*News from the Texas Beef Council*
AUSTIN, TX – Tommy Perkins, Ph.D. has been named to the Texas Beef Council (TBC) and the Beef Promotion Research Council of Texas (BPRCT) board of directors. This is his fouth term on the board and he serves as a representative of purebred Texas beef producers. Board members’ terms coincide with TBC’s fiscal year that began October 1.
The checkoff boards establish the budget and ultimately decide which demand building programs receive checkoff funding collected under the national and state Beef Checkoff Programs. The board consists entirely of beef producers providing representation of the state through organization affiliation. In addition, the board may elect two directors at large, without nomination by a qualified organization, to round out the board with equitable geographic and sector representation. Directors can serve up to six consecutive one-year terms on the checkoff boards.
As a member of the TBC board, Perkins serves as vice chairman of the beef resources committee. This committee approves and evaluates checkoff-funded beef quality assurance programs, producer communications, issues and reputation management, research projects and export programs conducted in partnership with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Perkins is a graduate of West Texas A&M University where he was recognized as a Graduate of Distinction by the Department of Agriculture in 2014. He also has a doctorate degree in Animal Breeding from Texas Tech University. He served as a professor at Missouri State University and Texas State University for nearly 20 years where his professional career is most noted for excellence in the field of beef cattle ultrasound.
Perkins was elected to the Beef Improvement Federations board of directors and is also serving as chairman of the End Product committee. Additionally, Perkins currently serves on the board of directors for the United States Livestock Genetics Export Association and the National Pedigreed Livestock Council. He was recently elected to serve as president of the Beef Breeds Council.
Currently, Perkins serves as the executive vice president of International Brangus Breeders Association, chief executive officer of Genetic Performance Solutions and president of Brangus Productions, Inc. He raises purebred Angus, Charolais, Maine Anjou and Shorthorn cattle. Perkins and his wife, Rhonda, have five children and several grandchildren. They reside in La Vernia.