Category Archives: AgriLife Extension

Texas Crop and Weather Report – March 24, 2020

By Adam Russell Sheep prices steady, goats great amid uncertain market conditions Texas sheep and goat producers are experiencing a mixed bag of good-to-stable prices amid increased market uncertainty as they get farther into 2020, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo, said goats and sheep were experiencing two markets beset by myriad factors, good and bad. Thompson recommends the new AgriLife Extension Lamb and Goat Market Forecast app to stay up to date on the latest price and market… Read More →

South Texas Ag Symposium online program set for April 14

By Paul Schattenberg – 210-859-5752; paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu The 2020 South Texas Agriculture Symposium: Advocating for Agriculture, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in collaboration with the Texas Department of Agriculture, will be held from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. April 14. Due to concerns with COVID-19, the program, sponsored by the Bexar County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, will be conducted online. The cost is $10 to participate. Registration will be through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Conference Services at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ag and will close at midnight April 12. Registrants will receive… Read More →

Extra good: Which mineral supplement is needed?

By Robert Fears Mineral nutrition is very important for successful beef production because it impacts animal growth, reproduction, milk production and health. Cattle obtain part of their mineral requirements from forage, water and protein supplements, but the remainder of their requirements must be met through mineral supplements. The big question is: “Which mineral supplement is needed for my cattle?” Selection of the right mineral is dependent on the geographical region, forage system, cattle production stage and other factors. Jason Banta of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provided some considerations… Read More →

Beef cattle genetics, management critical in fine tuning herds to fit environment

By Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu  AgriLife Extension specialist outlines criteria to consider Matching cattle to the land available to graze and the nutrition it offers is critical in optimizing production in an operation. Jason Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Amarillo, who is frequently contacted to help with problems cattle operators are having, was a speaker at the recent Southwest Beef Symposium in Amarillo. “More often than not, as a nutritionist, I’m called in to fix a situation where the cattle and environment are not matched,” Smith… Read More →

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 →