Students tour Texas Panhandle beef industry

TEXAS PANHANDLE — A group of 24 Texas A&M animal science students received an in-depth look into the Texas beef industry during the 2015 Jim Theeck ’65 Beef Cattle Seminar – Texas Panhandle Beef Production Tour.

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Photos by Jennifer Carranza.

The educational tour on May 18-21 took the students inside the beef industry to provide them with a greater appreciation of what they’ve already learned in the classroom.

“This experience gives our students the opportunity to see every phase of the beef cattle industry by showing them the possible jobs that may be available to them after graduation and allowing them to network with industry leaders and professionals,” said Tryon Wickersham, associate professor and one of the instructors of the course.

The group toured Triangle Ranch, Amarillo Brokerage Company, Cargill Beef, Ferrell-Ross Manufacturing, OT Feedyard, Cactus Feeders, Sweet Bran, Hartley Feeders and R.A. Brown Ranch. Elanco and Dr. R. Hollis Klett each sponsored an evening meal, giving students a unique environment in which to learn more about these respective beef cattle operations.

Graduate students attending the tour included Calvin Hartz, Sarah Klopatek, Fabiane Costa and Shelby Rod. Undergraduate student attending the tour included Melanie Johnson, Julia Rauschuber, Baylee Smith, Chloe Turner, Carolann Wackerlin, James Whorley, Megan Grant, Patricia Hammett, Sterling Hohensee, Maddison Holder, Sierra Mountain, Emily Van Raay, Kacie Wallace, Garrett Wildman, Russell Carrell, Zach Clodfelter, Natalie Graff, Jordan Janke, Abby Sndyer and Gretchen Vilas. Faculty and staff accompanying the students included Dr. Jason Sawyer, associate professor and co-instructor, Dr. Bill Mies, visiting professor, Dr. Tryon Wickersham, associate professor and co-instructor, and Jennifer Carranza and Amber Skinner, academic advisors.


For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at or (979) 845-1542.

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