Program Overview

With 114 years of formal existence and a tradition of making a positive impact, the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University is the most preeminent and globally-recognized department of its kind. Our exceptional faculty strive to meet the needs of citizens by providing knowledge and training through innovative and cutting-edge teaching, research and Extension programs. Current and future challenges associated with a growing world population and an increasing demand for animal protein compel us to take the initiative in leading the world toward food security through efficient, sustainable, and profitable beef production. Our vision is to provide unparalleled leadership, best practices, and training to beef industries worldwide through excellence in research and educational ventures.

The Texas A&M – International Beef Cattle Academy is a flagship component of our educational mission; a certificate program tailored to advance the knowledge of global beef production. Students will have access to emerging technologies in cattle reproduction, nutrition, genetics, health, and welfare pertaining to all phases of beef production, as well as quality and safety of beef and its products. The Texas A&M International Beef Cattle Academy will be led by the Department of Animal Science and based on comprehensive online coursework taught by internationally-renowned Texas A&M faculty and guest lecturers, concluding with experiential learning opportunities at the Texas A&M University – College Station campus.

Program Objective

Advance the knowledge of students in emerging technologies to enhance beef production and quality across the globe.

Program Outline

The Texas A&M – International Beef Cattle Academy consists of nine courses of 30 hours each, with six completed courses required for certification. Topics covered by the program include:

  • Global beef production
  • Cattle welfare and behavior
  • Forage production and utilization
  • Nutritional management and requirements
  • Reproductive physiology and management
  • Breeding and genetics
  • Immunology and herd health management
  • Safety of beef products
  • Carcass and beef quality

Application Process

The International Beef Cattle Academy has limited class sizes to offer an exclusive and customized learning experience to students. Applications for the 2018-2019 academy are closed. For questions about the 2019-2020 IBCA class, please contact

International Beef Cattle Academy
Dr. Reinaldo Cooke
(979) 458-2703

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