The Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science is proud to recognize Genevieve D’Souza as the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Cactus Feeders Scholarship. As a recipient of this newly formed award, D’Souza will have the opportunity to complete an internship with Cactus Feeders. The department is excited about the possibilities that this new partnership with Cactus Feeders presents.
“Receiving the Cactus Feeders Scholarship is a great honor and an outstanding opportunity for me. The internship will supplement my education and training from Dr. Tedeschi by exposing me to nutritional management of a large cattle and swine operation,” said D’Souza. “I aspire to become a feedlot nutritionist and this internship will allow me to take another step closer to my goal. I am beyond grateful to be selected as the inaugural recipient of the Cactus Feeders Scholarship!”
D’Souza is a third year PhD student from Plano, Texas. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from Texas Tech University in 2015 and completed her Masters of Science in Agriculture Science from Texas A&M University – Commerce in 2018. She started her PhD in Animal Science – Ruminant Nutrition under the guidance of Dr. Luis Tedeschi in May 2018. D’Souza’s research is focused around identifying sustainable alternatives to antibiotics in ruminant rations, with an emphasis in growing and finishing beef rations. Beyond completing intensive research, She is also a seasoned teaching assistant for Feeds and Feeding.
Established in 1975, Cactus Feeders is a large agriculture company focused on beef and pork production in Texas, Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Their company mission is “Feeding a Hungry World: Family, Friends, and Neighbors.” The 800 employee owners of Cactus Feeders are dedicated to finding ways to produce more food while remaining focused on sustainability and using fewer resources. Their primary concern is for the animals in their care and the employees that provide that care. Being consumers themselves, their goal is to produce a finished product of high quality animal protein to the general public.