Category Archives: AgriLife Extension

Managing a calving and breeding season without removing bulls

By: Dr. Bruce Carpenter & Dr. Thomas Hairgrove “A cow should have a calf every year.” For most cow-calf producers this is a true statement because the cow costs the same amount of money to keep – whether or not it raises and weans a calf to sell. Based on the most recent Texas A&M AgriLife Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) database, it costs the average Texas producer $796 to keep a mature cow around for a year. Of course, not everyone is “average.” The lowest-cost-quartile producers only spent… Read More →

AgriLife Research, TPWD hold sheep, goat workshop in Sonora

By Susan Himes SONORA – Texas A&M AgriLife Research recently held a two-day sheep and goat workshop in collaboration with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The workshop was held at the Sonora station, which is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. It helped create a dialogue between the state agencies and provided additional education for TPWD biologists about the Texas sheep and goat industry, plus explained how ranches can successfully support both wildlife and small ruminants. “The workshop really helped… Read More →

PHOTO GALLERY: Food influencers, chefs converge at AgriLife, Lamb Board retreat

By Reid Redden SAN ANGELO — A handpicked selection of two dozen chefs, butchers, retailers, food writers and bloggers recently descended upon the Hillingdon Ranch near Comfort for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and American Lamb Board’s inaugural retreat. -30- Via source AgriLife Today | PHOTO GALLERY: Food influencers, chefs converge at AgriLife, Lamb Board retreat For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Kaitlyn Harkin at ansccommunications@tamu.edu or (979) 845-1542.

Dr. Larry L. Boleman inducted into the ANSC Hall of Fame

By Maggie Berger COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Larry L. Boleman was inducted into the Animal Science Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, during the Department of Animal Science awards banquet. Dr. Joe Paschal, professor and Extension livestock specialist, located in Corpus Christi presented the award. Boleman’s passion for agriculture and the cattle industry started at an early age. “I started buying, feeding and selling dairy calves when I was six or seven,” he said. In high school, he participated in the FFA and had an agriculture… Read More →

San Angelo specialist serves as global sheep industry ambassador

By Susan Himes SAN ANGELO  — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service sheep and goat specialist Dr. Reid Redden is part of a global delegation of young leaders currently touring New Zealand as part of the Sheep Industry Ambassador Program. The tour establishes a forum of young leaders from the world’s foremost sheep producing countries, whose goal is to work collaboratively in the future to address the changing needs of the industry and to share ideas on best practices and industry-related issues. “I’m extremely honored to be able to represent… Read More →

You Herd Right: 8 Tips to Gather the Herd

By Portia Stewart Using the words “stubborn” and “cattle” together might be a bit redundant. But thoughtful pressure and keen cattle sense go a long way when you’re moving cattle, as stockmenship trainers Ron Gill, Ph.D, and Curt Pate demonstrated at the 2019 NCBA Cattle Convention. Gill and Pate shared advice on how to gather the herd and at the Stockmanship and Stewardship Demonstration Arena, sponsored by Merck Animal Heath. First, an important point. Gill, a professor and Extension livestock specialist at Texas A&M University, says you’ll know… Read More →

Bull selection includes muscle potential

By Dr. Joe Paschal, j-paschal@tamu.edu, 361-265-9203 The mesquite is beginning to leaf out and that has always been a sure sign of one thing – spring. Spring in South Texas and the Gulf Coast is when most of our herds calve and when many of us buy replacement bulls (actually I bought mine in December but hang with me here). Most of us still sell our calves at weaning so besides a sound footed, fertile, and easy calving bull, well-muscled bulls are always in high demand. In the… Read More →

Important By-Products Derived From Cattle

Many of us enjoy a good steak or a juicy hamburger and realize the nutritional benefits derived from eating beef but there are countless products that we use in in our daily lives that are derived from cattle that we never think about. Dan Hale is a professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Meat Specialist. “I take students on tours of retail grocery stores and I say go find beef in this grocery store and every single aisle that they could walk into at any local grocery store… 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 →

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 →