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Differential skeletal muscle mitochondrial characteristics of weanling racing-bred horses

By Christine M Latham, Clara K Fenger, Dr. Sarah H White Abstract Responses of equine skeletal muscle characteristics to growth and training have been shown to differ between breeds. These differential responses may arise in part because muscle fiber type and mitochondrial density differ between breeds, even in untrained racing-bred horses. However, it is not known when these breed-specific differences manifest. To test the hypothesis that weanling Standardbreds (SB) and Thoroughbreds (TB) would have higher mitochondrial measures than Quarter Horses (QH), gluteus medius samples were collected from SB (mean… Read More →

The weight of labor issues on animal welfare

By Courtney Daigle Producers face challenges in recruiting and retaining stockpeople. There are two job openings for each applicant, and much of the agricultural workforce is composed of immigrants. Immigration reform is making it difficult to generate a sustainable agricultural workforce, even as the U.S. demand for foreign labor has increased fivefold in the past 13 years. To overcome these challenges, producers are identifying out-of-the-box solutions including alternative labor sources (e.g., prison inmates) and are quick to implement new technology that makes managing more animals easier and more… Read More →

Youth track to be featured as part of Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

By Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station will include a youth track featuring a number of educational sessions. A tour of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will be one of the highlights along with a meat laboratory experience that includes smoking cooked beef products. The youth track program is open to students ages 13 to 18 and is limited to 45 registrants. Early registration is encouraged to secure… Read More →

AgriLife Research beef cattle physiologist Randel retires

OVERTON – Dr. Ron Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research physiologist, announced his retirement after more than four decades of beef cattle research and teaching. Randel said he left a good position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in 1974 to join AgriLife Research. He enjoyed the research aspect of the USDA job, but longed to teach outside the classroom. “What was lacking was the ability to work with and mentor grad students,” he said. “It’s the primary reason I took this post.” He was part… Read More →

Beefing Up Cattle

By Ashli Villarreal Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences professor Tom Welsh’s research focuses on how Brahman cattle respond to stress will impact both the health of the animal and the health of the industry. Many American beef producers raise Angus-dominated herds, but as worldwide temperatures increase, there will be an increased need for tropically adapted animals. Brahman cattle do well in hot, humid climates, but they are often criticized for their negative and aggressive reactions to humans. Crossbred cattle in the Gulf Coast… Read More →

Genetically Modified Viral Cocktail Treats Deadly Bacteria in Teen

By Traci Edwards She then endured a double lung transplant to treat the disease. Her skin was covered in lesions and her liver began to fail, she lost weight and could barely breathe. No previous transplant patient to have been infected with Mycobacterium abscessus at the hospital has survived. This hijacks the bacterial cell, turning it into a phage factory until the viruses eventually burst out of the cell. Isabelle’s mother, Jo, who made the initial suggestion of phage therapy to doctors at Great Ormond Street after reading about it online,… Read More →

Congratulations Dr. Brittni Littlejohn

Dr. Brittni P. Littlejohn is the recipient of the 2019 ASAS Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award, presented to her Thursday, July 10, during the Physiology and Endocrinology Session II, at the 2019 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting held in Austin, Texas. Dr. Brittni P. Littlejohn is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University. She earned a B.S. (2012) in Animal Science, as well as a M.S. (2014) and a Ph.D. (2018) degree in Physiology of Reproduction at Texas A&M University…. Read More →

BUILD Dedicates Clinic In Honor Of William Peña

BUILD’s new Texas Aggie Medical Clinic in Laredo — recently dedicated in honor of William M. Peña — is the first of its kind to be located in the United States. During the past five years, volunteers from the Texas A&M University student organization have converted 22 shipping containers into fully-functional medical clinics that are now in use in 14 countries and five continents. The Laredo clinic is the last in BUILD’s “5 for 5” campaign, which honors Aggie veterans who played critical roles in the Allied victory during World War… Read More →

Interpretive Summary: Development of a mathematical model for predicting digestible energy intake to meet desired body condition parameters in exercising horses.

By: Jackie Walling A new article coming soon in the Journal of Animal Science used DE intake as a nutritional model to predict changes in body condition score (BCS) of exercised horses. Currently, nutritionists have revised a model used on cattle to predict the BCS of sedentary horses, and are determining if applying exercise energy expenditure estimates to the existing model will accurately predict changes in the BCS of exercising horses. Twenty-four horses with similar condition were divided by intention to increase (I) or decrease (D) BCS and by exercise… Read More →

Food Labels Can Be Deceiving

By Todd Carroll While many consumers today are showing more interest on where their food comes from there are some marketing efforts being made that sometime muddies the water a bit rather than making things more clear. Dan Hale is a professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Meat Specialist and says it’s no wonder why people get confused about where things like gluten come from. “What I call quite often is much to do about nothing because people are advertising things that may not even be in that product… Read More →