Category Archives: Livestock

Rx Required

By Susan Himes Food and Drug administration Is continuing the phasing in of a law that requires a prescription for any antibiotic use in animals raised for human consumption. No longer will producers who need injectable antibiotics for their cattle be able to just grab them at their local feed store or order them online. Producers should be aware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is continuing the phasing in of a law that requires a prescription for any antibiotic us in animals raised for human consumption,… Read More →

Baling decisions, storage can reduce waste

Management decisions, equipment maintenance and proper storage can have a big impact on waste and efficiency when baling hay. Andy McCorkill, a University of Missouri livestock specialist, says producers should tailor bale size to their facilities and animals, but overall bigger bales are more efficient. “The larger diameter bales, you’ll have less loss,” he says. “Smaller bales, you have basically two times the surface area exposed for the same amount of hay.” Jason Banta, an Extension beef specialist with Texas A&M University, says it is important to get… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report – March 24, 2020

By Adam Russell Sheep prices steady, goats great amid uncertain market conditions Texas sheep and goat producers are experiencing a mixed bag of good-to-stable prices amid increased market uncertainty as they get farther into 2020, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo, said goats and sheep were experiencing two markets beset by myriad factors, good and bad. Thompson recommends the new AgriLife Extension Lamb and Goat Market Forecast app to stay up to date on the latest price and market… Read More →

Extra good: Which mineral supplement is needed?

By Robert Fears Mineral nutrition is very important for successful beef production because it impacts animal growth, reproduction, milk production and health. Cattle obtain part of their mineral requirements from forage, water and protein supplements, but the remainder of their requirements must be met through mineral supplements. The big question is: “Which mineral supplement is needed for my cattle?” Selection of the right mineral is dependent on the geographical region, forage system, cattle production stage and other factors. Jason Banta of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provided some considerations… Read More →

Boardman joins Department of Animal Science as lecturer, judging team coordinator

COLLEGE STATION – Caleb Boardman will join the Department of Animal Science on Dec. 1, as a lecturer and livestock judging coordinator. Boardman will be responsible for teaching general animal science production systems and livestock evaluation classes in addition to advising and coordinating the intercollegiate livestock judging and meat animal activities. He will also assist with youth Extension and livestock judging programs and serve as a recruiter for the department. “Texas A&M University is one of the strongest and storied judging programs in the country,” said Dr. Cliff… Read More →

Beef’s greatest talent is protein upcycling

By Lacey Newlin, 580-748-1892, lnewlin@hpj.com “There are some really highly educated people out there who are actively against the beef industry,” said Tryon Wickersham, associate professor of animal nutrition at Texas A&M University. “I don’t think there is going to be anything we can do to change that. I think they will be against everything we do, no matter how we do it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mount a defense or stop educating the consumers about the value we bring to their plates.” Wickersham spoke recently… Read More →

Why are we leaving reproductive technology sitting on the shelf?

By; Dr. Ky Pohler Increasing reproductive efficiency with technology at hand is vital to improving beef production. Many technologies developed in the last 20 to 30 years have helped increase reproductive efficiency. Some producers were early adopters and have used these technologies successfully for years. Yet, there’s still room for more technology adoption, as USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System data indicates only: 18% of operations palpate for pregnancies 2.2% ultrasound for pregnancies 7.9% use estrus synchronization 7.6% use artificial insemination (A.I.) Taking a step back, 54.5% of cow-calf… Read More →

All antibiotics for livestock will soon require a vet’s prescription

By Susan Himes No longer will producers who need injectable antibiotics for their cattle be able to just grab them at their local feed store or order them online. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wants producers to be aware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is continuing the phasing in of a law that requires a prescription for any antibiotic use in animals raised for human consumption, as well as for all companion animals. Prescriptions, livestock and your vet A prescription is already required for most antibiotics… Read More →

New FDA antibiotic law creates client-vet relationship

By: Roland Rodriguez The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now is moving forward with a law to bring all antibiotics used on animals grown for human food consumption under veterinary oversight. What this means is that producers will only be able to get antibiotics for their animals by prescription only. The FDA is responsible for protecting public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and animal drugs and the food supply, among other things. The Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine is requiring… Read More →

Summer drought affecting livestock producers in the Big Country

ABILENE, Texas — The State of Texas is the largest producer of livestock in the United States. Much of the State of Texas is dealing with drought conditions right now, but how is this affecting livestock in the Big Country? Dr. Jason Sawyer is an Associate Professor of Animal Sciences and Beef Management at Texas A&M University, and he believes that this summer’s drought could have an impact on cattle prices. “We typically see cattle prices decline a modest amount as people take older stuff to market and… Read More →