Deborah P. Davis, President & Treasurer
P.O. Box 36
Tarpley, TX 78883
830/562-3650
Debbie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and studied Animal Science at Southwest Texas State University. With her husband Don, she has been a Texas Longhorn rancher since 1990 and they operate a grassfed Texas Longhorn beef marketing company near Bandera, Texas.

The Davis’s were Texas’s first partners in the Conservation Security Program in 2004, a USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service program that promotes sustainable agricultural management on private lands. In partnership with friends Rhona and Chad Lemke, they launched the Grassfed Sustainability Group in 2017, a restorative agriculture consulting and educational service based on Savory holistic principles.

She is the Registrar and past President of the Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry and has served as Secretary and Newsletter Editor for that organization. Mrs. Davis served on the Board of the South Texas Longhorn Association and was its Newsletter Editor 1999--2001. She served on the boards of Holistic Management International-Texas, and Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, and was Chairman of Artist Reservations with the Women’s Art Guild of Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin, Texas. She received museum docent training from the Austin Nature Center, Elisabet Ney Museum, Laguna Gloria Art Museum and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin, and Texas Forums moderator training at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum.


J. Scott Horsak, Vice President
5622 Reeds Lake Road
Temple, TX 76501
HorsakRanch.com
jshorsak@doublehproducts.com
254/231-9782
Scott studied Advertising and Architecture at the University of Texas from 1994 – 1997 ultimately earning a BA of Business and an MBA. Scott started building custom homes in 1997 and has grown Sincera Construction into a commercial construction firm specializing in large warehouses and retail / restaurant space. Construction projects eventually led to the sourcing of decorative materials throughout Central Mexico and South Africa. Scott spent more than ten years traveling, importing and retailing decorative interior finishes. Scott and his wife Melissa are importers of the OzGate, an hydrolic controled automatic gate that eliminates the need for dangerous cattle guards and works anywhere, without electricity.

Scott began raising Texas Longhorns at the age of sixteen. In addition to the fascination with Texas Longhorns, Scott also raised numerous exotic species and served as the Executive Director of the South Central Elk Breeder’s Association from 1996 – 1999. After many years of breeding and participation in other organizations, he quickly learned the value in traditional, historically correct Texas Longhorns. A passion for the breed and its ultimate preservation is what drives his service on the board and to the industry.

Frank C. Sharp, PhD Secretary
20 Country Club Dr.
Brownwood, TX 76801
325/646-2367
Frank is a college professor and educator and with his wife Louise has raised Texas Longhorn cattle for over ten years. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Texas Longhorn cattle, his research focusing on Texas Longhorn history, symbolism, genetics, and preservation.

He has served as Director on the Board of the Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry. Dr. Sharp is a published author and has given various presentations to civic groups and historical societies on the history of Texas Longhorns and the ranching families that raised and preserved them. His civic involvement includes such contributions as conducting after school music programs for young children and serving as Lay Leader of his church.


Tim Aycock
3-T Ranch Registered
Pure Longhorns
Woods Bloodline &
Ole South Products
228/365-8751
Tim was born and raised in South Mississippi. His family started 3-T Ranch and has raised Texas Longhorns since 1974. He is the C.O.O. of Ole South Products and a Senior Engineering Tech./ LHA IC Engineer for /" target="_blank">R&P Technology to support Navy ships. Mr. Aycock has done extensive research on Texas Longhorn bloodlines and has a few published articles. In the last 4 years he has worked with members of CTLR collecting semen to try and preserve the pure Texas Longhorn Genetics.
Tom Carter
President B. & C. Ranch, Inc.
Mertzon, TX
325/835-2692
Tom worked with Endangered Species Propagation Survival and Research Center, Inc. He is a partner in K Ketchum Mountain Hunting Lodge, Inc., director of Southwest Texas Border Surveillance, LLC and principal at Thomas S. Carter in Mertzon, TX.
Ted Lusher
Austin, TX
512/751-8747
A resident of Austin, Texas, he is the CEO/Chairman of Sell-Thru Services, President of Candy Mountain Ranches, Llano, Texas, where he raises Texas Longhorn cattle, President of Badu House Restaurant & Event Complex, Llano, Texas CEO of STS Enterprises, Inc and a Board member of the Texas State Historical Foundation and Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Mr. Lusher is involved in many civic, educational, historical and medical support activities in Austin and Texas. He is well known for his impressive collection of western art and artifacts.


Jim Rohl
636/978-9855 636/978-9855
St. Peters, MO
Jim was born and raised on a small farm in southwestern Michigan. He has a lifelong interest in livestock and genetics, particularly cattle. Employed as a Geneticist with Newsham Choice Genetics in the field of livestock improvement, Jim lives with his wife and two children in Missouri.


D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD
Professor, Pathology Genetics
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
540/231-4805
education: BS, Texas A&M University, 1975, DVM, Texas A&M University, 1976, PhD, Cornell University, 1979
positions: educator and college professor, Cornell University 1979-1981; college professor, Virginia Tech, 1981-present

Clinical Service duties include diagnostic histopathology and necropsy. Clinical teaching also includes the small ruminant elective clerkship in the senior year. Didactic teaching includes reproductive and endocrine pathology, domestication and genetic resources, and small ruminant medicine. Service roles have included Director of Student Affairs and Advisor to Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Research interests include pathology and genetics. Genetic work includes single gene diseases in domesticated animals, and color in domesticated animals. Active research includes the conservation and history of domesticated animal genetic resources.

Publications include six books ( Horse Color, A Handbook for Conservation Breeders, Equine Color Genetics (two editions), Taking Stock, A Rare Breeds Album of American Livestock), 17 chapters of books (including some on pathology, others on genetics), 74 refereed journal publications, 13 invited papers, and 288 publications in the lay press (these concern genetics, and the history and conservation of rare breeds of livestock).

Service roles include coordinator for technical programs for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization working to conserve genetic resources of livestock species in North America. This work involves the identification of livestock genetic resources, as well as their phenotypic and historic characterization. Work includes the development of conservation strategies for those breeds that are rare.

Service roles also include convener of the sheep color group of the Committee for Genetic Nomenclature of Sheep and Goats. This is an international committee that standardizes genetic nomenclature for these species so that international communication is facilitated.

Interests include the management and conservation breeding of a personal herd of Tennessee Fainting Goats, and a few horses of the Choctaw strain of Spanish Colonial horses. In the past helped to manage a conservation herd of Yates line Texas Longhorns.

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