Category Archives: Sheep & Goats

AgriLife Extension to offer Sheep Scanning Certification School April 10-11 in San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with North Dakota State University and the National Sheep Improvement Program will conduct a Sheep Scanning Certification School April 10-11 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo, 7887 U.S. Highway 87. The school will be from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Individual registration is $200 due upon arrival. Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, said measuring… Read More →

Producer input needed for possible sore mouth pilot project in goats

AgriLife Researcher: Severe ‘orf’ cases appear to be increasing in West Texas Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – With sore mouth cases in goats reportedly on the rise,Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center agencies in San Angelo will seek producer input on a possible study during a meeting March 1 at the center. The informational meeting, set for 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. The center is north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. Dr…. Read More →

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo sets performance-oriented sheep, goat sale

Producers should consider consignments now for Aug. 18 event Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Plans are being made to conduct a second performance-oriented sheep and goat sale Aug. 18 immediately after the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, organizers said. The expo, conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife, is billed as the state’s premier sheep and goat educational event, and is set Aug. 17-18 at the First Community Spur Arena in San Angelo, organizers said. The sale will conclude the expo and is… Read More →

Hillingdon Ranch tour shows visitors ‘Texas-style’ sheep raising

Contacts: Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ronald Pope, 325-653-4576, ronald.pope@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu COMFORT — More than  70 people attending the 2018 American Sheep Industry Convention in San Antonio, including those from several U.S. states, Canada and Australia, got a firsthand look at sheep production in Texas during their recent tour of Hillingdon Ranch in Comfort. The group was given an inside look at the operation of the 130-year-old family-owned ranch, which not only produces fine wool sheep, but also Angus cattle, Angora goats and white-tailed deer. “We… Read More →

AgriLife to offer wool and mohair workshops in January at San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Texas A&M AgriLife will conduct two separate educational programs aimed at both the novice and professional in the sheep industry. Wool and Mohair 101 will be a one-day workshop on the basics from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo. It will coincide with the annual three-day AgriLife Extension Sheep Shearing School Jan. 13-15. The center is north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway… Read More →

AgriLife eyes ways to match offspring with their dams using new producer-friendly technologies

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The age-old problem of matching ewes with their offspring is getting some help from modern technology, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “For a sizeable group of animals, matching lambs with their mothers can turn into a logistical and economic nightmare,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo. “The practice requires time, facilities and added feed costs. Plus, the animals are often in an unfamiliar environment very… Read More →

Registration opens for Third Annual AgriLife Extension shearing school Jan. 13-15 in San Angelo set

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has opened registration for its Third Annual Sheep Shearing School set Jan. 13-15 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. “We’ve had a growing enrollment for this school since its inception in 2015,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo. “Participant slots are limited due to the hands-on instruction, so we are encouraging… Read More →

AgriLife Extension publishes sheep, goat how-to validation YouTube video series

Series meant to simplify statewide show-animal process Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marty Gibbs, 325-653-4576, mj-gibbs@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published a YouTube series demonstrating the various procedures of the Texas 4-H and FFA sheep and goat validation program. Marvin Ensor, AgriLife Extension regional program leader at San Angelo, said the state validation programs are designed to promote fair competition among youth exhibitors. “The validation program is an animal identification process that is utilized to enforce rules related to ownership requirements, possession, care… Read More →

Lamb, goat camps bring hundreds of youth to Aggieland

This summer, 360 youth and 700 adults journeyed to College Station to attend the 2017 Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camps, making them the biggest camps to date. Lamb Camp was held July 14-16, and Goat Camp was held July 21-23. The camps offered instruction on showmanship techniques, proper facilities, selection criteria, nutrition and health, pre-show preparations, show day activities and exercise programs. Hands-on demonstrations were conducted on proper ways to shear, trim hooves, and give shots. On the last day of camp, youth participants had the opportunity to… Read More →

AgriLife sets annual ram test start for Sept. 11

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Sept. 11 will mark the start of the 2017-2018 annual Ram Performance Test conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife. The testing calendar will start with the Sept. 11 delivery of the Rambouillet rams to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. Dr. Reid Redden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, said the test has been a key tool in helping breeders identify and… Read More →