The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) named
the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding
Extension Educator at the 72nd Annual Alabama Cattleman’s Association
Conference in Huntsville.
Alabama BCIA recognized Dr. Soren Rodning, Associate
Professor and Extension Veterinarian in the Auburn University Department of
Animal Sciences and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
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.
Rodning’s Extension efforts primarily involve promoting herd
health and reproductive management for beef and dairy cattle, with minor
emphasis on meat goats, sheep, pigs and horses. His primary research focus is
investigating various cattle diseases.
Dr. Rodning has provided 40 invited lectures, has helped
organize over 25 Extension programs, provided over 165 Extension presentations,
authored or co-authored over 50 Extension publications, newsletters, fact
sheets, informational bulletins and training manuals. In addition, Rodning served as an instructor
for BCIA Seedstock Continuing Education Program and for the Master Cattlemen’s
He also currently serves in the Alabama Army
National Guard with the 20th Special Forces Group based in
Birmingham. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 with the 358th
Medical Detachment of Veterinary Services.
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.
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