- John K. Riggs ’41 Beef Cattle Professor; Interim Associate Department Head for Extension
- KLCT 432F
- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Animal Science, Tarleton State University
- Graduate Education
- M.S. Animal Breeding, Texas A&M University
- Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University
- National Teacher Fellow Award from the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (1998)
- Outstanding Young Scientist Award for Education from the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science (2000)
- TAMU Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence for Graduate Teaching (2009) and Team Research (2009)
- The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, College Level (2020)
- TAMU Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence - International Involvement Award (2021)
- The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, University Level (2023)
Dr. Andy Herring is professor, holder of the John K. Riggs ’41 beef cattle professorship, and interim associate department head for extension in the Department of Animal Science. He also is a member of the TAMU intercollegiate faculty of genetics.
Herring was raised on a cattle and sheep ranch near Talpa, Texas, in Coleman and Runnels counties that has been in his family since 1886. He received a bachelor’s in animal science from Tarleton State University in 1988, a master’s in animal breeding from Texas A&M University in 1991, and a doctorate in genetics from Texas A&M University in 1994. Herring came to our department from Texas Tech University, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences from 1994-2002.
Herring has teaching and research responsibilities within the department. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes in beef cattle production and management (ANSC 406 and 605). His research interests focus on areas to increase production efficiency for cow-calf producers through coordination of breeding systems, environmental resources and marketing strategies. He has researched genetic and environmental influences on milk production in beef cows, breed differences for feedlot and carcass characteristics, and genetic influences on beef cow reproduction and productivity, cattle temperament and immune responses. He also remains active in state and national beef cattle industry groups.
Herring enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate students and uses of a wide variety of techniques. He has trained or co-trained 10 Ph.D. students, 25 M.S. students and 9 M.Ag. students.