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Summer drought affecting livestock producers in the Big Country

ABILENE, Texas — The State of Texas is the largest producer of livestock in the United States. Much of the State of Texas is dealing with drought conditions right now, but how is this affecting livestock in the Big Country? Dr. Jason Sawyer is an Associate Professor of Animal Sciences and Beef Management at Texas A&M University, and he believes that this summer’s drought could have an impact on cattle prices. “We typically see cattle prices decline a modest amount as people take older stuff to market and… Read More →

Beef 706 a prime experience for young ranchers

By Julie Tomascik Texas cattlemen and women have a legacy to uphold, a brand to be proud of and a product with exceptional quality. But raising the steaks for consumers across the nation requires a desire to build upon success. Nearly 40 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) young farmer and rancher members were able to do just that by growing their knowledge and understanding of the beef industry through a recent Beef 706 course held last month. “Beef 706 is for producers to help them better understand the food… Read More →

Teaching animal science through interactive gaming

By Kaitlyn Arnold Nicholas Free isn’t your traditional animal science senior. However, he has never allowed his lack of experience in the industry to hinder his creativity and passion. During the spring of 2019, Free had the privilege to attend Professor & Extension Livestock Specialist, Dr. Ron Gill’s presentation about proper cattle handling methods and techniques. He was surprised at how many questions the audience had about the methods used.  “I didn’t have much experience with livestock, but I understood the concepts immediately,” Free said. “I began thinking about how… Read More →

5 things to consider when working cattle

By Burt Rutherford Have you ever videoed yourself working cattle? Ron Gill says it can be instructive—humbling, but instructive. That’s one of the many, many golden tidbits that around 100 people took away from a recent Stockmanship and Stewardship program at Colorado State University. It was one of several held around the country. Gill, a longtime Extension beef specialist with Texas A&M University, teamed with Curt Pate, a Montana rancher and cattle handling expert, and Dean Fish, who ranches on Arizona’s border with Mexico, to give a cattle handling demonstration…. Read More →

Fever ticks found in northern Jim Wells County

By: Roland Rodriguez JIM WELLS COUNTY — The Texas Animal Health Commission, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, have established a County Fever Tick-Control Purpose Quarantine Area in northern Jim Wells County in order to eliminate the pest and prevent the spread of fever ticks. The TAHC first set up a quarantine in Jim Wells county in November of 2017. More than 13,000 acres now are under quarantine. Earlier this month the ticks were discovered when a cattle buyer had the animals voluntarily… Read More →