Rick Rasby joined the staff at the University of Nebraska in 1986 as Extension Beef Specialist with primary responsibilities in cow/calf management, reproduction, and nutrition. He received a B.S. from UNL and M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.
Since arriving in Nebraska, his extension programs have focused on economical feeding programs incorporating forages for beef cows and evaluation of reproductive performance of the cow herd. He has been instrumental in development of the beef website; beef.unl.edu. His research has been to characterize performance and economics of cow/calf production systems.
More recently, his research has focused on the use of grain by-products as supplements for cows and their use in heifer development diets.
Awards received include: 1989 Excellence in Team Programming Award, “Quality Feeds For Quality Feeding Programs”; Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, 1989 Excellence in Team Programming Award, “Integrated Reproductive Management”, Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association; 2008 University of Nebraska Distinguished Educational Service Award; 2008 Award for Excellence in Extension, National Association of State University and Land-Grant Colleges; 2008 Gamma Sigma Delta Extension Award of Merit; the 2009 Wendell Burgher Beef Industry Award; the 2010 University of Nebraska Distinguished Extension Specialist Award; and the 2011 American Society of Animal Science Extension Award.