and commitment to the state’s cattle producers,” he said. “Additionally, she is a role model to other Extension personnel and an asset to Alabama agriculture.”
A member of the Alabama Extension’s Animal Science and Forage Team, she had worked in developing and delivering innovative educational programs for cattle producers. She led the development of the Beef Basics online training program to guide new cattle producers in learning cattle management practices. Her academic appointment consists of research programs focusing in optimizing beef production systems through forage utilization, co-product supplementation and soil-plant-animal interactions in beef cattle systems. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and her doctorate from the University of Florida.
The Alabama BCIA is a non-profit organization seeking to promote, educate and facilitate the use of performance data, record keeping and marketing opportunities to improve the Alabama cattle industry. Formed in 1964, BCIA cooperates with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System of Auburn University under a formal agreement.