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Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship School Program Celebrates Its 50th Year

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Summer Horsemanship School Program just completed its 50th consecutive year of sending collegiate horsemanship instructors throughout Texas to teach horsemanship. This tremendously successful educational program serves to strengthen the foundation of horsemanship and develop advanced riding skills for youth, as well as adults. Throughout the spring semester, four Texas A&M students, Hannah Cain, Grace Freeman, Reagan Hoelscher, and Shelby Snidarich completed rigorous training in horsemanship, teaching, and both western and english disciplines. They engaged in immersive experiences in jumping, showmanship, stock horse, barrel… Read More →

Dr. Ky G. Pohler Receives the Animal Industry Innovation Award from the American Society of Animal Science

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Dr. Ky G. Pohler is the recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Animal Industry Innovation Award, presented during the 2022 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Dr. Ky G. Pohler is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Pregnancy and Developmental Programming Area of Excellence in the Department of Animal Science. He received a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri. Dr. Pohler’s research focuses on physiological and molecular mechanisms that control reproductive efficiency… Read More →

Katherine M. Halloran Receives the Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award from the American Society of Animal Science

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Katherine M. Halloran is the recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award, presented during the 2022 ASASCSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Katherine M. Halloran received her B.S. in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo in 2015 and joined Dr. Fuller Bazer’s program in the Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University where she received the M.S. in Physiology of Reproduction in 2018 and is a Ph.D. candidate to graduate in 2022. Katherine’s research… Read More →

Third-annual 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy begins in September

New this year: $100,000 in scholarships The 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy, IBCA, isn’t Animal Science 101, and the students aren’t roaming the campus. The unique advanced beef education immersion program offered by Texas A&M University is developing beef industry leaders for tomorrow from around the world. “What the students learn is very unique in terms of content and not something you find in regular animal science programs,” said Reinaldo Cooke, Ph.D., program coordinator and associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. “Our students learn… Read More →

Forage webinar aims to save ranchers money

xas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts will host a forage webinar Aug. 21 on the reduction of winter feeding by stockpiling warm-season forages and/or planting cool-season pastures.The three-part forage webinar begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 6:oo p.m. The fee is $35, and the deadline to register is noon Aug. 19. Electronic copies of slides and other program materials will be available prior to the program, and all sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by registrants. The program will be presented by Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife… Read More →

From the Ground Up: Ground Beef Demand Surges During Pandemic

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -It’s safe to say that most of us have eaten more at home than normal during the outbreak of the coronavirus and that has been challenging for some folks that just don’t cook a lot. But, apparently ground meat doesn’t intimidate inexperienced cooks like some meat cuts do. “We have turned into more, during this time that we’ve been isolated into more of a ground beef nation than we have ever been before,” said Davey Griffin, Texas A&M AgriLife professor and meat specialist. “Ground beef… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 30, 2020

Joe Paschal, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi, said livestock are entering a period he calls the “summer slump,” where weight gains and body condition scores can dip as animals deal with the heat and declining forage quality. Paschal and Jason Banta, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said cattle in much of the state were experiencing typical summer conditions. Rains have reduced drought levels for most of the state, but as temperatures rise, moisture levels and grazing conditions could change quickly without additional rainfall. “Overall,… Read More →

From the Ground Up: Pandemic Strengthens Demand for Custom Processing

By Todd Carroll BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – Over the last few years there has been a rising demand among some consumers to buy locally produced food and that has given Farmers’ Markets and Farm Share programs a boost. The Covid-19 outbreak that slowed down the big meat processors in the U.S. has fueled even more demand for small local processors. Davey Griffin is a Texas A&M AgriLife Professor and Meat Specialist. “We have a real interest by consumers right now in knowing where their food comes from. And so,… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Study Targets Contamination Hotspots In Food Processing

By Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Understanding foodborne pathogen pathways will lead to greater food safety. Food safety through a greater understanding of the contamination “hotspots” in our food supply chain, particularly meat, is a priority for a new Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Sapna Chitlapilly Dass, a meat science research assistant professor in the Texas A&M University College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ Department of Animal Science, said her study aims to identify the hotspots of contamination in the food processing industry. Her goal is to determine how and where… Read More →

Mom was right about not touching slime; researchers looking at pathogens in food facilities

By Coral Beach on June 9, 2020 New research underway seeks to determine how and where bacteria hide in food processing plants so that they can be eliminated, to the benefit of public health and the bottom line of food companies. The project involves scientists at Texas A&M, Stanford University, and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service U.S. Meat Animal Research Center’s pilot meat processing facility in Clay Center, NE. Their work has the backing of a $479,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the project… Read More →