Livestock Judge Fred L. Speck, Jr

Fred L. Speck, Jr., M.D. – Kerrville, Texas

Angora & All Other Fiber Goats

Fred Speck attended high school in Rocksprings, Texas and graduated as valedictorian in 1970. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University. He then attended University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. A 1977 graduate of UTMB, Dr. Speck completed an internship in Internal Medicine at UTMB in 1978 and a residency in Dermatology at the University of Oklahoma in 1981. He has been is a dermatologist in private practice in Kerrville, Texas, since 1981. Dr. Speck is a board certified fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a member of the Texas Dermatologic Society, the Kerr-Bandera Medical society, the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is also a member of the UTMB President’s Cabinet and the UTMB Development Board. On February 27, 2022, he was honored at the Sid Peterson Regional Health Care Center Staff Meeting for being on active staff for over 40 years.

4 people with 2 sheep

In addition to a full-time medical practice, Dr. Speck is active in the ranching industry. He is a fifth generation Texas rancher and has developed a top quality herd of registered Angora goats. He has participated in the Haby, Lockhart, Ross, Speck Sale for 29 years, supplying excellent bucks and does to both registered and commercial breeders . He has judged Angora goats at numerous major agriculture fairs in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States. Dr. Speck is an active mentor of the 4-H Club and has coached youth wool & mohair judging teams that have won at both State and National levels. He has supplied mohair fleeces each year for the past 33 years to the Texas A&M sheep and goat specialist for use at the multiple 4-H wool and mohair contests.

He has been involved with Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show for over thirty years as a director. In 1999 he became superintendent of the Angora goat show (a state wide show). He wanted to enhance the show by offering scholarships and added money to keep the show strong. Today it is the largest youth Angora goat show in the world and gives more scholarship money than the other major shows including San Antonio. The show offers added money that covers the entry fee for eighty percent of all entries and two $10,000 scholarships per year are given. In 2020, Fred was honored by having the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show dedicated
to him.

He has also coached youth basketball, soccer, and Special-Ed soccer teams for the past thirty two years. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville. He has an active knowledge of archeology. He has several rare artifacts on loan to the Witte Museum in their Pecos river exhibition. He lectures to youth and adult groups on Pecos river and central Texas Indians. Fred and his wife of 47 years, Linda, have three children. Fred L. Speck III is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Houston, Texas , Laura Speck is a practicing dermatologist in Austin Texas, and Sarah is an elementary school teacher in Kerrville. They have two grandchildren, Tyler & Shelby.