Texas Sheep and Goat Expo sets performance-oriented sheep, goat sale

Producers should consider consignments now for Aug. 18 event Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Plans are being made to conduct a second performance-oriented sheep and goat sale Aug. 18 immediately after the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, organizers said. The expo, conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife, is billed as the state’s premier sheep and goat educational event, and is set Aug. 17-18 at the First Community Spur Arena in San Angelo, organizers said. The sale will conclude the expo and is… Read More →

Experts: Use safe practices when processing, cooking feral hogs

Parasites, such as hookworms can be found in feral hogs Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Tom Hairgrove, 979-845-5419, tbhairgrove@tamu.edu Dr. Tom Craig, 979-845-3414, thomas.craig@tvmdl.tamu.edu Dr. Dan Hale, 979-845-3935, dhale@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – With a proliferation of feral hogs in Texas, control measures such as trapping and hunting can yield the rewards of good table fare. However, feral hogs can carry  parasites, such as hookworms, and experts advise to use safe cooking practices before consuming the meat. “Feral hogs are destructive in nature and their daily patterns include both feeding and fighting,”… Read More →

Training advocates for agriculture

Texas A&M has the largest Animal Science Department in the country and thirty years ago most of those students came off ranches or had some type of ag background. Many of the students today are quite different. Cliff Lamb is the head of Texas A&M’s Animal Science Department. “In the past, most of the students that came in had a really good appreciation for the animal part of animal science, and we had to teach them the science portion. Now we have a lot of students that come… Read More →

What are big carcasses doing to the future of the beef industry?

Large carcasses are forcing retailers to cut more of the middle-meat steaks thinner to meet package and cost restrictions. Does that move the beef business away from consumer preferences? Commentary by Dr. H. Russell Cross, hrcross@tamu.edu, 979-862-1705 It’s a conundrum that has long plagued the beef business—what’s economically necessary for producers presents big challenges for wholesalers, retailers and most importantly, consumers. Over the past several decades, the genetic direction of the nation’s cowherd has been driving us to bigger and bigger cattle. That, in turn, drives bigger and… Read More →

Jordan honored with Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state dairy specialist in Dallas, was honored with the Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in the Extension specialist/program specialist category. Jordan received her award at ceremonies held on the Texas A&M University campus recently. The Vice Chancellor awards program was established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. Jordan has made exemplary contributions to the dairy industry in… Read More →

Cattle Are “Up-Cyclers”

By: John Maday Among all the discussion about efficiency and sustainability in food production, beef’s critics often leave out a critical point—cattle eat things we cannot. They turn grass, corn stalks, wheat straw and byproducts such as distillers’ grains and cottonseed meal into high-quality protein for human consumption. While it also is true cattle eat products such as corn and soybean meal, which could be used in human diets, analysis indicates beef has a good story to tell regarding the ratio of human-edible nutrients invested to human-edible nutrients… Read More →

AgriLife Extension recognizes Panhandle Wildfire Response Team with agency award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Brandon Dukes, 806-677-5600, bkdukes@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The actions of a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service team in the wake of the devastating March 6-7 wildfires earned them recognition as Superior Service award winners by the agency. Superior Service awards, presented Jan. 9 in College Station, recognize AgriLife Extension personnel who provide outstanding performance in education or other outstanding service to the organization and Texans. Three separate fires burned over 500,000 acres, leaving in their wake tragic human losses, livestock losses, hundreds of miles of… Read More →

Smith, Forrest receive 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION –  Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence honors were presented to several statewide faculty and staff of Texas A&M AgriLife during a ceremony Jan. 9 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. “These awards represent the highest level of achievement for our organization,” said Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M. “They recognize a… Read More →

Miller among four named Faculty Fellows by Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research named four Faculty Fellows during its awards ceremony Jan. 9 at the AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Dr. Kirk Winemiller of College Station has been named Senior Faculty Fellow, while Dr. Amir Ibrahim and Dr. Rhonda Miller, also from College Station, and Dr. Qingwu Xue of Amarillo have been named Faculty Fellows. The Faculty Fellow title becomes part of the individual’s title. AgriLife Research established the Faculty Fellows Program in 1998 to… Read More →

Camp Brisket helps novice pitmasters feed masses

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Nothing beats good brisket and Texas barbecue, but smoking brisket on a barbecue pit can be a daunting task for the novice. “I love barbecuing in general, but the brisket is a very intimidating cut of beef,” said David Nelson of Austin, who attended Camp Brisket recently at Texas A&M University in College Station. The program attracted more than 60 attendees who entered a lottery system and won a ticket to the two-day event that organizers… Read More →