Author Archives: maggielberger

Agriculture is on the front lines of COVID-19

Although it is not seen in the nightly news, agriculture is quietly going about the business of feeding all of us in the middle of this pandemic even as we social distance and shelter in place. Farmers are still tending their crops, dairies are still milking cows, ranchers are still feeding cattle and calving their cows, broiler and egg houses still producing chicken and eggs, and swine operations still farrowing and raising pigs. Food processors, both plant and animal, are still operating and we are all producing the… Read More →

Rx Required

By Susan Himes Food and Drug administration Is continuing the phasing in of a law that requires a prescription for any antibiotic use in animals raised for human consumption. No longer will producers who need injectable antibiotics for their cattle be able to just grab them at their local feed store or order them online. Producers should be aware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is continuing the phasing in of a law that requires a prescription for any antibiotic us in animals raised for human consumption,… Read More →

Along for the Ride

Dr. Chelsie Husman, assistant professor and equine specialist, developed a series that starts April 8, 2020, called “Along for the Ride.” This series is an opportunity for the Texas 4-H Equine Ambassadors to meet via Zoom with leading equine professionals to learn about specific disciplines within the horse industry. The Texas A&M Equine Ambassadors have also been invited to join in on this wonderful opportunity. For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please email ansccommunications@tamu.edu… Read More →

Baling decisions, storage can reduce waste

Management decisions, equipment maintenance and proper storage can have a big impact on waste and efficiency when baling hay. Andy McCorkill, a University of Missouri livestock specialist, says producers should tailor bale size to their facilities and animals, but overall bigger bales are more efficient. “The larger diameter bales, you’ll have less loss,” he says. “Smaller bales, you have basically two times the surface area exposed for the same amount of hay.” Jason Banta, an Extension beef specialist with Texas A&M University, says it is important to get… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo changes leadership

Redden assumes interim center director role, Walker returns to full-time research By Susan Himes; Susan.Himes@ag.tamu.edu The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo has a new interim director. Reid Redden, Ph.D., is expanding his role by joining Texas A&M AgriLife Research as the part-time interim center director. This is in addition to his Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service affiliation, where he currently serves as the sheep and goat specialist. “I am looking forward to the opportunity of taking on a leadership role here at the center and getting… Read More →

South Texas Ag Symposium online program set for April 14

By Paul Schattenberg – 210-859-5752; paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu The 2020 South Texas Agriculture Symposium: Advocating for Agriculture, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in collaboration with the Texas Department of Agriculture, will be held from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. April 14. Due to concerns with COVID-19, the program, sponsored by the Bexar County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, will be conducted online. The cost is $10 to participate. Registration will be through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Conference Services at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ag and will close at midnight April 12. Registrants will receive… Read More →

Extra good: Which mineral supplement is needed?

By Robert Fears Mineral nutrition is very important for successful beef production because it impacts animal growth, reproduction, milk production and health. Cattle obtain part of their mineral requirements from forage, water and protein supplements, but the remainder of their requirements must be met through mineral supplements. The big question is: “Which mineral supplement is needed for my cattle?” Selection of the right mineral is dependent on the geographical region, forage system, cattle production stage and other factors. Jason Banta of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provided some considerations… Read More →

Dunlap receives Provost Academic Professional Track Teaching Excellence Award

By Laura Muntean, laura.muntean@agnet.tamu.edu Kathrin Dunlap celebrated for creating meaningful learning experiences The Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University has named Kathrin Dunlap, Ph.D., instructional associate professor and associate head for academic programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science, and nine other faculty members across Texas A&M as inaugural recipients of the Provost Academic Professional Track Teaching Excellence Award. The Center for Teaching Excellence created this new award in an effort to encourage, recognize and reward faculty for exceptional teaching practices that create meaningful… Read More →

Boardman joins Department of Animal Science as lecturer, judging team coordinator

COLLEGE STATION – Caleb Boardman will join the Department of Animal Science on Dec. 1, as a lecturer and livestock judging coordinator. Boardman will be responsible for teaching general animal science production systems and livestock evaluation classes in addition to advising and coordinating the intercollegiate livestock judging and meat animal activities. He will also assist with youth Extension and livestock judging programs and serve as a recruiter for the department. “Texas A&M University is one of the strongest and storied judging programs in the country,” said Dr. Cliff… Read More →

Ranch Management University set for April 6-10 in College Station

Registration open; limited to 50 By Kay Ledbetter, 806.677.5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Plans for the next Ranch Management University, to be held April 6-10 at Texas A&M University in College Station, are being finalized and registration is now open. A collaboration of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Department of Animal Science, Department of Agricultural Economics and the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, the training will cover everything from soil fertility to animal handling and hay production to wildlife. Registration is $625, with attendance limited to the first 50 who enroll. To register online… Read More →