Dr. Tommy Perkins of Willard, Mo. has been named executive vice president for Beefmaster Breeders United. He will assume his duties on January 1, 2009.
Prior to accepting the position with Beefmaster Breeders United, Perkins was Director of the Beef Teaching and Research Program and Professor for the Department of Agriculture, Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.
Dr. Perkins received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas. and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. in Animal Breeding and Genetics.
In making the announcement, Lorenzo Lasater, President of Beefmaster Breeders United said, “Our search committee did an excellent job and we are excited about the wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise as well as enthusiasm that Dr. Perkins brings to our association. He is well known in the industry and is no stranger to many of our members who have met him at Beefmaster events in the past.” Lasater added, “Dr. Perkins' excitement about the beef industry is infectious and we know that he will encourage our breeders to move this breed forward at a rapid pace.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with one of the major U.S. beef breeds in this country and look forward to participating in the many programs offered to the members,” Perkins said in accepting the breed's offer. “My family and I look forward to getting back to our native Texas,” he added.
Prior to going to Missouri State University, Dr. Perkins was Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture at Southwest Texas State University from 1992 until 1996 and was a Research Assistant in the Department of Animal Science at Texas Tech University from 1988 until 1992. He also served the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in Randall County, Texas. from 1983 until 1986 as an Assistant County Agent for Livestock and 4-H. He has a strong background in working with young people and this will be of interest to the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association and their parents.
Dr. Perkins is well-known as an ultrasound technician scanning hundreds of animals for carcass traits throughout the country. He has done research in ultrasonic sorting of beef feedlot cattle for optimum carcass compositional endpoints, estimation of body conditions scoring in beef cattle using ultrasound and DNA fingerprinting to determine parentage of beef cattle in multiple-sire breeding systems.
He has been active in his local cattlemen's association serving as the Greene County, Missouri Cattleman's Association President since 2007. He is a member of the National Cattlemen's Association, Ultrasound Guidelines Council Certified Lab & Field Technician from 2003 till present and a member of many other agricultural groups and professional organizations.
Dr. Perkins has traveled nationally and internationally speaking and giving demonstrations at numerous seminars, short courses and field days. He has judged numerous breeds and species across the U.S.
Perkins is married and he and his wife have two daughters.