Category Archives: Beef

Beef Cattle Short Course animal health sessions Aug 7-9 in College Station

Issues to be addressed include fever tick, trichomoniasis Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu Dr. Tom Hairgrove, 979-845-3216, tbhairgrove@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION  – Animal health issues affecting the Texas beef industry will be the focus of several sessions at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers. The short course is… Read More →

Stiles Farm Field Day features herd bull selection, cropping systems alternatives

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Ryan Collett, 512-898-2214, rmcollett@ag.tamu.edu THRALL – Stiles Farm Field Day attendees learned more about the possibilities of using low or high crop input methods, plus tips on purchasing breeding bulls used in beef cattle operations. The 54th field day attracted more than 100 producers from across the Blacklands region. Dr. Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cropping systems specialist, College Station, discussed high- and low-input production systems for sorghum. The field trial evaluates both low and high inputs of seeding rates, herbicides and fertilization…. Read More →

Gainesville, Clarksville Beef Quality Assurance Training programs scheduled in July

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Two Beef Quality Assurance Training events will be in North and Northeast Texas during July. The training events are a collaborative effort among the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Beef Council and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. There is no cost to attend, but organizers request RSVPs to ensure accurate meal counts. Steak lunches will be served at the sessions. The trainings will be: – July 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Landmark… Read More →

Brush control, chute-side, fencing demonstrations planned for Beef Cattle Short Course

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu 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 →

Barbecue Summer Camp teaches finer aspects of smoking meat

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Davey Griffin, 979-845-3935, dgriff@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Who says summer camp is just for youth? At Texas A&M University, adults flocked to summer barbecue camp in College Station by the hundreds to find out how to cook great beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken and other cuts of meat suited best for the pit. Barbecue Summer Camp is so popular that a lottery system has been put in place to handle registration, according to organizers. The camp, sponsored by Foodways Texas and… Read More →

5 tips to keep your cattle safe in the summer heat

As sizzling summer temperatures settle in, do these five things to ward off heat stress in your herd. Writer: Amanda Radke, BEEF Daily In my neck of the woods, the wind, heat and lack of rain are creating the perfect storm for a drought. Folks further west of our ranch are already selling pairs as they run short of pasture and feed. Summer is in full swing, and as the temperatures reach scorching heights, it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep the cowherd safe and comfortable…. Read More →

Manage cattle for dry year

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu My cattle wintered well, and I had a nice calf crop this spring, but with the heat and humidity of summer, I am anxious for a nice rain. The grass is crispy in the middle of the pastures even though there is still quite a bit of standing green. Some of you are in better shape than I am, but some of you are worse. I saw quite a bit of hay being fed in the late spring and early summer, which… Read More →

Pregnancy testing is valuable tool

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu According to the National Animal Health Monitoring Survey conducted by the USDA a few years ago, only about 1/6of U.S. beef cattle producers regularly pregnancy test their cows after breeding season ends. That is lower than the percentage reported by ranchers in south Texas in a survey we conducted several years ago. More U.S. producers conduct a breeding soundness examination on their bulls than pregnancy test their cows, but not by much. I still prefer to palpate my cows for pregnancy. If… 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, j-savell@tamu.edu 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 →

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 7-9

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers. The short course is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal science at Texas A&M. This year’s general session on Aug…. Read More →