Dr. Patricia (Patsy) L. Houghton
Owner and General Manager, Heartland Cattle Company, McCook, NE
A native of Kansas, Dr. Houghton has been involved with the cattle industry for most of her life. She graduated from Kansas State University and then went on to get a Masters in Reproductive Physiology there as well. She received her Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from Purdue University in 1986. She has been a leader in Youth Education, an instructor at Purdue, and a Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at K-State. Dr. Houghton received the American Society of Animal Sciences "Outstanding Agribusiness Award" and was named the Certified Angus Beef "Feedlot Partner of the Year".
In 1990, Dr. Houghton formed Heartland Cattle Company, a professional heifer development and research center. As President and General Manager, she pioneered custom and contractural heifer development and AI breeding programs. Additionally her company has a very active research and development and a calf weaning program. In 2006, she became the sole owner of Heartland Cattle Company.
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