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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 →

U.S. decline in meat protein consumption raises concern for Texas A&M scientist

Meat from animals critical for good health and development Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Guoyao Wu, 979-845-1541, g-wu@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A 14 percent decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption over the past decade has caused alarm with one Texas A&M AgriLife scientist who warns the effects could be dire for overall human health and child development. Dr. Guoyao Wu, distinguished professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, said U.S. consumers have been overwhelmed with misinformation about protein and fats in meats,… Read More →

New faculty fill key positions

Rodolfo Cardoso Assistant Professor, Physiology of Reproduction Growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Rodolfo Cardoso gained a unique perspective on agriculture. After being raised in metropolitan Sao Paulo until he was 8 years old, his family bought a small ranch and started raising crossbred dairy cows. Helping his grandfather feed cows, dehorn calves, build fences, and care for the sick animals ignited his passion for agriculture. He knew then that he wanted to work with livestock animals when he grew older. After working hard through high school,… Read More →

Grill the experts at BBQ town hall meeting

Writer: Jake Walker, jake.walker@theeagle.com Barbecue experts at Texas A&M are having a special Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting in December for pitmasters and restaurant owners to learn the economic forecast and other factors that will affect their businesses going forward. The meeting will be at the Kleberg Animal and Food Sciences Center and the Rosenthal Meat Center. Speakers include David Anderson, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist who will provide an update on livestock and meat markets, and Kerri Gehring, associate professor of animal science and… Read More →

Consumer prejudices affect willingness to pay for beef

Study finds consumers don’t know what they want until they taste it Writer: Kerry Halladay, kerry@wlj.net Preconceived notions about food can drastically change a consumer’s mind. Offer a young child broccoli to eat and they might reject it. Offer that same child “little trees” and they might suddenly enjoy it. The same apparently holds true for consumers and beef. A recent study by eight Texas A&M University researchers published in the Journal of Animal Science looked at consumer’s stated desires and willingness to pay for beef based on production… Read More →

Grass-fed conference draws multi-state crowd

Sixty-six participants from four states gathered on the campus of Texas A&M University May 26 and 27 to learn about grass-fed beef production. Held annually since 2012, the conference covered a variety of topics related to grass-fed beef, including an overview of the U.S. beef industry, forage production practices specific for grass-fed beef and a review of genetics and biological types best suited for grass-fed beef. Most grass-fed beef enterprises are “never ever” when it comes to antibiotic use. Biosecurity and illness prevention are huge in any retained… Read More →

Youth program to be offered at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Youth can learn more about the beef industry, including a virtual tour of a feedlot and packing operations, during a special hands-on program held in conjunction with the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 1-2 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The youth program will feature a variety of educational sessions, ranging from beef evaluations and grading, beef fabrication and a grilling activity, said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and Texas… Read More →

Algae Could be the Key to Climate-Friendly Meat

By: Natasha Geiling In December of 2015, nearly 200 nations met in Paris and agreed to hold global temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement was widely lauded as an important first step in averting the catastrophic consequences of climate change, but came with its own set of caveats. For the world to truly stall temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, every nation would need to make massive changes to their energy, transportation, and manufacturing sectors in the coming decades. Renewable energy would need to be… Read More →

Josie A. Coverdale

Dr. Josie Coverdale, associate professor of equine sciences in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, died Feb. 13, 2016, from complications resulting from injuries sustained in a car accident Friday morning. Coverdale, 38, taught undergraduate and graduate courses in equine nutrition. She also directed research in equine nutrition with an interest in forage utilization and hindgut fermentation. She was highly sought internationally for her expertise in equine nutrition and taught classes around the globe, including South Africa, Coast Rica, Panama and Dubai. “We are deeply… Read More →

Latent effects of blizzard a concern for cow-calf producers

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ted.mccollum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – As the snow melts away from Winter Storm Goliath and cattle are gathered back into pens and pastures, cow-calf producers should continue to watch their animals for lingering after-effects, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “There is some potential for latent effects of the sustained low windchill temperatures during the recent blizzard conditions,” said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo. McCollum said the bitter cold may have frozen… Read More →