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Joseph Cassady

Joseph Cassady


Department Head/Professor Animal Science, Interim Department Head Dairy and Food Science

Office Building

Animal Science Complex



Mailing Address

Animal Science Complex 101
Animal Science-Box 2170
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Cassady is Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University. He was raised on a diversified family farm in southern Iowa, earned a BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University, and earned MS and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska. Upon completing his Ph.D., Dr. Cassady worked as a research associate with the USDA ARS US Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE. He spent 12 years on the faculty of the Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University earning the rank of Professor. He is a past-president of the National Swine Improvement Federation Board of Directors, and he served in a volunteer role as the Executive Director of the Beef Improvement Federation from 2009 to 2015. Dr. Cassady’s research focused on food animal genetics and genomics with special emphasis on the improvement of efficiency of production as it relates to pigs and beef cattle. Dr. Cassady, his wife, Dr. Beverly Shelbourn, DVM, and their two sons, Joseph and Cody, live in Brookings County, SD.


B.S., Iowa State University, Animal Science, 1993
M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Animal Science, 1995
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Animal Science, 1999
PAS, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, 2009

Academic Interests/Expertise

Dr. Cassady is interested in academic administration.
Teaches AS 119 and AS 120

Academic Administration
Animal Science
Food Animal Genetics and Genomics

Academic Responsibilities

Dr. Cassady serves as the Head of the Department of Animal Science

Committee Activities

Current - Co-chair of the Evidence Committee for the SDSU Higher Learning Commission Re-Accreditation process
Current - Member of the South Dakota Poultry Industries Assoc. Board of Directors
Current - Member of the American Angus Foundation Research Committee
Current - Member of the National Pork Board, Animal Science Committee
2017 - Search committee member for Vice President for Research and Economic Development
2016 Chair of the Department Head 5-year review committee for Dr. Volker Brozel
2015 - 2018 - Member of the ASAS Board of directors
2015 - 2016 Chair of the SDSU Student Debt Taskforce

Extension Responsibilities

Dr. Cassady provides direction for state wide efforts in Animal Science Extension.

Awards and Honors

2019 Dr. Harold and Barbara Bailey Award for Excellence in Academic Department Leadership
2015 Beef Improvement Federation Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service as Executive Director 2009 - 2015.
2009 - 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award, The Fraternity of Alpha Zeta, North Carolina State University, In appreciation of dedication and service
2009 Industry Service Award, Braunvieh Association of America, Awarded for dedicated service and contributions.
1993 L. N. Hazel Award, Iowa State University, In Recognition of University Service

Professional Memberships

American Society of Animal Science
Gamma Sigma Delta
Sigma Xi

Work Experience

South Dakota State University, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Animal Science, Professor and Head 2013 to present
North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Animal Science, Professor 2013 to 2013
North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Animal Science, Associate Professor 2007 to 2013
Beef Improvement Federation, BIF, Executive Director 2009 to 2015
North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Animal Science, Assistant Professor 2001 to 2007
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Meat Animal Research Center, Genetics and Breeding, Research Associate 1999 to 2001
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Animal Sciences, Animal Breeding, Research Technologist II 1995 to 1999,
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Animal Sciences, Animal Breeding, Ph.D. Student 1995 to 1999
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Animal Sciences, Animal Breeding, MS Student, Graduate Research Assistant 1993 to 1995,

Area(s) of Research

Dr. Cassady oversees the research program in the Department of Animal Science. This includes responsibility for South Dakota State University's Swine Education and Research Facility, Cow-calf Education and Research Facility, Ruminant Nutrition Center, Horse Unit, West Horse Unit, Sheep Unit, Beef Breeding Unit, and Feed Mill.



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