Department Head/ Assistant Professor/ Livestock Judging Coach
Marcus grew up on a small, family-owned cattle and show pig operation located in Panhandle, Texas. He attended Clarendon College where he received his associate degree and was a member of their nationally recognized livestock judging team. As a Jr College All-American, he then attended Texas Tech University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and was on the record-setting National Champion Livestock Judging Team in 2008. He was also a member of the ‘08 National Champion Meat-Animal Evaluation Team. Upon graduation from Tech, he attended Colorado State University and earned a master’s degree in Animal Nutrition while assisting in coaching the livestock judging team. After the completion of his master’s degree, Marcus served as the livestock judging coach at West Texas A&M University. He is currently working on finishing his Ph.D. in the field of animal sciences with a focus on ruminant nutrition and reproduction.
Since coming to Butler in 2013, Marcus has coached seven All-American students, four Reserve Champion teams at national contest, 13 top five finishes, and has never had a team place out of the top 10. Marcus also serves as the Department Head and teaches Livestock Selection, Animal Nutrition, Food Science, Microcomputers in Agriculture and online Animal Science.
Assistant Livestock Judging Coach
A Northern Colorado native, Taylor Frank grew up on a custom farming operation with a diversified livestock background, primarily involving cattle and hogs. Showing and raising livestock provoked his interest in livestock judging. This concentration led him to highly successful teams at Butler Community college, and later, Texas Tech University. Through this time, Taylor was rarely out of the top ten individuals overall and highlighted his livestock judging career by being named the high individual at the American Royal. Currently, Taylor serves as the assistant livestock judging coach at Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS and thoroughly enjoys being able to help students in and out of the classroom.
Mr. Leibbrandt grew up on a farm in Northwest Kansas, near St. Francis, where his family raised cattle, show pigs and a variety of crops. While growing up, he was active in both 4-H & FFA. He attended Butler Community College, and was a member of the 1993-1994 Livestock Judging team. He graduated from Kansas State University, where he was a member of the 1995 National Champion Livestock Judging Team.
Mr. Leibbrandt’s professional experience includes, managing the Swine Research Farm for the University of Arkansas for five years, working for K-State Research & Extension for 12 years, and working as an agronomist/crop consultant for one year. He was honored to return to his alma mater as an agriculture instructor in 2015. He is also active in his church, and loves working outside. Joe, his wife Karen and their children love agriculture and the rural lifestyle.