Jim Sanders, Ph.D.
Professor, Animal Breeding & Genetics
Room 432 Kleberg
Dr. Jim Sanders is a professor and section leader in the animal breeding and genetics section in the Department of Animal Science. He received his B.S., M.S. and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Sanders teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in animal breeding and conducts research in beef cattle genetics and breeding. His research has included systems analysis of beef cattle production, comparisons of cattle breeds for birth, growth, carcass and cow productivity traits and the evaluation of genetic change within cattle breeds. Currently, he is involved in research to evaluate hybrid vigor retention in Bos indicus/Bos taurus cattle. Since 1990 he has been involved in the research effort to identify genes with major effects on birth, growth and carcass traits in beef cattle; this research is being continued with emphasis on identifying genes with major effects on disposition and cow productivity.
He received the Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1989, and in 1991 he received the university-level Association of Former Students’ Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. He has also received the Alpha Gamma Rho Teacher of the Year Award, the American Brahman Breeders Association Friend of the Year Award and the Beefmaster Breeders United Commitment to Excellence Award.
Dr. Sanders has traveled and made presentations, observed livestock production and/or judged cattle shows in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Panama, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, St. Croix, Mexico, Belize, Colombia, Zimbabwe and Ecuador. He has coached a national champion 4-H Livestock Judging Team and a national champion Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team. He has judged numerous livestock shows in Texas and eight other states and seven foreign countries.