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Increased Oversight for Antibiotic Use

By Todd Carroll When the first antibiotic, penicillin, was developed in 1929, discussions began about different bacteria being able to become resistant to the drug. Those discussions continue today for the different antibiotics used to treat human beings as well as animals, and the FDA is now talking about increasing the oversight that veterinarians have in the use of antibiotics to treat animals. Thomas Hairgrove is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension veterinarian. “There’s a five-year plan that FDA’s talking about and one of the things in that five-year… Read More →

Agriculture experts discuss future of meat production at Texas A&M summit

By Kenny Wiley Agriculture experts from across the country and Brazos Valley-area producers and academics gathered inside the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center Monday for a wide-ranging summit on the meat production industry and related fields. Richard Teague, a Texas A&M AgriLife range ecologist, and Dan Hale, a meat specialist at A&M, were among more than a dozen speakers at Raising Meat: A New Food Economy Summit. Kimberly Ratcliff, the manager of Caney Creek Ranch  in Freestone County, spoke on experiences of ranchers and producers of color…. Read More →

You Herd Right: 8 Tips to Gather the Herd

By Portia Stewart Using the words “stubborn” and “cattle” together might be a bit redundant. But thoughtful pressure and keen cattle sense go a long way when you’re moving cattle, as stockmenship trainers Ron Gill, Ph.D, and Curt Pate demonstrated at the 2019 NCBA Cattle Convention. Gill and Pate shared advice on how to gather the herd and at the Stockmanship and Stewardship Demonstration Arena, sponsored by Merck Animal Heath. First, an important point. Gill, a professor and Extension livestock specialist at Texas A&M University, says you’ll know… Read More →

Texas A&M University International Beef Academy to debut

Online certificate program will teach latest in beef production, industry practices Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reinaldo Cooke, 979-458-2703, reinaldocooke@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Applications for the inaugural Texas A&M University International Beef Academy are being accepted. The academy, available exclusively online, will begin in September and continue through July 2019. “The International Beef Academy will offer an exclusive, customized and advanced learning experience tailored to the educational and professional needs of each participant,” said Dr. Reinaldo Cooke, associate professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University… Read More →

AgriLife Extension experts offer advice on livestock safety, care after Harvey

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Livestock in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are still at risk for lack of feed, injury or disease, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. “Water is the first priority with livestock, so producers should try and find a safe drinking water source and make sure their animals have an adequate supply,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station. “Some animals may not eat wet… Read More →

We’re social!

For those of you who follow the Department of Animal Science Facebook page, this will be old news. But for those who do not, you are missing out! Starting in mid-May of 2017, the department kicked off an effort to revitalize our Facebook presence. So many students, future students, former students, stakeholders, and more are on Facebook, that it is important that the department is too. “While we’ve had a social media presence for quite some time, with the guidance of Dr. Lamb, we’ve really started to put… Read More →

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 →