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World beef cattle education leader retires

Educating beef cattle and working with cattle producers has long been a passion of Dr. Joe Pascal, admitting he never intended to work long enough to retire from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services as a livestock professional. I’m here.

The 2022 Texas A&M Beefcattle Short Course is dedicated to Dr. Corpus Christi (right) Joe Pascal, Livestock Specialist at Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services. At left is Dr. Larry Boleman, a longtime AgriLife Extension State Beef Specialist and retired Associate Vice President of Strategic Outreach and Initiatives at Texas A&M AgriLife. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo credit: Sam Craft)

With a career spanning 40 years, Paschal is well known among beef producers on the Gulf Coast and statewide as the go-to source for science-based information. His role as a Corpus Christi-based livestock expert will end upon his retirement on October 31st, and his short course at the 2022 Texas A&M Beef Cattle will lead to a Texas, National and International Cattle Producer Dedicated in honor of his contribution to

Pascal saw the idea of ​​working as a livestock specialist at a beef screening event while observing Dr. Randall Groom, who spent 26 years as a beef specialist at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and Research Center in Overton. said to have stayed. Grooms is internationally recognized for his expertise and is widely followed by breeders of purebred and commercial cattle through his educational programs.

“At the time, I was very impressed with how professional he was, how he was approached by the beef producers, how he was welcomed and respected by those people… At that time, I was very impressed with this I wanted to get a job,” said Pascal.

Beginning of Fort Stockton

Pascal initially worked for the Charolais Breeders Association and was asked by Dr. Jim Saunders of the Texas A&M Department of Animal Science to return to College Station for his master’s and doctoral degrees.

A man at the front of the classroom, Joe Paschal, is giving a presentation on the screen behind him.
Joe Paschal, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Livestock Specialist Corpus Christi leads beef cattle education programs in South Central Texas. (Texas A&M Agrilife photo by Blair Fannin)

He finished school and got a job as a livestock specialist at Fort Stockton. A meeting with Frank Ritterst, a longtime adult education specialist at Texas A&M and an instructor in the department’s beef production, would eventually give Pascal his first agency position. I was.

“Mr. Ritterst had to tell me where Fort Stockton was on the map,” he said. “I applied for the job and got it. It was very welcoming and the faculty and staff were all really welcoming.”

About a year and a half later, Paschal said he assumed his current role at Corpus Christi. Originally located in Weslaco, this position was moved to Corpus Christi to better serve local livestock producers and serve the agency’s Districts 12 and 14. .

“I’ve had the opportunity to do some really great things, like working with the Texas A&M Kingsville faculty and several dog breed associations,” Pascal said. “I have considered other opportunities, but this is a really good job working with county agents, the Department of Animal Science, other departments, and colleagues in research, extension, and education. They are, arguably, the best in the world. Whenever I think of throwing in the towel, I think of county agents and ranchers.They are giants of the industry.”

Pascal’s career highlights and achievements relate to teaching, researching breed associations, and supporting government groups. In the proceedings of his course on beef cattle short, Paschal was recognized for providing leadership in programming on key leadership his initiatives.

  • Bovine fever tick eradication.
  • Beef quality assurance.
  • South Texas Ranch to Rail.
  • Beef partnership in extension program.
  • Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association Bull Gain and Heifer Development Association.
  • Merit evaluation of beef carcasses.
  • You can eat domestic beef breeds.
  • Spanish goat program.
  • Uchiwa Education Initiative.
  • South Texas stocker cow.
  • Comprehensive ranch management program.

These initiatives and programs have returned millions of dollars to producers and consumers.

“Consumed Extension Specialist”

“Joe is the perfect extension specialist,” says longtime colleague Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension Beef Specialist at Bryan College Station.

A man, Joe Pascal, lifts a sample at a demo.
Joe Paschal, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Livestock Specialist, Corpus Christi. (Texas A&M Agrilife photo by Blair Fannin)

“Joe has always seen his role as a conduit to provide livestock producers with science-based, real-world-tested recommendations for economically and/or environmentally meaningful production practices. .

“His career has been dedicated to helping county agents succeed in their programming endeavors. But perhaps more importantly, through his efforts to train agents to become better subject matter experts and give them the confidence to become true educators within the county and community.

AgriLife Extension State Beef Specialist for many years, Dr. Larry Boleman, retired associate vice president for Texas A&M AgriLife’s strategic outreach and initiatives, said. achieve success. All Texans, mentors, educators, researchers and producers are so fortunate to have been able to contribute to the beef cattle industry and the land grant mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service throughout his 40+ year career. I’m here. “

Paschal said he has enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of his work.

“This job is the most autonomous job,” he said. “Because we are in AgriLife Extension, there is no one to stand by you and tell you what you need to do. It’s up to you.AgriLife Extension has provided me with a good career and I would highly recommend it to anyone.”