Animal Science Extension
The Texas AgriLife Extension Animal Science unit is composed of faculty helping Texans learn about animal science through teaching research-based technologies and advancements. Our specialists are based in 10 different locations around Texas. We help Texans learn about areas such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep and goats, horses, meat science, food safety and swine through the delivery of innovative and applied research programs. Our mission is to equip producers with the knowledge and resources needed to make sound economical and sustainable decisions for their operations. Browse the listing of animal science extension specialists and programs below.
Find an Extension Specialist
The Texas AgriLife Extension Animal Science unit is composed of faculty helping Texans learn about animal science through teaching research-based technologies and advancements.
The Department of Animal Science offers a wide range of extension resources designed to provide valuable insights and information to livestock producers, enthusiasts, and industry professionals.
Extension and Outreach Programs
The extension and outreach programs cover a wide range of disciplines designed to teach research-based information and technologies throughout the state, nation and world.
Beef Cattle Extension Programs
Texas ranks first in the nation in total cattle numbers and also has the broadest spectrum of producers and variation in production environments. The beef cattle industry is by far the largest sector in the Texas agriculture industry. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension beef specialists are located in regional offices across the state to meet the needs of Texas ranchers and cattlemen. The extension beef group provides adult educational programs such as the Beef Cattle Short Course and local and regional beef workshops and clinics throughout the year.
For beef cattle resources, visit the beef cattle extension publications page here.
44 Farms-Texas A&M International Beef Cattle Academy
Dairy Extension Programs
Texas AgriLife Extension dairy specialists are strategically located in regional offices to meet the needs of dairy farmers. The extension group conducts applied research and delivers youth and adult educational programs tailored specifically for dairy farmers, industry stakeholders, and national and international communities. Through these efforts, they address challenges, foster collaboration, promote innovation, and ultimately contribute to the success and sustainability of the dairy industry.
Through educational programs and workshops, extension horse specialists provide research-based management practices related to nutrition, breeding, management, care and use. Information developed by the extension equine group is available to individual horse owners, goods and service providers, and industry professionals.
Food Safety and Quality Extension Programs
Safety and Quality Extension works to provide agricultural safety across the state of Texas by engaging in quality safety programs and training to help reduce injuries, in addition to services such as internal management reviews to help protect personnel and the environment.
Meat Science Programs
Meat Science Extension serves Texans by providing adult educational programs, conferences, workshops and courses taught by national leaders in meat science. Learn more about Meat Science Extension.
Sheep and Goat Programs
Texas ranks first in the nation in total number of sheep and goats with roughly 20 and 50 percent of national inventory, respectively. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension small ruminant specialists are located in San Angelo and College Station with additional support from county agents and livestock specialist spread around the state. The extension sheep group provides adult educational programs, such as the Livestock Guardian Dog Program, Sheep and Goat Ranching 101 Online Course, and Sheep Shearing and Pregnancy Ultrasound Schools. Sheep and goat specialist also support district- and county-based programs, such as Sheep and Goat Expo, Lamb and Goat Validation, and Wool and Mohair Contests.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension supports the profitability and sustainability of the Texas pork industry through industry collaborations and by providing relevant educational material on swine husbandry and management.
Veterinary Science Programs
Training and programs in the area of veterinary science are offered to youth and adults through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Veterinary Science Certificate Program.
The department offers a wide variety of educational youth programs designed to teach youth of all ages. These programs are led by faculty, extension specialists and competitive teams coaches and members.
Learn More About all Animal Science Research
Currently, the Department of Animal Science is researching a variety of projects that cover issues such as animal genomics, meat science, food safety, as well as projects focusing on the major livestock species in Texas. Our research programs focus on applied science, which has an immediate application to Texas animal agriculture, and basic science, which provides the foundation for scientific information to impact further research discoveries.