Starkville Daily News

MSU beef specialist on a national board


Brandi Karisch, Mississipp­i State University Extension Service beef specialist, has been named to a national board for the American Simmental Associatio­n, or ASA.

Karisch was elected to this organizati­on's board of trustees to represent the eastern region. The ASA was founded in 1968 to leverage technology, education and collaborat­ion to accelerate genetic profitabil­ity for the beef industry.

As Extension beef specialist at MSU, Karisch has a special interest in applied beef cattle management and improving efficiency in beef production. She and her husband, Matt Karisch, and their two sons own and operate MBK Cattle, which focuses on providing functional females that work in the show ring and pasture. They market cattle through consignmen­t and private sales, and the family recently started a direct-toconsumer beef business.

In addition, Karisch is involved in numerous other state and national organizati­ons where she holds leadership positions. Her work in Extension and involvemen­t in the agricultur­al industry have resulted in several awards, including the 2022 Southern Section Animal Science Extension Award and the 2020 Mississipp­i Farm Bureau Farm Woman of the Year.

Joe Street, interim head of the MSU Animal and Dairy Sciences

Department, said Karisch will be an asset to this governing board.

“Dr. Karisch is a valuable faculty member of the Animal and Dairy Sciences Department, and she has provided exceptiona­l leadership to the cattle industry of Mississipp­i and beyond,” Street said. “She is well respected and will certainly be an asset to the American Simmental Associatio­n.”

Learn more about the MSU Extension support of the beef industry at http://extension.msstate. edu/agricultur­e/livestock/beef.

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