Category Archives: AgriLife Research

Innovative agricultural solutions necessary to advance human health, sustain natural resources

Texas A&M AgriLife shares leading research at global EarthX conference By Carrie Baker, carrie_baker@tamu.edu As the world’s population increases, scientists and agriculturalists face a growing challenge to produce more, higher quality food for consumers while using fewer natural resources and taking care to appropriately manage and conserve the resources that still exist. Patrick Stover, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Texas A&M AgriLife, dean of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, discussed this challenge as he delivered the keynote address on the second day… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife organizes veterinarian network, mentoring program

Leading change in veterinary response to large animal production A group of Texas A&M AgriLife faculty are establishing a rural veterinarian network to provide education and assistance with a goal of making rural veterinary practices sustainable. Many rural large animal practices are operated by older vets, and younger veterinary professionals are going to pet care because it’s more lucrative, said Tom Hairgrove, DVM and Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cattle veterinary specialist in the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science. That could result in the reduction of rural large animal practices…. Read More →

Can we produce more animal protein without damaging the environment?

In an effort to make sure the animal protein supply is sustainable, a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher is using mathematical modeling to connect the dots between increasing production efficiency in livestock operations and minimizing environmental impacts. Luis Tedeschi, an AgriLife Research ruminant nutritionist, and his team in the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science recently published a paper on sustainable livestock intensification, “Modelling a Sustainable Future for Livestock Production,” in Scientia. The team concluded that an integrated smart-farming approach employing innovative pasture systems and modeling-based decision support tools could help create more sustainable… Read More →

Stopping SARS-CoV-2 along the farm-to-plate supply chain

Texas A&M AgriLife-led study tracking down cause, transmission of coronavirus in food processing From live cattle entering a packing plant to the consumer’s kitchen table, a Texas A&M AgriLife-led research project aims to develop an accurate way to predict potential contamination with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, throughout the food supply chain. Sapna Chitlapilly Dass, Ph.D., a meat science research assistant professor in the Texas A&M College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science, will lead the two-year, $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture… Read More →

A New Herd

Growing up on his father’s livestock and crop operation in Rhodesia, Dr. G. Cliff Lamb was surrounded by cattle, pigs and sheep almost from the moment he was born. The lifestyle influenced his interest in livestock reproduction and still informs his perspective today as head of the Department of Animal Science in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In Africa, Lamb also saw what can happen to food production in times of unrest. His homeland erupted into civil war from 1976 to 1979, resulting in… Read More →

Beef’s greatest talent is protein upcycling

By Lacey Newlin, 580-748-1892, lnewlin@hpj.com “There are some really highly educated people out there who are actively against the beef industry,” said Tryon Wickersham, associate professor of animal nutrition at Texas A&M University. “I don’t think there is going to be anything we can do to change that. I think they will be against everything we do, no matter how we do it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mount a defense or stop educating the consumers about the value we bring to their plates.” Wickersham spoke recently… Read More →

Poole awarded 2020 Southern Section of the ASAS Emerging Young Scholar Award

January 25, 2020 – Dr. Rebecca Poole is the recipient of the 2020 Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Emerging Young Scholar  Award, presented to her this week during the annual 2020 Southern Section ASAS Meeting held in Chattanooga, TN. A native of North Carolina, Rebecca “Becky” Poole received her B.S. in Animal Science (2014) from North Carolina State University (NCSU). She received her M.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences (2016) from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. in Animal Science from NCSU (2019). While working towards… Read More →

Pohler awarded 2020 Southern Section of the ASAS Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award – Research

January 25, 2020 – Dr. Ky Pohler is the recipient of the 2020 Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award – Research, presented to him this week during the annual 2020 Southern Section ASAS Meeting held in Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Ky Pohler is an Assistant Professor in the Texas A&M – Department of Animal Science. He received a B. S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2009, and a M. Sc. and Ph. D. from the University of Missouri…. Read More →

Presenting at the Capital of Texas Undergraduate Research Conference

By Hector M. Menendez III and Madeline E. Rivera At Texas A&M University, there are many opportunities for students studying animal science to participate in hands-on research.  Unfortunately, many students are unaware of research opportunities.  We hope that by encouraging our students to engage the public through research presentations, that they inspire others to be ambassadors to communicate the importance of innovative and transformational animal science research. During the fall of 2019, Dr. Tedeschi’s undergraduate students actively participated in their own research projects.  Undergraduate students were mentored by… 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 →