Bill Doig will be based out of the Howell County Extension office. He comes to MU Extension from the Ohio State Extension and the Ohio Cattleman's Association where he served as the Beef Program specialist for the state of Ohio for the past 2-1/2 years. A few of his responsibilities were establishing the Ohio Beef Heifer Program and the Ohio Professional Beef Producer Program.
Doig was raised in southern Indiana on a purebred Polled Hereford cattle operation. He was active in 4-H and showed all species of livestock during his 10-year 4-H career. Doig received a bachelor's of science degree from Purdue University in 2003. While at Purdue, he was a member of the Collegiate Livestock Judging Team. From Purdue, he went to the University of Kentucky for graduate school. At Kentucky, he taught and coached the Collegiate Livestock Judging Team for two years. In 2006, he received his master of science in animal science with a focus on ruminant nutrition. Immediately after graduation from the University of Kentucky, Doig began working for Ohio State. Over the last few years he has judged livestock exhibitions in four states as well as Canada.
In Doig's role as livestock specialist, he will be working with all species of livestock, focusing on educational programs such as the Show-Me-Select, Premier Beef, MO-Pork, Show-Me-Quality Assurance, as well as numerous other production and management oriented courses. In addition to the previously mentioned programs, he will be active in several youth programs such as 4-H, livestock shows, youth judging contest, judging teams and quality assurance.
Doig can be contacted at 417-256-2391 in West Plains or call the Oregon County Extension Office at 417-778-7490.