Texas A&M University Saddle & Sirloin Club​​

​​This week's meeting will be held on October 4th
in KLCT @ 7 PM

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2016-2017 Honorary Members

 Mike Engler

Dr. Engler is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Cactus Feeders, Inc., an Amarillo, Texas based producer of commercial fed cattle and market hogs. Founded as a family company in 1975, Cactus Feeders has 800+ employees across the U.S. producing a million fed cattle and 700,000 market hogs annually with gross revenues of over $1 Billion dollars. 
Dr. Engler is active in livestock industry leadership having served as Chairman of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Long Range Planning Committee, Texas Tech International Center for Food Industry Excellence’s Advisory Board, the advisory board of the USDA CAP Grant on BRD, and the Texas A&M Animal Science Advisory Board.  Dr. Engler received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Johns Hopkins University.  He completed his postgraduate training from Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biological Chemistry.  He is active in the Texas Panhandle community having established the Cactus Hunger Fund to alleviate childhood hunger through support of Panhandle food banks, weekend food programs and other hunger relief organizations.

​​Rachel Cutrer

Rachel Williams Cutrer ’01, is a 7th generation Texas rancher, business woman, author, philanthropist, and mother. She is married to Brandon Cutrer, and they have two daughters, Mollie and Ann Catherine. Rachel received her bachelor of animal science from Texas A&M University in 2001 and masters from Michigan State University in 2003. As a student at Texas A&M, she envisioned a need for communications professionals to specifically serve the livestock and agricultural market. From this idea, Ranch House Designs, Inc. was created. Today, Ranch House is considered the world’s leading livestock communications agency, managing the digital media and marketing campaigns for more than 700 agri-businesses and ranches worldwide.
Rachel and Brandon are also active in her family-owned V8 Ranch, a Brahman operation in Hungerford. They recently exhibited the 2017 and 2016 International Champion Brahman Female and sell approximately 200 bulls and 100 females each year to serve the beef cattle needs of the south. They also export cattle and genetics to all four continents.
The Cutrer’s are proud supporters of the Department of Animal Science. They provide an endowed scholarship in the department, and Rachel serves on the Animal Science Advisory Board. Rachel was an officer of the TAMU Saddle and Sirloin Club from 1999 to 2001. During her time at TAMU she worked for Dr. John McNeill and Dr. Larry Boleman and credits these two men as the mentors who shaped her professional career.

Norman Kohls

Norman Kohls was raised in Sisterdale, Texas, and attended school in Boerne, Texas. He was a member of the Kendall County 4-H and FFA Clubs where he was successful in exhibiting breeding sheep, show lambs and hogs. Kohls began his career at Texas A&M in 1968. His freshman year he walked on the Texas A&M baseball team as center fielder, but decided his true love was in agriculture.
Kohls participated on the junior and senior wool judging, the meats, and livestock judging teams during his time at Texas A&M. He also participated in the Saddle and Sirloin Club, and received the Outstanding Sophomore award.
Kohls graduated in 1971, and began his career in Guadalupe County as assistant agent. In 1975, he moved to Gonzales County as primary agent working in poultry, beef cattle, pecans and small grains. He then moved to Glasscock County, where he revitalized the 4-H program. He also introduced the Boer goat. The Boer goat could be crossed with a native Spanish goat, which greatly influenced the economy of West Texas. With the help of the West Texas Syndicate, live animals and embryos were brought in and the Boer goat industry in Texas took off. Kohls helped organize the first association and was the first President of the American Boer Goat Association. After 22 years of service and many awards from various associations, Kohls retired from extension to work on his herd of Boer goats.
He lives with his wife, Katherine Grover Kohls, on their ranch in Eldorado, TX. They raised three Aggies, Kallie Jo, Kaci, and Kayla Kohls. They now follow their grandchildren, who are their pride and joy, in baseball, volleyball, football and stock shows. The Kohls now focus their efforts on Dorper sheep, Red Angus cattle and Boer goats. His motto in all things has been- WE TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.