Category Archives: Beef

Winter feeding program for beef cattle producers in Overton Aug. 16

OVERTON – A program on the reduction of winter feeding by stockpiling warm-season forage and/or planting cool-season pastures is scheduled for Aug. 16 in Overton. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053. The cost is $60 per person if registered by Aug. 6 and $75 per person if registered by Aug. 14. Fees include lunch and all program materials. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, one integrated pest management and one… Read More →

Demonstrations to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

By Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – Fence building, brush control, live cattle handling and a carcass fabrication demonstration will be featured at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 7 in College Station. The short course, which runs Aug. 5-7, is the largest beef educational event in the country and attracts more than 2,200 attendees annually. Capital Farm Credit is the lead sponsor. The short course features 24 sessions covering basic practices, new technologies and other important industry topics. These sessions provide participants with an opportunity to… Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp, 2019 edition

By Jeff SavellThe Barbecue Summer Camp, co-hosted by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Program of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was held on Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th, 2019. The camp is coordinated by meat science educators, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and activities were held at the Rosenthal Meat Center and O.D. Butler Animal Science Teaching, Research, and Extension Complex. This was the tenth Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011, and two of them held in 2016. Introductions to Barbecue Summer Camp… Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp 2019

Video by Mark Guerrero, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications Every Summer, Texas A&M University hosts a three day intensive camp on the history, science, and best practices of Texas barbecue, in association with Foodways Texas. “As an Aggie, barbecue summer camp means coming back home,” Southside Market & Barbeque owner Bryan Bracewellsaid. “I get to come back to the place where I learned everything I know about barbecue. A lot of my education about the meat industry and barbecue, came inside this building, not only in… Read More →

Youth track to be featured as part of Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

By Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station will include a youth track featuring a number of educational sessions. A tour of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will be one of the highlights along with a meat laboratory experience that includes smoking cooked beef products. The youth track program is open to students ages 13 to 18 and is limited to 45 registrants. Early registration is encouraged to secure… Read More →

Beefing Up Cattle

By Ashli Villarreal Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences professor Tom Welsh’s research focuses on how Brahman cattle respond to stress will impact both the health of the animal and the health of the industry. By Ashli Villarreal, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Many American beef producers raise Angus-dominated herds, but as worldwide temperatures increase, there will be an increased need for tropically adapted animals. Brahman cattle do well in hot, humid climates, but they are often criticized for… Read More →

Managing a calving and breeding season without removing bulls

By: Dr. Bruce Carpenter & Dr. Thomas Hairgrove “A cow should have a calf every year.” For most cow-calf producers this is a true statement because the cow costs the same amount of money to keep – whether or not it raises and weans a calf to sell. Based on the most recent Texas A&M AgriLife Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) database, it costs the average Texas producer $796 to keep a mature cow around for a year. Of course, not everyone is “average.” The lowest-cost-quartile producers only spent… Read More →

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 5-7 in College Station

By Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – The 65th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is set for Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The general session on Aug. 5 will focus on opportunities and challenges in the cattle business. “Each year we strive to provide ranchers with basic beef cattle production information, new technology in cattle production and hot issues affecting ranchers,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in College Station. “This year our general session will cover a… Read More →

Yes, There’s a Camp Brisket at Texas A&M

By Sarah Ramsey There’s a rock and roll camp, a space camp, and all sorts of fantasy sports camps. Any kind of camp that gives adults the chance to learn a new skill or get an immersion in a kind of life that’s only accessible to a few is out there. There are even a few camps that send you home stuffed with both knowledge and food, but few of them have the stature of Camp Brisket. That’s right — Camp Brisket. It’s a two-day in-depth look (and taste!)… Read More →

AgriLife Extension grass-fed beef conference May 30-31

By Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – The popular grass-fed beef conference is scheduled May 30-31 and will provide a comprehensive look at grass-fed beef production and marketing opportunities in Texas, according to organizers. This Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service conference provides in-depth instruction and is hosted on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. “There will also be information and demonstrations presented on carcass fabrication and determining beef cutout value. Overall, this program allows attendees to take home a lot of information and put it to work.”“This… Read More →