Registration opens for Third Annual AgriLife Extension shearing school Jan. 13-15 in San Angelo set

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 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has opened registration for its Third Annual Sheep Shearing School set Jan. 13-15 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. “We’ve had a growing enrollment for this school since its inception in 2015,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo. “Participant slots are limited due to the hands-on instruction, so we are encouraging… Read More →

AgriLife Extension publishes sheep, goat how-to validation YouTube video series

Series meant to simplify statewide show-animal process Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marty Gibbs, 325-653-4576, mj-gibbs@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published a YouTube series demonstrating the various procedures of the Texas 4-H and FFA sheep and goat validation program. Marvin Ensor, AgriLife Extension regional program leader at San Angelo, said the state validation programs are designed to promote fair competition among youth exhibitors. “The validation program is an animal identification process that is utilized to enforce rules related to ownership requirements, possession, care… Read More →

46th South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic Oct. 27 in Brenham

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Kara Matheney, 979-277-6212, kjmatheney@ag.tamu.edu BRENHAM – The 46th Annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic is scheduled Oct. 27 at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 1305 East Blue Bell Road in Brenham. Cost is $20 at the door and includes a barbecue lunch. A trade show will also be held and an afternoon social immediately following the clinic. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8 a.m. The program is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents and beef committees from Austin, Brazos,… Read More →

Aggies named champions at Bryan Stock Horse of Texas show

By: Morgan Moreno Aggies win first stock horse competition of the season On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Texas A&M Stock Horse Team competed in their first show of the 2017-2018 school year. The Aggies took top honors as the Division I High Point Team over Texas Tech University. Senior captains, Lane Birkenfeld and Lisa Jordan, excelled in the non-pro division, finishing as second and third place all-around, respectively. Birkenfeld won three out of four classes, taking top honors in reining, stock horse pleasure, and trail. Jordan claimed individual… Read More →

Students explore agriculture in New Zealand

Thirty-one students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences had the experience of a lifetime this summer as they explored the many aspects of agriculture and areas of New Zealand as part of a study abroad program July 27-Aug. 9, 2017. The New Zealand Agriculture and Animal Production study abroad program, led by Department of Animal Science faculty member, Dr. Shawn Ramsey, professor, offered students a complete educational experience including tours of notable cities and landmarks, the scenic countryside and coastlines, a taste of local cuisine, visits… Read More →

Lamb, goat camps bring hundreds of youth to Aggieland

This summer, 360 youth and 700 adults journeyed to College Station to attend the 2017 Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camps, making them the biggest camps to date. Lamb Camp was held July 14-16, and Goat Camp was held July 21-23. The camps offered instruction on showmanship techniques, proper facilities, selection criteria, nutrition and health, pre-show preparations, show day activities and exercise programs. Hands-on demonstrations were conducted on proper ways to shear, trim hooves, and give shots. On the last day of camp, youth participants had the opportunity to… Read More →

Cooke joins Texas A&M faculty

Dr. Reinaldo Cooke joined the department as an associate professor of beef cattle production. Dr. Reinaldo Cooke grew up in the state of São Paulo, Brazil where agriculture is based on Nelore cattle and sugar cane production. His interest in animal science was developed at a young age. After finishing grade school, Reinaldo received his bachelor’s degree from São Paulo State University in Brazil. Then, he and his wife, Flavia, moved to Gainesville, Fla. to attend graduate school. Reinaldo earned his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of… Read More →

Faculty receive awards, recognized at College awards ceremony

Several faculty in the Department of Animal Science were recognized during the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s 2017 Awards Ceremony held on September 20, 2017. Dr. Kathrin Dunlap, was recognized as a recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards for Teaching: College Level. Dunlap is a physiology of reproduction assistant professor. She graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in animal science with an emphasis on endocrinology. Dr. Dunlap received a doctorate in physiology of reproduction from Texas A&M… Read More →

International beef initiative launched by Texas A&M animal science

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Cliff Lamb, 979-845-1543, gclamb@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A new international beef initiative is underway by the Texas A&M University department of animal science, emphasizing research and educational activities related to cattle adapted to subtropical and tropical climates. Dr. Cliff Lamb, department head, said two new faculty positions have been created to lead this effort. The initiative includes establishing a steering committee of state, national and international stakeholders, funding agency representatives and Texas A&M faculty. Partnerships with stakeholders include Texas A&M AgriLife agencies, departments,… Read More →

Winter forages can reduce costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, experts say

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu; Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Planting successful winter forage pastures can reduce supplemental feed costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, and Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, both in Overton, said following recommended practices regarding winter pastures can improve producers’ bottom line. Corriher-Olson said producers have several winter forage options for grazing, including annual ryegrasses and small grains, such as… Read More →