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Alvin Warnick knows the grades of every student he taught in his 37 years at UF — he kept the roll books.
The 94-year-old will be inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The ceremony will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa at 7 p.m.
Warnick will be awarded, in large part, for increasing the number of cows that are birthing calves every year from 50 percent to more than 80 percent. To be considered profitable, cows must birth at least one calf per year.
The recognition is the most prestigious award anyone involved in Florida agriculture can earn, said Mike Fields, professor emeritus of reproductive physiology at UF. Fields was a student of Warnick’s in the 1960s.
“He’s a wonderful teacher,” Fields said. “I thought I was going to be a veterinarian, and I took his course in reproduction. And it just lit my fire. That’s what I made a career out of.”
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