Hancock, Joe D.

Hancock, Joe D.
Professor Emeritus
441 East Simpson Avenue, Box 92
Gail, TX 79738

Area(s) of Specialization

Monogastric Nutrition
Processing techniques to maximize utlization and minimize nutrient excretion in finishing pigs and sows
The factors that limit carbohydrate, protein, and fat utilization in nursery pigs and broilers


B.S. , Texas Tech, 1978
M.S. , Texas Tech, 1983
Ph.D. , University of Nebraska, 1987

Bio Brief

Dr. Joe Hancock grew up on a dry-land cotton farm near Gail, Texas. After his B.S. degree in Agricultural Education, M.S. degree in Swine Production, and Ph.D. degree in Animal Nutrition, Dr. Hancock joined the faculty here at KSU. His assignment is 50% teaching and 50% research.

As for teaching responsibilities, those include lecture and lab classes in nutrition (thus far 81 classes involving 2,607 students) and advising 15 to 20 undergraduate and graduate students each semester. His research activities have centered on factors that limit fat, protein, and carbohydrate utilization in weanling pigs and broiler chicks and processing techniques to maximize nutrient utilization and minimize nutrient excretion in finishing pigs, sows, and layers. Those activities have been funded by 104 grants/gifts from 36 companies and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level.

Results from Dr. Hancock’s research activities have been shared in some 400 abstracts, technical reports, symposia proceedings, journal articles, and book chapters and have yielded invited presentations in 41 countries (Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Ireland, England, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and throughout Mexico, the United States, and Canada).

In his spare time, Dr. Hancock likes to fish, reload, shoot, and hunt pretty much anything that walks, flies, or crawls. Also, he tries to get away at least once a year to do a bit of SCUBA (Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Fiji, Sulawesi, Cheju-do, Oahu, Kauai, California, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Florida, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Eustatius, Saba, Dominica, Bequia, Tobago, Bonaire, Los Roques, Bocas del Toro, Corn Island, Utila, Roatan, and Belize) with his wife Melisa. Joe and Melisa live on a hill just northeast of Manhattan with a couple cats, Beano (Chihuahua), Dixie (Yorkie), a pontoon boat, and the occasional possum, raccoon, deer, wild turkey, coyote, and copperhead.


  • Fundamentals of Nutrition [ASI 318]
  • Monogastric Nutrition [ASI 675]