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Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy Selects Braunagel, Hebbert

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy provides young members the opportunity to learn more about the state’s beef industry.

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute research assistant Brooks Braunagel and livestock consultant Caitlin Hebbert were selected to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy (CLA) class 27.

Braunagel joined the Noble Research Institute in 2015 and is a research assistant on Noble’s ranches. Braunagel assists with all ranching operations and helps collect data using electronic identification tags and cattle movement.

Braunagel owns and manages a small cow-calf operation, where he practices rotational grazing and no-till planting throughout the year.

Hebbert joined the Noble Research Institute in 2018 and is a livestock consultant in Noble’s producer relations program. Her areas of interest include precondition management, grazing cattle nutrition and replacement heifer development.

Hebbert was raised on large cow-calf operations in far West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from West Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in ruminant nutrition from New Mexico State University.

CLA is targeted for beef producers ages 25 to 40. The program is designed to develop young members through industry exposure, education and association communication. CLA consists of a series of four seminars that will provide participants the opportunity to explore the state’s cattle industry, gain essential information and network with fellow Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association members.

Brooks BraunagelBrooks Braunagel, Noble Research Institute research assistant, was selected to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy.
Caitlin HebbertCaitlin Hebbert, Noble Research Institute research livestock consultant, was selected to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy.

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve land stewardship for improved soil health in grazing animal production with lasting producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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