Category Archives: Courses

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 →

Barbecue Summer Camp, 2019 edition

By Jeff Savell The 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… Read More →

The Prime Cut

By Dorian Martin ’06 Bob McClaren knows potential when he sees it. The former president of business operations for the Houston Astros and one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of downtown Houston now sees great possibilities for Texas A&M University’s new International Beef Cattle Academy (IBCA). That’s why McClaren, who currently serves as president and chief executive officer of 44 Farms, made a lead gift of $250,000 to establish the 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy Endowment. The academy has the potential to expand Texas A&M’s… Read More →

2016 ANSC Study Abroad: Australia

Writer: Tana Luna This summer, 39 Aggies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences went down under during the Agriculture and Animal Production study abroad to explore agricultural practices in Australia. The trip took place from July 28 – Aug. 12 and was led by Dr. Shawn Ramsey and graduate student, Kayley Wall. This study abroad program allowed students to explore the regions’ livestock industry including beef, dairy, horse, and grain/crop production systems. The program offered a wide range of experiences from meeting with leading producers, in-depth touring… Read More →

‘Exciting times’ in the cattle business moving forward

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course features cattle market outlook, trends Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, COLLEGE STATION – As temperatures in College Station reached 100 degrees during Monday’s opening general session of the 61st Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, it could also accurately describe a red-hot cattle market the past two years. “These are exciting times indeed, but are they here to stay?” said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, addressing one of the highest-attended short course events ever…. Read More →

Students tour Texas Panhandle beef industry

TEXAS PANHANDLE — A group of 24 Texas A&M animal science students received an in-depth look into the Texas beef industry during the 2015 Jim Theeck ’65 Beef Cattle Seminar – Texas Panhandle Beef Production Tour. The educational tour on May 18-21 took the students inside the beef industry to provide them with a greater appreciation of what they’ve already learned in the classroom. “This experience gives our students the opportunity to see every phase of the beef cattle industry by showing them the possible jobs that may… Read More →

Texas A&M introduces Master of Agriculture with an emphasis in the meat industry

Contact: Dr. Gary Smith, 979-845-1541, COLLEGE STATION — Students seeking a Master of Agriculture in Animal Science at Texas A&M University now have the ability to choose to follow a curriculum specifically designed to emphasize the meat industry. The new emphasis for the degree plan provides students with a bachelor’s degree supplemental coursework in addition to practical experience gained through internships to prepare them for a variety of careers in, and for future leadership of, the U.S. meat industry. “The meat science program at Texas A&M is one… Read More →

Equine Marketing, Development course offers students international, cultural diversity credit option

By Maggie Berger Students at Texas A&M University are required to take a certain number of core credits regardless of their major. Six of those credit hours must be classes that fall under the category of International and Cultural Diversity (ICD). Characteristically these credits are usually obtained through anthropology, history or gender studies classes, for example. Beginning in the fall of 2014, students will have a new option. The Department of Animal Science will offer its first ICD course. Dr. Clay Cavinder, associate professor of equine science, has… Read More →

Mock interviews prepare animal science students for vet school application process

By Olivia Norton ’16 The Texas A&M Department of Animal Science does more than provide students seeking a future in veterinary medicine with the classroom experience necessary to meet their goals. For years, professors and advisors have been going the extra mile to ensure student success on not only the rigorous Texas A&M vet school application but in the interview room, as well. The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science is one of the top universities for veterinary medicine in the country, so the quality… Read More →

Southwest Beef Symposium set for Jan. 9-10

CLAYTON, N.M. – The Southwest Beef Symposium, jointly hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, is set for Jan. 9-10 at the Clayton Civic Center, 124 N. Front St. in Clayton, N.M. “This is the 10th year of the Southwest Beef Symposium,” said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo. “We continue to address issues of concern to the industry at large, but also at the ranch level. “This year we are focusing on aspects as… Read More →