During the Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego, Texas A&M graduate student Whitney Crossland and Colorado State University’s Greta Krafsur, DVM, were awarded this year’s W.D. Farr Scholarships to assist in their graduate studies.

Crossland, a PhD candidate at Texas A&M is focusing her graduate studies on feeding applications of ethanol byproducts and the effects of commercial feed additives on the ruminant microbiome. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in animal nutrition from Texas A&M.

Krafsur, originally from South Dakota, earned her DVM degree from Colorado State University. Now working toward her PhD, she has focused her research on bovine pathology and specifically, bovine pulmonary hypertension, also known as brisket disease or high-mountain disease.

Established in 2007 by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, the $12,000 W.D. Farr Scholarship aims to assist outstanding graduate students in beef-related fields of study. W.D. Farr was a pioneering cattle feeder and agricultural leader in Colorado, and served as the first president of the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and as president of the American National Cattlemen’s Association, which later became the NCBA.