Category Archives: Youth

Lamb, goat camps bring hundreds of youth to Aggieland

This summer, 360 youth and 700 adults journeyed to College Station to attend the 2017 Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camps, making them the biggest camps to date. Lamb Camp was held July 14-16, and Goat Camp was held July 21-23. The camps offered instruction on showmanship techniques, proper facilities, selection criteria, nutrition and health, pre-show preparations, show day activities and exercise programs. Hands-on demonstrations were conducted on proper ways to shear, trim hooves, and give shots. On the last day of camp, youth participants had the opportunity to… Read More →

55th Annual Texas State 4-H Horse Show a success

Writer: Chelsie Huseman The 55th Annual Texas State 4-H Horse Show took place on July 23-29, 2017 in Abilene, Texas, which included new programs connecting youth and higher education and providing educational opportunities beyond exhibiting horses. Over 350 4-H youth, plus their families came to the Taylor County Expo from across the state to compete in over forty classes ranging from speed events, to stock horse and hunter classes. Dr. Jennifer Zoller, assistant professor and horse specialist, and Chelsie Huseman, horse program specialist, along with numerous county extension… Read More →

Consecutive AgriLife sheep, goat events are almost here

Sheep and Goat Field Day, Texas Sheep and Goat Expo set Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu   SAN ANGELO – Two major sheep and goat events are fast approaching. The 44th annual Sheep and Goat Field Day, followed immediately by the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, will be Aug. 18 and 19 in San Angelo. The field day theme is “Feeding for Profit” and will showcase work being done at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension… Read More →

Animal Science students attend the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention

In July, Animal Science students had the opportunity to attend the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention. This year’s convention was held in Corpus Christi, Texas, from July 10-14, 2017. The Department of Animal Science was fortunate to be represented by the following students: Bryan (Bo) Garcia, Carly Hoffmann, Ross Thorn, Erika Victor, Cassie Pena, and Lacy Ashworth, academic advisor. The 2017 Texas FFA Convention welcomed 15,000 active members plus agriculture science teachers, school counselors, and parents. The Texas A&M Animal Science Representatives were delighted to meet and discuss… Read More →

Summer Horsemanship Schools lend a hand at Still Creek Ranch

The Texas A&M AgriLife Summer Horsemanship School program sent their instructors to teach horsemanship classes at Still Creek Ranch in Bryan, Texas, for a week in May. According to the Still Creek Ranch website, their mission is “to rescue at-risk children and raise them to be anchored in hope, restored through Christ, and equipped for life.” The curriculum at Still Creek uses horses and horsemanship classes to help achieve their mission of making a difference in the lives of at-risk children. The SHS instructors taught on the importance… Read More →

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo adds youth program

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Chad Coburn, 325-378-3181, c-coburn@tamu.edu Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas Sheep and Goat Expo slated for Aug. 18-19 at San Angelo’s First Community Spur Arena has added a youth component. Billed as the largest, most comprehensive educational event of its kind, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-conducted expo addresses wool sheep, hair sheep, meat goats, club lambs and Angora goats. Now for the first time in its three-year history, a program specifically for young people has been added. Chad… Read More →

Major sheep and goat educational events are fast approaching

Aug. 18-19 mark field day, Texas expo in San Angelo Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Officials said plans for the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo featuring new events are finalized. The statewide Texas A&M AgriLife event set for Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo is one of the largest sheep and goat programs in the world, particularly in the way it addresses different segments of the industry, said Marvin Ensor, event coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program… Read More →

Youth program to be offered at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Youth can learn more about the beef industry, including a virtual tour of a feedlot and packing operations, during a special hands-on program held in conjunction with the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 1-2 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The youth program will feature a variety of educational sessions, ranging from beef evaluations and grading, beef fabrication and a grilling activity, said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and Texas… Read More →

Aggiefest Livestock Judging Contest to be held Oct. 24

Writer: Courtney Coufal COLLEGE STATION – The 2015 Aggiefest Livestock Judging Contest will be held Oct. 24 at Louis Pearce Pavilion in College Station. Aggiefest Livestock Judging Contest is sponsored by the Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Team and is open to all 4-H and FFA members. Individuals and 4-member teams will compete in three age groups—sub-junior, ages 8-11; junior, ages 12-14; and senior, ages 15 and older. Contestants will judge eight classes of cattle, swine, sheep and goats. Questions will be asked over three classes. The high-point… Read More →

Aggiefest Horse Judging Workshop set for Oct. 24

By Olivia Norton COLLEGE STATION- The 2015 Aggiefest Horse Judging Workshop will be held Oct. 24 at Freeman Arena in College Station. The Aggiefest Horse Judging Workshop welcomes youth of all ages to participate in a day of learning horse judging fundamentals including reasons formatting, halter classes, western classes and English classes. Placings, cuts and critiques will be discussed following each class. “The Aggiefest Horse Judging Workshop is a great place for judgers of all skill levels to practice in a low-stress environment” said Teri Antilley, Extension horse… Read More →