Category Archives: Dairy

US Dairy Education and Training Consortium completes 12th year

Twenty Texas A&M students recently completely an intensive 6 week course in dairy herd management at the US Dairy Education and Training Consortium. Now in it’s 12th year, the consortium provides students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the many facets of dairy management. The course is held in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico, which is the third largest milk producing area in the US. Due to the rapid growth of dairies in this region, the students are fortunate to have dairies allow them to view… Read More →

Southwest Dairy Days set Nov. 7 at T&K Dairy near Snyder

SNYDER – After a year off, the annual Southwest Dairy Day will return Nov. 7 at the T&K Dairy and will be hosted by the Collier family and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. T&K Dairy is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 East and County Road 1673 east of Snyder. The program, free and open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. and feature tours, exhibitor booths and lunch courtesy of Hi-Pro Feeds. It will conclude at 3 p.m. Online registration is available at agriliferegister@tamu.edu. “Southwest Dairy… Read More →

Professor has big plans for dairy sciences

By Adam Russell Sushil Paudyal, assistant professor of dairy science in Texas A&M University’s department of animal science, plans to reinvigorate the dairy program in College Station. Paudyal hopes to engage students, producers, the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium and industry groups such as the Texas Association of Dairymen in the 90 percent teaching, 10 percent Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service position. “The plan is to rebuild the dairy course by reaching out to dairy producers around the state and connecting them with students and connecting both… Read More →

2018 ANSC Brazil Study Abroad: Comparative Ruminant Production

Writers: Jordan Adams and Madeline Rivera It is every college student’s dream to have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad.  Visit a foreign country, learn a different language, experience another culture, make new friends, and learn something that we never knew about ourselves. During the summer of 2018, nine animal science students and one biomedical science student had the opportunity to study abroad in Brazil. The objective of the study abroad was to compare ruminant production schemes in the northeastern and southeastern regions of Brazil to… Read More →

New AgriLife Extension dairy specialist located in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Juan Piñeiro, 806-677-5600, juan.pineiro@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Dr. Juan Piñeiro, veterinarian, joined the faculty at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo on July 1 as a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist. Coming to Amarillo is a return to the Panhandle for Piñeiro, who completed an internship four years ago at the Coldwater Dairy in Sherman County. Piñeiro earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University, Columbus, and his veterinary medic license from the University of… Read More →

Jordan receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 254, 968-4144, ellen.jordan@ag.tamu.edu STEPHENVILLE – Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state dairy specialist in Dallas, was honored by Texas A&M University and the Association of Former Students with the University-Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development during a ceremony April 27 in College Station. This award is presented to a staff member, faculty member or administrator who has brought credit to Texas A&M University through his or her dedication, enthusiasm, attitude and effectiveness… Read More →

Beef influence on dairy cattle could improve marketing options, bottom line

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ted.mccollum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Dairy owners might be able to add more to their bottom line if they introduce a beef bull into their breeding program for some of the producing cows in their herd, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said. But just any bull from the sale barn won’t work, said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo, who spoke at the High Plains Dairy Conference recently in Amarillo. “At today’s costs, dairy calves generally… Read More →

Panel highlights importance of dairy workforce training, documentation

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tdowell@tamu.edu AMARILLO – After a number of U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, audits of dairies in New Mexico and Texas last year, Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist in Dallas, said the industry is working to help dairies get laborers properly documented. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo, led an employee immigration panel discussion on “Navigating the Dairy Workforce Crisis” recently at the High… Read More →

Texas milk production goes west over the past 30 years

Weather, animal welfare, economics and producer quality of life factors Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, ellen.jordan@ag.tamu.edu COMO – A rusted, padlocked gate marks the entry to a once modern and bustling dairy barn. The facility in the heart of Northeast Texas dairy country that once collected milk from hundreds of Holstein cows, is now a depository for knickknacks, scrap wood and metal, tools and idle equipment. Surrounding county roads are littered with similar remnants – abandoned dairy barns, empty drip sheds, exposed concrete slabs… Read More →

Jordan honored with Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state dairy specialist in Dallas, was honored with the Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in the Extension specialist/program specialist category. Jordan received her award at ceremonies held on the Texas A&M University campus recently. The Vice Chancellor awards program was established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. Jordan has made exemplary contributions to the dairy industry in… Read More →