Dr. Bill Weiss, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University
I came to The Ohio State University in January 1981 as a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Russ Conrad on the nutritional value of heat-damaged forages for dairy cows. About a year after I graduated, Dr. Conrad retired and a faculty position at OARDC in Wooster in the Department of Dairy Science (this was before we became Animal Sciences) opened up. It was my dream job, mostly research in dairy nutrition plus some Extension work. I applied for the position, and apparently, I convinced them I could do the job and have been doing this job for the past 33 years.
But all good things have to come to an end, and it is time for me to move on to other adventures. Therefore, I will be retiring at the end of January 2021. During my tenure at OSU, I have met and worked with lots of dairy farmers, nutritionists, veterinarians, and Extension agents (now educators). These relationships were very much two-way streets. I hope I provided you with useful research and helpful answers and I know you never failed to stimulate my thinking about a problem you encountered or perhaps just an observation you made. Those problems and observations often lead to years of research, and sometimes, we even came up with an answer to a problem or question. You were always willing to help when I needed research samples or data or had a group of visitors or students that wanted a tour of a dairy farm or feed mill. It has been a great 33 years; thank you for helping me have a successful career.