Poe joins department as lecturer, judging team coordinator

COLLEGE STATION — Brant Poe joined the Department of Animal Science on Aug. 15 as a lecturer and will transition into coordinating the Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team in 2013.

Poe will be responsible for teaching livestock evaluation, general animal science and meat evaluation, and will begin working with members of the junior livestock judging team this fall in preparation for the start of the 2013 spring competition season. Poe will work in cooperation with Jake Franke, who has served as livestock judging team coordinator since 2009 and will continue to coordinate the 2012 senior livestock judging team this fall with the assistance of Jake Thorne as coach.

Franke will graduate from Texas A&M with a doctorate in animal science this December and has accepted a position with XF Enterprises as a manager of the supply chain management program in Amarillo.

“The Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team is one of the strongest in the country and for this we can thank the talented leadership. We are excited to bring Brant Poe on board. His proven record of success at Blinn College along with his experience in livestock judging at Texas A&M makes him highly qualified to lead our program and continue the tradition of excellence,” said Dr. Russell Cross, head of animal science.

“Also, Jake has provided the team with outstanding leadership and knowledge. Under his direction, the team has won numerous national competitions and has continued to set the standard for livestock judging across the country. We are proud of what he’s done for our livestock judging program and what he’s accomplished academically. We only wish the best for Jake as he enters the next step in his career,” Cross said.

Since 2002, Poe has worked at Blinn Junior College in Brenham as an animal science instructor and as coach and coordinator of the livestock judging team. As an instructor, he taught introduction to animal science and livestock evaluation courses. Poe led the livestock judging team to numerous championship finishes at national competitions including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Livestock Exposition, the National Western Stock Show and the Southwestern Exposition.

In 2009 and 2011, Poe was named Junior College Coach of the Year by the National Junior College Coaches Association.

A two-time graduate of Texas A&M University, Poe received a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2000 and a master of education in agriculture education in 2003. 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.

The 2012 Senior Livestock Judging Team began practice in mid-August in preparation for their first two contests, the Flint Hills Classic on Sept. 21 and the Mid-American Classic on Sept. 22.


For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at cacoufal@tamu.edu or (979) 845-1542.

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