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Stock Horse Team wins reserve national championship

ABILENE – The Texas A&M Stock Horse Team won the reserve championship title at the Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) Collegiate World Championship held Oct. 30 in Abilene. Team members are Haley Birkenfeld, an education major from Nazareth; Lane Birkenfeld, an accounting major from Nazareth; Kylie Reis, a biomedical science major from Oxford, Mich.; Sarah Savage, an animal science and agricultural economics major from Marble Falls; and Morgan Merino, from Georgetown, Rachel Sembera, from Tomball, Kyla Kalinowski, from Seguin, Madison Crum, from Millington, Tenn., Ellen Black, from Plano,… Read More →

Texas A&M Equine Complex honors donors in grand style

Contact: Megan Palsa,, (979) 862-4216 or Cady Auckerman,, (979) 862-4384 COLLEGE STATION, TX – On Oct.12 more than 20 donors, who helped to make the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex a reality, were recognized for their support of this premier facility dedicated to equine research, education, teaching, and outreach. Representatives from the Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Texas A&M Equine Initiative were on hand… Read More →

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and Related Information for Livestock Producers

The Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996 (ADAA) established a new category of drugs, veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs. The revised Veterinary Feed Directive rule that goes into effect October 1, 2015 addresses the use of drugs in feeds for livestock. Current focus is on antimicrobials that are considered medically-important (human medicine applications). What does the VFD rule and associated guidance do? The VFD rule and associated FDA Guidance documents – ends the use of medically-important antimicrobials to enhance livestock performance, transitions many of the feed medications that… Read More →

AgriLife Extension offers new livestock guardian dog publication

Renewed producer interest prompted the work Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Dr. John Tomecek, 325-653-4576, Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, SAN ANGELO – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” This oft used nod to the U.S. Postal Service could as easily describe the work ethic of good livestock guardian dogs, according to Texas A&M AgriLife officials at San Angelo. Personnel from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the… Read More →

Randel receives Purdue lifetime distinguished alumni award

WEST LAFAYETTE – Dr. Ron Randel, a professor of physiology of reproduction, Texas A&M AgriLife Research senior faculty fellow and regents fellow in the Department of Animal Science, is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni – Lifetime Career Award from the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. The award was presented during the 2015 Animal Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation on Oct. 21 in West Lafayette, Ind. Randel earned a bachelor’s in animal science from Washington State University in 1965. He began his graduate training in September… Read More →

Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting set for Dec. 14 at Texas A&M

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259 COLLEGE STATION — Overwhelming popularity of the first Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting at Texas A&M University in College Station has prompted organizers to schedule a second meeting Dec. 14, organizers said. “We had an outstanding turnout last year for our first meeting and have received several requests to do this again,” said Dr. Jeff Savell, one of the leaders of the Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal chairholder in the department of animal science. The one-day meeting is dedicated… Read More →

ANSC faculty, students take part in inaugural stress symposium

COLLEGE STATION – The inaugural symposium “Evolution of Stress: From the Genome to Disease” held at Texas A&M University on Oct. 8-9 explored current knowledge of stress research and how it can be used to improve human, animal and plant health. The symposium was hosted by the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society (TIGSS) and attended by several faculty and students from the Department of Animal Science. Current research continues to unravel the biological and genetic origins of the stress response with the goal of reducing… Read More →

Area cattle producers take part in Beef Quality Assurance training

Food safety, beef quality, environmental stewardship discussed in-depth Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, BRENHAM — Area cattle producers recently took part in a Beef Quality Assurance training certification program to learn more about producing high quality beef in a safe and wholesome environment. The training was sponsored by the Texas Beef Council, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “Beef Quality Assurance is a grouping of best management practices,” Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi, told attendees. Paschal conducted… Read More →

Symposium discusses stress in animals, plants and humans

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, COLLEGE STATION — A symposium held recently at Texas A&M University in College Station examined the effects of stress on human, animal and plant health. The symposium was hosted by the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society. Dr. Ron Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, Overton, provided one of several presentations representing agriculture. Randel’s presentation, which focused on livestock temperament, was titled, “Temperament is Linked with Stress Responsiveness and is Controlled Genetically.” “In our research, we’ve clearly shown that temperament… Read More →

Texas A&M students recognized at National Block & Bridle Convention

TULSA – Several Texas A&M University animal science students were honored during the 96th National Block & Bridle Convention held in Tulsa, Okla. Oct. 15-17. Kayley Wall was named the Outstanding Senior for 2014-2015. Wall received a bachelor’s degree in May 2015 and is now seeking a master’s degree in animal science at Texas A&M. During her time as an undergraduate, Wall served as president and vice president, and chaired and served on numerous committees as a member of Saddle & Sirloin. She was a member of Saddle… Read More →