Category Archives: Beef

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 →

Brahman-type cattle may require less nitrogen; feeding them accordingly could reduce nitrogen emissions

Texas A&M AgriLife study to identify differences in nitrogen metabolism between primary cattle subspecies By Kay Ledbetter 806-677-5608 | skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu A recently funded Texas A&M AgriLife study will determine differences in nitrogen requirements between Brahman type cattle and other cattle. Measuring these differences may allow cattle producers to reduce the protein in cattle diets by allowing for precise diet formulations. “Implementation of precision diet formulation in cattle diets can be the answer to producing a more affordable beef with a smaller environmental impact,” said Tryon Wickersham, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research,… 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 →

D’Souza awarded inaugural Cactus Feeders scholarship and internship

The Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science is proud to recognize Genevieve D’Souza as the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Cactus Feeders Scholarship. As a recipient of this newly formed award, D’Souza will have the opportunity to complete an internship with Cactus Feeders. The department is excited about the possibilities that this new partnership with Cactus Feeders presents. “Receiving the Cactus Feeders Scholarship is a great honor and an outstanding opportunity for me. The internship will supplement my education and training from Dr. Tedeschi by exposing me to… Read More →

So you want to build a slaughter plant?

In light of the recent increase in retail beef prices and decrease in cattle prices, many cattle producers have expressed interest in starting up small beef processing facilities that do not undercut the rancher and provide consistent prices for consumers. Davey Griffin, Texas A&M professor and Extension meat scientist, said he has been amazed at the number of producers looking into this option. “It is just astronomical the number of inquiries we’re getting about starting a plant, getting these cattle through the system and just serving customers as… Read More →