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Blake Wilson

Blake Wilson

Dr. Blake WilsonJob Position:
Assistant Professor

Contact Info:
Office: 212C Animal Science
Phone: 405.744.8868
Email: the.blake.wilson@okstate.edu

Links:
Curriculum Vitae
Quadrathlon Team

About Dr. Wilson

Blake Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State. Blake has a teaching and research appointment within the Department. His primary teaching responsibility is to instruct the Applied Animal Nutrition class each semester. He has also taught Peer-Led Team Learning in Animal Science, Animal Management Techniques, and Introduction to the Animal Sciences. Blake’s research focuses on applied beef cattle nutrition and management, the health, immune function, and management of high-risk calves during the receiving/backgrounding period, and grazing management and internal parasite control in small ruminants.

Blake grew up near Okemah, Oklahoma on his family’s small diversified farm where his family raised commercial cattle, harvested pecans, and maintained native grass meadows for hay production. Blake’s family has been involved in production agriculture for multiple generations, and he became heavily involved with the daily operations of the farm from an early age. Blake received his first cow when he was two, and slowly began building a cowherd by retaining heifer calves and exchanging steer calves with his father for additional heifers. When Blake became of age to actively participate in 4-H, he wanted to exhibit livestock like most every kid growing up in a small rural town. Blake began to exhibit sheep at nine years of age and was quickly drawn to the Southdown breed. After locating a local breeder, he began raising and exhibiting his own registered Southdowns and eventually built up a breeding flock of over 30 registered ewes. As a 4-H and FFA member, Blake exhibited his flock across Oklahoma as well as at regional and national Southdown shows. As a result of the success Blake achieved with his cattle and sheep operations, he was a finalist for the Oklahoma Northeast District Star Farmer Award as a senior in FFA. After graduation, Blake dispersed his cattle and sheep operations to assist in financing his undergraduate education.

Blake held positions in various aspects of the agriculture industry throughout his early career. In high school, he and his brother operated a custom hay hauling business. In college, Blake served as the assistant manager for Hillier Angus Ranch and subsequently worked for Ditch Witch assembling agricultural equipment prior to being employed by Oklahoma State University. While obtaining his BS in Animal Science, Blake served as a research assistant at the OSU Poultry Center and as a student employee at the OSU Sheep Center. Blake also represented the Department at the Southern Section Animal Science Quadrathlon, and was involved in multiple organizations within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, serving as an officer in the Alpha Zeta Honorary Fraternity and being a Representative to the Ag Student Association.

Blake received both his MS and PhD from Oklahoma State under the direction of Dr. Clint Krehbiel. During his PhD program, Blake served as the Graduate Research Coordinator at the Willard Sparks Beef Research Center. In this position, Blake was responsible for the supervision, scheduling, and record keeping for all research conducted at the 980 head CAFO licensed facility. In his time as Research Coordinator, he supervised the successful execution of 74 research trials that were conducted on excess of 9000 head of cattle. After completing his PhD, Blake served as a lecturer in the Department prior to being hired as an assistant professor. Blake met his wife, Amanda, when they were both undergraduate students. They currently reside on a small farm near Coyle, OK and maintain another farm near Perry, OK.

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