Charles Brown Endowed Fellowship established by family and friends

The Department of Animal Science is happy to announce that an endowment has been created in honor of Mr. Charles Brown. Friends and family of Mr. Brown, including Dr. Jim Butler, Dr. Larry Boleman, Jim Williams, Jackie Sherrill and RC Slocum established this endowment to impact future graduate students in their pursuit of becoming future world leaders in teaching, research, and education in the beef cattle industry. Photos from the reception in Mr. Brown’s honor may be viewed here. Charles (Coach) and Carolyn Brown have owned and operated… Read More →

2018 ANSC Brazil Study Abroad: Comparative Ruminant Production

Writers: Jordan Adams and Madeline Rivera It is every college student’s dream to have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad.  Visit a foreign country, learn a different language, experience another culture, make new friends, and learn something that we never knew about ourselves. During the summer of 2018, nine animal science students and one biomedical science student had the opportunity to study abroad in Brazil. The objective of the study abroad was to compare ruminant production schemes in the northeastern and southeastern regions of Brazil to… Read More →

Food diversity studies give Aggies taste of different cultures, religions

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu Ray Riley, 979-845-5651, r-riley@tamu.edu Dr. Mian Riaz, 979-845-2774, mnriaz@tamu.edu Dr. Stephen Talcott, 979-862-4056, stalcott@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Students at Texas A&M University in College Station are getting a taste of other cultures by learning about diverse foods, including those considered “fitting and proper” for various religious and ethnic groups. “Kosher and halal are terms that apply to foods deemed acceptable to and properly prepared for adherents to Jewish and Muslim faiths, respectively,” said Dr. Jeff Savell, distinguished professor of animal science, Texas… 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 →

It’s time for offense, not defense in the “meat wars”

Prime Rib

Meat and animal industry associations do a very good job of gathering scientific evidence and obtaining input from nutrition experts to respond to these types of reports, but this approach is not enough. By H. Russell Cross The recently released EAT-Lancet report is the most negative report regarding animal products for food to date and is being launched with an extensive world-wide delivery. While the nutritional benefits of meat are well established as an efficient dietary source of complete protein, the report recommends a 90% reduction in consumption of beef and pork… Read More →

International demand keeps Texas beef prices stable

Writer: Cody Weems, cweems@tdtnews.com  CAMERON — Though markets aren’t likely to take off in 2019, cattle experts believe an increasing global demand for beef should keep prices steady. Dozens of cattle producers converged on Cameron on Thursday for the 38th annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, where market experts discussed about the state of the industry. Jason Johnson, an economist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, said herds are likely near the end of the growth period that followed the 2012 drought. As supplies have grown, he said the growing… Read More →

One of the world’s largest sheep, goat educational events set for Aug. 16-17

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The fifth Texas Sheep and Goat Expo conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for Aug.16-17 in San Angelo’s 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena on the San Angelo Fairgrounds. The statewide event, billed as one of the largest sheep and goat industry educational programs  in the world, focuses on many different segments of the industry as well as the issues challenging producers in Texas and across the U.S., according to organizers. “The expo is unique in that… Read More →

Ranch Management University team garners a top AgriLife Extension award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presented its Superior Service Award – Team to the Ranch Management University, or RMU, team. The Superior Service awards are the highest award presented by the agency. The recipients were honored Jan. 8 with a noon luncheon on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The RMU team consists of AgriLife Extension’s Dr. Larry Redmon, specialist and associate department head-soil and crop sciences; Dr. David Anderson, economist-livestock marketing; Dr…. Read More →

Try prime rib for Christmas meal centerpiece

By: Kate Marshall, kate.marshall@ag.tamu.edu I don’t know about you, but I think that nothing quite says Merry Christmas in Texas like a prime rib served as the main dish of your Christmas meal. When it comes time to prepare your prime rib this holiday season, be sure to reference Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Path to the Plate’s tips and tricks to ensure that the meat is cooked thoroughly and properly. With beef production being the largest sector of the agriculture industry in Texas, it is fitting and… Read More →

Continued demand for Texas barbecue fueling beef consumption

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-1541, j-savell@tamu.edu Dr. David Anderson, 979-845-4351, danderson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Continued strong demand for Texas barbecue will help fuel the need for steady supplies of beef in 2019, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist. “I definitely think barbecue demand is driving the demand for beef,” said Dr. David Anderson, who gave an outlook presentation on a variety of meats on barbecue restaurant menus at the Fifth Annual Texas Barbecue Town Hall Meeting recently at Texas A&M University in… Read More →