Don Good, distinguished cattle judge, dies at 90

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Don L. Good, former Head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State Univ. and an influential and celebrated livestock judge, died Feb. 14 at his home in Manhattan, Kan. He was 90.

Good was raised on a farm in Ohio. He received his B.S. from The Ohio State Univ. and his M.S. from K-State. He also earned a Ph.D from the Univ. of Minnesota. Good joined the K-State faculty in 1947 and became coach of the livestock judging team. In 1966, he became Head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, and served in that position until he retired in 1987.

Good is credited with helping modernize livestock and meat production. In a controversial move at the time, he picked the first crossbred steer as Grand Champion at a major livestock show, the 1969 Chicago International Livestock Show. He is also acknowledged for pioneering the concept of correlating carcass characteristics to live animal evaluation at livestock shows.

Services for Good are scheduled for Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, Kan. Visitation will be Feb. 17 from 4-6 p.m., also at First United Methodist Church.

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