Coalson Brown joined Texas A&M AgriLife Research as the ranch foreman of the Sonora Station on April 5. The Sonora Station is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo.

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Coalson Brown has joined AgriLife Research Sonora Station as a ranch foreman. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo courtesy Coalson Brown)

“To be able to work at such a historical center is an honor,” Brown said. “Anything that happens at the Sonora Station can have an effect on the area and my community, so it is especially meaningful to me to be working for AgriLife.”

Brown earned his bachelor’s in animal science from West Texas A&M University, Canyon. While at West Texas, he was a student employee at the Beef Carcass Research Center, or BCRC, working under center director Ty Lawrence, Ph.D. At BCRC, Brown worked on carcass trial projects and harvested beef, pork and lamb.

He previously worked as head of cattle operations at Circle H Headquarters LLC, Dalhart, where he was responsible for the day-to-day cattle checks and health, cattle movement and transportation, and  several large-animal trial projects.

“Coalson will be a valued asset to the Sonora Station and Texas A&M AgriLife,” said Reid Redden, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service sheep and goat specialist and director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. “We are fortunate to find someone with a strong work ethic, experience ranching in this region of the state, and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.”

Sonora Station

Brown grew up south of the Sonora Station in Del Rio. He recalls his grandfather attending AgriLife Extension events and short courses.

“As a kid, I remember going to a few Extension events with him,” Brown said. “I have been aware of the importance of AgriLife as long as I can remember.”

The research conducted at the Sonora Station includes prescribed fire projects, sheep and goat production and management, disease control, range management and drought.

Research began in 1916 at the Sonora Station, and it has been serving the livestock industry and rangeland conservation on the Edwards Plateau for over 100 years.

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