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Hay producers should consider quality over quantity

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu; Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Producing quality hay takes planning but can be worth the effort, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said producing high quality hay can eliminate the need for protein and energy supplementation for beef cattle during the winter. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, forage specialist, Overton, said improving Bermuda grass quality can be as easy as correctly timing fertilizer applications and cuttings. Corriher-Olson… Read More →

Producers affected in wildfires advised on feeding value of donated hay

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, Ted.McCollum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Generous hay donations have arrived from a variety of areas in the wildfire relief effort as producers quickly worked to get feed in front of cattle left with little or nothing to graze. However, Dr. Ted McCollum, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Amarillo, said as producers take the hay home to feed their stock, some points need to be considered. McCollum said cows will eat about 2-2.6 percent of their… Read More →

“The Legacy of Ranching” exhibit opens at George Bush Presidential Library

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – Ranching played a crucial part in the history of Texas and continues to shape the state today. There’s a new exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library that celebrates the legacy of ranching. There are opportunities to learn about the legendary King Ranch, the history of branding, and more. “There’s also hides of different animals that are here and they can feel them and they get to guess which one it is. There’s interactive media as well, like a barbecue exhibit section there… Read More →

New year, old pests: Fever tick and screwworm

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu The fever tick Far south, along the Rio Grande on the U.S. and Mexican border, there is a reminder of one of the most successful livestock parasite eradication programs in the U.S., if not the world – the USDA Fever Tick Eradication Program. This program began in 1906 by the forerunner of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), although limited efforts to control parasites began 20 years earlier. Its purpose was to remove the ticks that carried cattle fever babesiosis, caused… Read More →

AgriLife Research projects evaluate feeder cattle on yeast-grain diet

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Luis Tedeschi, 979-845-1541, luis.tedeschi@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Yeast is a staple ingredient found in many breads, but it also could play a major role in feeding cattle and producing higher quality beef. Dr. Luis Tedeschi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, and graduate student Whitney Crossland are studying the effects of yeast as part of an extensive fed-cattle study. The study is in partnership with AB Vista of the United Kingdom. The goal of the project is to determine if yeast… Read More →

Banta receives Extension Award

Media contact: Kim Schoonmaker, kims@asas.org Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, received the Southern Section Extension Award at the 2017 Southern Section Meeting, held Feb. 4-7,  in Franklin, Tenn. Banta has worked as an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the past 11 years. He developed a highly successful and well-recognized Extension Program, which includes presentations at more than 550 Extension meetings. A highlight of Dr. Banta’s career has been the co-development of 5 banner programs that provide clientele with daylong, in-depth training on specific… Read More →

Livestock, wool teams reserve champions

Both the livestock and wool judging teams brought back reserve champion honors from their respective contests at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. In addition to reserve, the wool team also placed third overall with a second team. Livestock judging team members include Clayton Schram, Sealy; Harrison Smith, Gatesville; Kelsey Jozwiak, Hempstead; Emily June Kelley, Yoakum; Maddison Holder, Alvarado; Logan Browne, Bowling Green, Ohio; Ryon Cox, Mt. Pleasant; Garrett Wildman, Banquette; Scott Chachere, Dyaton; Ally Spears, Brentwood, Calif.; Jordan Hevner, Adkins; and Carly Hoffman, New Braunfels. The… Read More →

Cross returns to animal science faculty in teaching, research roles

Milestones as department head include equine complex, NAAAS Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Russell Cross, who has served as head of the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station for the past eight years, has returned to a full-time faculty role effective March 1 and will serve in both teaching and research capacities. Dr. Cliff Lamb, who has served as assistant director of the University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center, became department head effective March… Read More →

Lamb named department head for Texas A&M animal science

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Cliff Lamb, 979-845-1543, gclamb@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Cliff Lamb has been named department head for animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station, according to Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Lamb comes to Texas A&M after serving as assistant director of the University of Florida-North Florida Research and Education Center. In Florida, Lamb was responsible for administrative oversight of the animal science programs with primary roles overseeing budgets, staff… Read More →

Annual AgriLife ram test joins sheep, goat expo slated for Aug. 18-19

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Dan Waldron, 325-653-4576, d-waldron@tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO—Even after 70 years the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Ram Performance Test is not averse to change, organizers said. Instead of the traditional field day and sale of some of the top Rambouillet rams that  successfully completed the test, breeders this year opted to join the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, a statewide industry event now in its third year. The expo, conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,… Read More →