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Gordon Haines True | 1927

Professor True established herds and flocks that were among the best in the nation, winning top awards at Chicago.

1868-1928 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)



Impact & Accomplishments


Nominated to the Saddle & Sirloin by the American Society of Animal Production, Gordon H. True was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1894.


He served at the Michigan Agricultural College, the University of Arizona, and the University of Nevada before accepting a position as professor of animal husbandry at the University Farm School (now the University of California, Davis) in 1913. He was chairman of the division from 1918 to 1926. Professor True established herds and flocks that were among the best in the nation, winning top awards at Chicago.


In 1928, True transferred to the University of California Berkeley, to devote more time to teaching and research.


Did You Know?


At a time when animals were grass fattened, Gordon True's insight into the future led him to predict that California would one day be one of the leading states in dry-lot fattening of livestock. The prediction caused some bitter controversy but twenty-five years later he was vindicated.

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