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Cattle fever tick numbers on the rise

AgriLife experts warn of ticks’ potential negative economic impact Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are working to help thwart the spread of cattle fever. An announcement from the Texas Animal Health Commission, TAHC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, USDA-CFTEP, that cattle fever tick infestations have spread outside the permanent quarantine zone prompted concern from AgriLife experts, who last dealt with a large outbreak in 2017. “The discovery of more fever tick infestations, particularly outside of the… Read More →

Two ANSC grads re-appointed to TAHC

On May 4, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott appointed two new Commissioners to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), Jimmie Ruth Evans representing the sheep and goat industry and Melanie Johnson, Ed.D., representing the general public. The governor also reappointed Kenneth “Ken” Jordan representing livestock markets, Barret J. Klein representing the swine industry, Joe Leathers representing the equine industry, and Thomas “Tommy” Oates representing the exotic livestock and fowl industry. Jimmie Ruth Evans of San Antonio is a rancher and partner of Wittenburg Ranch. She is a member and… Read More →

Color and Food Safety Considerations When Smoking versus Grilling Ground Beef Patties

By Dr. Davey Griffin1, Professor and Extension Meat Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ground beef is one of the most common beef products consumed. It is used as a main ingredient in thousands of recipes and stands alone or with condiments in hamburgers, cheeseburgers and many other methods of preparation. Because ground beef is so versatile, new recipes and cooking styles are constantly being featured and advertised through conventional as well as social media applications. Traditionally, ground beef patties would be grilled or pan fried, but lately… Read More →

Two Department of Animal Science students receive Colvin Scholarships

TEN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED IN 2020, TOTALING $42,000! Developed in 1999, when Louis M. “Mick” Colvin retired as the executive director of Certified Angus Beef LLC, the Colvin Scholarship Fund (CSF) recognizes his role in making dreams a reality and inspiring others to be their best. Colvin co-founded the program in 1978, leading it to provide the world’s leading brand of fresh beef. The scholarship fund benefits tomorrow’s leaders who are involved in their communities and the beef industry. TEN STUDENTS EARN COLVIN SCHOLARSHIPS The Certified Angus Beef ® brand recently awarded… Read More →

Online West Region Cattle Marketing Update set April 20

By Susan Himes COVID-19 impact to be focus The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the West Region Cattle Marketing Update online April 20 from 10-11 a.m. The focus will be the impact of COVID-19 on the beef industry. The event is free and will be held on the Zoom meeting platform. Participants may also join by phone at 346-248-7799, meeting ID 191 418 537. David Anderson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension livestock economist, College Station, will discuss livestock and food product marketing. “Cattle and calf prices are a real challenge… Read More →

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 →