Category Archives: Livestock

Spring Ranch Management University set for April 3-7 in College Station

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be offered April 3-7, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader, College Station. Ranch Management University is held each spring and fall at the G. Rollie White Visitors’ Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M campus in College Station. Registration is $500 and attendance is limited to… 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 →

Proper winter supplemental feeding can optimize future breeding

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON — Getting or keeping cows in proper body condition throughout the winter can optimize pregnancy rates the following season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, beef cattle specialist, Overton, said cows with proper body condition scores at calving are more likely to breed back and produce healthy calves in the future. Proper nutrition and supplementation are two keys to keeping cows in good shape. Banta said 2-and 3-year-old cows should have… Read More →

Livestock Judging Team Wins American Royal

Writer: Tana Luna The Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team won the 2016 American Royal Senior Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held October 29, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. Members of the team include: Jake Pickering, Oroville, CA; Quest Newberry, George West, TX; Justin Vehige, Bonnets Mills, MO; Payton Warmke, Brenham, TX; Blayze Bierschwale, Lampasas, TX; Wayne Morse, Kingsbury, TX; Denton Lowe, Amber, OK; Brantley Bordovsky, Port Lavaca, TX. A total of 23 senior college teams competed in the 2016 American Royal competition. Texas A&M won the oral reasons division…. Read More →

Producing the right calf to fit the market key to capturing premiums

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu BRENHAM – Though cattle prices have come down from historic highs, there are still ways for beef cattle producers to capture more dollars for their calves by adding value at the ranch, according to experts at the 45th South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham. Several hundred beef producers from Washington, Brazos, Austin, Burleson, Fayette, Harris, Lee and Waller counties took part in the day-long program hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and surrounding beef and forage county committees. Dr. Dan… Read More →

Meat goats prove worth in six-year market study

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Bill Thompson, 325-653-4576, w-thompson@tamu.edu Dr. Dan Waldron, 325-653-4576, d-waldron@tamu.edu Dr. Rob Hogan, 830-278-9151, rhogan@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – A six-year Texas A&M AgriLife study proved what many West Texas stockmen know; properly managed meat goats are valuable property, no matter how many you have. Bill Thompson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, and Dr. Dan Waldron, Texas A&M Agrilife Research geneticist, both at San Angelo, and Dr. Rob Hogan, AgriLife Extension economist at Uvalde, recently finished a formal price analysis of the meat… Read More →

Student participates in Canadian Provincial Contest Exchange

The National Western Stock Show offers a once in a lifetime experience to the high individual of the collegiate livestock judging contest. Every year the high scoring livestock judge is awarded a trip to the Calgary Stampede to judge the Alberta 4-H purebred beef heifer show, the Summer Synergy commercial beef heifer show and help with some of the junior livestock judging contests. On Jan. 15, 2016, in Denver, Colo., Quest Newberry, a senior animal science major from George West, Texas, was named the 2016 NWSS collegiate livestock… Read More →

Weaning calves before auction reduces stress and could increase profits

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@tamu.edu OVERTON –  Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton. Dr. Jason Banta said weaning calves is the right thing to do and doing it correctly sets calves up to perform better for the rest of their lives. Weaning also gives sellers access to special preconditioned sales which… Read More →