1. Staff

Ryon Walker, Ph.D.

Livestock Consultant

Walker serves as a livestock consultant in the producer relations program. His areas of emphasis include: estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI), management strategies to improve reproductive efficiency, heifer development, improving cow-calf efficiency in forage-based grazing systems, and backgrounding management.

Before coming to the Noble Research Institute in June 2017, Walker was an associate professor with the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter. Walker was located at the Hill Farm Research Station for 6 ½ years, where he managed the beef herd and conducted research on a 350-head commercial cow-calf operation. There, Walker focused on evaluating cow-calf feed and production efficiency based on cow size in a forage grazing system in the piney woods of north Louisiana. Walker also worked with producers on utilizing estrous synchronization and AI to improve reproductive efficiency during their breeding season. During the last three years of his tenure, Walker evaluated feeding baleage in fall backgrounding programs to improve forage utilization, efficiency and animal performance.

Before that, Walker was a beef extension specialist for six years at the University of Minnesota, where he worked with beef cow-calf producers across the state of Minnesota conducting programs on best management practices and research updates. His research focus in Minnesota was evaluating forage options for extending the grazing season.

In 1996, Walker interned with Leachman Cattle Company in Billings, Montana, where he rode horseback everyday heat-detecting for AI and moving herds from pasture to pasture.

Walker was born in south Louisiana and grew up in Hillsboro, Texas. He was active in FFA and loved raising and showing steers and heifers from an early age. He enjoys spending time with his family, and his biggest hobby is hunting deer and elk.

Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive Physiology, Colorado State University, 2004
  • Master of Agriculture in Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, 1997, Texas A&M University
Certifications
  • Louisiana Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) trainer, Louisiana Beef Council
  • Board Certified, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
Professional Memberships
  • American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  • Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association