This year we honor Leslie Bennett as the department’s 2023 Outstanding Alumnus. Leslie graduated from WSU in 2004 with a BS in animal sciences and a minor in agriculture economics.
She has been a tireless advocate for the livestock industry and is an integral part of the Benton County youth livestock program. In addition, she has served the Washington Cattlemen’s Association, an organization that is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the beef cattle industry in the state of Washington.
Leslie co-manages her family’s Hereford ranch in Connell, Washington. The BB Cattle Company was established by her late grandfather, Bill Bennett, after he purchased the place from his partner in the early 1960s. Although most of the cattle were liquidated by the former owner, the BB Cattle Company became the largest registered Hereford ranch in the country. Their annual bull sale is always a well-attended event. They are known for producing stout and rugged bulls that improve performance and add value to any seedstock or commercial operation.
Most of all, we appreciate the open door policy the BB Cattle Company has for Animal Sciences classes and students. Over the years, Leslie has selflessly volunteered her time and expertise to countless students by giving tours of the ranch and teaching and showing them what it takes t9 run a world-class operation.
The photo above is the current group of students enrolled in Beef Production who recently traveled to the ranch and benefited from Leslie’s knowledge.
Thanks again to Leslie for her role in promoting the Washington beef cattle and livestock industries by educating youth, college students, producers, and consumers.