2020 WD Farr Winner Emily Melchior

Emily Melchior

Emily Melchior, New Mexico State University 

Melchior is pursuing a doctorate, studying ruminant nutrition and microbiology with an emphasis on range cattle. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., and a master’s degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville, Tenn. Her experience as an intern with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension led to her interest in conducting applied research addressing the challenges faced by cattle producers. Melchior’s dissertation research focuses on vaccination strategies to improve herd health programs, efficiency and profitability of beef cattle.

Melchior is passionate about using science and technology to improve the livelihood and wellbeing of cattle and producers as they undertake the task of feeding the world. The scholarship will help her complete her education by funding research and travel to cattle industry meetings and scientific conferences to present data. Her ultimate goal is to become a scientist in academia or industry, leading a laboratory where students can be competitive in both applied and basic animal science techniques of nutrition, microbiology and immunology.