Ron completing his bachelors and masters degrees at Angelo State University before receiving his PhD from Texas A&M in 1984. Ron has served Texas livestock producers for 25 years as a Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension Service. In addition to his duties as a Livestock Specialist he also serves Texas A&M University as the Associate Department Head and Program Leader for Extension Animal Science.
Ron is involved nationally in addressing industry concerns and issues related to animal welfare and well-being. Most recently he was asked to serve on the Beef Committee for the newly formed North American Food Animal Well-Being Commission. He is active in state and national efforts to improve beef safety and quality and was instrumental in developing and starting the Texas Beef Quality Producer program.
He is heavily involved in promoting the concept of Effective Stockmanship focusing on improving livestock handling skills to reduce stress on livestock and increase efficiency of production. Ron continues to work with NCBA’s Stockmanship and Stewardship program which is supported by NCBA, LMA and industry sponsors to deliver this message to beef producers across the nation.