Category Archives: AgriLife Research

Behavior patterns indicators of illness onset in cattle

AgriLife Research developing early warning system for bovine respiratory disease Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Pinchak, 940-552-9941, bpinchak@ag.tamu.edu 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, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-657-47324, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu Lisa Brown, 325-396-4787, lbrown@ag.tamu.edu Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu 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, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Luis Tedeschi, 979-845-1541, luis.tedeschi@tamu.edu 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 →

Annual AgriLife ram test joins sheep, goat expo slated for Aug. 18-19

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Dan Waldron, 325-653-4576, d-waldron@tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO—Even after 70 years the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Ram Performance Test is not averse to change, organizers said. Instead of the traditional field day and sale of some of the top Rambouillet rams that  successfully completed the test, breeders this year opted to join the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, a statewide industry event now in its third year. The expo, conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,… Read More →

AgriLife Research physiologist Randel receives lectureship honor

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-8340-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ron Randel, 903-834-6191, ron.randel@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – The American Society of Animal Science, Southern Section, has announced an annual lectureship named for Dr. Ronald Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research physiologist, Overton. The society’s executive committee established the annual invited lectureship for its Physiology Section. The first of the lectures bearing Randel’s name will be presented during its annual meeting scheduled Feb. 4-7 in Franklin, Tennessee. “Dr. Randel’s contributions to the field of animal physiology and endocrinology have globally benefitted animal agriculture,” said… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife presents Vice Chancellor Award in Excellence honors

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence honors were presented to several statewide faculty and staff of Texas A&M AgriLife during a ceremony Jan. 9 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards were given to 14 individuals and three teams with a total of 16 members. Officials said the awards program was established in 1980 to recognize “the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife.” “These awards represent the highest level of achievement… Read More →

Tedeschi, Tomberlin earn Faculty Fellow distinction at Texas A&M AgriLife conference

Contact: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists were named Faculty Fellow during the 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station. The Faculty Fellow title given to Dr. Luis Tedeschi and Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin are permanent and become a part of the individual’s title. AgriLife Research established the Faculty Fellows Program in 1998 to acknowledge and reward exceptional research faculty within the agency. “Working in disparate fields — animal science and entomology — both Dr. Tedeschi and Dr. Tomberlin have made… Read More →

Checkoff study: Beef maintains its favorable tenderness ratings

Beef Tenderness Survey Executive Summary Favorable tenderness ratings for beef steaks, which have improved significantly since 1990, have remained steady over the past five years, recent research shows. This quality retention has occurred despite environmental and financial challenges that could have derailed its progress. The beef checkoff-funded 2015/2016 National Beef Tenderness Survey was conducted at Texas A&M University, which has surveyed beef tenderness regularly since 1990. “Despite some challenges over the past ten years, including drought, fluctuating supply and rising input costs, the tenderness of the beef being… Read More →

U.S. decline in meat protein consumption raises concern for Texas A&M scientist

Meat from animals critical for good health and development Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Guoyao Wu, 979-845-1541, g-wu@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A 14 percent decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption over the past decade has caused alarm with one Texas A&M AgriLife scientist who warns the effects could be dire for overall human health and child development. Dr. Guoyao Wu, distinguished professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, said U.S. consumers have been overwhelmed with misinformation about protein and fats in meats,… Read More →

Meat goats prove worth in six-year market study

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Bill Thompson, 325-653-4576, w-thompson@tamu.edu Dr. Dan Waldron, 325-653-4576, d-waldron@tamu.edu Dr. Rob Hogan, 830-278-9151, rhogan@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – A six-year Texas A&M AgriLife study proved what many West Texas stockmen know; properly managed meat goats are valuable property, no matter how many you have. Bill Thompson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, and Dr. Dan Waldron, Texas A&M Agrilife Research geneticist, both at San Angelo, and Dr. Rob Hogan, AgriLife Extension economist at Uvalde, recently finished a formal price analysis of the meat… Read More →