2020 SWNC Speaker
Micheal Brouk, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University (KSU), has enjoyed career experiences in academia and allied industry. His current position is 70% extension and 30% teaching. He was raised on a crop farm in central Missouri and obtained BS degrees in Agronomy and Dairy Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC). He then worked as a research specialist at UMC studying the effects of dairy processing plant solids on forage crops. He then completed a MS degree at UMC in Dairy Science. He was then employed by Land O’Lakes as a livestock production specialist in southwest Minnesota. Later, he completed a PhD program at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He was then hired by SDSU in a teaching and research position. Dr. Brouk then accepted a Commercial Agriculture Extension position at UMC and for the last 21 years has been at KSU in an extension and teaching position. His area of interests include dairy cattle nutrition, heat abatement and facility design. Dr. Brouk recently completed a sabbatical leave with DeLaval North America examining the application of robotics on large-scale dairy operations. During his career, Dr. Brouk has authored or co-authored nearly 400 publications, conference proceedings and articles. He has been the principal investigator on projects totaling 1.4 million dollars. In addition to his responsibilities as KSU, he has also served as the co-chairman of the Western Dairy Management Conference for the past 20 years. Mike and his wife, Michelle, reside in Manhattan, Kansas, where they and their 5 children are active in their church and local community.