The Alabama Cooperative Extension System welcomes Sarah Dickinson to the statewide Animal Science and Forages team as a Regional Extension Agent serving Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Lee, Randolph, Shelby, Talladega, and Tallapoosa counties. An Alabama native, Dickinson was raised on her family’s beef cattle operation in Citronelle and became involved in 4-H Livestock project. She exhibited swine and beef market projects in Alabama and beef heifers in state and across the county. Sarah’s heifer projects and utilization of artificial insemination led to the development of her small herd of Simmental influenced females, Sarah Dickinson Simmental Farm.
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Auburn University in 2014. She was actively involved in the Auburn Block and Bridle club, Ag Ambassadors, Auburn Collegiate Cattlemen, and American Junior Simmental Association during her college years, and nourished a strong passion for the agriculture community during this time. She then traveled to Columbia, Missouri and was mentored by Dr. Michael Smith of the University of Missouri. There, she recently completed her Master’s degree in Animal Science concentrating on beef cattle reproduction. Dickinson’s Thesis research was centered on increasing AI pregnancy rates in beef cows following a single, fixed-time insemination. More specifically, she examined the effect of ovulatory follicle size on oocyte (egg) competence in beef females following estrous synchronization.
The cattle through which Sarah’s research data was obtained were located at Fort Keogh, a USDA research station in Miles City, Montana. Therefore, she spent two summers in southeastern Montana gathering data and learning about beef cattle production on the high plains. Sarah’s beef production knowledge was also broadened in Missouri by her extensive training in extension work related to beef cattle reproductive management. Here, she became proficient in beef heifer reproductive tract scoring and pelvic measurements, beef cattle estrous synchronization procedures, artificial insemination, palpation, and ultrasonography. Sarah was further mentored by Dr. David Patterson, and gained a strong understanding of principles surrounding beef heifer development through involvement with the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program©.
Sarah is housed in the Tallapoosa County extension office, and is excited to make an impact on Alabama’s agricultural community. She states: “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to provide relevant information to help my fellow producers advance their given endeavors. I cannot relay how grateful I am to the talented individuals who mentored me in our state and across the country, and am now excited to put my scientific training, production background, and networking skills to use by helping others!”
Please contact Sarah with animal science or forage related questions, programming ideas for your area, or to discuss agriculture and your operation.
Sarah Dickinson, M.S.
Regional Extension Agent I
Animal Science & Forages
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Serving Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Lee, Randolph, Shelby, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties