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COVID-19: Self-care crucial during times of anxiety, stress

AgriLife Extension offers mental health tools, tips By Susan Himes It is normal for adults and children to experience anxiety during stressful events like the current worldwide pandemic surrounding the novel coronavirus. Whether it’s the fear of contracting COVID-19, disruptions to work and school schedules, or the myriad of related concerns, stress is an expected and normal response. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service realizes the coronavirus has changed the way many people must go about their day-to-day lives. The agency, in response, offers free resources like the AgriLife… Read More →

Ranch Management University set for April 6-10 in College Station

Registration open; limited to 50 By Kay Ledbetter, 806.677.5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Plans for the next Ranch Management University, to be held April 6-10 at Texas A&M University in College Station, are being finalized and registration is now open. A collaboration of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Department of Animal Science, Department of Agricultural Economics and the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, the training will cover everything from soil fertility to animal handling and hay production to wildlife. Registration is $625, with attendance limited to the first 50 who enroll. To register online… Read More →

4-H, FFA Showmanship‌ ‌Clinic‌ ‌Dec.‌ ‌7‌ ‌in‌ ‌Lubbock‌ ‌

The‌ ‌Texas‌ ‌A&M‌ ‌AgriLife‌ ‌Extension‌ ‌Service‌‌ ‌will‌ ‌host‌ ‌the‌ ‌annual‌ ‌District‌ ‌2‌ ‌Showmanship‌ ‌Clinic‌ ‌from‌ ‌10‌ ‌a.m.-noon‌ ‌on‌ ‌Dec.‌ ‌7.‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Texas‌ ‌Tech‌ ‌Livestock‌ ‌Arena,‌ ‌1308‌ ‌N.‌ ‌Indiana‌ ‌Ave.,‌ ‌Lubbock.‌ ‌ The‌ ‌event‌ ‌is‌ ‌free‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌4-H‌ ‌and‌ ‌FFA‌ ‌exhibitors.‌ ‌Participants‌ ‌are‌ ‌urged‌ ‌to‌ ‌bring‌ ‌their‌ ‌livestock‌ ‌projects‌ ‌–‌ ‌cattle,‌ ‌lambs,‌ ‌goats‌ ‌and‌ ‌hogs‌ ‌–‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌morning‌ ‌of‌ ‌hands-on‌ ‌training,‌ ‌said‌ ‌Robert‌ ‌Scott,‌ ‌AgriLife‌ ‌Extension‌ ‌agent‌ ‌in‌ ‌Lubbock‌ ‌County.‌ ‌ Scott‌ ‌said‌ ‌the‌ ‌showmanship clinic‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌for‌ ‌youth‌ ‌and‌ ‌their‌ ‌families‌ ‌to‌ ‌gain‌ ‌valuable‌ ‌experience‌ ‌from‌ ‌older‌ ‌4-H‌ ‌members‌ ‌who‌ ‌have‌… Read More →

AgriLife Extension hires beef specialist for Texas Plains

By Kay Ledbetter AMARILLO — Jason Smith has been named as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Amarillo, serving the High Plains, South Plains and Rolling Plains. He began Sept. 1. Smith, who is also an assistant professor in the Texas A&M University department of animal science, previously held the same Extension title with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville. “We are excited to have Jason join our faculty and to provide leadership in the area of beef cattle nutrition… Read More →

Tame Your Selection Criteria

By Natalie Jones You keep looking to beef quality, maternal and feed efficiency for herd improvement. What about docility? Research says it may have more impact than you realize. A study by Gordon Carstens’ team at Texas A&M University with feedlot Angus, Brangus, Braford and Simbra heifers found the share grading Choice or higher was 63.5% for calm temperaments, compared to 55.5% for their excitable pen mates. Based on weights and USDA’s three-year-average grid, the calm advantage was $56 per head. The study compared feedyard and carcass performance… Read More →

TAMU International Horsemanship – Slovenia and Italy

Texas A&M International Horsemanship took to the international road again in May 2019. Drs. Jessica Leatherwood and Chelsie Huseman, along with three students, traveled to Slovenia and Italy to conduct horsemanship clinics for both youth and adults. Undergraduate students Carly Fronckowiak, a junior Agricultural Systems Management major, Jarrett Haydon, a senior Agricultural Systems Management major, and Katie Wright, a junior Animal Science major, conducted three-day and four-day horsemanship clinics overseas. All three students were Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship School instructors in the summer of 2018 and used their… Read More →

TAMU International Horsemanship – China

First stop, China! Texas A&M joined forces with Unbridled China to bring horsemanship schools to both Beijing and Shanghai. Animal Science faculty member Dr. Jessica Leatherwood and Horse Program Specialist Chelsie Huseman, along with TAMU undergraduate student Zach Haydon, headed to China March 14-21, 2018 to conduct multiple horsemanship schools. “We are excited to be kicking off this endeavor with China” says Huseman. “It was an informative experience to engage in their unique horse industry and culture and to share some of our horsemanship education.” Student Zach Haydon… Read More →

Fever ticks found in northern Jim Wells County

By: Roland Rodriguez JIM WELLS COUNTY — The Texas Animal Health Commission, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, have established a County Fever Tick-Control Purpose Quarantine Area in northern Jim Wells County in order to eliminate the pest and prevent the spread of fever ticks. The TAHC first set up a quarantine in Jim Wells county in November of 2017. More than 13,000 acres now are under quarantine. Earlier this month the ticks were discovered when a cattle buyer had the animals voluntarily… Read More →

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 →