The previously scheduled judge for showmanship classes at the 2017 JBBA National Show had to cancel due to unforeseen schedule changes and the new 2017 JBBA National Show showmanship judge is Dr. David Roper of Tarleton State University.
Dr. David Roper currently serves as the Judging Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor within the Department of Animal Science & Vet Technology at Tarleton State University (TSU). Prior to arriving at TSU in September 2016, David served as the Virginia State Extension Livestock Specialist where he had the opportunity to coach the 2015 National Champion 4-H Livestock Judging team as well as manage several state wide youth events. He and his wife, Jennifer, and three boys (Ty, Kase, and Lane) now reside in Gorman, Texas. They are actively making preparations for the start of their youth show careers and look forward to being in the ring soon.
David received his Bachelors in Animal Science from Texas A&M University (TAMU) in 2005. While at TAMU he was a member of the 2003 Meats Judging Team & a National Champion Livestock Judging Team in 2004. He then briefly worked for Ultimate Genetics before returning to Graduate School at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. There he received both his Master’s and PhD in Animal Science with a focus on Bovine Embryo Transfer techniques. Additionally, while in Graduate School, he served as the Livestock Judging Team Coach for eight years.
David enjoys evaluating livestock of all species and working with youth exhibitors across the nation. He has had the opportunity to judge in multiple states across the South, Southeast and Eastern United States.