Dr. Jason Cleere

Dr. Jason Cleere – Madisonville, Texas

This month’s featured beef producer is Dr. Jason Cleere, an associate professor and Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, stationed at Texas A&M University in College Station. He develops and implements Extension educational programs to increase production efficiency and profitability of Texas beef cattle producers and has a Ph.D. in Animal Science and Beef Cattle Genetics — you could say he’s the brains behind the beef we enjoy as consumers!

In addition to being on the academic side of the beef community, Cleere has his own purebred cattle operation started in 1988. The ranch currently operates with 17 head of cattle on about 75 acres. This is a part-time passion for Cleere, who estimates he puts in another 10 to 15 hours of work in addition to his university job.

“The unpredictability of the weather, is the hardest part of this job,” says Cleere, “however, it’s well worth the ups and downs for the opportunity to raise my boys around ranching and the for values that it teaches them.”

Cleere’s family goes back 5 generations in agriculture and he’s very likely raising the next generation of ranchers (or animal scientists), with two sons Kendel (age 17) and Kanin (age 12) he has with his wife of 20+ years, Kristi. The whole family, including the boys, help out as needed on their small cow-calf operation. The boys also have nine 4H Market Steers and two purebred heifers that they show at big fairs and rodeos in Texas.

Read on to find out more about Jason in his own words:

Favorite Cut of Beef:  Ribeye

Favorite Beef Recipe: Keep it simple, ribeye grilled over oak and mesquite.

Favorite Beef Cooking Method:  Wood grill

Favorite Place to Get a Burger: Koppe Bridge, College Station, TX

Funniest Ranch Life Story:  Trying to explain artificial insemination and embryo transfer to my sons when they were about 5-years-old.  You have to develop a very creative explanation.

Active Hobbies: Hunting and fishing with my sons


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May 2021 – Kelley Sullivan Georgiades
April 2021 – Stahlman Family
March 2021 – Ryan Moorhouse
February 2021 – Dawn Leen
January 2021 – Brad Hastings
November/December 2020 – Monica Minzenmayer
October 2020 – Brandi Richards
September 2020 – Jim Bret Campbell
August 2020 – Marsha Shoemaker
July 2020 – Robert Hale
June 2020 – Ellen Tom
May 2020 – Courtney Stefan
April 2020 – Tim & Gayle Foster
March 2020 – Erin Wickersham
February 2020 – Angela & Albert Myres
January 2020 – Jimmy Holub
November & December 2019 – Nate Wolf
October 2019 – Jake and Caitlin Richards
September 2019 – Austin Brown III
August 2019 – Tana Autrey
July 2019 – Ron and Debbie Gill
June 2019 – Coleman Locke
May 2019 – Pat McDowell
April 2019 – Janna Stubbs
March 2019 – Tyson Hann
February 2019 – Amanda Dyer
January 2019 – Tommy Perkins