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Noted animal welfare expert Ted Friend to retire after 38 years at Texas A&M

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – For 38 years, Dr. Ted Friend has walked up and down the stairs of the Kleberg Animal Science Building at Texas A&M University where he established himself as a national expert and researcher on animal behavior and welfare. “It’s been a lot of fun,” said Friend, who will soon retire from the department, reflecting back on his career that began at Texas A&M in 1977. He was hired at A&M following graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with… Read More →

Animal Science presents 2015 alumni awards, hall of fame induction

COLLEGE STATION – The Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University recognized two former students with alumni awards and inducted two individuals into the Animal Science Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held April 29 in College Station. Dr. Mitch Bowling received the 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni Award; John Bellinger was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award; and Dr. Gene T. King and Dr. O.D. Butler Jr. were posthumously inducted into the Animal Science Hall of Fame. “The Department of Animal Science is honored to… Read More →

Texas A&M Stock Horse Team wins reserve national championship

By Olivia Norton ’16 Ardmore, Okla. – The Texas A&M Stock Horse Team was named the 2015 Reserve National Champion Collegiate Stock Horse Team at the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) Intercollegiate Show in Ardmore, Okla. held April 24-25. The Stock Horse Team consists of six members who ride individual horses and compete in four separate events: stock horse pleasure, trail, reining, and working cow horse. Students are divided into three separate divisions based on their previous show experience and years of riding: non-pro, limited non-pro and novice…. Read More →

Long-time employee Don Palmer passes away

Don Palmer, a long-time employee of the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center, passed away March 31, 2015 after a brief illness. Don made tremendous and lasting contributions to the meat science teaching, research and extension programs. Equally important, he was a great person who was well liked and respected by students, faculty and staff. Don will be sincerely missed. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with funeral to follow… Read More →

Livestock show animal health focus of recent Texas A&M AgriLife workshop

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A recent workshop held at Texas A&M University and also made available to online participants taught attendees preventive care and treatment tips with livestock show projects. Workshop organizers were Dr. Tom Hairgrove, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock and food systems coordinator, Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, and Dr. Billy Zanolini, AgriLife Extension 4-H Youth Development specialist. The program featured perspectives from livestock show officials, veterinarians and an AgriLife Extension meat specialist. The workshop attracted participants… Read More →

England, Ireland Study Abroad

The England and Ireland Agriculture and Animal Production study abroad program offered a group of 28 animal science students a complete educational experience including tours of notable cities and landmarks, the scenic countryside and coastlines, a taste of local cuisine, visits with leaders from agricultural associations and in-depth tours to numerous farms and agricultural centers. The main focus of the study abroad program explored many aspects of the regions’ livestock industry including sheep, beef, dairy, horse and grain production systems. The student group included Elizabeth Barrier, Kylie Bennett,… Read More →

Intensification focus of Eng Foundation Symposium

Cattle industry representative hear latest research on expanding cowherd Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Tryon Wickersham, 979-845-1541, tryon@tamu.edu SAN ANTONIO – Record cattle prices resulting from all-time low cow numbers in the U.S. is signaling expansion among ranchers across the country, according to experts. However, land availability and available capital are challenges in meeting cowherd expansion. Texas cattle industry representatives met recently in San Antonio for the Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation Symposium, where they could hear more about these challenges. The symposium examined intensification options… Read More →

Applied nutrition modeling producing beef more profitably, helping reduce methane emissions in feedlots

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Russell Cross, 979-845-5062, luis.tedeschi@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Nutritional modeling systems developed in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University have helped participating Texas feedlot operators keep feed costs in check and produce beef more profitably. Now, these models have the potential to be applied to help reduce greenhouse emissions, according to researchers. Dr. Luis Tedeschi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research nutritionist and associate professor in the department of animal science, has extensively studied decision support systems, specifically nutritional modeling. While a doctoral… Read More →

Animal Science professor killed in car accident

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Dr. Marcel Amstalden died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, from injuries sustained during a car accident that occurred while traveling near Hallettsville, Texas.  Dr. Amstalden was an associate professor in physiology of reproduction in the Department of Animal Science. He also was currently serving as Chair of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology at Texas A&M. “We are incredibly saddened by the loss of Marcel Amstalden,” said Dr. Russell Cross, head of animal science. “Not only was he… Read More →

Aggies win Quiz Bowl at National Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon

The Texas A&M University Academic Quadrathlon team represented the Southern Section in the American Society of Animal Science National Academic Quadrathlon competition recently in Kansas.  The four components of the competition include a written examination, laboratory practicum, oral presentation and  quiz bowl.  The first two components were hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.  The final two components of the competition were held in Kansas City in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the ASAS. The TAMU team of Tyler Coufal (Troy, TX), Kaysi Dean (Eula, TX),… Read More →