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Dr. Bennet Cassell

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Dr. Bennet Cassell
Professor Emeritus of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech


Dr. Bennet Cassell


Area of Expertise
Dr. Cassell has published numerous articles in the areas of lifetime performance of different breeds of dairy cattle, inbreeding depression, and progeny testing programs.   He has written the genetics column for Hoards Dairyman magazine for 24 years.  He is the principal investigator for the Virginia Tech – Kentucky-North Carolina cooperative Holstein-Jersey crossbreeding project.  Dr. Cassell retired from the Department of Dairy Science in 2010.  He continues to write and teach and remains active in dairy breeding industry activities.  Current educational efforts focus on use of genomic technologies for genetic improvement of dairy cattle.


Academic Training

PhD1982North Carolina State UniversityAnimal Breeding
MS1972Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityDairy Genetics
BS1968Virginia Polytechnic InstituteDairy Science

Professional Experience

2010 - presentProfessor Emeritus, Dairy Science
1982 - 2010Professor and Extension Dairy Scientist, Genetics and Management, Virginia Tech
1980 - 1981Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University
1975 - 1979Research Associate (Dairy Husbandman) Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory, BARC, USDA
1972 - 1975Sire Analyst,  Sire Power, Inc.
1970 - 1972Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Honors and Awards

NAAB Research Award 2010

National DHI Outstanding Service Award 2008

ADSA J.L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics, 2003
ADSA Merck Ag Vet Dairy Management Research Award, 1994


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