Tag Archives: livestock

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Beef producers need to be selective when choosing replacement heifers

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu BRYAN – Spiraling cattle prices in recent weeks are not leaving much wiggle room when it comes to marketing calves and replacement females to fit current trends, according to cattle experts. The recent Brazos Valley Beef and Forage Expo held at the Brazos Valley Livestock Commission featured talks that included purchasing replacement heifers, evaluating feeder cattle and marketing the right type of cattle to achieve maximum profits. The program was sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension… Read More →

ISAG conference returns to the US after 16 years

Dr. Clare Gill, professor of animal genomics, hosted the 35th conference of the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 23- 27, 2016.  It was the first time in 16 years that ISAG was held in the US, with almost 600 delegates from 47 countries in attendance.  Sharing the latest developments in creating and applying community genetic and genomic tools and resources to aid advancements in the productivity, health and well being of commodity species (i.e., cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, poultry and aquaculture) and companion animals… Read More →