Jason Sawyer, PhD

KRIRM Associate Professor & Research Scientist

Jason Sawyer is an Associate Professor & Research Scientist at the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management in partnership with East Foundation. He was raised in and around central Texas, with deep family roots and the family place still in McCulloch County. He received a BS degree in Rangeland Ecology and Ranch Management from Texas A&M University in 1995, and an MS in Ruminant Nutrition (1998) and PhD in Range Nutrition and Beef Cattle Management (2000), both from New Mexico State University.

Jason joined the team at the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) in January, 2020, to expand opportunities for the Institute to create innovative solutions for ranch management. His primary interests are the development of strategies to enhance the sustainability of beef production systems, the application of nutritional strategies on these systems, and the development of valid indicators of sustainable production. He has authored or co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed publications, over 200 abstracts, proceedings, and technical reports, and given presentations at over 100 local, state, and national meetings. He works closely with East Foundation on their cattle operations and offices out of the San Antonio office.

Dr. Sawyer joined the faculty at the Clayton Livestock Research Center in Clayton, NM with a joint appointment in research and extension as a Beef Cattle Extension Specialist. In this role, he developed applied research programs in conjunction with regional producer advisory groups, conducted statewide extension programs, and served in a consulting role for numerous producers. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 2003, with teaching and research roles in beef cattle production, focusing on beef cattle nutrition and stocker cattle production management. In 2008, he assumed the role of Superintendent of the McGregor Research Center, overseeing an integrated crop and livestock operation with approximately 1,200 beef cows, sotkcer, growyard, and finishing enterprises, and facilitating research programs related to beef cattle production and management, while continuing to teach and conduct research in beef cattle production systems and related areas.

Jason and his wife Alison have three children. They enjoy sports, hunting, fishing and spending time on the family place, and church and community involvement.