Category Archives: AgriLife Extension

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo sets performance-oriented sheep, goat sale

Producers should consider consignments now for Aug. 18 event Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Plans are being made to conduct a second performance-oriented sheep and goat sale Aug. 18 immediately after the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, organizers said. The expo, conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife, is billed as the state’s premier sheep and goat educational event, and is set Aug. 17-18 at the First Community Spur Arena in San Angelo, organizers said. The sale will conclude the expo and is… Read More →

Experts: Use safe practices when processing, cooking feral hogs

Parasites, such as hookworms can be found in feral hogs Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Tom Hairgrove, 979-845-5419, tbhairgrove@tamu.edu Dr. Tom Craig, 979-845-3414, thomas.craig@tvmdl.tamu.edu Dr. Dan Hale, 979-845-3935, dhale@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – With a proliferation of feral hogs in Texas, control measures such as trapping and hunting can yield the rewards of good table fare. However, feral hogs can carry  parasites, such as hookworms, and experts advise to use safe cooking practices before consuming the meat. “Feral hogs are destructive in nature and their daily patterns include both feeding and fighting,”… Read More →

Jordan honored with Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state dairy specialist in Dallas, was honored with the Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in the Extension specialist/program specialist category. Jordan received her award at ceremonies held on the Texas A&M University campus recently. The Vice Chancellor awards program was established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. Jordan has made exemplary contributions to the dairy industry in… Read More →

AgriLife Extension recognizes Panhandle Wildfire Response Team with agency award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Brandon Dukes, 806-677-5600, bkdukes@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The actions of a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service team in the wake of the devastating March 6-7 wildfires earned them recognition as Superior Service award winners by the agency. Superior Service awards, presented Jan. 9 in College Station, recognize AgriLife Extension personnel who provide outstanding performance in education or other outstanding service to the organization and Texans. Three separate fires burned over 500,000 acres, leaving in their wake tragic human losses, livestock losses, hundreds of miles of… Read More →

Smith, Forrest receive 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION –  Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence honors were presented to several statewide faculty and staff of Texas A&M AgriLife during a ceremony Jan. 9 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. “These awards represent the highest level of achievement for our organization,” said Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M. “They recognize a… Read More →

Lice in cattle herds can bite producer profits

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – A common wintertime pest in cattle herds – lice – can suck money from producers’ pockets, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton. Banta said lice can infest cattle throughout the year, but more problems are seen from December to March. “As the weather gets colder, cows grow longer, thicker hair and that produces better cover and protection for lice, which means the lice have better reproductive rates,” he said…. Read More →

Winter supplementation affects calving

Writer: Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu It doesn’t get as cold for as long in the South as it does farther north, but the change in season and cooler if not wintry weather affects grass growth and quality all the same. Depending on when you calve, you might have pairs on the ground already or possibly some mid- to late-bred cows (or for some of you, a mix). At any rate, with the onset of cooler weather or possibly even a frost, grass growth has ceased, and the quality… Read More →

Cattle are now so big that restaurants and grocery stores need new ways to cut steaks

If you’ve dined at a steakhouse recently or grilled rib-eye for dinner, you may have noticed a curious trend: Steaks are getting thinner. As U.S. beef cattle have ballooned in size, experts say, restaurants, grocery stores and meat processors have had to get creative in how they slice and dice them up. Increasingly, that means thinner steaks – as well as more scrap meat and “alternative” cuts designed to make the most of a bigger animal. The cattle industry argues that it provides cheaper and more plentiful beef… Read More →

Southwest Beef Symposium set Jan. 17-18 in Odessa

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bruce Carpenter 432-336-8585, bruce.carpenter@ag.tamu.edu ODESSA – The Southwest Beef Symposium, jointly conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, is set Jan. 17-18 at the MCM Elegante Hotel, 5200 E. University Ave. in Odessa. “Looking to the Future” is the theme of this year’s conference, said Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist in Fort Stockton. “Cattle prices have adjusted downward after some very favorable years for cow-calf and stocker producers,” Carpenter said. “Consequently, various segments… Read More →

BQA: Moving the beef business forward

Writer: Burt Rutherford, burt.rutherford@penton.com One of the most successful and enduring programs that has helped beef producers in their quest to produce the quality beef that consumers demand is the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. Here’s a look at past success and what the future holds. Consumers demand the very best of what beef producers have to offer. They want the best quality, they want to know that the beef they buy is safe, and they want to know that it was raised with the highest standards of… Read More →