1. Staff

Billy Cook, Ph.D.

Director of Applied Agricultural Systems and Stewardship

Cook serves as the director of applied agricultural systems and stewardship.

Cook joined the Noble Research Institute in 1999 as a livestock consultant within the producer relations program before assuming the role of research program manager in 2004. As research program manager, Cook planned, coordinated and implemented Agricultural Division research and demonstration efforts as well as oversaw and managed the institution's farm resources.

As a researcher, his specific research interests involve replacement beef heifer selection and management and enhancing cattle performance on cool-season and warm-season pasture systems.

Prior to joining the Noble Research Institute, Cook served as general manager of the Beef Development and Research Center of Texas. There, he managed a bull performance and development program through the first 18 months of its operation. During this time, more than 1,700 bulls were performance tested.

Cook grew up in the small West Texas community of Imperial.

Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Beef Cattle Production and Meat Science, Texas A&M University, 1997
  • Master of Science in Beef Cattle Production, Texas A&M University, 1995
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Health Management, Sul Ross State University, 1991
Honors
  • Honorary American FFA Degree, 2015
  • Honorary State FFA Degree, 2013