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Dr. Larry Boleman Builds Critical Connections Between the Show Ring and the Industry

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Larry L. Boleman, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor
Texas A&M AgriLife
Dr. Larry Boleman has spent a lifetime connected to agricultural industry and youth livestock projects. No one is better positioned to speak on critical connections between the show ring and a career in the industry than Dr. Boleman. The presentation below outlines existing connections as well as emerging research to support the theory: Youth Livestock Projects Prepare Young People for Successful Careers in Agriculture. Click on the image below to see the full presentation.

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Larry L. Boleman is Associate Vice Chancellor for Outreach and Strategic Initiatives for Texas A&M AgriLife.  Prior to his current appointment, he served as Executive Associate Vice President for Operations for Texas A&M University and as Professor and Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences and held appointments with Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.  He earned his Bachelor Degree in Animal Science (1968) at Texas A&M University, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Animal Science – Ruminant Nutrition at Texas A&M University (1976).  Dr. Boleman has been employed by the Texas A&M University System for 47 years.

As Associate Vice Chancellor, Dr. Boleman represents the Vice Chancellor’s office in determining and communicating agricultural industry issues, priorities and concerns to Texas A&M University researchers, professors, and Extension faculty to ensure educational and research priorities are integrated through Texas A&M Agriculture to heighten and strengthen educational impact for the betterment of Texas agriculture.

Dr. Boleman served as Associate Department Head for Extension Animal Science and Professor from 2002 to 2005 and his duties included coordinating and conducting integrated educational programs in all phases of the beef production and management systems relating to the Texas cattle industry, producer groups, breed associations, and consumers.  He regularly conducted county, regional, and state beef cattle educational meetings and coordinated the annual Beef Cattle Short Course at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Boleman served as State and Area Beef Cattle Specialist from 1975 to 2005, and worked with all phases of beef cattle production segments with emphasis on efficient cow-calf production and management; development of adult and youth educational programs, visuals, and publications.  He consulted with producers on nutrition, selection, reproduction, performance and financial records pertaining to management decisions.  He also served as advisor with numerous local, state, and national beef breed associations in beef herd improvement.

Particularly skilled in beef cattle selection, he is one of the leading professional national and international judges in the U.S.  He judges and evaluates all beef cattle breeds presently in the United States and has served as the official beef cattle judge for over 1,000 county, regional, state, and national livestock expositions and judging contests throughout the nation during his judging career spanning 45 years.

As Professor of Animal Science in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. Boleman taught Animal Science 489, “Advanced Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation” and Animal Science 302, “Beef Cattle Production” and has taught the graduate level course, Animal Science 605, Beef Cattle Production.  Additionally, he coordinated livestock judging activities and contests on campus and other related educational activities throughout the state.  He coached the Department of Animal Science Livestock Evaluation Team that competed in Meat Animal Evaluation Contests at St. Joseph, Missouri, the “World Series of Livestock Judging”, and he coached the 2000 National Champion Team.  Dr. Boleman served as advisor to graduate students and served on Master’s and Doctorate committees.  He served as an advisor for the TAMU Saddle and Sirloin Club and advised and counseled undergraduate students.  He is an honorary member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, is in the Hall of Fame in both the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Texas Junior Livestock Association.

Dr. Boleman has served on the boards, committees and held offices in many cattle organizations such as Past President of Texas Purebred Cattle Alliance, International Brangus Breeders Association, the Independent Cattlemen’s Association—Secretary, and the Texas Beef Council.  He currently is a member of the NCBA and has served on the Joint Science and Technology Committee and Joint Product Enhancement Subcommittee as well as the Export and Communication Committees of the Texas Beef Council.  He has received numerous awards including the Texas Agricultural Extension Service Team Award for Superior Service, Texas A&M University Agriculture Program Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence three times, and the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in 2002.

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