Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship School Program Celebrates Its 50th Year

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Summer Horsemanship School Program just completed its 50th consecutive year of sending collegiate horsemanship instructors throughout Texas to teach horsemanship. This tremendously successful educational program serves to strengthen the foundation of horsemanship and develop advanced riding skills for youth, as well as adults. Throughout the spring semester, four Texas A&M students, Hannah Cain, Grace Freeman, Reagan Hoelscher, and Shelby Snidarich completed rigorous training in horsemanship, teaching, and both western and english disciplines. They engaged in immersive experiences in jumping, showmanship, stock horse, barrel… Read More →

Fall Update from ANSC Competitive Teams

Livestock Judging Team The Aggies had a great start to the fall season of livestock judging. The team took home the following awards from the National Swine Judging Contest (the National Swine Registry sponsored collegiate contest) in Woodward, OK, on September 3, 2022. Champion Team Overall Champion Team Reasons Individually Overall: Michael Rezendes- 1st overall; Logan Jackson- 2nd overall; Carter Burgin- 4th overall; Lauren Thomas- 5th overall; Katie Kempen- 6th Overall; Maddie Schroeder- 10th overall; Mason Pape- 11th overall (tied for 10th) Reasons: Katie Kempen- 1st; Maddie Schroeder-… Read More →

2022 US Dairy Education Training Consortium

Recently, 19 Department of Animal Science students completed a 6-week course in Dairy Management, held in Clovis, New Mexico. They were part of the 50 students that attended the 14th US Dairy Education and Training Consortium from a total of 13 universities. The program, started in 2008, provides students an overview of the many facets associated with large dairy herd management. A major component of this year’s program focused on robotics and precision management associated with the dairy industry. A total of 27 students represented Texas A&M University,… Read More →

Meat Judging and Lamb & Goat Camps Host Youth in Aggieland

Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camp The 24th Annual Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camps were held in July hosting 185 youth exhibitors and 250 adults. These three-day camps teach the fundamentals feeding, nutrition, health, facilities, selection, and showmanship of lamb and goats. Some of the state’s leading experts also joined to talk about junior meat goat and lamb competitions.   Meat Judging Camp The Texas A&M Meat Judging Team hosted 61 youth participants from 3 different states during Meat Judging Camp July 21-23. Camp was hosted at Rosenthal Meat… Read More →

ANSC Students Present at Summer Research Conferences

It’s been a busy summer for our undergraduate and graduate students in the department of animal science. Many students have traveled across the world presenting research at various industry conferences. Their work is preparing them for a future in teaching, research, Extension, livestock and dairy production, and in industries involving food technology, livestock products and livestock management. 75th Reciprocal Meat Conference June 12-15, 2022; Des Moines, Iowa Trent Schwartz (PhD Animal Science, Emphasis in Meat Science) Does more inherently tender beef need to be aged as long as… Read More →

2022 Texas State 4-H Horse Show dedicated to Doug Householder, Ph.D.

doug householder with horse

Dr. Householder served the department as an extension horse specialist for 30 years.  His influence allowed programs such as the Summer Horsemanship Schools and the State 4-H Horse Show, among many others, to grow and thrive.  Doug had a tremendous impact on the horse industry as a whole and he is truly missed.  In honor of his contributions to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and specifically his support of the 4-H horse project, the 2022 Texas State 4-H Horse Show is being dedicated to his memory. Householder Obituary |… Read More →

Recognizing and Avoiding Heat Stress in Cattle

With the recent heat wave occurring across much of the country, it is important for producers to recognize heat stress in cattle. Here are some tips on recognizing and avoiding heat stress in cattle from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Department of Animal Science. In warm weather, cattle should always have access to shade and water. Heat stress is more sever with high humidity. Cattle can tolerate higher temperatures with lower humidity. When moving or working cattle, check the forecast for the temperature and humidity of the… Read More →

Competitive Teams Update-July 2022

The competitive team program at Texas A&M University is rich in tradition, attracting students from across the nation. The program can be traced to the early 1900s with the first Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Team, and has achieved more than 30 national championships. By competing on these teams, students acquire work ethic, public speaking capabilities, leadership development, and critical thinking skills. Here’s a look at what some of our teams have been up to this summer. Rodeo Team The Texas Aggie Women’s Rodeo Team competed at the… Read More →

Dr. Ky G. Pohler Receives the Animal Industry Innovation Award from the American Society of Animal Science

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Dr. Ky G. Pohler is the recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Animal Industry Innovation Award, presented during the 2022 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Dr. Ky G. Pohler is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Pregnancy and Developmental Programming Area of Excellence in the Department of Animal Science. He received a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri. Dr. Pohler’s research focuses on physiological and molecular mechanisms that control reproductive efficiency… Read More →

Katherine M. Halloran Receives the Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award from the American Society of Animal Science

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Katherine M. Halloran is the recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award, presented during the 2022 ASASCSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Katherine M. Halloran received her B.S. in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo in 2015 and joined Dr. Fuller Bazer’s program in the Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University where she received the M.S. in Physiology of Reproduction in 2018 and is a Ph.D. candidate to graduate in 2022. Katherine’s research… Read More →