Dr. Larry Boleman
Contact InfoCollege Station, Texas
BiographyDr. Larry Boleman has over 60 years of experience raising and showing champion beef cattle and has professionally judged beef cattle throughout the nation for 46 years. Dr. Boleman is considered the “Dean” of Texas Beef Cattle Judges having judged over 1,000 beef cattle shows continually since 1966. He has worked for Texas A&M University for 50 years and presently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Texas A&M AgriLife while previously serving in positions as Associate Executive Vice President for Operations, Texas A&M University; Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor, Texas A&M University System; Professor and Associate Department Head for Animal Science, Professor and State Extension Beef Cattle Leader, District Beef Cattle Specialist, County Extension Agent, Texas Agricultural Extension Service; and Manager of the Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Center.
Dr. Boleman was reared on a small farm near Waco, Texas where he raised cattle and horses. He was an honored FFA member and Lone Star Farmer Degree recipient while exhibiting champion breeding beef heifers at Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Waco and Central Texas livestock shows from 1960-1964. He received his BS degree in Animal Science in 1968 from Texas A&M University where was a member of the TAMU National Champion Wool, Meats and Livestock Judging Teams 1965-1967 and President of the Saddle and Sirloin Club 1967-68.
Dr. Boleman has always enjoyed working with youth in showing cattle and training livestock judging teams. While he was a county extension agent, he coached back to back State Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Teams in 1971 and 1972. In 1990, he coached another State 4-H Livestock Team which went on to win the National 4-H Livestock Contest to become the only team from Texas to win the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest since 1939. He would go on to coach TAMU Livestock Judging Teams including the TAMU National Champion Livestock and Meat Animal Evaluation Team at the St. Joseph, Missouri, “World Series of Livestock Judging” in 2000. He believes that showing livestock and livestock judging team training and competition develops youth far beyond any other experience.
Dr. Boleman is one of the leading professional national and international judges in the U.S. He judges and evaluates all important beef cattle breeds presently in the United States and has served as the official beef cattle judge for various county, regional, state, and national livestock expositions and has officiated livestock judging contests throughout the nation. He has been an approved judge for all major breeds of beef cattle and has judged open and/or junior international, national, and regional and/or state shows of merit for Angus, Brahman, Brangus, Beefmaster, Braford, Blonde d’ Aquitaine, Bralers, Braunvieh, Brahmousin, Beefalo, Charolais, Charbray, Chianina, Dexter, Gelbvieh, Gelbray, Indo-Brazilian, Hereford, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Nelore, Polled Hereford, Pinzgauer, Piedmontese, Red Angus, Red Brangus, Red Poll, Romagnola, Salers, Santa Gertrudis, Senepol, Shorhorn, Simbrah, Simmental, Tarentaise, Texas Longhorn, and Tuli. He has worked with livestock shows on programs and judged throughout the nation including the Cow Palace Grand National Livestock Exposition, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Southwestern Livestock Exposition, State Fair of Texas, New Mexico State Fair, Louisiana State Fair, LSU Livestock Show, National Western in Denver, Arizona National, Dixie National, Georgia National, Arkansas State Fair, Mid South Fair, San Angelo Stock Show, Amarillo Tri-State Fair, East Texas State Fair, West Texas State Fair, Four States Fair, Heart O’Texas Fair, South Texas State Fair, North Texas State Fair, Nebraska State Fair, Tulsa State Fair and others.
During his tenure as Professor of Beef Cattle Production and State Extension Beef Cattle Specialist in the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, he taught courses in Beef Cattle Judging, Nutrition, Marketing and Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation while coaching and coordinating livestock judging activities, contests and the TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course on campus as well as other related beef cattle educational programs, activities, and research demonstrations throughout the state. Dr. Boleman worked with all phases of beef cattle production with emphasis on efficient cow-calf production and management; development of adult and youth educational programs, visuals, and publications; and consultation with producers on nutrition, selection, reproduction, and performance records pertaining to integrated management decisions. He worked closely as advisor with numerous local, state and national beef breed associations in beef herd improvement.
Dr. Boleman has been happily married to the former Patricia Ann Tanksley for 45 years. They raised 3 sons, Scott, Chris and Craig and have two grandsons, Seth and Sage. He and Pat are members of the First Christian Church of Bryan/College Station and live on their Brazos County ranch where they still actively raise show cattle for young exhibitors. Both of them love going to the TCCA Beef Prospect/Progress, Breed Association, County, Regional and State Shows and advising young livestock show exhibitors about their projects. Pat enjoys keeping up with the points of youngsters she knows and is the main force behind their philanthropic activities including donations for college scholarships, awards and buckles at various TCCA and livestock shows.
Dr. Boleman has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Texas Agricultural Extension Service Team Award for Superior Service, The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University Distinguished Achievement Award and Texas A&M AgriLife’s Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence on three occasions. The Texas Beef Cattle industry, breed associations and beef organizations have awarded him many times including the Texas Club Calf Association’s highest award, the Honorary Lifetime Membership and Hall of Fame recognition with the citation reading “For giving unselfishly and freely of his time and talent in an effort to help the junior livestock exhibitors of this state.” This caption epitomizes Dr. Boleman’s and his families’ philosophy and he says, still today, “There is no greater time spent than that you spend with family and working with young people, and I am blessed to have had the family I have and my Texas A&M career in agricultural teaching, extension and administration to work with the young people and adults in the great state of Texas.”
EducationB.S., M.S. and PhD, - Texas A&M University