Category Archives: AgriLife Research

Cattle Are “Up-Cyclers”

By: John Maday Among all the discussion about efficiency and sustainability in food production, beef’s critics often leave out a critical point—cattle eat things we cannot. They turn grass, corn stalks, wheat straw and byproducts such as distillers’ grains and cottonseed meal into high-quality protein for human consumption. While it also is true cattle eat products such as corn and soybean meal, which could be used in human diets, analysis indicates beef has a good story to tell regarding the ratio of human-edible nutrients invested to human-edible nutrients… Read More →

Second edition of The Ruminant Nutrition System published

The first edition of The Ruminant Nutrition System: An Applied Model for Predicting Nutrient Requirements and Feed Utilization in Ruminants was published in October 2016. Since then we have received much positive feedback, which has encouraged us to revise and expand it. In this second edition, we have updated concepts and added new information, clarified and enhanced the discussions of important topics, included new and improved and standardized existing graphics and illustrations, rearranged some of the text, and included indexes for subjects and authors. Although we believe this second edition… Read More →

Faculty represent Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension in Kenya and Ethiopia

Eight faculty members representing Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension recently traveled to Kenya and Ethiopia to develop relationships with scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Participants included Animal Science faculty members Dr. Thomas Hairgrove, associate professor and Extension specialist; Dr. Andy Herring, professor of beef cattle production; Dr. Cliff Lamb, professor and head;  Dr. Reid Redden, associate professor and Extension sheep and goat specialist; Dr. David Riley, professor of animal breeding and genetics; and Dr. Luis Tedeschi, professor of animal nutrition; Dr…. Read More →

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 →