Category Archives: AgriLife Extension

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 →

Stretching limited hay supplies

By Dr. Joe Paschal, j-paschal@tamu.edu, 361-265-9203 It seems counterintuitive that you might need to consider a strategy to stretch your hay supply this winter considering all the moisture we have had recently, but a lot of hay was fed early this past summer and not much made since then. My colleague in east Texas, where the dry spell was more severe, recently wrote two bulletins about doing just that. Jason Banta, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist in Overton, sent them to me, and for some… Read More →

7 Things Every Small Cattle Producer Should Know

By Dr. Joe Paschal, j-paschal@tamu.edu, 361-265-9203 The other day, I was reading a paper written by a former colleague, Rick Machen titled “Seven Things Every Small Producer Should Know,” and I thought it was worth covering the points he made here. It can be accessed at beef.tamu.edu under “Publications.” Size is relative in Texas. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, the most recent survey, almost half of the state’s cowherd is in herds of 100 head or more, but they represent less than 10 percent of farms and… Read More →

Winter is coming, are you ready?

By Dr. Reid Redden, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu, 325.653.4576 As was discussed previously, some warm season weeds were produced that can be toxic to sheep and goats. Now, most of these plants have withered or the animals have learned to avoid them, especially if there is abundance of favorable forages. It appears to be a great year to grow cereal forages crops, such as wheat, oats, and triticale. These are fantastic crops for sheep and goats to grow out fall- and winter-born lambs and kids. Hopefully, the winter (December, January, and… Read More →

Test Don’t Guess: Rethinking a Twice-A-Year Habit

By Becky Mills Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor In his role as Texas A&M Extension Veterinarian, Tom Hairgrove visits ranches from one end of Texas to the other. Whether they are Texas-sized or tiny, arid or humid, there’s one message he’d like to give all ranchers: Test first, deworm second. “I’m a proponent of fecal testing before deworming, if possible,” he stresses. “Find out what to deworm for and when. The days of treating everything because the grandkids are here that weekend to help work cattle has to change.”… Read More →