Category Archives: Sheep & Goats

Grants awarded to AgriLife Extension for sheep, goat genetic advancements

SAN ANGELO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in San Angelo has been awarded a trio of grants totaling over $136,000 to further develop research and educational outreach projects related to improving sheep and goat production in Texas. Although it is the largest sheep and goat producing state in terms of numbers, Texas has not widely adopted the genetic technology proven to improve the health and productivity of small ruminants, according to AgriLife Extension specialists. Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialist, and Jake Thorne,… Read More →

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo offering youth workshop Aug. 17

By Susan Himes SAN ANGELO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold a youth program and skillathon on Aug. 17 as part of the fifth annual Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, which runs Aug. 16-17. The youth event will run from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Spur Arena at 200 W. 43rd Ave., San Angelo. This will be the third year this program dedicated to educating youth has been part of the expo. The $15 cost of the skillathon includes breakfast and lunch, which is sponsored by Sheep and Goat… Read More →

Selling lambs or goats? AgriLife has an app for that

By Susan Himes SAN ANGELO — The Lamb and Goat Market Forecast app for iPhone helps producers pick the best time to sell by projecting marginal revenue per head. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the San Angelo State University information technology department developed the predictive program, and it’s available for free at  https://apps.apple.com/app/id1467220182.  “This app addresses the basic question producers face: ‘Should I sell them now, or do I retain ownership and sell them a little bit later down the road? And if I do wait, what… Read More →

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, annual field day schedules announced

By Susan Himes SAN ANGELO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo has announced the schedule for the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo and the 46th annual Sheep and Goat Field Day. The two events historically attract participants nationwide and are the country’s largest sheep and goat events, said Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension regional program leader, San Angelo. The free field day will be Aug.16 from 8-11:30 a.m. at the AgriLife center, 7887 U.S. Highway 87 N., San Angelo. The field day will… Read More →

AgriLife Research, TPWD hold sheep, goat workshop in Sonora

By Susan Himes SONORA – Texas A&M AgriLife Research recently held a two-day sheep and goat workshop in collaboration with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The workshop was held at the Sonora station, which is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. It helped create a dialogue between the state agencies and provided additional education for TPWD biologists about the Texas sheep and goat industry, plus explained how ranches can successfully support both wildlife and small ruminants. “The workshop really helped… Read More →

Specialists use technology to stop the spread of disease among flocks

By Susan Himes SAN ANGELO — It is a brisk morning in central west Texas. Sheep are penned behind the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service building in San Angelo. Several are run into a chute. A member of the AgriLife sheep and goat team holds a pneumatic gun. In less than 10 seconds, four rounds of vaccine have been fired off and another four ewes have been given their annual booster vaccination in preparation for lambing season. Old Problems, New Solutions An AgriLife team in San… Read More →

Winter is coming, are you ready?

By Dr. Reid Redden, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu, 325.653.4576 As was discussed previously, some warm season weeds were produced that can be toxic to sheep and goats. Now, most of these plants have withered or the animals have learned to avoid them, especially if there is abundance of favorable forages. It appears to be a great year to grow cereal forages crops, such as wheat, oats, and triticale. These are fantastic crops for sheep and goats to grow out fall- and winter-born lambs and kids. Hopefully, the winter (December, January, and… Read More →

2018 ANSC Brazil Study Abroad: Comparative Ruminant Production

Writers: Jordan Adams and Madeline Rivera It is every college student’s dream to have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad.  Visit a foreign country, learn a different language, experience another culture, make new friends, and learn something that we never knew about ourselves. During the summer of 2018, nine animal science students and one biomedical science student had the opportunity to study abroad in Brazil. The objective of the study abroad was to compare ruminant production schemes in the northeastern and southeastern regions of Brazil to… Read More →

AgriLife Extension sheep shearing school fills crucial void in the industry

Writer: Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Susan.Himes@ag.tam.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-657-7324, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO- The Texas A&M AgriLife Sheep Shearing School was held Jan. 12-14 at the AgriLife Research and Extension Center. Over the three-day course, students learned how to shear sheep and received an overview of key aspects of the shearing industry. With a decreasing number of professional shearers available worldwide, the annual school provides crucial skills needed for producers to care for their own flocks. Students, along with instructors, sheared over 200 animals during the hands-on workshop…. Read More →

One of the world’s largest sheep, goat educational events set for Aug. 16-17

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The fifth Texas Sheep and Goat Expo conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for Aug.16-17 in San Angelo’s 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena on the San Angelo Fairgrounds. The statewide event, billed as one of the largest sheep and goat industry educational programs  in the world, focuses on many different segments of the industry as well as the issues challenging producers in Texas and across the U.S., according to organizers. “The expo is unique in that… Read More →