Category Archives: Livestock

AgriLife Extension grass-fed beef conference May 30-31

By Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – The popular grass-fed beef conference is scheduled May 30-31 and will provide a comprehensive look at grass-fed beef production and marketing opportunities in Texas, according to organizers. This Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service conference provides in-depth instruction and is hosted on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. “There will also be information and demonstrations presented on carcass fabrication and determining beef cutout value. Overall, this program allows attendees to take home a lot of information and put it to work.”“This… Read More →

US cattle inventory continues to build

By Blair Fannin FORT WORTH – As the nation’s cattle inventory continues its expansion, consumer demand is increasing at a steady clip, according to experts speaking at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention in Fort Worth. For Texas producers, the year is off to a good start with above-average rainfall and green forage on pastures for grazing. “We are wet,” said Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, looking at a U.S. drought map during his CattleFax beef outlook presentation. “There’s not much red on the map.” Blach said… Read More →

Agriculture experts discuss future of meat production at Texas A&M summit

By Kenny Wiley Agriculture experts from across the country and Brazos Valley-area producers and academics gathered inside the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center Monday for a wide-ranging summit on the meat production industry and related fields. Richard Teague, a Texas A&M AgriLife range ecologist, and Dan Hale, a meat specialist at A&M, were among more than a dozen speakers at Raising Meat: A New Food Economy Summit. Kimberly Ratcliff, the manager of Caney Creek Ranch  in Freestone County, spoke on experiences of ranchers and producers of color…. Read More →

Cattle production offers sound environmental ‘hoof print’

By Jennifer M. Latzke The proposed “Green New Deal” has thrown a lot of focus onto cattle lately—a plan that would limit cattle production to an extent in an effort to curb their greenhouse gas “hoof print.” But recently released research quantifies the role cattle play in the natural carbon cycle, and how they serve an upcycling purpose in turning feedstocks into higher value protein that humans can eat Baseline measurements Al Rotz is an an agricultural engineer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ag Research Service and… Read More →

A different cut of beef

By Cass Rains FAIRMONT, Okla. — Linda Woodruff and her family raise the Japanese breed of Wagyu cattle on their family farm, Silverwood Wagyu, east of Fairmont. The name comes from “Wa,” which means Japanese, and “Gyu,” which means cow. Silverwood also is a hybrid name, as Woodruff’s son, Jeremy, manages the farm’s website and her daughter, Stacey Silver, and Stacey’s husband, Justin, manage the day-to-day operation of the farm. “It’s a family farm,” Woodruff said. “We all work together.” Growing up on a farm Woodruff’s father was born in 1914 and lived about… Read More →

San Angelo specialist serves as global sheep industry ambassador

By Susan Himes SAN ANGELO  — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service sheep and goat specialist Dr. Reid Redden is part of a global delegation of young leaders currently touring New Zealand as part of the Sheep Industry Ambassador Program. The tour establishes a forum of young leaders from the world’s foremost sheep producing countries, whose goal is to work collaboratively in the future to address the changing needs of the industry and to share ideas on best practices and industry-related issues. “I’m extremely honored to be able to represent… Read More →

You Herd Right: 8 Tips to Gather the Herd

By Portia Stewart Using the words “stubborn” and “cattle” together might be a bit redundant. But thoughtful pressure and keen cattle sense go a long way when you’re moving cattle, as stockmenship trainers Ron Gill, Ph.D, and Curt Pate demonstrated at the 2019 NCBA Cattle Convention. Gill and Pate shared advice on how to gather the herd and at the Stockmanship and Stewardship Demonstration Arena, sponsored by Merck Animal Heath. First, an important point. Gill, a professor and Extension livestock specialist at Texas A&M University, says you’ll know… Read More →

Bull selection includes muscle potential

By Dr. Joe Paschal, j-paschal@tamu.edu, 361-265-9203 The mesquite is beginning to leaf out and that has always been a sure sign of one thing – spring. Spring in South Texas and the Gulf Coast is when most of our herds calve and when many of us buy replacement bulls (actually I bought mine in December but hang with me here). Most of us still sell our calves at weaning so besides a sound footed, fertile, and easy calving bull, well-muscled bulls are always in high demand. In the… Read More →

Important By-Products Derived From Cattle

Many of us enjoy a good steak or a juicy hamburger and realize the nutritional benefits derived from eating beef but there are countless products that we use in in our daily lives that are derived from cattle that we never think about. Dan Hale is a professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Meat Specialist. “I take students on tours of retail grocery stores and I say go find beef in this grocery store and every single aisle that they could walk into at any local grocery store… Read More →

The ABCs of working cattle easily

By Dana Charban It can be a challenge to find good information on how to work your cattle effectively, but don’t we all want to make life a little easier? We’ve put together techniques to help you work your cattle without the hassle, and have made it as easy as learning your ABCs. These three things can make or break your cattle handling, and are just as easy to implement as they are to remember. Acclimation Cattle are smart animals with strong memories, and they are highly impacted… Read More →