Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Plant and Animal Science
Office Location: Alumni Hall B15
Office Phone: 518-255-5283
Areas of Expertise: Beef Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Youth Livestock Projects, Livestock Evaluation
ANSC 115 Animal Techniques, ANSC 117 Animal Management (Team-teach with Dr. Cindi Shelley), ANSC 119 Livestock Evaluation and Selection, ANSC 215 Animal Techniques 2, ANSC 320 Swine Production
About Brad: Brad is a native of Fostoria, Ohio, where he was a 10-year 4-H member and showed market steers and market lambs throughout the Midwest. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska where he was a member of the livestock judging and meat animal evaluation teams. His list of honors includes National Champion Sheep Judge and placing in the top-20 nationally in beef cattle.
A short break from further formal education included education from the “School of Hard Knocks” while serving as assistant general manager and recordskeeper for a 1,500 cow, seedstock beef cattle operation based in Lincoln, NE, with cattle in Southeastern Nebraska, the Nebraska Sandhills, and Northwestern Missouri (breeds included: Charolais, Gelbvieh, Limousin, Red Angus, Salers, South Devon, and commercial cattle of those breeds). Other duties included herd bull and replacement female selection, coordination of the embryo transfer program, and marketing.
Following his goal of teaching at the collegiate level resulted in Brad receiving his Master’s Degree in Animal Science from Purdue University. While pursuing his Master’s Degree, he served as the Livestock Judging Team Coach for two years, which was highlighted by Purdue’s most successful livestock judging team in a decade. Brad’s thesis focused on metabolizable protein requirements of lactating first calf beef cows.
Brad was a Cooperative Extension Agent with responsibilities for adult and youth livestock, dairy, and forage programming in Rowan County, North Carolina from November 2002 to August 2012. One of the most successful programs was a teaching flock of club lambs, which was used by clients throughout North Carolina for formal and informal programming. This teaching flock also produced numerous champions at all levels of competition, including numerous youth who placed in the top 10 of their age groups in market lamb showmanship at the North American International Livestock Exposition. During the time Mr. Johnson served as a Cooperative Extension Agent, Rowan County exhibitors received countless beef, sheep, and meat goat champion honors at North Carolina Mountain State Fair and North Carolina State Fair. The Rowan County 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging, Dairy Judging, Dairy Quiz Bowl, and Dairy Skillathon teams and individuals also won numerous state championships and represented North Carolina very well at national contests.
Prior to coming to SUNY Cobleskill, Brad served as an Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Beef Herdsman, and Livestock Judging Team Coach for Frank Phillips College at Borger, TX.
Brad has bred, raised, shown, and fit numerous champion beef cattle, sheep, and hogs at all levels of competition. He has very competitively raised Simmentals, and until recently, club calves. He still has a small flock of club lambs. In addition, Brad has judged livestock shows professionally for about 20 years and has judged in 18 states.
“I have a very strong passion for teaching. There are few things in the world better than seeing that lightbulb flash above a student’s head when they ‘get’ something. That feeling is so amazing! There’s no doubt that the students make the job worth doing.”