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US Dairy Education and Training Consortium completes 12th year

Twenty Texas A&M students recently completely an intensive 6 week course in dairy herd management at the US Dairy Education and Training Consortium. Now in it’s 12th year, the consortium provides students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the many facets of dairy management. The course is held in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico, which is the third largest milk producing area in the US. Due to the rapid growth of dairies in this region, the students are fortunate to have dairies allow them to view… Read More →

Youth participate in 13th annual Horse Judging Camps

This year marked the 13th consecutive summer for TAMU to offer youth horse judging camps.  Two camps were offered at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex and over 70 campers from Texas, Arkansas, Georgia and California attended. Campers received instruction from Extension Horse Specialists Jennifer Zoller and Chelsie Huseman; as well as Haley Collins, TAMU Horse Judging Team coach.  Sessions were also led by graduate students Elizabeth Ennis, Morgan Moreno and Mattie Leudecker along with current and past members of the TAMU Horse Judging Team, and Horse Extension… Read More →

Second annual TAMU Ranch Horse Program held in conjunction with 2019 BCSC

The 2nd Annual TAMU Ranch Horse Program was held on Sunday August 4th in conjunction with the TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course.  The event was hosted at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex through the joint efforts of TAMU AgriLife Extension, TAMU Equine Initiative and TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine. The program was started in 2018 to meet a growing demand.  “Horses are still very much a part of the livestock industry in Texas and the growth and popularity of Stock Horse competitions is bringing in even more… Read More →

Texas A&M International Horsemanship celebrates second successful summer

Texas A&M International Horsemanship took to the international road again this summer. Drs. Jessica Leatherwood and Chelsie Huseman, along with three students, traveled to Slovenia and Italy to conduct horsemanship clinics for both youth and adults. Undergraduate students Carly Fronckowiak, a junior Agricultural Systems Management major, Jarrett Haydon, a senior Agricultural Systems Management major, and Katie Wright, a junior Animal Science major, conducted three-day and four-day horsemanship clinics overseas. All three students were Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship School instructors in the summer of 2018 and used their teaching… Read More →

State 4-H Horse Show wraps up 57th year

The 57th Annual Texas State 4-H Horse Show was hosted in Bryan, Texas, at the Brazos County Expo Complex, July 20th – 27th. Over 325 youth from around the state showcased their horses in 40+ classes across multiple disciplines. The Texas State 4-H Horse Show is the capstone event for the 4-H Horse Project and provides 4-H members with the opportunity to compete, earn scholarships, and explore collegiate opportunities. Horse Specialists, Drs. Jennifer Zoller and Chelsie Huseman, along with numerous county extension agents, volunteers, and supporters, managed the… Read More →

Koo joins faculty, sharing joint appointment with ANSC & TVMDL

Dr. Sunwoo Koo joined the faculty as an assistant professor for research in August 2019. Koo received a bachelor’s degree in biophysics from Iowa State University in 2001 and earned his Ph.D. in biomedical science from Texas A&M University in 2008. After earning his doctoral degree, Koo pursued postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and also worked as an assistant research scientist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. While there, his research focused largely on glioblastoma…. Read More →

Texas FFA honors Griffin and Riley with Honorary Lone Star Degree

Dr. Davey Griffin & Ray Riley were awarded honorary lone star degrees by the Texas FFA Association at their annual convention, held in Fort Worth on July 15-19, 2019. Each year, the association honors those who have rendered meritorious service to agricultural education and the FFA. Each year, local chapters honor school officials, local business owners, farmers, parents and alumni to receive the honorary chapter degree. However, a select few are chosen to receive the highest degree of honorary membership which can be bestowed at the state level… Read More →

Applications available for 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy

Beef industry professionals can apply now to be part of the Class of 2019-2020. COLLEGE STATION, Texas. – Applications are open for the 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy. Now in its second year, the academy offers a one-year, comprehensive online certificate program to beef industry professionals through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. “Our inaugural class is wrapping up their learning experience, and student feedback so far has been tremendous,” says Reinaldo Cooke, program coordinator and associate professor at Texas A&M University. “We worked to develop the strongest course… Read More →

Setting up an African Elephant “BQA”

Ted Friend, retired Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, recently returned from two weeks near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, helping to get the private owners of elephants in Southern Africa organized to start an animal welfare assurance program, similar to the successful BQA.  The populations of elephants in the federal parks in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries soared to the point of necessitating a major culling program 20 years ago, and the parks are similarly becoming overcrowded with elephants again.  Private land… Read More →

Study: Severe Air Pollution Can Cause Birth Defects, Deaths

A team of Texas A&M researchers says breathing bad air can result in numerous problems for pregnant women. By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications In a comprehensive study, researchers from Texas A&M University have determined that harmful particulate matter in the atmosphere can produce birth defects and even fatalities during pregnancy using the animal model. The team of researchers from Texas A&M’s Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Geosciences, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and colleagues from the University of California-San… Read More →