Category Archives: AgriLife Research

AgriLife sets annual ram test start for Sept. 11

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Sept. 11 will mark the start of the 2017-2018 annual Ram Performance Test conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife. The testing calendar will start with the Sept. 11 delivery of the Rambouillet rams to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. Dr. Reid Redden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, said the test has been a key tool in helping breeders identify and… Read More →

Consecutive AgriLife sheep, goat events are almost here

Sheep and Goat Field Day, Texas Sheep and Goat Expo set Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu   SAN ANGELO – Two major sheep and goat events are fast approaching. The 44th annual Sheep and Goat Field Day, followed immediately by the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, will be Aug. 18 and 19 in San Angelo. The field day theme is “Feeding for Profit” and will showcase work being done at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension… Read More →

Dr. Luis Tedeschi receives AFIA Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research

Contact: Kim Schoonmaker, ASAS Scientific Communications Associate Dr. Luis Tedeschi, Professor of Animal Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, is the recipient of the AFIA Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research. Dr. Tedeschi received a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP-Brazil) in 1991, his master’s degree in Animal and Forage Sciences from the USP in 1996, and his doctorate in Animal Science from Cornell University (NY) in 2001. Following a Research Associate position at Cornell University from 2002 to… Read More →

AgriLife Research scientific contributions at Overton center spans 50 years

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON — The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton will celebrate 50 years serving Texans on July 12. For half a century, Texas A&M AgriLife Research has conducted trials and developed new innovations to help East Texas and Texas producers optimize their operations and to provide quality goods, including flowers, fruits and vegetables, and beef to consumers. Overton center staff will welcome public, state and area officials and Texas A&M University System officials to the facility at 1:15 p.m. July 12… Read More →

Premier ram sale will wrap up AgriLife’s Texas Sheep and Goat Expo Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo

New event will offer top performance-tested registered Rambouillet, Katahdin rams Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas Sheep and Goat Expo in San Angelo will add another first to its growing list of new features with the addition of a performance-tested ram sale featuring top registered Rambouillet and Katahdin rams offered at auction at 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Texas A&M AgriLife organizers said the ram sale will culminate two days packed with educational activities that debut Aug. 18 with the 44th… Read More →

Brush control, chute-side, fencing demonstrations planned for Beef Cattle Short Course

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Live cattle working, fence building, tractor equipment and Brush Busters demonstrations are among several activities planned for the 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. All demonstrations will be Aug. 9 at various locations. They will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon. “The demonstrations offered at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course provide participants with live demonstration opportunities in a variety… Read More →

Equine faculty and students attend industry symposium

Writer: Chelsie Huseman, 979-845-5264, chelsiejo@tamu.edu The Equine section of the Animal Science department attended the 25th Symposium of the Equine Science Society hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN on May 30-June 2. Several graduate students presented or had a poster representing their research at the symposium. Emily Dickson presented in the Production and Management category. Kalley Fikes presented in Exercise Science and Meghan O’Neill presented in Reproductive Physiology and both received 2nd in the graduate student competition in their respective categories. Allison Millican and Mallory… Read More →

Perfecting the beef palatability puzzle

Tackling and taming tenderness in beef cuts has put the industry on the inside track Writer: Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu Research suggests that a 25-year effort by the beef industry to improve beef palatability is on the right path. As we look at the evidence, we see that beef in the 21st century is different from the product in the 1990s, and in some very positive ways. In terms of tenderness, in fact, we might have found the sweet spot — or at least part of it. The… Read More →

AgriLife livestock guardian dog study numbers are in

Results show promise for ancient predator control method for sheep, goats Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The numbers are in from a yearlong experiment pitting 18 inexperienced young livestock guardian dogs and their neophyte dog-handling owners against a hoard of native sheep and goat predators ranging over thousands of West Texas acres. “Predation is and always has been one of the most significant problems in the sheep and goat industry in Texas,” said Dr. Reid Redden, Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

Cattle producers can expect more volatility, supply fluctuations

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.pashcal@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ron Gill, 979-845-3579, r-gill1@tamu.edu Dr. Cliff Lamb, 979-845-1543, gclamb@tamu.edu SAN ANTONIO – Volatility in the cattle market recently is a result of large supplies of beef and speculative investment in agricultural commodities, according to experts at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association convention in San Antonio. The overall message was cattle producers should brace for continued swings in prices as beef cycles through the supply chain. “Obviously we’ve got a lot of meat to work through,”… Read More →