Dear Targeting Excellence sponsors, board of directors, and state committees,
Thank you very much for awarding me with a Targeting Excellence scholarship. It is truly an honor to be recognized by your organization. This award will greatly help me in the pursuit of my Master’s Degree in ruminant nutrition. I am looking forward to graduating from Oklahoma State University and moving on to Kansas State University. It is thanks to the support of organizations, such as Targeting Excellence, that I have been able to move so far away from my home state of Maryland to pursue my career goals. Thank you once again for this prestigious award.
Charles Sasscer III
I will be graduating from Oklahoma State University in May of 2018 with my Bachelor’s Degree in animal science with a focus on livestock production. I will be receiving my degree after having completed 6 semesters at OSU. In June of 2018 I will begin working towards my Master’s Degree at Kansas State University. I will be completing research and taking classes focused on ruminant nutrition, specifically stocker/ growing cattle nutrition. My adviser will be Dr. Dale Blasi.
Upon earning my Master’s Degree from KSU, I plan on working towards my PhD at The University of Nebraska in feedlot cattle nutrition. I would like to become a feedlot consultant in the Southern Great Plains region. This is so that I can help producers to maximize the use of their inputs and be as profitable as possible while producing a quality product.
In addition to being a feedlot consultant, I am going to raise beef cattle. While this will start out as a hobby, I hope for it to become more of a full time job when I become older. I would like to run commercial Angus influenced cattle. Post weaning, I am going to grow and finish my calves in my own small feedlot on my operation. My goal is to use this beef to develop a branded beef program to market to local communities and nearby urban populations.