Wilton Ladeira da Silva
Wilton Ladeira da Silva was born in Viçosa, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on October 12, 1981. He is the youngest son of José da Silva and Mariza José Ladeira da Silva. In 2003 Wilton began his agronomy undergraduate program at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Universidade Federal de Viçosa was inaugurated on august 28, 1926 by its creator Arthur da Silva Bernardes, who then held the position of President of the Republic of Brazil. Traditionally the UFV is known and respected in Brazil and abroad especially for the agrarian sciences, which is the most developed area in the UFV. Nowadays the UFV is composed of three campuses and offers 67 undergraduate and 38 graduate programs and is among the top three universities in Brazil.
As an undergraduate, Wilton was granted a scientific initiation schorlarship from Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) to participate in research with forages in Animal Science Department under advising of Dr. Domício do Nascimento Júnior.
In January, 2008 Wilton finished his undergraduate program and received his Agronomy bachelor degree. Still in 2008 began his master’s program in Animal Science at the São Paulo State University (UNESP) advised by Dr. Ana Cláudia Ruggieri. UNESP is the most successful multi-campus university system in Brazil. It is the country’s second largest one, comprising 33 faculties or institutes, 30 libraries, 2 hospitals, 3 animal hospitals and 5 farms.
In 2010 Wilton started his doctorate’s program at the same University (UNESP). In November, 2011 Wilton started e-mail communications with Dr. João Vendrmini to spend 6 months at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center (RCREC), as part of his doctorate’s degree program, and May, 2012 he arrived at RCREC.