Dr. Lyle G. McNeal Honored by Marquis Who’s Who for Excellence in Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Science
Dr. McNeal continues to serve the animal, dairy and veterinary science community
as an educator, and rancher consultant
LOGAN, UT, December 13, 2016, Dr. Lyle G. McNeal has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
As an animal and veterinary science educator and rancher consultant with more than 50 years of academic and industry experience, Dr. McNeal is widely regarded in the scientific community as a sheep, goat and fiber specialist. He has served as a professor of animal, dairy and veterinary science with Utah State University since 1979. An established author in his fields of expertise, Dr. McNeal has contributed numerous chapters to books, as well as articles to professional publications. Notably, he writes an article for every issue of Hobby Farms Magazine and mentors young people and consults with ranchers in the Intermountain Region of the U.S. Outside of his role at Utah State University, Dr. McNeal is the founder of the Navajo Sheep Project, a nonprofit organization he founded in 1977 that aims to preserve and breed Navajo-Churro sheep with the ongoing deployment of their breeding seed stock as the ongoing mission via returning them to their historic place in the Southwest among the Navajo and Hispanic shepherds and artisan weavers.
Dr. McNeal began his career upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry from California Polytechnic State College in 1964. He went on to receive a Master of Science in Animal Breeding and Range Management, with a focus on sheep genetics and carcass traits for improvement, from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1966. Early in his career, Dr. McNeal enjoyed various positions with universities throughout California and Nevada, which includes California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and the University of Nevada-Reno Cooperative Extension Service as a multi-county extension agent, and the State of Nevada’s Extension Sheep and Horse Specialist. In addition, he previously served as a staff scientist with the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, between 1972 and 1977. Dr. McNeal was certified in radiological monitoring through the U.S. Department of Defense in Northern Nevada during the Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb testing that took place in Southern Nevada during that era. He takes great pride in following the migration patterns of bison herds in Yellowstone National Park several times a year.
In recognition of his commitment to agricultural sciences and education, Dr. McNeal received numerous awards throughout the course of his career. Most recently, he was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service Award to conduct work with the sheep and wool sector in Armenia in 2011, and then another Foreign Agricultural Service Award to work with the Iraqi shepherds and veterinarians in 2013. In 2007 in Washington, D.C. he received the Carnegie Professor of the Year Award, representing the State of Utah, and to this day, the only professor in the agricultural sciences to receive this nationally recognize award for an outstanding career as a professor in higher education. In 2003, he was selected as recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Association of State and Land Grant Colleges, National Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest in the USDA. His personal achievements include helping to rescue from extinction the first domestic sheep brought to North America by the Spanish conquistadores. Dr. McNeal has been featured in a wide range of honors publications, including Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. He maintains involvement with numerous academic and agricultural organizations, including the National Livestock Conservancy, Utah Wool Growers Association, the American Sheep Industry Association, American Society of Animal Science, National Bison Association, and the National Academic Advising Association, where he was named a National Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2005. Additionally, Dr. McNeal is an honorary lifetime member of the Navajo-Churro Sheep Association, Dine’ be’ Iina (The Navajo Lifeway) organization of Navajo shepherds and notable artisan weavers, and the American Polypay Sheep Association, which sheep breed he helped in its development while at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, Dubois, Idaho.
To learn more about the Navajo Sheep Project, please visit www.navajosheepproject.com