AgriLife to offer wool and mohair workshops in January at San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Texas A&M AgriLife will conduct two separate educational programs aimed at both the novice and professional in the sheep industry. Wool and Mohair 101 will be a one-day workshop on the basics from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo. It will coincide with the annual three-day AgriLife Extension Sheep Shearing School Jan. 13-15. The center is north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway… Read More →

New publication aids agricultural businesses in ICE raid, audit preparation

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tiffany.dowelllashmet@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Ensuring workers are legally able to work in the U.S. and are properly documented is important for every agricultural business, whether it is a processing plant, a dairy or an orchard, said two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas, and Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo, have joined forces to write a new publication to help those in the agricultural… Read More →

Bulgarian dairy farmers participate in training

By Dr. Michael Tomaszewski Nine Bulgarian dairy farmers participated in a two week dairy training program organized for the second year in a row by Dr. Michael Tomaszewski, professor emeritus. The program was sponsored through the American Bulgarian Foundation and conducted jointly with Thomas Hall, assistant director for international training with the Borlaug Institute. Dr. Larry Fox,  professor, Washington State University; Dr. Robert Hagevoort, associate professor and Extension dairy specialist, New Mexico State University; and Dr. Ellen Jordan, professor and Extension dairy specialist, participated in the training. Fox discussed mastitis… Read More →

Faculty represent Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension in Kenya and Ethiopia

Eight faculty members representing Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension recently traveled to Kenya and Ethiopia to develop relationships with scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Participants included Animal Science faculty members Dr. Thomas Hairgrove, associate professor and Extension specialist; Dr. Andy Herring, professor of beef cattle production; Dr. Cliff Lamb, professor and head;  Dr. Reid Redden, associate professor and Extension sheep and goat specialist; Dr. David Riley, professor of animal breeding and genetics; and Dr. Luis Tedeschi, professor of animal nutrition; Dr…. Read More →

AgriLife eyes ways to match offspring with their dams using new producer-friendly technologies

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The age-old problem of matching ewes with their offspring is getting some help from modern technology, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “For a sizeable group of animals, matching lambs with their mothers can turn into a logistical and economic nightmare,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo. “The practice requires time, facilities and added feed costs. Plus, the animals are often in an unfamiliar environment very… Read More →

Global trade, forage and weed management strategies highlight Cow Country Congress

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu CROCKETT – Global trade impacts on the beef industry as well as herbicide and forage management strategies were discussed recently at Cow Country Congress at Santa Rosa Ranch near Crockett. The event drew nearly 250 beef cattle producers from East Texas counties who also participated in a bull selection demonstration. The event was sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Santa Rosa Ranch, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, which hosted a ranch gathering following the… Read More →

Quarantine Quandary, Update on the Texas Cattle Fever Ticks

By: Gilda V. Bryant, Working Ranch Magazine, gv.bryant@gmail.com In the late 1800s, Texas Cattle Fever caused extensive cattle losses. To combat this deadly disease caused by ticks, the Bureau of Animal Industries, predecessor of the USDA (see Looking Back, September/October 2017 issue, p. 162), developed the first tick eradication program in 1906. When ticks were controlled across the southeastern U.S., the USDA and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) established a permanent quarantine zone along the Texas – Mexico border in 1943. Tick eradication was the preferred control method. Two… Read More →

Horse judging workshop hosted during Aggiefest

Writer: Chelsie Huseman, 979-845-5264, chelsie.huseman@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension hosted another successful Aggiefest Horse Judging Workshop which was held at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex on October 14, 2017. The workshop included live classes of performance and halter horses. Participants were able to listen to reason demonstrations given by former members of the Texas A&M Horse Judging Team. “We really enjoy conducting the Aggiefest Horse Judging Workshop,” says Chelsie Huseman,  horse program specialist. “It is the perfect opportunity for participants to ask questions and… Read More →

Value of bull to commercial herd exceeds ‘relative’ value

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu CORPUS CHRISTI – The value of bulls in commercial herds goes beyond the “relative” value typically ascribed to them in market pricing, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “In publications referencing cattle values for commercial producers as well as reports from beef breed associations, the value of a bull is often given as equivalent to the average value of five weaned calves,” said Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi. “This has been a long-held… Read More →

Frank C. Litterst, Jr. ’43 Memorial Corps of Cadets Scholarship

  A Corps of Cadets Scholarship has been established in memory of Frank Litterst, Jr. ’43. A well-known and loved Aggie and World War II veteran, Mr. Litterst was an icon in the Department of Animal Science as well as the beef cattle industry and was a generous benefactor to many Aggie causes. Proceeds from the Litterst Scholarship will be awarded to Cadets who are studying and pursuing careers within the animal science industry. Click here for information on how you can contribute.