Ryan Breuer joins the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team as dairy specialist for northwest Iowa. He will serve Audubon, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Webster and Woodbury counties. Breuer’s office will be in the Sioux County Extension Office in Orange City. He fills the position formerly held by Kevin Lager.

Leo Timms, Iowa State University professor in the Department of Animal Science and extension dairy specialist said the dairy industry in northwest Iowa is progressive. “Breuer has the dairy farm background and veterinary expertise giving the support they need to flourish. I see him as highly enthusiastic and yearning to learn, taking his education a step further by collaborating with dairy owners,” said Timms.

At a recent dairy industry meeting of the statewide Dairy Advisory Group of partners and stakeholders, Timms mentioned, “Breuer was jumping right in to participate. He’s very excited and will be a great fit for northwest Iowa.”

In 2012, Breuer received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with a special focus on food animals and bovine medicine. His bachelor’s degree is in pre-veterinarian studies with a concentration on biological sciences and chemistry from Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Breuer has worked as a food animal and bovine veterinarian with River Valley Veterinary Clinic in Plain, Wisconsin, and most recently was associate practitioner at the Mayville Animal Clinic in Wisconsin. He spent his veterinary internships practicing dairy medicine and ambulatory rotations with numerous veterinary services in California, Idaho and Wisconsin.

Breuer’s interests include dairy medicine, transition cow health and calf health-care management. “I believe the most important keys to success for livestock producers are keeping up-to-date with the newest dairy cattle advancements, research and industry support tools to help them operate more efficiently and effectively while still maintaining high standards of animal welfare and health, to produce excellent quality products for consumers,” he said.

As ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist Breuer will be focusing on engaging dairy producers and professionals serving them. “One of my goals will be to provide dairy producers with a better understanding of the dairy industry tools available,” said Breuer. He plans to use informational pamphlets, workshops, instructional meetings and on-farm dairy programs to enhance understanding and profit.

Melissa O’Rourke, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach indicates that Breuer’s veterinary expertise will be valuable to the northwest Iowa dairy clients. “He is an excellent addition to our ISU Extension and Outreach field staff team,” said O’Rourke. “The dairy industry is a leading component of our agricultural economy in the region and Dr. Breuer’s specialization in dairy strengthens the services available to producers in the area. We have been eagerly anticipating his arrival and I’m excited to start collaborating with him to offer services to our dairy farmers and professionals.”

Breuer has received various awards, including: the 2012 Peter Bunn Award – University of Wisconsin; the 2012 Rock Valley Veterinary Medical Association Award from Wisconsin; and the 2011 Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Award. He is an active member of several professional organizations including Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, FFA Alumni Organization, 2007-2015, and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

Breuer can be contacted through the Sioux County Extension Office at 712-737-4230 or rmbreuer@iastate.edu.