Category Archives: Dairy

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 →

New publication aids agricultural businesses in ICE raid, audit preparation

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tiffany.dowelllashmet@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Ensuring workers are legally able to work in the U.S. and are properly documented is important for every agricultural business, whether it is a processing plant, a dairy or an orchard, said two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas, and Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo, have joined forces to write a new publication to help those in the agricultural… Read More →

Bulgarian dairy farmers participate in training

By Dr. Michael Tomaszewski Nine Bulgarian dairy farmers participated in a two week dairy training program organized for the second year in a row by Dr. Michael Tomaszewski, professor emeritus. The program was sponsored through the American Bulgarian Foundation and conducted jointly with Thomas Hall, assistant director for international training with the Borlaug Institute. Dr. Larry Fox,  professor, Washington State University; Dr. Robert Hagevoort, associate professor and Extension dairy specialist, New Mexico State University; and Dr. Ellen Jordan, professor and Extension dairy specialist, participated in the training. Fox discussed mastitis… Read More →

Southwest Dairy Day to highlight cross-ventilated barn

Open house at Wildcat Dairy Oct. 18 near Gustine Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu GUSTINE – The annual Southwest Dairy Day Oct. 18 will feature a cross-ventilated barn designed to mitigate heat stress for milking cows and a robotic pre-dipper in the parlor. The event is free and open to the public. The two innovations are used at Wildcat Dairy, 600 County Road 252 near Gustine. Southwest Dairy Day is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and rotates between dairy areas around… Read More →