Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Durham, Ralph
DATE OF INTERVIEW: July 12, 1975
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: David Murrah
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 45 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Ralph Durham, professor of animal science at Texas Tech and former department chairman, discusses his career particularly his experiments and innovations in the livestock industry.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
Biographical data; family background
Early interest in the animal industry
Dwarfism in cattle discussed
Work for the U. S. Department of Agriculture
Work with swine at Iowa State University
Came to Texas Tech in 1959 as Chairman of Animal Science
     Department
     Progress in the department during the next six years
Changes in standards of cattle judging
Changes in courses offered by Animal Science Department
Anecdote about the Jack Frost Anxiety herd
Breeding experiments described
Beginning of the feedlot industry in the area
     Economic advantages
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: Future of the feedlot industry
Feeding contest with Jake Hest
Swine testing experiments in Iowa
Resigned as department chairman in 1965
Explanation of beef grading as applied to cattle buying
Bud Williams recalled
     Other influences on him named
Experiments in feeding cattle weeds
Changes in the Animal Science Department between 1959
     and 1964
Course in feedlot management discussed
Course in livestock buying described
Experiments in feeding cattle mesquite wood
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Experiments feeding manure to cattle and chicken
Rumen inoculations recalled
Experiments injecting fat into meat for marbling
Began managing Tech farm in 1971
Changes in the Animal Science Department in the last ten
     years
Learning to judge cattle discussed
Changes in size and shape of beef cattle
Experiments feeding cottonseed to cattle
     Opposed by cattlemen's associations
Correspondence being donated to Southwest Collection
     discussed
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1959-1971
BULK DATES: 1959-1971