Dr. Brandon Smith
Dr. Brandon Smith was born and raised in Slocomb, AL, on his family’s small cow-calf operation. After his dedicated involvement in the FFA Organization, Smith enrolled Auburn University in 2007 to study animal sciences. Smith earned dual B.S. degrees in Animal Sciences (2012) and Agronomy and Soils (2012) from Auburn University. He went on to receive his M.S. (2014) in Animal Science with an emphasis in ruminant nutrition from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. (2017) in Agronomy with an emphasis in forages from Texas A&M University. Following graduation, Smith began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. Smith’s appointment at Tarleton was primarily in teaching, though his research program began investigations into identification and characterization of novel feedstuffs for livestock production. Smith joined the faculty at Auburn University as an Assistant Professor of Ruminant Nutrition in Forage Systems in August 2021. His research focuses on the ruminal digestive physiology and kinetics of under southeastern forage systems. This effort is in support of sustainable grazing strategies for management of southeastern beef cattle production systems.