John Mabry, Iowa State University (ISU) animal science professor and former director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, will be honored at an Open House retirement reception on Jan. 9, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon. The reception will be held at 109 Kildee Hall on the ISU campus.
The Pork Checkoff honored Mabry as the winner of its Distinguished Service Award in 2011. The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to recognize the lifelong contribution to the pork industry of an outstanding leader.
Throughout his career, Mabry has maintained a research emphasis focused on development and implementation of across-herd and within-herd genetic evaluation programs, along with development of cost-effective genetic systems for the swine industry. He has worked closely with major seedstock suppliers and commercial swine producers throughout the U.S. and around the world on the development and implementation of data management systems and genetic evaluation programs in swine for growth, reproduction and meat quality. He has developed computer software for the collection, processing and genetic evaluation of performance data. He has served on the Genetic Programs Committee of the National Pork Producers Council and has participated in cooperative research, technology transfer and consulting programs in internationally.