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Anthrax a growing concern as Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory confirms 20th case

By Susan Himes SAN ANGELO — Anthrax continues to be a growing concern in Texas, especially through the “anthrax triangle” region, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, has now confirmed 20 positive cases of anthrax in animals, the Texas Animal Health Commission announced in their fifth situational update report. The first case was confirmed June 21 and the most recent case was confirmed Aug.13. In an average year, TVMDL diagnoses two to three cases. However this year’s wet… Read More →

AgriLife Extension offers 12-week online training for new agriculture businesses

By Kay Ledbetter COLLEGE STATION – Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch is a 12-week online course to be offered Aug.18-Nov. 9 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “This curriculum is perfect for new landowners or those who are looking to start a new agricultural operation on an existing ranch,” said Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Corpus Christi. “With more and more people venturing into new areas of agribusiness, we want to provide them with access to experts in the areas that will be critical… Read More →

65th Beef Cattle Short Course wrapped in College Station

By Adam Russell COLLEGE STATION – The 2019 Texas A&M AgriLife Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University featured a full slate of educational presentations and discussions focused on the beef cattle industry. Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, College Station, said the 65th annual Beef Cattle Short Course continued the event’s history of growth. Cleere said there were more than 2,300 attendees and more than 140 exhibitors, including ranchers from all over Texas, the country and 15 nations around… Read More →

Nitrate toxicity becomes a factor during hot, dry conditions

By Lacey Newlin When the rain stops, the heat persists and the plants start to stress, nitrate toxicity concern starts to creep to the surface. “With nitrate toxicity, the plant will either absorb nitrate or ammonia from the soil,” explained Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist. “In the case of nitrate, when the plant is absorbing it through the roots and if, for some reason, the plant stops growing normally, then it will not convert that nitrate to amino acids and then protein so we… Read More →

Thousands across nation attend A&M’s annual Beef Cattle Short Course

More than 2,300 agriculture producers and ranchers from across the United States and beyond have descended upon College Station for the annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, which began Sunday and concludes midday Wednesday. Well over 1,000 attendees filled much of A&M’s Rudder Auditorium Monday afternoon for a general session on various aspects of the beef cattle industry. Monday evening, participants enjoyed the annual Texas Aggie Prime Rib Dinner Monday afternoon’s general session featured a lively presentation on the relationship between climate change and beef cattle production, analysis… Read More →

Differential skeletal muscle mitochondrial characteristics of weanling racing-bred horses

By Christine M Latham, Clara K Fenger, Dr. Sarah H White Abstract Responses of equine skeletal muscle characteristics to growth and training have been shown to differ between breeds. These differential responses may arise in part because muscle fiber type and mitochondrial density differ between breeds, even in untrained racing-bred horses. However, it is not known when these breed-specific differences manifest. To test the hypothesis that weanling Standardbreds (SB) and Thoroughbreds (TB) would have higher mitochondrial measures than Quarter Horses (QH), gluteus medius samples were collected from SB (mean… Read More →

How the barbecue boom affects you

By Patrick Graves However you spell it — barbeque, bar-b-que, bar-b-q, BBQ — Texas-style smoked meat has entered the rarefied atmosphere of cultural phenomenon. Beyond trendy, it’s now a bona fide thang, y’all. Shall We Gather at the Smoker? Worshipers queue up two hours early at lunchtime outside the modest temple that is Franklin Barbecue  in Austin. Fifty miles northeast in tiny Lexington, rustic Snow’s BBQ  has become a barbecue mecca, despite being open only on Saturday mornings and, like Franklin’s, serving until there’s none left to… Read More →

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo to feature performance sale Aug. 17

SAN ANGELO — A performance sheep and goat sale will be a part of the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, put on by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The sale will take place at 2 p.m. Aug.17 at the Spur Arena, 200 W. 23rd St., San Angelo. The sale is exclusively for sheep and goats that have been performance tested using the National Sheep Improvement Program. “It is a small-scale elite sale to showcase animals selected based on estimated breeding values and to demonstrate how both seedstock… Read More →

Protecting Penned Animals from Fire Ants

By: Molly Keck and Bastiaan M. Drees The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), poses serious threats to many small and young animals. While true for animals that roam free or are confined in a large corral or pasture, animals that are even more confined are at a higher risk of attack. Confined livestock (such as chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits, and sheep) for 4-H or FFA programs, pets in kennels, horses in stables, and exotic animals in zoos are just a few of the many… Read More →

Grants awarded to AgriLife Extension for sheep, goat genetic advancements

SAN ANGELO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in San Angelo has been awarded a trio of grants totaling over $136,000 to further develop research and educational outreach projects related to improving sheep and goat production in Texas. Although it is the largest sheep and goat producing state in terms of numbers, Texas has not widely adopted the genetic technology proven to improve the health and productivity of small ruminants, according to AgriLife Extension specialists. Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialist, and Jake Thorne,… Read More →