Author Archives: maggielberger

The ABCs of working cattle easily

By Dana Charban It can be a challenge to find good information on how to work your cattle effectively, but don’t we all want to make life a little easier? We’ve put together techniques to help you work your cattle without the hassle, and have made it as easy as learning your ABCs. These three things can make or break your cattle handling, and are just as easy to implement as they are to remember. Acclimation Cattle are smart animals with strong memories, and they are highly impacted… Read More →

Speaker lineup announced for Hemphill beef conference April 23-24

Grandin, O’Leary, Teichert on the agenda Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Andy Holloway, 806-323-9114, Andy.Holloway@ag.tamu.edu CANADIAN – The agenda for the Texas A&M AgriLife Hemphill County Beef Conference April 23-24 is finalized, and headliners will include Dr. Temple Grandin, John O’Leary and Burke Teichert. The conference will be in the Jones Pavilion, 1101 N. Sixth St., Canadian. Andy Holloway, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Hemphill County, said the attendance is expected to reach about 500 this year. The cost for the two-day conference… Read More →

Texas A&M University’s Center for Phage Technology to the forefront

Revitalizes treatment opportunities largely unused for nearly a century COLLEGE STATION — With a major hub of bacteriophage research in College Station, Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have worked to support and produce the only state-funded bacteriophage research center in the U.S. Bacteriophage therapy, a treatment using bacterial viruses to treat bacterial infections, has made headway through the years in the field of medicine as a way to potentially reduce dependence upon antibiotic use. FROM THE START Nearly 100 years ago, the use of bacteriophage,… Read More →

2019 Equine Reproductive Management Short Course

By Dr. Chelsie Huseman, chelsie.huseman@tamu.edu, 979.845.5264 The Texas A&M AgriLife Equine Reproductive Management Short Course took place in College Station January 9-11, 2019. Registration was limited to 15 participants to allow for in depth hands-on learning and one-on-one instruction. Participants came from seven different states, including Texas. Subjects over stallion and mare management were extensively covered with morning lectures and afternoon practicums. Guest speakers included industry professionals, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, and Animal Science faculty. Thanks to the Department of Animal Science equine herd, many… Read More →

Stretching limited hay supplies

By Dr. Joe Paschal, j-paschal@tamu.edu, 361-265-9203 It seems counterintuitive that you might need to consider a strategy to stretch your hay supply this winter considering all the moisture we have had recently, but a lot of hay was fed early this past summer and not much made since then. My colleague in east Texas, where the dry spell was more severe, recently wrote two bulletins about doing just that. Jason Banta, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist in Overton, sent them to me, and for some… Read More →

7 Things Every Small Cattle Producer Should Know

By Dr. Joe Paschal, j-paschal@tamu.edu, 361-265-9203 The other day, I was reading a paper written by a former colleague, Rick Machen titled “Seven Things Every Small Producer Should Know,” and I thought it was worth covering the points he made here. It can be accessed at beef.tamu.edu under “Publications.” Size is relative in Texas. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, the most recent survey, almost half of the state’s cowherd is in herds of 100 head or more, but they represent less than 10 percent of farms and… Read More →

Winter is coming, are you ready?

By Dr. Reid Redden, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu, 325.653.4576 As was discussed previously, some warm season weeds were produced that can be toxic to sheep and goats. Now, most of these plants have withered or the animals have learned to avoid them, especially if there is abundance of favorable forages. It appears to be a great year to grow cereal forages crops, such as wheat, oats, and triticale. These are fantastic crops for sheep and goats to grow out fall- and winter-born lambs and kids. Hopefully, the winter (December, January, and… Read More →

Judging teams successful at multiple contests

The Department of Animal Science competitive judging teams have hit the ground running this semester between the long hours of practice they have put in and contests they have traveled to. The meat judging team kicked things off at the American Meat Science Association Southwestern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Fort Worth on Feb. 3. They placed third in the contest with Layne Mustian placing fifth overall individually. Texas Tech University won the contest by 56 points. Kansas State University came in second. The aggies again places third… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Seeks to Reduce Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

BUSHLAND, Texas – Scientists within The Texas A&M University System are testing new technologies at a feedlot in the Texas Panhandle to find ways to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock and give urban millennials the kind of drug-free meat they demand. Lately, drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras have been buzzing over a research feed lot near Amarillo, as scientists test methods to identify feverish animals. By singling out only sick cattle for treatment, scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife Research can treat only the ones in… Read More →

Ready or not, here comes cultured meat

By Spencer Chase No matter whether you view cultured meat as the next big thing in food or a troubling way to render traditional protein useless, you might soon be viewing it on the menu. Companies producing meat through cell-cultured technology say they are closer than ever to putting a commercially available finished product on dinner plates, but not everyone shares their level of optimism. The technology has appeared on the agenda of agricultural dialogues across the country for the last year. For the most part, that dialogue… Read More →