CASNR alum R.A. Brown receives prestigious livestock industry honor
By: Norman Martin
A longtime supporter and honored graduate of Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been inducted into the national Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery. R.A. "Rob" Brown, Jr. of Throckmorton was presented the honor during a special ceremony in Kentucky.
"This is the most prestigious award I could ever receive," Brown said. "It certainly is most humbling."
The gallery was established in 1903 and recognizes one individual annually for their lifetime of exceptional service to the livestock business, both nationally and internationally. The gallery is on permanent display at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville.
Brown has strong ties to Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He received a CASNR Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987. The award honors graduates who've made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources.
Separately, Brown served twice on CASNR's Advisory Board during 1989 to 1991, and from 2003 to 2006. In addition, he was presented a Gerald W. Thomas Outstanding Agriculturalist Award for Agricultural Production from CASNR during the 1979 annual Pig Roast in Lubbock. The annual outstanding agriculturalist awards recognize individuals for contributions to various areas of agriculture.
Brown leads operations at the R. A. Brown Ranch, a large and diverse operation near Throckmorton that encompasses a quarter horse band, multiple seedstock breeds, commercial cow-calf herds, stocker operations, cattle feeding, and farming. His livestock have made a significant impact on the world's genetics.
Over the years Brown has also served in numerous leadership roles with the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American Simmental Association, Senepol Cattle Breeders Association, National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Animal Health Commission, and the Ranching Heritage Association.
CONTACT: Jane Piercy, Director of Development and External Relations, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2802 or email@example.com
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