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Area native honored in livestock industry

November 23, 2012
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Dr. Gary L. Minish is the 2012 Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery inductee. The gallery serves as the livestock industry's hall of fame. For those involved in animal agriculture, this selection is one of the highest honors one can receive. It is bestowed by the Saddle and Sirloin award committee based on service and impact in the industry.

Dr. Minish began his teaching career in 1962 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Over his 40 years of service he has been a teacher, intercollegiate livestock judging team coach, student mentor and extension specialist.

He is the recipient of numerous agriculture education and industry awards and served as Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University from 2004 until his retirement in 2010. Today, Dr. Minish and his wife Roberta live in Plano, Texas.

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Because of his expertise and passion, he became one of the most sought after beef cattle show judges in the 1970s and 1980s. He officiated at national shows for 10 breeds of cattle in over 30 states and in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Scotland and Uruguay.

Minish was honored with the portrait presentation on November 11. For more information, visit and click on the Saddle & Sirloin tab for the complete portrait gallery.



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