Sun. Sep 24th, 2023
Spencer Jacobson Selected as 2023 Friend of the Department of Animal Science


Spencer Jacobson is a 1995 SDSU grad and is the hog procurement small business manager at Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls

Dr. Rosie Nold (left), professor and assistant head of the Division of Animal Science, presents Spencer Jacobson with his award at the 2023 Celebration of Animal Science Achievements and Excellence occasion. (Courtesy Photo)

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Animal science alum Spencer Jacobson has supported the South Dakota State University Division of Animal Science ever considering the fact that he graduated from SDSU in 1995. Lately, he was recognized for his ongoing help by becoming chosen as the 2023 Buddy of the Division of Animal Science. At the moment, Jacobson resides in Brandon, South Dakota, with his wife and 3 daughters and functions at Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls as the hog procurement small business manager.

“I am actually humbled by the recognition,” mentioned Jacobson. “The Division of Animal Science suggests a lot to me, and more than the years, I have usually been prepared to enable and help them.”

In the course of his time at SDSU, he enjoyed becoming involved in Tiny International, Block and Bridle, Meats Judging, Wool Judging and the Junior Livestock Judging Group.

Jacobson supports the animal science plan by assisting connect SDSU faculty, employees and graduate students to folks involved in the swine market. He is a standard, invaluable guest lecturer for many animal science classes like introduction to animal science, livestock evaluation and marketing and advertising and swine production. He has also worked with SDSU graduate students and faculty to enable facilitate analysis into swine carcass qualities, and dedicates time to assisting the SDSU Meats Judging Group.

Jacobson has worked closely with SDSU faculty to enable create a nationally recognized analysis project investigating above ground swine burial solutions. He supported Dr. Bob Thaler, Distinguished Professor, interim head of the Division of Animal Science and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist, on a swine mortality composting project.

His help does not cease there – Jacobson serves as the major make contact with for the well-liked pork bundle and pork loin donations for the SDSU Pork Classic basketball game. This donation aids leverage help of around $ten,000 in scholarships annually. The SDSU Pork Classic is a collaborative occasion sponsored by the Division of Animal Science and SDSU Athletics, with all proceeds benefitting animal science students and student athletes. The occasion aids to each help students and gives recognition for South Dakota’s pork market.

“Without Spencer’s dedication, none of these efforts would have been thriving,” mentioned Thaler. “It is not an overstatement that the numerous contributions created by our SDSU swine science faculty, employees and graduate students would not be probable without having his help.”


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