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.
Frank C. Sharp, PhD
20 Country Club Dr.
Brownwood, TX 76801
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.
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.
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
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.