Category Archives: Wool

46th annual AgriLife Research Sheep and Goat Field Day, AgriLife Extension Texas Sheep and Goat Expo held in San Angelo

By Susan Himes SAN ANGELO —  The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centerin San Angelo held their annual sheep and goat events over the weekend, attracting over 300 participants. Sheep and Goat Field Day The morning of Aug. 16, the 46th Sheep and Goat Field Day was held at the center. Attendees toured the center and listened to Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists discussing their work related to small ruminants being done at the center. “The field day was a great success,  and attendees learned about… Read More →

San Angelo hosts 46th annual Sheep and Goat Expo

Attendees from as far away as Australia were in San Angelo last weekend for the 46th annual Texas A&M AgriLife Research Field Day and the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo at the Spur Arena. According to organizer Susan Himes, more than 300 participants and dozens of vendors were on hand for the occasion. Events kicked off the morning of Aug. 16 with the Sheep and Goat Field Day held at the AgriLife Research center, offering tours of the center and talks with the center’s specialists discussing their work…. Read More →

Judging teams successful at multiple contests

The Department of Animal Science competitive judging teams have hit the ground running this semester between the long hours of practice they have put in and contests they have traveled to. The meat judging team kicked things off at the American Meat Science Association Southwestern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Fort Worth on Feb. 3. They placed third in the contest with Layne Mustian placing fifth overall individually. Texas Tech University won the contest by 56 points. Kansas State University came in second. The aggies again places third… 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 →

Judging teams compete in Houston

Both the livestock and wool judging teams competed at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo™ judging contests. The wool team brought back reserve champion honors and the livestock team placed third. In addition to reserve, the wool team also placed fourth overall with a second team. Livestock judging team members include Clayton Schram, Sealy; Harrison Smith, Gatesville; Kelsey Jozwiak, Hempstead; Emily June Kelley, Yoakum; Maddison Holder, Alvarado; Logan Browne, Bowling Green, Ohio; Ryon Cox, Mt. Pleasant; Garrett Wildman, Banquette; Scott Chachere, Dyaton; Ally Spears, Brentwood, Calif.; Jordan Hevner, Adkins;… Read More →

Sheep and goat industry in flux but vibrant

Recent dual industry educational events reflect change, enthusiasm Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Texas A&M AgriLife personnel were pleased at the outpouring of enthusiasm documented by a flood of positive evaluations following two recent industry events in San Angelo, said event coordinators. The events, held consecutively, were the annual sheep and goat field day highlighting work done at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo and the inaugural Texas Sheep and Goat Expo at the San… Read More →

Wool team wins Houston, named National Champions

By Victoria Pilger HOUSTON – The Texas A&M University Wool Judging Team won their final contest of the season at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Collegiate Wool Judging Contest on March 17, 2014. The Aggies swept the contest with both teams placing first and second, followed by two teams from Texas Tech and Angelo State, respectively. The team is coordinated by Dr. Shawn Ramsey and coached by Tanner Wieghat. Assistant coaches include Garrett Stribling, Emily Von Edwins, and Erika Wiggs. Team members are Kylie Bennett, from… Read More →

Texas A&M wool team wins National Western

By: Victoria Pilger DENVER – The Texas A&M University Wool Judging Team won the 2014 National Western Collegiate Wool Judging Contest on Jan. 16. The Aggie maroon team defeated second place Texas Tech black team, followed by Texas Tech red team, Texas A&M white team and Montana State University, respectively. “It was a great trip and we’re extremely excited about the win. However, the remainder of our contest season is fairly short lived, so we’re already focused on finishing out the year strong,” said Tanner Wieghat, coach and… Read More →