Category Archives: Beef

Meat Perspectives: Ground beef basics

By Jeff savel and Kerri Gehring Ground beef remains one of the most popular forms of beef consumed in the United States. Some estimates report that up to 65% of all beef consumed is in the form of ground beef. It is one of our go-to foods, and we are reminded of this during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other times where economic or other situations have us staying at home and wanting something easy to prepare and comforting to eat. Continuing cyclical interests in various iterations… Read More →

AgriLife Research expert uses math to predict environmental impacts of livestock production

‘Smart-farming’ approach models sustainable, intensive protein production In an effort to make sure our 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, Ph.D., 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… Read More →

Peak performance important to cow-calf operations amid pandemic-induced price fluctuations

AgriLife Extension program offers financial, production analysis and benchmarking to identify opportunities, weaknesses With the COVID-19 pandemic, cattle prices have been on a roller coaster. Now is a good time to analyze performance to make sure your operation is as efficient as possible, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Pancho Abello, AgriLife Extension economist, Vernon, said the agency’s long-running Beef Cattle Standard Performance Analysis, SPA, program is a good way for cattle producers to look at their bottom line and make adjustments to their operations. “Opportunities for change… Read More →

Beef cattle physiologist joins AgriLife Research

Research to focus on reproduction physiology George Perry, Ph.D., was recently hired as a Texas A&M AgriLife Research cattle physiologist and associate professor in the Texas A&M Department of Animal Science. Perry said he was excited to join AgriLife Research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. He said he looks forward to producing research that will directly impact the beef cattle industry in Texas and the southern U.S. Decades of cattle physiology research data at the Overton center will speed his transition and help him begin work… Read More →

Minerals Matter | Impact on cow reproduction

Trace mineral supplementation not only increases reproduction efficiency, if supplied during gestation, it is showing results of heavier animals at weaning. The female is the factory on the ranch. She is responsible for raising a calf year after year, but this is not possible if she isn’t in proper nutritional health. “The impact of mineral supplementation is as or even more substantial than energy and protein for proper reproductive health,” says Reinaldo Cooke, Texas A&M Beef Cattle Production Specialist. “Minerals have a huge impact on reproduction.” A lot… 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 Cattle Short Course makes 66th appearance virtually

Texas A&M adjusts beef education as ranchers adjust to new market situations It’s a different time throughout much of the world with COVID-19 restrictions, but the saying “the show must go on” definitely applies to ranching and raising beef for the consumer, so the annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course went on — virtually. “In early March, we could see the writing on the wall,” said Jason Cleere, Ph.D., conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. “We knew we… Read More →

Third-annual 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy begins in September

New this year: $100,000 in scholarships The 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy, IBCA, isn’t Animal Science 101, and the students aren’t roaming the campus. The unique advanced beef education immersion program offered by Texas A&M University is developing beef industry leaders for tomorrow from around the world. “What the students learn is very unique in terms of content and not something you find in regular animal science programs,” said Reinaldo Cooke, Ph.D., program coordinator and associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. “Our students learn… Read More →

Live demonstrations highlight Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 3-5

Live action to cover fences, cattle handling, brush, carcass cutting The annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 3-5 has extended the early registration deadline to July 15, so there’s still time to register for the education-packed event featuring live demonstrations. While the three-day event will be online this year due to COVID-19, the live demonstrations will continue, offering ranchers who need basic beef production information can see how things are done up close, said Jason Cleere, Ph.D., conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef… Read More →

Meat Perspectives: Behind the burn

If there is any one thing that really makes barbecued meats so delicious and popular, it is the special contribution that smoke plays during the cooking process. Terms such as “slow-smoked meats” or “hickory-smoked ribs” are just two examples of phrases that often make carnivores start salivating in anticipation of eating barbecue. Cooking meat without smoke simply does not deliver the eating experience of “real” barbecue. Heated debates have ensued over what region has the best barbecue and arguments have been fueled over whether using sauce on barbecue… Read More →