Category Archives: AgriLife Extension

2019 Southwest Dairy Days

Robotics, automation and precision technologies, November 7th SNYDER, Texas — Southwest Dairy Days will take place on November 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at T&K Dairy located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 East and Country Road 1673 East of Snyder, TX. This event will be hosted by the Collier family owners and operators of T&K Dairy and is organized by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Every year around 500 people participate in SWDD including University faculties, Extension personnel, allied industry, dairy families and local… Read More →

Shearing schools announce upcoming dates

In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the upcoming shearing schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is usually supplied, but students are encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well. These schools offer training for a wide variety of students–from hobby farmers looking to shear their own flocks to those with aspirations of shearing professionally. For more information, contact organizers of the school directly. Montana State University Wool Harvesting School will be Dec…. Read More →

Texas A&M University revitalizes beef herd

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University is revitalizing its beef herd and Beef Research Center through a recent initiative with the Red Angus Association of America. The university worked in conjunction with RAAA to solicit embryos of high genetic merit to build a herd of registered Red Angus females. Once established, the Red Angus herd and the Beef Research Center will be used for teaching, research and demonstrations. Embryos for the initiative were chosen based on their genetic merit in calving ease, growth, maternal and carcass traits…. Read More →

Second annual TAMU Ranch Horse Program held in conjunction with 2019 BCSC

The 2nd Annual TAMU Ranch Horse Program was held on Sunday August 4th in conjunction with the TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course.  The event was hosted at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex through the joint efforts of TAMU AgriLife Extension, TAMU Equine Initiative and TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine. The program was started in 2018 to meet a growing demand.  “Horses are still very much a part of the livestock industry in Texas and the growth and popularity of Stock Horse competitions is bringing in even more… Read More →

State 4-H Horse Show wraps up 57th year

The 57th Annual Texas State 4-H Horse Show was hosted in Bryan, Texas, at the Brazos County Expo Complex, July 20th – 27th. Over 325 youth from around the state showcased their horses in 40+ classes across multiple disciplines. The Texas State 4-H Horse Show is the capstone event for the 4-H Horse Project and provides 4-H members with the opportunity to compete, earn scholarships, and explore collegiate opportunities. Horse Specialists, Drs. Jennifer Zoller and Chelsie Huseman, along with numerous county extension agents, volunteers, and supporters, managed the… Read More →

San Angelo hosts 46th annual Sheep and Goat Expo

Attendees from as far away as Australia were in San Angelo last weekend for the 46th annual Texas A&M AgriLife Research Field Day and the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo at the Spur Arena. According to organizer Susan Himes, more than 300 participants and dozens of vendors were on hand for the occasion. Events kicked off the morning of Aug. 16 with the Sheep and Goat Field Day held at the AgriLife Research center, offering tours of the center and talks with the center’s specialists discussing their work…. Read More →

AgriLife Extension offers 12-week online training for new agriculture businesses

By Kay Ledbetter COLLEGE STATION – Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch is a 12-week online course to be offered Aug.18-Nov. 9 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “This curriculum is perfect for new landowners or those who are looking to start a new agricultural operation on an existing ranch,” said Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Corpus Christi. “With more and more people venturing into new areas of agribusiness, we want to provide them with access to experts in the areas that will be critical… Read More →

Texas FFA honors Griffin and Riley with Honorary Lone Star Degree

Dr. Davey Griffin & Ray Riley were awarded honorary lone star degrees by the Texas FFA Association at their annual convention, held in Fort Worth on July 15-19, 2019. Each year, the association honors those who have rendered meritorious service to agricultural education and the FFA. Each year, local chapters honor school officials, local business owners, farmers, parents and alumni to receive the honorary chapter degree. However, a select few are chosen to receive the highest degree of honorary membership which can be bestowed at the state level… Read More →

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 →