Category Archives: AgriLife Extension

AgriLife Extension sheep shearing school fills crucial void in the industry

Writer: Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Susan.Himes@ag.tam.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-657-7324, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO- The Texas A&M AgriLife Sheep Shearing School was held Jan. 12-14 at the AgriLife Research and Extension Center. Over the three-day course, students learned how to shear sheep and received an overview of key aspects of the shearing industry. With a decreasing number of professional shearers available worldwide, the annual school provides crucial skills needed for producers to care for their own flocks. Students, along with instructors, sheared over 200 animals during the hands-on workshop…. Read More →

International demand keeps Texas beef prices stable

Writer: Cody Weems, cweems@tdtnews.com  CAMERON — Though markets aren’t likely to take off in 2019, cattle experts believe an increasing global demand for beef should keep prices steady. Dozens of cattle producers converged on Cameron on Thursday for the 38th annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, where market experts discussed about the state of the industry. Jason Johnson, an economist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, said herds are likely near the end of the growth period that followed the 2012 drought. As supplies have grown, he said the growing… Read More →

One of the world’s largest sheep, goat educational events set for Aug. 16-17

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The fifth Texas Sheep and Goat Expo conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for Aug.16-17 in San Angelo’s 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena on the San Angelo Fairgrounds. The statewide event, billed as one of the largest sheep and goat industry educational programs  in the world, focuses on many different segments of the industry as well as the issues challenging producers in Texas and across the U.S., according to organizers. “The expo is unique in that… Read More →

Ranch Management University team garners a top AgriLife Extension award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presented its Superior Service Award – Team to the Ranch Management University, or RMU, team. The Superior Service awards are the highest award presented by the agency. The recipients were honored Jan. 8 with a noon luncheon on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The RMU team consists of AgriLife Extension’s Dr. Larry Redmon, specialist and associate department head-soil and crop sciences; Dr. David Anderson, economist-livestock marketing; Dr…. Read More →

Try prime rib for Christmas meal centerpiece

By: Kate Marshall, kate.marshall@ag.tamu.edu I don’t know about you, but I think that nothing quite says Merry Christmas in Texas like a prime rib served as the main dish of your Christmas meal. When it comes time to prepare your prime rib this holiday season, be sure to reference Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Path to the Plate’s tips and tricks to ensure that the meat is cooked thoroughly and properly. With beef production being the largest sector of the agriculture industry in Texas, it is fitting and… Read More →

Continued demand for Texas barbecue fueling beef consumption

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-1541, j-savell@tamu.edu Dr. David Anderson, 979-845-4351, danderson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Continued strong demand for Texas barbecue will help fuel the need for steady supplies of beef in 2019, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist. “I definitely think barbecue demand is driving the demand for beef,” said Dr. David Anderson, who gave an outlook presentation on a variety of meats on barbecue restaurant menus at the Fifth Annual Texas Barbecue Town Hall Meeting recently at Texas A&M University in… Read More →

What is Clean Meat?

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – You may have heard the term “clean meat” being batted around by the media. Dan Hale is a Texas A&M AgriLife Meat Scientist and told us that the technologies being used to make this product are evolving and gave us an idea of how it’s currently being made. “People ask me where did the term clean meat come from? Well, it came from a focus group, basically that’s all marketing. In reality, the term clean meat could be applied to anything, because any cattle… Read More →

Brazos County Expo will host State 4-H Horse Show for next five years

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Courtney Dodd, 979-845-1211, cfdodd@ag.tamu.edu Chelsie Huseman, 979-845-5264, chelsie.huseman@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The annual Texas State 4-H Horse Show, which has been held at the Taylor County Exposition in Abilene for the past 35 years, will now be held at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan for the next five years. The Brazos County Expo Center won the bid to host the state show from 2019-2023. The first show at the new venue will be July 21-27, 2019. The move was the result of a… Read More →

64th Beef Cattle Short Course kicks off at Texas A&M

By: Courtney Carpenter COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – 2,200 ranchers from seven different countries are in College Station for the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course. Ranchers will get the market outlook and learn about the long term forecast; all with the idea that it will make the beef you buy better. Donnell Brown is a fifth generation rancher from Throckmorton, Texas. He’s made the trip to The Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course every year for more than a decade. “It’s good to get together and discuss and… Read More →

Beef market, weather outlook to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Media Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The outlook for consumer beef demand as well as price forecasts for the cattle market will be featured during the general session of the 64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The general session, set for Aug. 6, will feature Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, who will give a beef cattle market outlook. “Everyone is wanting to know the trends and how this will affect marketing cattle… Read More →