Dr. Lauren Hyde is the newest addition to the staff at the American Simmental Association (ASA). “We are excited to have Dr. Hyde join the ASA team, working with Dr. Wade Shafer and Steve McGuire to advance the ASA’s genetic evaluation program,” said Dr. Jerry Lipsey, ASA Executive Vice President. Lauren has been involved with genetic evaluation of beef cattle since 1994, when she started graduate school in animal breeding and genetics at Colorado State University under the supervision of Drs. Rick Bourdon and Bruce Golden.

After graduating in 2000 with her Ph.D., she became the director of performance programs for the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). During Lauren’s 10-year tenure at NALF, she managed all aspects of the Foundation’s registry system, including database management, application programming, and hardware and software maintenance, and shared responsibilities with Dr. Kent Andersen to promote NALF’s research, education and genetic evaluation efforts.

Dr. Hyde recently served on the board of directors of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF). She has chaired several committees for BIF and NCERA-199, which is a genetic evaluation research group consisting of USDA, university and industry representatives. In addition, Lauren has reviewed scientific articles for the USDA and Journal of Animal Science.

Lauren resides in Keenesburg, Colorado, with her veterinarian husband, Don, four horses, two dogs, and several cats. She enjoys trail riding, swimming, and hiking and skiing in the Colorado mountains. She is an avid birder and volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 5,500.