Category Archives: Livestock

Lice in cattle herds can bite producer profits

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – A common wintertime pest in cattle herds – lice – can suck money from producers’ pockets, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton. Banta said lice can infest cattle throughout the year, but more problems are seen from December to March. “As the weather gets colder, cows grow longer, thicker hair and that produces better cover and protection for lice, which means the lice have better reproductive rates,” he said…. Read More →

Winter supplementation affects calving

Writer: Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu It doesn’t get as cold for as long in the South as it does farther north, but the change in season and cooler if not wintry weather affects grass growth and quality all the same. Depending on when you calve, you might have pairs on the ground already or possibly some mid- to late-bred cows (or for some of you, a mix). At any rate, with the onset of cooler weather or possibly even a frost, grass growth has ceased, and the quality… Read More →

Southwest Beef Symposium set Jan. 17-18 in Odessa

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bruce Carpenter 432-336-8585, bruce.carpenter@ag.tamu.edu ODESSA – The Southwest Beef Symposium, jointly conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, is set Jan. 17-18 at the MCM Elegante Hotel, 5200 E. University Ave. in Odessa. “Looking to the Future” is the theme of this year’s conference, said Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist in Fort Stockton. “Cattle prices have adjusted downward after some very favorable years for cow-calf and stocker producers,” Carpenter said. “Consequently, various segments… Read More →

AgriLife to offer wool and mohair workshops in January at San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Texas A&M AgriLife will conduct two separate educational programs aimed at both the novice and professional in the sheep industry. Wool and Mohair 101 will be a one-day workshop on the basics from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo. It will coincide with the annual three-day AgriLife Extension Sheep Shearing School Jan. 13-15. The center is north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway… Read More →

Calf market trends, forage production highlight South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu BRENHAM – Beef cattle producers from throughout the South Central Texas region learned more about producing calves that fit the current market as well as enhancing forage production throughout the year at the 46th South Central Texas Cow-Calf clinic in Brenham. The cow-clinic is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the beef and forage committees in Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Lee, Waller and Washington counties. This year’s clinic featured a panel of cattle buyers… Read More →

National Beef Quality Audit shows changes in market

Writer: Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu Every five years or so, an audit of most of the major beef processors in the U.S. is conducted, sampling 10 percent of a fed or non-fed beef plant’s kill, and funded by the Beef Check Off. The audits are used as an indicator of the direction of U.S. beef production and what U.S. beef producers, processors and retailers can do better to meet the demands of our customers. I thought it would be interesting to cover some of the highlights of the… Read More →

Faculty represent Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension in Kenya and Ethiopia

Eight faculty members representing Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension recently traveled to Kenya and Ethiopia to develop relationships with scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Participants included Animal Science faculty members Dr. Thomas Hairgrove, associate professor and Extension specialist; Dr. Andy Herring, professor of beef cattle production; Dr. Cliff Lamb, professor and head;  Dr. Reid Redden, associate professor and Extension sheep and goat specialist; Dr. David Riley, professor of animal breeding and genetics; and Dr. Luis Tedeschi, professor of animal nutrition; Dr…. Read More →

AgriLife Extension publishes sheep, goat how-to validation YouTube video series

Series meant to simplify statewide show-animal process Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marty Gibbs, 325-653-4576, mj-gibbs@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published a YouTube series demonstrating the various procedures of the Texas 4-H and FFA sheep and goat validation program. Marvin Ensor, AgriLife Extension regional program leader at San Angelo, said the state validation programs are designed to promote fair competition among youth exhibitors. “The validation program is an animal identification process that is utilized to enforce rules related to ownership requirements, possession, care… Read More →

Lamb, goat camps bring hundreds of youth to Aggieland

This summer, 360 youth and 700 adults journeyed to College Station to attend the 2017 Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camps, making them the biggest camps to date. Lamb Camp was held July 14-16, and Goat Camp was held July 21-23. The camps offered instruction on showmanship techniques, proper facilities, selection criteria, nutrition and health, pre-show preparations, show day activities and exercise programs. Hands-on demonstrations were conducted on proper ways to shear, trim hooves, and give shots. On the last day of camp, youth participants had the opportunity to… Read More →

International beef initiative launched by Texas A&M animal science

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Cliff Lamb, 979-845-1543, gclamb@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A new international beef initiative is underway by the Texas A&M University department of animal science, emphasizing research and educational activities related to cattle adapted to subtropical and tropical climates. Dr. Cliff Lamb, department head, said two new faculty positions have been created to lead this effort. The initiative includes establishing a steering committee of state, national and international stakeholders, funding agency representatives and Texas A&M faculty. Partnerships with stakeholders include Texas A&M AgriLife agencies, departments,… Read More →