Category Archives: AgriLife Research

AgriLife Research scientific contributions at Overton center spans 50 years

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, 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, Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, 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, Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, 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, 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, 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, Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, 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, Contacts: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, Dr. Ron Gill, 979-845-3579, Dr. Cliff Lamb, 979-845-1543, 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 →

Behavior patterns indicators of illness onset in cattle

AgriLife Research developing early warning system for bovine respiratory disease Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Bill Pinchak, 940-552-9941, VERNON – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are developing an early warning system for pen riders or animal care providers to more efficiently identify and treat cattle for bovine respiratory disease. Dr. Bill Pinchak in Vernon and Dr. Gordon Carstens in College Station, both AgriLife Research animal nutritionists, have been evaluating the relationships of animal behavior in confined animal feeding operations to the onset of sickness. Along… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife sets inaugural Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day May 10 at Menard

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contacts: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-657-47324, Lisa Brown, 325-396-4787, Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, MENARD – Texas A&M AgriLife will conduct their first Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day on May 10 at Menard. “To my knowledge, this will be the first program devoted strictly to livestock guardian dogs that our sister agencies, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, have conducted anywhere,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo. “Both agencies… Read More →

AgriLife Research projects evaluate feeder cattle on yeast-grain diet

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Luis Tedeschi, 979-845-1541, COLLEGE STATION – Yeast is a staple ingredient found in many breads, but it also could play a major role in feeding cattle and producing higher quality beef. Dr. Luis Tedeschi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, and graduate student Whitney Crossland are studying the effects of yeast as part of an extensive fed-cattle study. The study is in partnership with AB Vista of the United Kingdom. The goal of the project is to determine if yeast… Read More →