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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 →

Test Don’t Guess: Rethinking a Twice-A-Year Habit

By Becky Mills Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor In his role as Texas A&M Extension Veterinarian, Tom Hairgrove visits ranches from one end of Texas to the other. Whether they are Texas-sized or tiny, arid or humid, there’s one message he’d like to give all ranchers: Test first, deworm second. “I’m a proponent of fecal testing before deworming, if possible,” he stresses. “Find out what to deworm for and when. The days of treating everything because the grandkids are here that weekend to help work cattle has to change.”… Read More →

Longtime Leaders: Charles and Carolyn Brown have been fixtures in education, agriculture

By Kenny Wiley, kenny.wiley@theeagle.com In 2014, on a fall Friday night under the lights, Carolyn and Charles Brown stood on the Buddy Moorhead Memorial Stadium turf in Conroe wearing purple jerseys to represent the 1960 and 1965 state champions from Conroe Booker T. Washington High School. That night, the Browns said, was one of celebration: Charles Brown coached the pre-integration Bulldogs and brought home two Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL) state titles. The PVIL was the governing body for black schools. According to reporting from the Houston Chronicle, members of… Read More →

AgriLife Extension beef cattle experts to discuss production at TSCRA convention

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu FORT WORTH – From fence laws to utilizing new technologies to manage beef cattle herds, Texas A&M AgriLife experts will share the latest at the 2019 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention scheduled for March 29-31 in Fort Worth. The convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St. Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton, will present Mineral Supplements: What Do I Need For My Operation? Supplementation strategies are an important part of… Read More →

The Prime Cut

By Dorian Martin ’06 Bob McClaren knows potential when he sees it. The former president of business operations for the Houston Astros and one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of downtown Houston now sees great possibilities for Texas A&M University’s new International Beef Cattle Academy (IBCA). That’s why McClaren, who currently serves as president and chief executive officer of 44 Farms, made a lead gift of $250,000 to establish the 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy Endowment. The academy has the potential to expand Texas A&M’s… Read More →

Charles Brown Endowed Fellowship established by family and friends

The Department of Animal Science is happy to announce that an endowment has been created in honor of Mr. Charles Brown. Friends and family of Mr. Brown, including Dr. Jim Butler, Dr. Larry Boleman, Jim Williams, Jackie Sherrill and RC Slocum established this endowment to impact future graduate students in their pursuit of becoming future world leaders in teaching, research, and education in the beef cattle industry. Photos from the reception in Mr. Brown’s honor may be viewed here. Charles (Coach) and Carolyn Brown have owned and operated… Read More →