Lead Agriculture Instructor
Dr. Cooper grew up on a cattle and cotton farm in west Texas. Dr. Cooper is an alumni of Butler where he was on the 2002-03 Livestock Judging Team. After receiving his Associates from Butler, Dr. Cooper pursued a B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2005. Dr. Cooper was a member of the 2004 National Champion Livestock Judging team at TAMU. From there he went to the University of Nebraska and received his M.S. in Animal Breeding and Genetics and coached the judging team in 2007. In 2011, Aaron completed his Ph.D. in Animal Breeding from TAMU were his dissertation focused on identifying important genes that affect maternally influenced traits in Bos indicus-Bos taurus cattle. Before coming to Butler in the fall of 2013, Dr. Cooper was an Assistant Professor in Animal Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Courses Dr. Cooper instructs at BCC include Principles of Animal Science, Microcomputers in Ag, Breeding Livestock Production Management, Farm Animal Artificial Insemination and others relating to Reproduction and Genetics.
Livestock Judging Coach
Mr. Arnold grew up in Panhandle, TX and raised cattle and show pigs. He attended Clarendon College where he received his Associates degree and was on the Livestock Judging team. Mr. Arnold then attended Texas Tech University and received his B.S. in Animal Science and was on the record setting National Champion Livestock Judging team in 2008. Mr. Arnold then attended Colorado State University and earned his M.S. in Animal Nutrition and helped coach the Livestock Judging team. Before coming to Butler in the spring of 2013, Marcus was the Livestock Judging coach at West Texas A&M University. Marcus is currently working on his Ph.D. Courses Marcus instructs at BCC include Livestock Selection, Animal Nutrition, Food Science, Microcomputers in Ag and others.
Mr. Gronau has been a native of Butler County for some time now. He and his family raises cattle and farms wheat in the area. Mr. Gronau received his B.S. and M.S. from Kansas State University and was on faculty at K-State before joining Butler Community College. Courses Don instructs include Principles of Animal Science, Ag Economics, Crop Science, Beef Management, Range Management, Livestock Nutrition and others.