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Bush Library Legacy of Ranching exhibit features Texas’ legendary ranches

Texas A&M Department of Animal Science history on display Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Legacy of Ranching, a comprehensive exhibit covering some of Texas’ most historic ranching operations and featuring a historical perspective of the Texas A&M University animal science department, is on display at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum through Jan. 7. The exhibit showcases the rich history of beef cattle production in Texas, which contributes $11 billion annually to the state’s economy and is the second-leading commodity behind oil and… Read More →

New Year – Old Pest

Writer: Joe C. Paschal, Livestock Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu As we begin a new year we are faced with an old pest, the fever tick. The fever tick (actually there are two different species) once ranged as far north as Virginia and is the host for the blood parasite that causes Cattle or Tick Fever. This disease can kill as many as 90% of the affected cattle. Beginning in 1906, the USDA Fever Tick Eradication Program eliminated fever ticks down to a 500 mile stretch… Read More →

Checkoff study: Beef maintains its favorable tenderness ratings

Beef Tenderness Survey Executive Summary Favorable tenderness ratings for beef steaks, which have improved significantly since 1990, have remained steady over the past five years, recent research shows. This quality retention has occurred despite environmental and financial challenges that could have derailed its progress. The beef checkoff-funded 2015/2016 National Beef Tenderness Survey was conducted at Texas A&M University, which has surveyed beef tenderness regularly since 1990. “Despite some challenges over the past ten years, including drought, fluctuating supply and rising input costs, the tenderness of the beef being… Read More →

U.S. decline in meat protein consumption raises concern for Texas A&M scientist

Meat from animals critical for good health and development Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Guoyao Wu, 979-845-1541, g-wu@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A 14 percent decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption over the past decade has caused alarm with one Texas A&M AgriLife scientist who warns the effects could be dire for overall human health and child development. Dr. Guoyao Wu, distinguished professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, said U.S. consumers have been overwhelmed with misinformation about protein and fats in meats,… Read More →

Youth program to be offered at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Youth can learn more about the beef industry, including a virtual tour of a feedlot and packing operations, during a special hands-on program held in conjunction with the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 1-2 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The youth program will feature a variety of educational sessions, ranging from beef evaluations and grading, beef fabrication and a grilling activity, said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and Texas… Read More →

Barbecue town hall meeting attracts owners, pitmasters to Texas A&M

Meat price outlook, carcass grading, cuts discussed Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Low corn prices are helping to produce more pounds of meat, whether it’s beef, pork or chicken, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. That’s good news for barbecue restaurant owners who continue to purchase and smoke thousands of pounds of meat to satisfy a growing demand for Texas barbecue. As a whole, meat prices are coming down from 2014 levels, especially beef, said Dr…. Read More →

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and Related Information for Livestock Producers

The Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996 (ADAA) established a new category of drugs, veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs. The revised Veterinary Feed Directive rule that goes into effect October 1, 2015 addresses the use of drugs in feeds for livestock. Current focus is on antimicrobials that are considered medically-important (human medicine applications). What does the VFD rule and associated guidance do? The VFD rule and associated FDA Guidance documents – ends the use of medically-important antimicrobials to enhance livestock performance, transitions many of the feed medications that… Read More →

Crooks is named state AgriLife Extension sheep and goat assistant

Crooks is named state AgriLife Extension sheep and goat assistant Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Sterling “Ty” Crooks became the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state sheep and goat assistant effective Oct. 12. Crooks is headquartered at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. His primary duties will involve working with the state’s 4-H sheep and goat youth programs, said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo and Crooks’… Read More →

Texas A&M University to host AMSA’s 2017 Reciprocal Meat Conference

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M University has been chosen by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) to host the organization’s 70th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) scheduled for June 18-21, 2017. RMC serves as the annual meeting of AMSA and features an interactive program tailored to share research findings and seek solutions to new and existing industry concerns. RMC brings together more than 1,000 meat scientists from nearly twenty countries around the world.  Attendees are members of academia, government and industry as well as undergraduate and graduate students… Read More →

Gill awarded NIH grant to study phages as antibacterial treatment

Writer: Courtney Coufal, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jason Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife research scientist, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and member of the Center for Phage Technology at Texas A&M, has been awarded a $411,125 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the basic biology of bacteriophages (phages) – viruses that naturally infect and kill bacteria. The study will examine the biology of one of the major groups of phages that infect Staphylococcus aureus, an opportunistic pathogen that harms humans and… Read More →