Dustin Aherin is a Ph.D. student in the beef systems management program at Kansas State University. Aherin’s agricultural roles started at a young age through involvement in 4-H and FFA. He served as an officer of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association, and was on the Allen Community College five-year Strategic Planning Committee. In 2016 he was accepted into the Kansas Livestock Association’s Young Stockman’s Academy. An active member of the American Gelbvieh Association, Aherin and his brother own a small Gelbvieh/Balancer herd, in cooperation with Eagle Pass Ranch of Highmore, S.D.
With undergraduate degrees from KSU, the goal of Aherin’s Ph.D. is to develop a beef systems model encompassing the industry from cow-calf to cattle feeding, with the capability of conducting “what-if” analysis based on differences in technology, management and government policy.