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Three animal science graduate students recognized for their outstanding achievements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like many other groups, the Department of Animal Science was unable to hold our annual awards ceremony. Regardless, awards were still given to several outstanding individuals. Luiz Fernando Dias Batista was named the 2020 Outstanding Master’s Student, Nicky Oosthuizen was named the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Student and Rafael Martinez was awarded the 2020 Ronnie L. Edwards Teaching Award. Dias Batista is a master’s student in the department focusing on beef cattle nutrition under the instruction of Dr. Luis Tedeschi, professor, animal nutrition. More… Read More →

D’Souza awarded inaugural Cactus Feeders scholarship and internship

The Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science is proud to recognize Genevieve D’Souza as the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Cactus Feeders Scholarship. As a recipient of this newly formed award, D’Souza will have the opportunity to complete an internship with Cactus Feeders. The department is excited about the possibilities that this new partnership with Cactus Feeders presents. “Receiving the Cactus Feeders Scholarship is a great honor and an outstanding opportunity for me. The internship will supplement my education and training from Dr. Tedeschi by exposing me to… Read More →

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 →