Category Archives: Livestock

International demand keeps Texas beef prices stable

Writer: Cody Weems, cweems@tdtnews.com  CAMERON — Though markets aren’t likely to take off in 2019, cattle experts believe an increasing global demand for beef should keep prices steady. Dozens of cattle producers converged on Cameron on Thursday for the 38th annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, where market experts discussed about the state of the industry. Jason Johnson, an economist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, said herds are likely near the end of the growth period that followed the 2012 drought. As supplies have grown, he said the growing… Read More →

Texas A&M International Beef Academy receives grant from 44 Farms

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Cameron-based 44 Farms has provided gift funds to become the signature sponsor of the Texas A&M International Beef Academy, which debuted earlier this year. With its financial commitment, the program has been renamed the 44 Farms International Beef Academy at Texas A&M, according to program coordinators. 44 Farms is the largest registered Angus operation in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S. “We are extremely pleased to have Bob McClaren and 44 Farms make this contribution and commitment,” said Dr…. Read More →

U.S. Food Safety Is No Accident

In addition to good stewardship practices that are utilized by food producers, retailers, and restaurants there is a very sophisticated food regulatory system that puts hurdles in place to insure that or country’s food supply continues to be the safest in the world. Dan Hale is a Professor and Texas A&M Agrilife Meat Specialist. “First of all, it’s in the farmer or ranchers interest to produce healthy, safe, happy animals, for example. Or to do the best job that they can with their land and resources so that… Read More →

64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 in College Station

Writer/Media Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The 64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station will highlight a cattle market outlook as well as issues affecting beef producers. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers. The short course is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal… Read More →

Cow with better body condition has stronger calving process

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu Body condition scoring refers to evaluating the amount of body fat in a cow (or any other animal). Under normal grazing conditions, cows carrying more body fat are more efficient because they are more adapted to their environment. Cows (and bulls) that are more adapted to their environment are more fertile and productive. The value of body condition scoring has been known since at least the early 1960s when Dr. J. N. Wiltbank reported that cows in better body condition, or that were… Read More →

AgriLife Research to study prenatal stress impacts in cattle

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ron Randel, 903-834-6191, ron.randel@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – A $382,800 federal grant will fund research to identify the impacts of prenatal stress on beef cattle DNA, white blood cells, other tissue and subsequent changes in genetics related to temperament, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Ron Randel, AgriLife Research physiologist, said the three-year grant will finance research focused on the “effect of prenatal stress on DNA methylation and correspondence with gene expression in cattle” at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in… Read More →

Both data, visual aspects of cattle count when making purchases

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu FORT WORTH  – When buying female replacement cattle or breeding bulls, it’s important to use data and visual observations to make the best selections, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Cleere, beef cattle specialist from College Station, gave a series of demonstrations on conformation at the recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention in Fort Worth advising the best methods for buying replacements. “If I look at what the cow looks like visually… Read More →

The forgotten goat has grown in popularity

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu As I drive up and down the roads of South and Central Texas, I often see a pasture with goats, mostly Boers now. In the late 1980s, when I was still a young extension specialist, C. Wayne Hanselka, extension range specialist (now retired), and I decided to compile as much information about meat goat production as possible from folks in the business at that time. Other than dairy breeds and Angoras, goats back then were called “Spanish.” The Boers (“Boer” means “farmer” in… Read More →

Ranchers learn about the injection-site blemishes, value of beef carcass

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu FORT WORTH – A team of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists demonstrated how much injection–site blemishes can diminish the value of high-end cuts from the beef carcass at the recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention in Fort Worth. Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist from Corpus Christi, was joined by Dr. Dan Hale, AgriLife Extension meat specialist, and Dr. Tom Hairgrove, AgriLife Extension beef cattle veterinarian and food animal specialist, both from College Station, who… Read More →

Expert: Misplaced metal scrapie ear tags could pose risk to sheep shearer, sheep

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – A switch from plastic to metal ear tags could spell trouble for sheep shearers and the animals they shear if the tags are incorrectly applied, said a shearing expert. Dr. Reid Redden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service recently quit providing free plastic scrapie program ear tags to the sheep and goat community as a cost-saving measure. They are, however,… Read More →