Category Archives: AgriLife Extension

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 →

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 →

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 →

Bull management is a key to successful breeding seasons

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Bull management before and during breeding season can improve producers’ chances for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said it’s important to make sure bulls are ready and in good condition heading into breeding season. A body condition score of 5-6 is recommended before breeding season starts, he said. “If they are too fat or too thin it can impact fertility,” he… Read More →

Grass-fed beef conference scheduled May 2-3 in College Station

Production systems, nutrition, fabrication methods to be featured Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Ron Gill, 845-3579, rgill@tamu.edu Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Consumer interest and demand for grass-fed beef continues, and beef producers can learn more about this aspect of production from pasture to plate during a May 2-3 conference at Texas A&M University in College Station. The conference will cover a broad range of important topics pertaining to grass-fed beef production and is open to both beef producers and consumers. “This comprehensive… Read More →

New Year – Old Pest

Writer: Joe C. Paschal, Livestock Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu As we begin a new year we are faced with an old pest, the fever tick. The fever tick (actually there are two different species) once ranged as far north as Virginia and is the host for the blood parasite that causes Cattle or Tick Fever. This disease can kill as many as 90% of the affected cattle. Beginning in 1906, the USDA Fever Tick Eradication Program eliminated fever ticks down to a 500 mile stretch… Read More →

Modest cattle market outlook projected at Milam County beef workshop

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu Dr. Jason Johnson, 254-968-4144, jason.johnson@ag.tamu.edu CAMERON – With outdoor temperatures struggling to stay above 20 degrees, the cold weather didn’t deter more than 140 beef cattle producers from hearing more about a modest cattle market outlook at the recent Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Cameron. The clinic was hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Bell, Burleson, Falls, Milam, Robertson and Williamson counties. The day-long program featured numerous presentations and demonstrations, plus an order-buyer… Read More →

Spread of Fever Tick Spooks Texas Cattle Industry

Fever ticks are turning up farther north of the border, alarming inspectors Writer: Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express News The dreaded cattle fever tick, carrier of a blood disease that once nearly wiped out the U.S. cattle herd, has landed farther north in the Texas interior, worrying state and federal inspectors that the once-eradicated pest is no longer under control. Texas animal health inspectors recently found new fever ticks Nov. 30 on a bull on a Live Oak County farm, about 110 miles north from the Mexico border… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife presents Vice Chancellor Award in Excellence honors

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence honors were presented to several statewide faculty and staff of Texas A&M AgriLife during a ceremony Jan. 9 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards were given to 14 individuals and three teams with a total of 16 members. Officials said the awards program was established in 1980 to recognize “the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife.” “These awards represent the highest level of achievement… Read More →