Category Archives: Beef

6th Texas Barbecue Town Hall Meeting held

By: Dr. Jeff Savell Pitmasters and owner/operators from some of the leading barbecue establishments throughout Texas participated in the sixth Texas Barbecue Town Hall Meeting, which was held at the AgriLife Center and the Rosenthal Meat Center on Monday, December 9, 2019. About 60 people were in attendance, and participants received updates on livestock and meat markets for beef, pork, chicken, and turkey by David Anderson, professor and extension economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, tips about effective marketing from Rachel Cutrer, Ranch House Designs, and a beef… Read More →

Northeast Panhandle Beef Conference set Dec. 10 in Perryton

The Northeast Panhandle Beef Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Ochiltree and Lipscomb counties, will be held Dec. 10 at the Ochiltree County Expo, 402 Expo Drive in Perryton. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the program will start at 10 a.m. The fee is $10, and lunch will be provided. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, and Jason Smith, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, both in Amarillo, will be the speakers for the event. Their topic titles are:… Read More →

Texas Monthly BBQ FEST 2019

One of the benefits of conducting the Texas Monthly ‘Cue Course is to attend the BBQ FEST to visit with old and new friends in the barbecue business, see current and former students, and to eat some of the greatest food around. Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Brogan Horton, and Jeff Savell represented the Department of Animal Science of Texas A&M University at the BBQ FEST on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Below are some photos of the great people we got to spend our day with. Via source, Agriculture & Life Sciences | Texas Monthly… Read More →

Aggies participate in Texas Monthly ‘Cue Course

Davey Griffin, Brogan Horton, and Jeff Savell joined Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor, Daniel Vaughn, at the Texas Monthly ‘Cue Course, held on November 2, 2019. This is the third ‘Cue Course offered by Texas Monthly. The event was hosted by Stiles Switch BBQ, Austin, Texas, which served a wonderful meal to the participants and allowed a behind-the-scenes look at the the pits and pitmasters at work. General topics of this year’s ‘Cue Course included brisket grades and anatomy, a discussion of beef short ribs and back ribs, and quick… Read More →

Anderson, Cutrer highlight Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting, December 9, 2019

By Jeff Savel The Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting, a one-day event dedicated to those involved in the commercial barbecue business, will be held at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas on Monday, December 9, 2019. This meeting will be hosted by the Meat Science program of the Department of Animal Science and will be held in the Kleberg Animal and Food Science Center and the Rosenthal Meat Center. “This is the sixth year for the Town Hall meeting. We have had great turnouts at our previous meetings, and we look forward to hosting… Read More →

Livestock specialist explains labels on beef products during Farm and Ranch Show

By Morgan O’Hanlon | The smell of barbecue filled one of the annexes at the Victoria Community Center on Wednesday as hungry attendees of the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show filled the room in preparation for Ron Gill’s luncheon presentation. Where did that beef come from? You might not know even if you had bought the meat from the grocery store yourself, said Gill, a professor and extension livestock specialist with Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension program. In addition to the required nutritional information and safe handling… Read More →

Hemp is not (yet) an approved feed ingredient

By Dr. Jason Smith It goes without saying that hemp production is currently a hot topic in agriculture. As is the case with almost all other agricultural or food industries where harvest, refinement or processing results in a residue or byproduct, there is also considerable interest in potential uses for hemp and its byproducts as animal feed ingredients – particularly for cattle. While the information contained in the 2018 Farm Bill paved the way for a dramatic increase in hemp production, it did not grant permission to use… Read More →

New technology, old genetics meet on the range

New Mexico, Texas researchers seek economical, sustainable beef management practices Precision ranching is a focus of a new Coordinated Agricultural Project led by New Mexico State University, NMSU, in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo. Working under an almost $9 million U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant are AgriLife Research scientists Brent Auvermann, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Amarillo director and agricultural engineer, and Jenny Jennings, Ph.D., beef nutritionist, Amarillo. The project’s goal is to improve efficiency of beef… Read More →

Here’s the beef: Basics for selecting a bull

Bulls provide the biggest proportion of calf crop genetics, so it is important to select a herd sire that can produce desired offspring. Basics to consider in selecting a bull include breed type, parentage (pedigree), physical appearance, performance records and genetics. Each one of these factors was discussed by Joe Paschal of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension during the 2018 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course. The information in this article is taken from Paschal’s presentation, unless otherwise noted. There are more than 60 different breeds of beef cattle… Read More →

Is that cow pregnant?

By Robert Fears The first step in increasing calving percentage is to select proven herd sires and then check cows for pregnancy. Characteristics of an ideal pregnancy test are the ability to identify correctly pregnant animals (high sensitivity) and non-pregnant animals (high specificity) as well as being simple and inexpensive to conduct under field conditions. Some tests provide additional information such as embryo or fetal viability and fetus sex. Various methods of pregnancy checks were discussed in a presentation given by Ky Pohler of Texas A&M AgriLife Research… Read More →