Category Archives: AgriLife Research

AgriLife Research scientists investigate mysteries of puberty in young female cattle

By Blair Fannin BEEVILLE – Uncovering the mysteries of puberty in young female cattle has been the focal point of career research for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists Drs. Gary Williams and Rodolfo Cardoso. Now, the two researchers have come to the conclusion that puberty is not only affected in the months prior to, but also events during pregnancy and development. The findings, highlighted in Scientia, http://bit.ly/2Y5LtW8, an international publication based in the United Kingdom, also have implications in humans, perhaps leading to a better understanding of what causes early… Read More →

Feedyard Technician Program for high schoolers earns TEA certification

By Kay Ledbetter AMARILLO — The Texas Education Agency has added the Feedyard Technician Program for high school students to its certified Career and Technical Education list. The program is jointly sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and West Texas A&M University The Career and Technical Education program ensures Texas students are prepared for in-demand, high-skill, high-wage careers, according to TEA. About 200 industry-based certifications for public school accountability were approved for 2019-2020. Brady Miller, Texas Cattle Feeders Association director of market, membership… Read More →

AMR forum tackles ‘complex, global issue’

By Tim Lundeen Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a “complex, global issue to be addressed globally,” according to Dr. Sara Steinlage with Elanco in introducing an April 2 forum “Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture: What You Need to Know,” organized by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The forum was the culmination of a year-long process looking into the topic of AMR in animal agriculture, according to Dr. Gilles Bergeron, who heads the nutrition science section at NYAS. The effort, sponsored by Elanco, resulted in five new papers published… Read More →

Important roles of animal protein in human nutrition and health

By Dr. Guoyao Wu, g-wu@tamu.edu or 979.845.1817 The English word protein originated from the Greek ‘‘proteios,’’ meaning prime or primary. This term is very appropriate in human nutrition, because protein is the most fundamental component of tissues in the body. Dietary protein (the source of amino acids) provides the body with nitrogen, hydrocarbon skeletons, and sulfur and cannot be replaced by any other nutrients. Amino acids are physiologically essential precursors for the synthesis of proteins, peptides, and low-molecular weight substances (e.g., glutathione, creatine, nitric oxide, dopamine, serotonin, melanin,… Read More →

Texas A&M University’s Center for Phage Technology to the forefront

Revitalizes treatment opportunities largely unused for nearly a century COLLEGE STATION — With a major hub of bacteriophage research in College Station, Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have worked to support and produce the only state-funded bacteriophage research center in the U.S. Bacteriophage therapy, a treatment using bacterial viruses to treat bacterial infections, has made headway through the years in the field of medicine as a way to potentially reduce dependence upon antibiotic use. FROM THE START Nearly 100 years ago, the use of bacteriophage,… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Seeks to Reduce Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

BUSHLAND, Texas – Scientists within The Texas A&M University System are testing new technologies at a feedlot in the Texas Panhandle to find ways to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock and give urban millennials the kind of drug-free meat they demand. Lately, drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras have been buzzing over a research feed lot near Amarillo, as scientists test methods to identify feverish animals. By singling out only sick cattle for treatment, scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife Research can treat only the ones in… Read More →

AgriLife Extension beef cattle experts to discuss production at TSCRA convention

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu FORT WORTH – From fence laws to utilizing new technologies to manage beef cattle herds, Texas A&M AgriLife experts will share the latest at the 2019 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention scheduled for March 29-31 in Fort Worth. The convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St. Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton, will present Mineral Supplements: What Do I Need For My Operation? Supplementation strategies are an important part of… Read More →

It’s time for offense, not defense in the “meat wars”

Meat and animal industry associations do a very good job of gathering scientific evidence and obtaining input from nutrition experts to respond to these types of reports, but this approach is not enough. By H. Russell Cross The recently released EAT-Lancet report is the most negative report regarding animal products for food to date and is being launched with an extensive world-wide delivery. While the nutritional benefits of meat are well established as an efficient dietary source of complete protein, the report recommends a 90% reduction in consumption of beef and pork… Read More →

Epigenetic Programming of Heifer Puberty Through Perinatal Nutrition

Nationally and internationally, research on the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) has taken the old saying “you are what you eat” to levels of importance that even its originator, nutritionist Victor Lindlahr, never imagined. The DOHaD hypothesis, set forth originally by epidemiologist David Barker, was the first to suggest a link between prenatal nutrition and late-onset coronary heart disease in humans. We now know that a variety of developmental and health-related outcomes can result from changes in the character of the maternal and postnatal environment, including… Read More →

AgriLife Research to study prenatal stress impacts in cattle

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ron Randel, 903-834-6191, ron.randel@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – A $382,800 federal grant will fund research to identify the impacts of prenatal stress on beef cattle DNA, white blood cells, other tissue and subsequent changes in genetics related to temperament, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Ron Randel, AgriLife Research physiologist, said the three-year grant will finance research focused on the “effect of prenatal stress on DNA methylation and correspondence with gene expression in cattle” at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in… Read More →