Category Archives: AgriLife Extension

Angora performance test starts Dec. 11

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center of San Angelo will conduct an Angora goat test starting in December for billy kids born in 2019. The test will take place at their Sonora Experiment Station, which is approximately 28 miles south of Sonora on State Highway 55. The cost is $100 per animal upon delivery to the test, which will run from Dec. 11-July 15. The goal is to provide producers with scientific data to better decide which billies may be genetically most appropriate for their program. “The purpose of this… Read More →

Northeast Panhandle Beef Conference set Dec. 10 in Perryton

The Northeast Panhandle Beef Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Ochiltree and Lipscomb counties, will be held Dec. 10 at the Ochiltree County Expo, 402 Expo Drive in Perryton. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the program will start at 10 a.m. The fee is $10, and lunch will be provided. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, and Jason Smith, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, both in Amarillo, will be the speakers for the event. Their topic titles are:… Read More →

Five-State Beef Conference set Nov. 20 in Pampa

By Kay Ledbetter The Five-State Beef Conference, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Gray County, has been set for Nov. 20 at the AmericInn by Wyndham Pampa Event Center, 1101 N. Hobart St., Pampa. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10 a.m. The cost is $30 per person. Lunch and conference proceedings will be provided. Registration is requested by Nov. 19. For more information or to register, call Nick Simpson, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Gray County, at 806-669-8033…. Read More →

Is a bacon shortage coming?

By Adam Russell What you need to know about the reports of a looming 2020 bacon shortage Amid popular reports of a possible bacon shortage, many consumers wonder what the future holds for their favorite cut of pork. The future of U.S. bacon supplies isn’t clear enough for consumers to panic about a  potential shortage in 2020, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. David Anderson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, quoted Taylor Swift in saying we “need to calm down” when talking about numerous reports regarding a bacon… Read More →

AgriLife puppies: Goat and sheep dogs in training

Playing with puppies isn’t a bad way to start a workday. It might appear that Bill Costanzo, Texas A&M AgriLife Research livestock guardian dog specialist, is doing just that each day at the office. However, Costanzo is actually preparing puppies for futures protecting livestock– all while researching the factors that might contribute to that success. The AgriLife Research Center in San Angelo is conducting a study on what types of bonding pen experiences produce a better livestock guardian dog, or LGD. Bonding pens are fenced pastures where dogs bond with the… Read More →

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 →