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

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, 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, Contact: Dr. Tryon Wickersham, 979-845-1541, 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, Contact: Dr. Russell Cross, 979-845-5062, 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 →

Temple Grandin receives honorary degree from Texas A&M University

By Jeff Savell Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and internationally recognized authority on animal handling and autism, received an honorary degree from Texas A&M University on Friday, August 15, 2014. Dr. Grandin’s contribution to our understanding of animal and human behavior has set new standards for helping people in these diverse areas solve problems. Dr. Grandin has been on campus in the past for the Beef Cattle Shortcourse, the Rosenthal Lecture Series, and for talks on autism. She has collaborated with faculty and… Read More →

Texas A&M System agricultural agencies surveying Texas stocker cattle industry

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Russell Cross, 979-845-1541, COLLEGE STATION – A survey distributed to the Texas stocker cattle industry by Texas A&M University System agricultural agencies will help collect vital trend data to assist in meeting future research and educational initiatives, according to officials. The mailed survey will help specialists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the department of animal science and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M gather information to evaluate field research efforts and educational programs relating to… Read More →

Prevention, dietary adjustment show promise in fending off joint pain in young horses

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Josie Coverdale, 979-862-3654, COLLEGE STATION – A series of studies by researchers in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University suggest prevention is the best solution to prevent arthritis in young quarter horses. Dr. Josie Coverdale, associate professor in equine science, and Dr. Jessica Lucia, a former graduate student under Coverdale and now a professor at Sam Houston State University, found use of anti-inflammatory aids mixed with daily rations can help decrease joint inflammation in young horses. “Arthritis… Read More →

Genomics and Society course at Texas A&M explores social, ethical and policy issues

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M University course is giving students a look at both social and policy issues related to genomics technology in agriculture. Philosophy 489/689 Genomics and Society is directed by three instructors – Dr. Penny Riggs, a faculty member in the department of animal science, philosophy professor Dr. Clare Palmer and Dr. T.J. Kasperbauer, a recent philosophy doctoral graduate – all at Texas A&M in College Station. Riggs said the course was first offered… Read More →