Kraig Peel grew up in Post, Texas, which is located in the lower panhandle of Texas. He grew up on a beef cattle/farming operation. Kraig received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Angelo State University in 1988. After graduation, Kraig was employed by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service as an Extension Agent in Val Verde County, Del Rio, Texas. He worked as the 4-H coordinator for 3 years.
Kraig then accepted a position as a ranch manager for a 74,000 acre ranch between Del Rio and San Angelo. The ranch was very diversified with Angora goats, sheep, cattle, wildlife and Spanish goats. Kraig also became bilingual in Spanish and English during his time on the Texas border.
Kraig then returned to graduate school at Texas A&M in the fall of 1995. Kraig received his M.S. in nutrition in the spring of 1997. He then received his Ph.D. in 2000 with primary research in meat science. While in graduate school at Texas A&M, he was involved in a variety of research initiatives including meat science, nutrition and various aspects of reproduction. He also taught a variety of labs at Texas A&M as well as guest lectures in the Department of Animal Science. Kraig accepted a lecturer position at Sam Houston State University while finishing his dissertation. He then accepted an assistant professor position at SHSU and remained there for another year. Kraig’s appointment at SHSU was 100% teaching. He taught 17 courses in four semesters.
Kraig’s appointment in the department is 80% teaching and 20% research. He teaches: ANEQ 101, ANEQ 310 and ANEQ 312 in the department of Animal Science. Kraig is also the director for the Western Center for Integrated Resource Management. The Western Center conducts an intense one year Masters degree in resource management. Kraig teaches AGRI 630, AGRI 634, and AGRI 640 in the graduate program. Kraig is also one of the founders of the Beef Management Systems group which is actively developing beef industry leaders.
Kraig and his wife Shirley have 4 kids: Shayla, Keri, Kace, and Sawyer.
Ph. D. 2000 Meat Science, Texas A&M University
M.S. 1997 Animal Nutrition, Texas A&M University
B.S. 1988. Animal Sciences, Angelo State University
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