Dustin Aherin
Ph.D. student, beef systems management
Phillipsburg, KS
Cell: 785-302-1252

Dustin’s primary interest is in applying systems to the modeling of various segments of the beef production system.
“The multidisciplinary approach and wide array of expertise offered by the individuals involved with BCI make it an ideal fit, Dustin says. “I am currently developing a cow-calf systems model that will be applicable to what-if analysis for different production strategies. Hopefully, modeling of segments further along the beef production chain will follow.”



Tara Fountain
Graduate student, DVM Class of 2020, M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Thompson, MO

Tara’s research interest focuses on beef production and management decisions that affect production efficiency and producer profitability. Her current project utilizes pregnancy diagnosis data to evaluate factors that potentially effect the future calving distribution.


Jacee Owens
Student, kinesiology
Minneapolis, KS

Jacee started as a student worker with the BCI in September 2015. She focuses on editing videos for various projects.
“The BCI is very important and dealt with many aspects of the cattle world,” she says.


Kyndall Norris
Student, animal sciences and industry, pre-veterinary option
Riley, KS

Kyndall began work with the BCI in May 2017. She focuses on forming and editing modules for continuing education (CE), creating videos and filming cattle for a variety of projects.
“Although I am from a beef background, I have been able to learn more about the beef industry and what tools you need to be successful in the business today,” she says.


Kristen Dunham
Student, animal sciences and industry, production option
Neodesha, KS

Kristen was hired with the BCI in May 2017. Her primary duties focus on editing and completing modules for CE credit, assisting in the production of videos for projects with Kelly Oliver, project manager and filming cattle with area producers.
“I’ve learned of the never-ending urgency to work together with people in and outside the industry toward a new, sustainable tomorrow for our industry and world,” she says.


Taylor McAtee
Student, animal sciences and industry, bioscience option