Category Archives: Sheep & Goats

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 →

State makes top 10 in various agricultural areas

BY JOE PASCHAL Recently I was asked to participate in an educational program initiated by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension called “Path to the Plate.” The purpose is to educate our consumers about agricultural products – fibers, grains, vegetables and animal proteins, about where their food comes from and how it is produced. It might seem that most folks should already know where their food comes from but unfortunately most do not. Not only do they not know where it comes from, they have no idea of the value… Read More →

Consecutive AgriLife sheep, goat events are almost here

Sheep and Goat Field Day, Texas Sheep and Goat Expo set Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu   SAN ANGELO – Two major sheep and goat events are fast approaching. The 44th annual Sheep and Goat Field Day, followed immediately by the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, will be Aug. 18 and 19 in San Angelo. The field day theme is “Feeding for Profit” and will showcase work being done at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension… Read More →

Buying time approaches for Angora wether, fine-wool ewe lamb futurity prospect animals

San Angelo Stock Show youth contests stress livestock knowledge, management skills Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-657-7324, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu Brittni Kaczyk,325-653-7785, www.sanangelorodeo.com SAN ANGELO –  The time approaches for young exhibitors to select animals for two livestock competitions unique among the San Angelo Livestock Show youth contests, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state sheep and goat specialist. Goats to be entered in the Junior Angora Goat Wether Futurity must be owned by the exhibitor by Oct. 1  and the Junior Ewe Lamb Futurity set of two… Read More →

Premier ram sale will wrap up AgriLife’s Texas Sheep and Goat Expo Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo

New event will offer top performance-tested registered Rambouillet, Katahdin rams 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 Sheep and Goat Expo in San Angelo will add another first to its growing list of new features with the addition of a performance-tested ram sale featuring top registered Rambouillet and Katahdin rams offered at auction at 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Texas A&M AgriLife organizers said the ram sale will culminate two days packed with educational activities that debut Aug. 18 with the 44th… Read More →

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo adds youth program

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Chad Coburn, 325-378-3181, c-coburn@tamu.edu Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas Sheep and Goat Expo slated for Aug. 18-19 at San Angelo’s First Community Spur Arena has added a youth component. Billed as the largest, most comprehensive educational event of its kind, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-conducted expo addresses wool sheep, hair sheep, meat goats, club lambs and Angora goats. Now for the first time in its three-year history, a program specifically for young people has been added. Chad… Read More →

Major sheep and goat educational events are fast approaching

Aug. 18-19 mark field day, Texas expo in San Angelo Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Officials said plans for the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo featuring new events are finalized. The statewide Texas A&M AgriLife event set for Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo is one of the largest sheep and goat programs in the world, particularly in the way it addresses different segments of the industry, said Marvin Ensor, event coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program… Read More →

AgriLife livestock guardian dog study numbers are in

Results show promise for ancient predator control method for sheep, goats 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 numbers are in from a yearlong experiment pitting 18 inexperienced young livestock guardian dogs and their neophyte dog-handling owners against a hoard of native sheep and goat predators ranging over thousands of West Texas acres. “Predation is and always has been one of the most significant problems in the sheep and goat industry in Texas,” said Dr. Reid Redden, Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife sets inaugural Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day May 10 at Menard

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-657-47324, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu Lisa Brown, 325-396-4787, lbrown@ag.tamu.edu Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu MENARD – Texas A&M AgriLife will conduct their first Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day on May 10 at Menard. “To my knowledge, this will be the first program devoted strictly to livestock guardian dogs that our sister agencies, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, have conducted anywhere,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo. “Both agencies… Read More →

Plans for third Texas Sheep and Goat Expo underway

Tentative August 18-19 dates set for statewide event Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Wheels are in motion for a third Texas Sheep and Goat Expo based on  strong feedback from planners and participants of the Aug. 2016 event held at San Angelo’s Spur Arena, said the event’s chairman. Marvin Ensor, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program leader at San Angelo, said a recent planning committee meeting confirmed the momentum remains high behind conducting a third such top-tier program. “AgriLife Extension’s Texas… Read More →