Dr. Paul Berg, Kindred, ND, grew up in Cass County. He attended a one room school house near Horace and graduated from West Fargo High School before continuing his education at NDSU. He earned his bachelor degree in Animal Husbandry in 1960 and began his career with the NDSU Extension Service in 1961. He then farmed in affiliation with his father and brother from 1962 to 1963 on their diversified operation. In 1963, Paul returned to NDSU to pursue his master’s and doctoral degrees in Animal Science. While taking graduate classes, he served as an assistant in Animal Science and then as an assistant professor until assuming his current position as an associate professor in 1982. He accomplished this all while still farming with his brother until 1987 when the partnership was dissolved. He continued to maintain a small herd of beef cows until 2001.
As a teacher in the Animal Science Department, he taught an array of classes including all but one animal genetics classes since 1970 and all the meats judging courses since 1983. Berg coached the traveling junior and senior meats judging teams from 1975 to 2008, totaling over 225 students. Through his teaching efforts, he was recognized as a Preferred Professor from the NDSU Mortar Board and received the Apple Polisher award from NDSU Bison Ambassadors three times.
He has contributed to North Dakota agriculture in a number of ways including being an advisor for the Northern Plains Premium Beef and the North Dakota Beef Systems Center of Excellence projects. The ultimate goal of these projects was to enhance beef feeding and to establish beef processing within the state. He is a member of the American Meat Science Association, Intercollegiate Meat Coaches Association, and American Angus Association. Along with Bert and Russ, Paul is an Honorary Member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and has received appreciation awards from the North Dakota Winter Show and the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association. Berg received the AMSA Meritorious Meat Coaches Award in 2008 and was elected a Fellow of AMSA and granted the organization’s Signal Service Award in 2009.
PB feels that as a teacher if his students learned nothing else but to subscribe to a pattern of lifelong learning, he was successful. He considered his role in the development of student’s decision making abilities and being able to confidently and publicly defend their decisions, to be very rewarding. He is a strong advocate for beef production in the state and has a real passion for preparing meat and understanding the factors that drive beef palatability. His role as faculty advisor to the Animal Science Graduate Student Organization’s “Carnivore Catering” has given him a platform to share his knowledge with others, especially students, to help them become leaders in the state of North Dakota and the nation.
Dr. Bert Moore, current resident of Elkhorn, Nebraska, was born and raised in Iowa Falls, Iowa. After attending high school, Bert furthered his education at Iowa State in the pursuit of an Animal Science degree. While an undergraduate at Iowa State, Bert was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Following graduation, Moore ventured to North Dakota to attend NDSU to obtain his master’s and doctorate degrees in Animal Nutrition. While attending graduate school, he served as a graduate assistant and instructor in the Animal Science Department before taking on a full time career at NDSU following the completion of his Doctoral work. He muses that he had initially planned to stay in North Dakota for 2 years but ended up staying for over 40 years.
As an NDSU professor, Bert taught a variety of classes that included Meat Animal Evaluation, Livestock Selection, Breeds of Livestock, Feeds and Feeding, along with Sheep and Horse Production. He also taught classes in his Doctoral area, ruminant nutrition, as well as doing research in applied nutrition and production. During his time at NDSU, Moore also coached the livestock judging teams for over 40 years. Moore placed students as his highest priorities, especially in his time as an academic advisor. He received numerous awards based on his outstanding conduct and the impact he made on students. These awards include the Preferred Professor and Outstanding Advisor awards as well as other awards given to him by other youth and livestock organizations.
Bert contributed to North Dakota agriculture by instilling a strong passion for livestock into generations of agricultural students who are now leaders in agriculture and related fields. He has built his life in the cattle and sheep industries as a livestock judge, coach, professor, and ambassador. He has ensured that thousands of students would leave college prepared to build their lives in the industry. Moore’s adherence to the spirit of fair and ethical practices is beyond reproach and has given numerous students the opportunity to learn these important life lessons through their contact with him. He is also a member of other agricultural organizations and has played an integral part in shaping and impacting the agricultural industry.
Moore left NDSU at the beginning of 2009 to become the Secretary/Treasurer of the American Shorthorn Association in Omaha, Nebraska. He considers his time at NDSU and in North Dakota a gratifying experience in which he was given the chance to be surrounded by some of the best colleagues and students in the nation.
Bert has one daughter, Angi, and one grandson, Cole. His wife, Millie is the executive secretary of the Montdale Sheep Breeders Association. Moore also is a retired marathon runner; He enjoyed running marathons in his spare time and has intentions to start running again sometime in the future.
Russ Danielson grew up on a diversified farm in Barnes County, North Dakota. He graduated from Valley City High School and attended North Dakota State University majoring in Animal Husbandry. After graduation in December 1964, Russ joined the NDSU Animal Science department in 1965 as beef cattle herdsman and instructor. He served in this position while attending graduate school until 1973. After aquiring his Master’s Degree, Russ became a NDSU professor.
As an instructor, Danielson taught courses Introductions Introduction to Animal Science, Meat Animal Production, Livestock Evaluation, Beef Cattle Pedigrees, and Beef Production. He served as an academic advisor, assisting over 70 undergraduate animal science and equine majors annually. Over the course of his 44 year teaching career, Russ advised an estimated 1200 students. Furthermore, he was also the faculty advisor for the NDSU Judging Club and the Saddle and Sirloin Club. Overseeing the Little International was one of his favorite duties; he has been involved in 46 Little International Shows as a NDSU student, participant, and advisor. As a student, he exhibited beef, sheep, and swine and was named champion in beef and swine divisions during his senior year. Danielson is respected as a national and international livestock judge and has evaluated beef cattle in 26 States and 3 Canadian Providences including the Houston Stock Show, National Western Stock Show, American Royal Stock Show, and the Regina Agribition.
Danielson has been instrumental in North Dakota agriculture by being involved in numerous beef industry organizations. He is a long-time member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and has served on the NDSA’s Mentoring Program Advisor Committee and North Dakota Junior Beef Expo Planning Committee since both of the committes’ inceptions. He initiated the Junior Beef Expo by setting up a task force to create the multi-breed event for North Dakota junior showmen. Danielson also assisted Russ Bueling in the breed development of Buelingo beef cattle. As a result, he served as the initial National Secretary/Treasurer of the Buelingo Beef Cattle Society. Additionally, he is a Board member for the North Star Classic and North Dakota Winter Show Livestock Committee. He served as a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Associations Research Committee.
Russ was considered a great instructor that was inspiring to all of his students. His broad industry knowledge, genuine interest in students, and unassuming nature has made him a favorite instructor for many NDSU students. He received the NDSU Blue Key Doctor of Service Award in 2009.
Russ retired from NDSU in 2010. He, along with his wife, Helen, stay involved in the family farm in Cuba Township, near Valley City, with his wife, Helen. They have two married daughters, Karla (Dan) McHugh and Beth (Tony) Hessburg. Helen and Russ have three grandsons, Vaughn, Luke, and Brock along with a granddaughter, Riley.
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