Perkins to Speak at California Beef Improvement Seminar

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IBBA Executive Vice President
Dr. Tommy Perkins

SAN ANTONIO, TX [Nov. 8, 2013]- International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Executive Vice President Dr. Tommy Perkins will be a guest speaker at the Third Annual Beef Improvement and Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar scheduled for January 11, 2014. Hosted by University of California, Davis in conjunction with the FARM CLUB, several relevant cattle industry topics will be addressed at the seminar. Perkins will present at 11:30 a.m. on the topic of docility- 60 years of selection in beef cattle. Click here for a complete schedule of events.

“I look forward to this opportunity to share research-based knowledge of selection for docility in the beef industry with attendees at UC Davis,” Perkins said. “It will be an honor to speak alongside the world renown animal behaviorist Temple Grandin and the other great animal specialists.”

Perkins is most well known among industry professionals for his extensive research and experience using ultrasound technology. While teaching at several universities, including Texas Tech University, Texas State University and Missouri State University, Perkins accomplished an outstanding career measuring body composition in beef cattle using ultrasound technology and has been a certified ultrasound technician for more than 20 years. He has traveled to Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela to train beef producers, college professor and veterinarians how to use ultrasound technology to improve carcass merit in beef cattle.

A native of the Texas Panhandle region, Perkins received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and he received a doctoral degree in Animal Science with a specialization in animal breeding from Texas Tech University.

Other presenters and topics on the program include Dr. Temple Grandin on cattle behavior and improving handling facilities as well as setting up and implementing auditing programs for cattle and other food animals; Dr. Catalina Cabrera on reproductive strategies for beef cattle; Dr. Anita Varga on correcting dystocias in beef cattle; Dr. Frank Mitloehner on sustainable technologies to feed more people; and others. For more information about the seminar, visit the UC Davis website.