Farm to fork: Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course has much to offer ranchers

Live cooking demonstration replaces traditional prime rib meal Finding value beyond the packer as more people look for locally sourced beef in the wake of COVID-19 is only one of the benefits of attending the Virtual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 3-5. There’s still time to register for the education-packed short course jointly hosted by  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Online registration will be open until the event, with the cost $129 until the conference, and $149 after the conference… Read More →

Third-annual 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy begins in September

New this year: $100,000 in scholarships The 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy, IBCA, isn’t Animal Science 101, and the students aren’t roaming the campus. The unique advanced beef education immersion program offered by Texas A&M University is developing beef industry leaders for tomorrow from around the world. “What the students learn is very unique in terms of content and not something you find in regular animal science programs,” said Reinaldo Cooke, Ph.D., program coordinator and associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. “Our students learn… Read More →

State 4-H Horse Show goes on amidst pandemic

4-H is a youth development program that involves millions of children around the nation in hands-on projects in different areas. BRYAN, Texas — Despite the coronavirus, the show must go on. Over the course of six days, exhibitors from across the state will be participating in the 57th annual State 4-H Horse Show at Brazos County Expo Center. “We have 322 exhibitors this year, and we have a little over 500 horses that are going to be coming and going throughout the week… In order to conduct the show responsibly,… Read More →

Forage webinar aims to save ranchers money

xas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts will host a forage webinar Aug. 21 on the reduction of winter feeding by stockpiling warm-season forages and/or planting cool-season pastures.The three-part forage webinar begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 6:oo p.m. The fee is $35, and the deadline to register is noon Aug. 19. Electronic copies of slides and other program materials will be available prior to the program, and all sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing by registrants. The program will be presented by Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife… Read More →

Texas A&M animal science faculty, students earn national recognition

Multiple 2020 American Society of Animal Science awards given to Texas A&M AgriLife   Texas A&M University faculty and students from the Department of Animal Science will accept awards during the 2020 American Society of Animal Science’s virtual annual meeting and trade show July 19-23. The meeting is jointly presented by the American Society of Animal Science, ASAS; the Canadian Society of Animal Science, CSAS; and the Western Section – American Society of Animal Science, WSASAS. These organizations foster the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the care and… Read More →

From cattle yards to courtrooms

Competitive drive takes former Texas A&M student from 4-H to New York City Cari Rincker ’02 has always felt a pull. Over and over, life took her to new places where she found herself feeling right at home on arrival. Cari Rincker “I’ve had these moments where it felt like somebody or something was telling me, ‘This is where you need to be,’” Rincker said. That pull has taken Rincker from a rural Illinois farm to the tradition-rich Texas A&M University campus, a life-changing internship in Washington, D.C.,… Read More →

Live demonstrations highlight Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 3-5

Live action to cover fences, cattle handling, brush, carcass cutting The annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 3-5 has extended the early registration deadline to July 15, so there’s still time to register for the education-packed event featuring live demonstrations. While the three-day event will be online this year due to COVID-19, the live demonstrations will continue, offering ranchers who need basic beef production information can see how things are done up close, said Jason Cleere, Ph.D., conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef… Read More →

Meat Perspectives: Behind the burn

If there is any one thing that really makes barbecued meats so delicious and popular, it is the special contribution that smoke plays during the cooking process. Terms such as “slow-smoked meats” or “hickory-smoked ribs” are just two examples of phrases that often make carnivores start salivating in anticipation of eating barbecue. Cooking meat without smoke simply does not deliver the eating experience of “real” barbecue. Heated debates have ensued over what region has the best barbecue and arguments have been fueled over whether using sauce on barbecue… Read More →

Three animal science graduate students recognized for their outstanding achievements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like many other groups, the Department of Animal Science was unable to hold our annual awards ceremony. Regardless, awards were still given to several outstanding individuals. Luiz Fernando Dias Batista was named the 2020 Outstanding Master’s Student, Nicky Oosthuizen was named the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Student and Rafael Martinez was awarded the 2020 Ronnie L. Edwards Teaching Award. Dias Batista is a master’s student in the department focusing on beef cattle nutrition under the instruction of Dr. Luis Tedeschi, professor, animal nutrition. More… Read More →

D’Souza awarded inaugural Cactus Feeders scholarship and internship

The Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science is proud to recognize Genevieve D’Souza as the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Cactus Feeders Scholarship. As a recipient of this newly formed award, D’Souza will have the opportunity to complete an internship with Cactus Feeders. The department is excited about the possibilities that this new partnership with Cactus Feeders presents. “Receiving the Cactus Feeders Scholarship is a great honor and an outstanding opportunity for me. The internship will supplement my education and training from Dr. Tedeschi by exposing me to… Read More →