About the Author
Dr. Aaron Cooper grew up in Post, TX on a commercial cow/calf operation and cotton farm. After graduating from high school, Aaron joined the livestock judging team at Butler County Community College in Kansas. He was member of the very successful 2002-03 team that is noted by winning championships at the American Royal in Kansas City, North American in Louisville, National Western Carload Contest in Denver, Southwestern Livestock Exposition in Ft. Worth, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Aaron then went to Texas A&M University where he received his B.S. in Animal Science in 2005 and was on the 2004 National Champion judging team. Dr. Cooper then went to the University of Nebraska to coach the livestock judging team and received his Masters degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics in December 2007.
Aaron completed a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Animal Breeding under the direction of Dr. Jim Sanders in 2011. Research Dr. Cooper has been evolved with is investigating genetic differences that affect feed efficiency, maternal performance, udder quality, eye pigmentation and cancer eye in beef cattle. After receiving his Ph.D. he was a professor in Animal Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce for two years and is a published author in the Journal of Animal Sciences.
Dr. Cooper then joined Heartbrand Beef to guide the breeding program of 3,000 head of fullblood cows and annually sell 400 head of bulls. HeartBrand feeds and markets beef from 20,000 head of Akaushi blooded cattle in their premium branded beef program across the U.S. and overseas.
In 2016, he formed 33 Ventures a consulting business that services both large and small Akaushi breeders and commercial operations. Dr. Cooper is an expert in Akaushi genetics and handles international and domestic genetic sales and pedigree analysis. He was part of the team that assembled and exported the first cattle into Brazil and Colombia when the borders opened after over a decade of being closed. He enjoys visiting with breeders daily about Akaushi genetics from all over the world. Dr. Cooper has judged cattle shows in 14 states and been an official/superintendent at several national collegiate livestock judging contests. His greatest accomplishment, however, is his son Cain who is 8 years old.