Category Archives: In the News

Hurricane Harvey contaminates livestock water supplies

Writer: Roland Rodriguez, rrodriguez@kristv.com According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas farmers and ranchers have lost more than 1 million cattle that were in the disaster area affected by Hurricane Harvey.  As the recovery efforts continue, livestock owners should be aware of salt poisoning and water salinity concerns. “After the storm we began testing water where we felt the water could have high   salinity. After we determined there could be problems associated with the water on ranches between Aransas Pass and Rockport after Harvey, we began calling cattle producers… Read More →

Grainfed v grassfed: End the beef biffo, says prof

Writer: Jamie-Lee Oldfield US meat scientist Stephen Smith says he knows grainfed beef can actually be better for your health than grassfed beef. But he says the focus should not be on competition between sectors within the beef industry, but rather promoting the health benefits of red meat to the wider community. “I do have a bias towards grainfed, because our data keeps saying the same thing, that if you eat a constant fat level that grainfed gives you a better health profile, but grassfed isn’t bad for… Read More →

Legacy of Texas ranching on display at Bush Library

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum’s latest exhibit celebrates the importance of ranchers and their place in Texas history. The Legacy of Ranching: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future showcases Texas ranches and highlights how they’ve changed over time. The exhibit, which opened March 2, will be on display in the Ansary Gallery until Jan. 8. Warren Finch, the director at the George Bush Library and Museum, said the museum not only worked with ranching museums from across the state to put the exhibit together, but a… Read More →

This man should have died, but unusual infusions saved his life

Bacteriophages, or phages, are viruses that infect bacteria. These organisms are abundant in the environment and are a major predator of bacteria in natural systems.  Because phages naturally infect and kill bacteria, there is considerable interest in using them as antimicrobials to control bacterial populations, particularly pathogenic bacteria. Impressive and cutting-edge research is ongoing at Texas A&M University’s Center for Phage Technology where Dr. Jason Gill, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, serves as the Associate Director. For more information, visit the CPT website: https://cpt.tamu.edu/. Below is a… Read More →

“The Legacy of Ranching” exhibit opens at George Bush Presidential Library

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – Ranching played a crucial part in the history of Texas and continues to shape the state today. There’s a new exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library that celebrates the legacy of ranching. There are opportunities to learn about the legendary King Ranch, the history of branding, and more. “There’s also hides of different animals that are here and they can feel them and they get to guess which one it is. There’s interactive media as well, like a barbecue exhibit section there… Read More →

New year, old pests: Fever tick and screwworm

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu The fever tick Far south, along the Rio Grande on the U.S. and Mexican border, there is a reminder of one of the most successful livestock parasite eradication programs in the U.S., if not the world – the USDA Fever Tick Eradication Program. This program began in 1906 by the forerunner of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), although limited efforts to control parasites began 20 years earlier. Its purpose was to remove the ticks that carried cattle fever babesiosis, caused… Read More →

Consumer prejudices affect willingness to pay for beef

Study finds consumers don’t know what they want until they taste it Writer: Kerry Halladay, kerry@wlj.net Preconceived notions about food can drastically change a consumer’s mind. Offer a young child broccoli to eat and they might reject it. Offer that same child “little trees” and they might suddenly enjoy it. The same apparently holds true for consumers and beef. A recent study by eight Texas A&M University researchers published in the Journal of Animal Science looked at consumer’s stated desires and willingness to pay for beef based on production… Read More →

Texas barbecue at the head of the class

Writer: Bob Sims, bsims@sosland.com Students at Texas A&M Univ. marvel at the sight of a carcass being broken down in the classroom. Sometime in the mid-2000s, Jeff Savell began to leaf through the only book at a Harry and David’s while he and his wife, Jackie, were shopping. The book, “Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook,” by Robb Walsh, interested Savell and he bought it. “I read through it and enjoyed the recipes, as well as the stories that Robb wrote,” Savell says. “I didn’t think anything about it,… Read More →

World “healthy wagyu beef” expert for 2016 conference

Dr Stephen Smith, a highly regarded research scientist and Regents Professor in animal science at Texas A&M, will be at the the 2016 Wagyu National Conference in May to explain his findings that heavily marbled long-grainfed Wagyu beef contains ‘extraordinary’ amounts of the monounsaturated ‘healthy’ oleic fatty acid. The 2016 Conference runs from May 2 to 4 at Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley. Registrations forms will be available soon on www.wagyu.org.au. Oleic acid is abundant in olive oil and its presence in beef increases with marbling content and days… Read More →

Algae Could be the Key to Climate-Friendly Meat

By: Natasha Geiling In December of 2015, nearly 200 nations met in Paris and agreed to hold global temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement was widely lauded as an important first step in averting the catastrophic consequences of climate change, but came with its own set of caveats. For the world to truly stall temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, every nation would need to make massive changes to their energy, transportation, and manufacturing sectors in the coming decades. Renewable energy would need to be… Read More →