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 →

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 →

AgriLife Research physiologist Randel receives lectureship honor

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-8340-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ron Randel, 903-834-6191, ron.randel@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – The American Society of Animal Science, Southern Section, has announced an annual lectureship named for Dr. Ronald Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research physiologist, Overton. The society’s executive committee established the annual invited lectureship for its Physiology Section. The first of the lectures bearing Randel’s name will be presented during its annual meeting scheduled Feb. 4-7 in Franklin, Tennessee. “Dr. Randel’s contributions to the field of animal physiology and endocrinology have globally benefitted animal agriculture,” said… 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 →

Doctoral candidate Smith receives trio of awards

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Brandon Smith, 979-845-3041, wbsmith89@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — William “Brandon” Smith, a doctoral candidate in the Texas A&M University department of soil and crop sciences in College Station and the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton, is racking up awards as he approaches graduation. At the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Conference, Smith was awarded the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Research as well as the 2016 Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Special Achievement Award for… 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 →

Tedeschi, Tomberlin earn Faculty Fellow distinction at Texas A&M AgriLife conference

Contact: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists were named Faculty Fellow during the 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station. The Faculty Fellow title given to Dr. Luis Tedeschi and Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin are permanent and become a part of the individual’s title. AgriLife Research established the Faculty Fellows Program in 1998 to acknowledge and reward exceptional research faculty within the agency. “Working in disparate fields — animal science and entomology — both Dr. Tedeschi and Dr. Tomberlin have made… Read More →