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.
Alicia Gallegos King
1933 CR 299
Gonzales, TX 78629
Alice has been a rancher since 1975, raising Texas Longhorn cattle near Gonzales, Texas with her husband Shelby since 1980. She is a Founding Member and has served on the Board of the Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry where she held offices of Secretary and Treasurer.
Her leadership rolls also include having served as President of the Women’s Club in her church, District Judge of the Louisiana Garden Club, President of Volunteers of Hospitals in Houston, Texas, and Treasurer of the Intensive Care Unit in Houston where she also acted as the Translator Nurse for Spanish-speaking patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
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.
Since 1850 the Saunders family’s sole income has come from the livestock industry. Tom B. lives on the Saunders Ranch, near Weatherford, TX. After graduating from OSU in 1957 with an animal husbandry degree, Tom B. and wife Ann made this ranch their home. Operational responsibilities are divided with their son Thomas V., partner in Saunders and Saunders Cattle Company. All three adult children, their spouses and five grandchildren make their homes on the ranch.
The Weatherford Jaycees honored Tom B. with its Leadership Award, and the Parker Chamber of Commerce gave him the County Beef Award. Saunders is also a director in the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Ft. Worth Stock Show. He served as a member of the board of trustees of the TSCRA Foundation, as chairman of the Parker Co. Livestock Improvement Association as well as an eleven year member of the Parker County ASCS Agriculture Committee. He was the chairman of the Screw Worm Eradication Program. He was a member of the Ft. Worth Steeplechase and Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity and he volunteers at the Doss Heritage & Culture Center.
At the turn of the century, he was asked to serve as the first curator and historian for the Ft. Worth Herd and was responsible for putting together the group of Longhorns for the Last Cattle Drive of the Century and insuring they went through Ft. Worth Downtown without mishap during the Millennium Celebration. He developed the scenarios of Texas History stories still used today by the Drovers who grace Exchange Avenue and entertain tourists.
In 2006 he was added to the Trail of Fame on East Exchange Avenue at the Ft. Worth Livestock Exchange Building. As a fifth generation Texas rancher, Saunders is the great-nephew of George W. Saunders, founder and past president of the Texas Trail Drivers Association.
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.