- Brant Poe
- Lecturer & Livestock Judging Team Coordinator
- Room 116 Kleberg
- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University
- Graduate Education
- M.S. in Agricultural Education, Texas A&M University
Mr. Brant Poe is a lecturer in the Department of Animal Science and serves as the livestock judging team coordinator. Brant received his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2000 and master’s degree in agriculture education in 2003 from Texas A&M University. As an undergraduate student, Poe was a member of the 1999 National Champion Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team. That same year, he finished in the top ten at eight intercollegiate national contests.
Brant teaches undergraduate courses in livestock evaluation, general animal science and meat animal evaluation, and assists with recruitment efforts for the Department of Animal Science and judging teams. In 2013, he began coaching and overseeing the livestock judging team, which competes in 12 national contests annually. He also oversees the team’s livestock judging camps held every June, which attract nearly 200 4-H and FFA youth. Brant works closely with the Texas 4-H and FFA organizations to coordinate district, area and state livestock judging contests.
Brant’s passion for agricultural education and youth development grew through his involvement as the County Extension Agent in Bryan, Texas, a position he held while pursuing his master’s degree. He worked closely with students and community members to implement educational programs, leadership projects, and advances in the county livestock show in order to further develop agriculture within Bryan-College Station.
After receiving his master’s degree, Brant continued his career as the livestock judging team coordinator and lecturer at Blinn College in Brenham, a position he held for ten years before returning to Texas A&M University to pursue a doctoral degree in animal science. As an instructor at Blinn, he taught introduction to animal science and livestock evaluation courses. He led the livestock judging team to numerous junior collegiate championships at national competitions including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Livestock Exposition, the National Western Stock Show and the American Royal. In 2009 and 2011, Poe was named Junior College Coach of the Year by the National Junior College Coaches Association.
Across Texas and the nation, Brant has judged more than four dozen prospect and jackpot shows for a variety of species. His experience in the show ring and the classroom has led to approximately 18 junior college livestock judging championships in eight years and 19 NJCAA All-American students.