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Racz, Vernon James - 1973
Radostits, Otto Martin - 2008
Rayner, John George - 1973
Rennie, Donald Andrews - 1983
Riviere, Paul - 1984
Robertson, George Wilson - 1972
Robinson, David Russell - 1979
Roebuck, Norman - 1987
Rossnagel, Brian Gordon - 2010
Rothwel, Dr. Byrnne - 2016
Rowland, Gordon Grant - 2013
Runciman, Alexander McInnes - 1982
Rutherford, William John - 1972

PortraitVernon James Racz

Vernon James Racz, PAg, spent his career building bridges between the different sectors of the agricultural industry, first between the crops and livestock sectors, then between researchers and producers, and finally between Canadian agriculture and the rest of the world.

Vernon began his career as a livestock specialist with the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, where he was held in high regard by the livestock industry for his extensive knowledge of livestock feed quality, characteristics and use. In 1984, he became the director of the Saskatchewan Feed Testing Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan within the College of Agriculture, where he initiated the use of advanced analytical technology, such as nearinfrared
analysis and atomic absorption spectroscopy.

Under his direction, submissions to the laboratory doubled to over 10,000 samples per year. He understood the importance of producer feedback, and ensured that producers and industry organizations were able to provide direction to researchers. It was during his years with the laboratory that Vernon became an international livestock feed consultant, promoting Saskatchewan and Canadian feedstuffs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North and South America. He was also active as a forensic agrologist, helping to resolve disputes between producers and feed companies.

In 1994, he formally joined the university’s Department of Animal and Poultry Science and began promoting the adoption of improved feed utilization and practices based on the best information from around the world. It was in this context that he established, and became the founding director of, the
Prairie Feed Resource Centre, which supported the development of new value-added feeds and markets. The centre later became the Feeds Innovation Institute.

Vernon retired in 2006, but he remains active as an advisor and consultant.He continues to work as a forensic agrologist and is a member of the Feeds Innovation Institute’s advisory board.

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