Marvin Large (seated, center) and the late Arlene Large, of Imperial, were presented the first Pioneer Award from the Beef Reproductive Task Force. Larges were honored Aug. 29 during the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Symposium in Manhattan, Kan. Pictured at the awards presentation (seated, left to right) are: Regina Pederson, Marvin and Dean Large. Standing (left to right) are: Kevin Large, Dale Large and Joe Large.

Marvin Large (seated, center) and the late Arlene Large, of Imperial, were presented the first Pioneer Award from the Beef Reproductive Task Force. Larges were honored Aug. 29 during the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Symposium in Manhattan, Kan. Pictured at the awards presentation (seated, left to right) are: Sandy Large, Regina Pederson, Marvin Large and Myra Large. Standing (left to right are: Larry Rowden, Travis Chrisman, Kevin Large, Stuart Pederson, Dean Large, Joe Large, Dale Large, Ryan Large and Willie Altenburg.

KSU inaugural beef Pioneer Award named in honor of Marvin and Arlene Large

The multi-state university-based Beef Reproduction Leadership Team presented its inaugural Pioneer Award Aug. 29 to Marvin and the late Arlene Large of Imperial.
    The presentation was made    during the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Symposium (ARSBC) in Manhattan, Kan.
     Not only did the Larges receive the inaugural award, subsequent Pioneer Awards will be named in their honor—the Marvin and Arlene Large Pioneer Award.
    The award was created to recognize outstanding contributions toward reproductive tools, technology or service that has broadly benefited the U.S. beef industry.    
     “No one may have contributed to the development and feasibility of fixed-time AI (artificial insemination) programs more than the Larges Breeding Barn,” said Willie Altenburg, Select Sires beef development advisor, during the award presentation.
    “The breeding barn was in place when fixed-time insemination was a theory. It made fixed-time insemination a possibility,” he added.
 Invented and produced by the couple, the Larges Breeding Barn was the tool needed by producers when results from fixed-timed AI protocols reached industry-acceptable levels.
    The availability of the breeding barn and the ease it brought to timed-AI has been attributed to the increased use of fixed-timed AI.
     Today, Larges Breeding Barns can be found in 31 states, Australia, Canada and Russia.
    The family has sold a total of 497 barns, including 286 double-stall barns, 70 single-stall barns, 105 single-stall stationary barns, 20 double-stall stationary barns, four three-stall stationary barns. Two barns went to Canada, four to Australia and six to Russia/Kazakhstan.

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