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Mineral imbalances need to be considered in cattle deaths

Texas A&M AgriLife offers expertise, assistance in livestock mineral toxicity, testing By Susan Himes susan.himes@ag.tamu.edu Ranchers need to keep in mind that the wrong quantities of minerals can be dangerous or even deadly to cattle, said experts from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. When it comes to cattle and minerals, what works for a rancher 700 miles away may actually work better for you than what works for a neighbor 7 miles down the road; it all depends on what is in your soil, supplements, feed, forage and… Read More →

Ground beef offered at The 12th Can Food Pantry through Cactus Cares

Texas A&M’s Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center provides link between donation, need By Kay Ledbetter 806-677-5608 | skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu A unique partnership on the Texas A&M University campus is “beefing up” protein offerings at the campus food bank to ensure no student, staff or faculty member has to study or work on an empty stomach. During this COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are facing financial difficulty and finding themselves among the more than 40 million people nationwide who are considered food insecure. The Texas A&M Department of Animal Science, Cactus… Read More →

Freshman Team Wins 1st Place at 2020 Raymond Ideas Challenge

By Stephanie Burns The 2020 Raymond Ideas Challenge took place on Sunday, November 15. The day-long competition was converted to a completely online ecosystem to ensure that the 20-year tradition would take place regardless of the state of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The annual competition challenges undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M to dream up the next big innovation that will change the world. The mission of Raymond Ideas Challenge is to encourage students to develop their idea and their entrepreneurial mindset; the student’s ideas should be… Read More →

Oosthuizen honored at 2020 Texas A&M Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Six Postdoctoral Researchers Earn Honors at Texas A&M Symposium Virtual event presents awards in two categories and attracts participants from across Texas A&M’s colleges and schools. By Texas A&M University Research Communications and Public Relations Six postdoctoral researchers received awards for flash-talk and poster presentations at Texas A&M University’s Fourth Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium, held in celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The Texas A&M Postdoctoral Association, the Health Science Center Postdoctoral Association and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Postdoctoral Association worked together to organize… Read More →

Innovative agricultural solutions necessary to advance human health, sustain natural resources

Texas A&M AgriLife shares leading research at global EarthX conference By Carrie Baker, carrie_baker@tamu.edu As the world’s population increases, scientists and agriculturalists face a growing challenge to produce more, higher quality food for consumers while using fewer natural resources and taking care to appropriately manage and conserve the resources that still exist. Patrick Stover, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Texas A&M AgriLife, dean of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, discussed this challenge as he delivered the keynote address on the second day… Read More →

Livestock judging team wins State Fair of Texas Intercollegiate contest

The Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team did not let the current pandemic stand in the way of success at the 2020 State Fair of Texas. While practicing social distancing and abiding by safety standards, the team brought home top honors, in more ways than one. In addition to being the high team overall, Texas A&M also finished first in the reasons, cattle and sheep and goat divisions, as well as second in the swine division. Austin Graves of Crane, Texas, was the high point individual, beating the runner… Read More →

From the Ground Up: Cattle Are Good for the Environment

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -There is a storyline companies offering plant-based meat substitutes are pushing that suggests beef production is harming our environment. There is science that refutes that storyline. Ron Gill is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension professor and livestock specialist. “We’ve got to make sure that we pitch beef production in the light that it really should be. It’s a tool to manage our environment, improve our soil health, and improve the environmental health of the nation. It’s a great tool to do that with. Gill stresses… Read More →

Diet type may influence cattle behavior in confinement

Limited access to forage may cause cattle to display non-nutritive oral behaviors, which may also be “useful behavioral proxy” for rumen status. In animal behavior research, stereotypies are repetitive behaviors that an animal may perform in an effort to relieve frustration or cope with a suboptimal environment, according to a review article published in Livestock Science by Emily Ridge and Courtney Daigle with the Texas A&M University department of animal science and Margaret Foster with the Texas A&M Medical Sciences Library. They hypothesized that cattle may cope with differences… Read More →

Brahman-type cattle may require less nitrogen; feeding them accordingly could reduce nitrogen emissions

Texas A&M AgriLife study to identify differences in nitrogen metabolism between primary cattle subspecies By Kay Ledbetter 806-677-5608 | skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu A recently funded Texas A&M AgriLife study will determine differences in nitrogen requirements between Brahman type cattle and other cattle. Measuring these differences may allow cattle producers to reduce the protein in cattle diets by allowing for precise diet formulations. “Implementation of precision diet formulation in cattle diets can be the answer to producing a more affordable beef with a smaller environmental impact,” said Tryon Wickersham, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research,… Read More →

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 →