Personnel Profile

Steven Lukefahr, Professor

Steven Lukefahr

Steven Lukefahr received his B.S. degree in Animal Science at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville [TAMUK]). In 1982, he completed his graduate education at Oregon State University (OSU), where he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Breeding & Genetics. Raising rabbits as a youngster, he had the good fortune of later being affiliated as a graduate student with the Rabbit Research Center at OSU. From 1983 to 1985, he was employed by Heifer International where he worked in Cameroon, West Africa, developing a grass-roots level, meat rabbit program for rural farmers. From 1985 to present, he has served as a professor at Alabama A&M University and at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He has trained students who now work in developing countries. Dr. Lukefahr is co-author of the popular book, Rabbit Production (CABI). He is also the author of Developing Sustainable Rabbit Projects (Heifer International Publishers), a book that has been used in training programs and by institutions in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. He has collaborated with many rabbit scientists from developing countries and has published about 200 articles in international journals and in conference proceedings. Lukefahr has worked in about 30 developing countries where he has assisted in developing sustainable meat rabbit projects that target low income families. In 1997, in recognition for his humanitarian services, he received the coveted International Animal Agriculture Bouffalt Award by the American Society of Animal Science. His most recent trips have been to Haiti (2010) where he evaluated the status of a major rabbit project and conducted rabbit training to farmers and university students. In 2011, he delivered an invited paper at an annual rabbit conference in Chongqing, China. In 2012, he provided leadership at the 10th World Rabbit Congress, which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. In 2014, he presented an invited paper on the Small-Scale Rabbit Production Model at the 5th Rabbit Congress of the Americas in Toluca, Mexico. From 2004-2008, he served as President of the World Rabbit Science Association (WRSA), and from 2008 to present, he has served as the WRSA General Secretary for Developing Countries. Lukefahr is presently assisting a major rabbit project in Nepal (Rotary International; WRSA) that involves humanitarian efforts to alleviate hunger, disease, and poverty as a result of the catastrophic earthquake disasters in 2015. In June of 2016, he participated at the 11th World Rabbit Congress in Qingdao, China. At TAMUK, breeding and teaching programs focus on small-scale and sustainable rabbit production systems that largely utilize renewable resources, which can be adopted by families in south Texas and throughout the developing world.

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Contact Information

Department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences
Kleberg Ag 115
MSC 228 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.3699
fax: 361.593.3788
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