Category Archives: Beef

Students tell story of 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy

Members of the 2020-2021 class reflect on the program’s value to their beef operations. COLLEGE STATION, Texas – For cattle producers enrolled in the 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy (IBCA), learning is a lifelong pursuit. Participants from South Africa and Texas explain the impacts the program has had on their cattle operations and why members of the beef industry should consider applying. Getting back in the game in South Africa South African veterinarian Dr. Michael Magondo applied for IBCA after inheriting his father’s cow/calf operation. Having spent 20… Read More →

Department of Animal Science named American Brahman Breeders Association friends of the year

The ABBA 2021 Friend of the Year Award was given to Texas A&M University’s Animal Science Department during the ABBA Annual Membership Meeting. This year’s meeting was held in conjunction with The International Open Breeding Cattle Show in Waco, Texas. “Since the beginning, Texas A&M’s Animal Science Department has understood the importance of Brahman and Brahman-influenced genetics in the South’s cattle operations,” Performance Committee chairman Milton Charanza said. “From Dr. Sanders’ work at McGregor Station to Dr. Randall’s work in Overton along with many other researchers, they have… Read More →

Prime rib – it’s what’s for Christmas dinner!

Nothing quite says Merry Christmas in Texas like a prime rib served as the main dish of your Christmas meal! When it comes time to prepare your prime rib this holiday season, be sure to reference Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Path to the Plate’s tips and tricks to ensure that the meat is cooked thoroughly and properly. With beef production being the largest sector of the agriculture industry in Texas, it is both fitting and appropriate that prime rib act as the centerpiece of the Christmas meal…. Read More →

Mineral imbalances need to be considered in cattle deaths

Texas A&M AgriLife offers expertise, assistance in livestock mineral toxicity, testing By Susan Himes susan.himes@ag.tamu.edu Ranchers need to keep in mind that the wrong quantities of minerals can be dangerous or even deadly to cattle, said experts from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. When it comes to cattle and minerals, what works for a rancher 700 miles away may actually work better for you than what works for a neighbor 7 miles down the road; it all depends on what is in your soil, supplements, feed, forage and… Read More →

Ground beef offered at The 12th Can Food Pantry through Cactus Cares

Texas A&M’s Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center provides link between donation, need By Kay Ledbetter 806-677-5608 | skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu A unique partnership on the Texas A&M University campus is “beefing up” protein offerings at the campus food bank to ensure no student, staff or faculty member has to study or work on an empty stomach. During this COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are facing financial difficulty and finding themselves among the more than 40 million people nationwide who are considered food insecure. The Texas A&M Department of Animal Science, Cactus… Read More →

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 →

Meat Perspectives: Ground beef basics

By Jeff Savell 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 →