Tag Archives: AgriLife Extension

International horsemanship

By Chelsie Huseman, chelsie.huseman@tamu.edu, 979-845-5264 Have you ever wondered what horse industries are like in other countries? Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Department of Animal Science are teaming up to bring you perspectives from around the world! The TAMU International Horsemanship Program was developed to provide a means for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the scope of other horse industries and cultures. The inaugural country to participate in the program, was China. Dr. Jessica Leatherwood, assistant professor of equine science, Chelsie Huseman, Extension horse program… Read More →

Texas Horse Help App

By Elizabeth Ennis The Texas Horse Help App is the latest step made by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horse Program and Dr. Jennifer Zoller, Extension horse specialist, to foster connections in the Texas equine industry and encourage education for all of its members. Zoller wanted to provide an outlet for Texas horse owners and enthusiasts to connect with equine professionals in all breeds and disciplines throughout the state, discover events such as competitions and seminars in their area, and get connected to their county extension agents and… Read More →

Beef influence on dairy cattle could improve marketing options, bottom line

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ted.mccollum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Dairy owners might be able to add more to their bottom line if they introduce a beef bull into their breeding program for some of the producing cows in their herd, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said. But just any bull from the sale barn won’t work, said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo, who spoke at the High Plains Dairy Conference recently in Amarillo. “At today’s costs, dairy calves generally… Read More →

Panel highlights importance of dairy workforce training, documentation

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tdowell@tamu.edu AMARILLO – After a number of U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, audits of dairies in New Mexico and Texas last year, Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist in Dallas, said the industry is working to help dairies get laborers properly documented. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo, led an employee immigration panel discussion on “Navigating the Dairy Workforce Crisis” recently at the High… Read More →

How to get the most out of your limited hay supply

With the possibility of a dry spring leading to an even drier summer, getting the most out of your hay is critical. By Larry Stalcup Ranchers in a big swath of the Southwest and High Plains were in varying levels of drought; some have gone nearly five months with no measurable rain or snow. Fire danger is critical. With those conditions, ranchers can only make good winter forage go so far without depending heavily on hay. But poor hay quality, storage and feeding practices can easily cut into an already tight profit potential. “The… Read More →

SXSW BBQ Panel Recap

Texas A&M’s South by Southwest panels look to the future Aggie offerings delve into the scientific issues behind human rights, health care…and BBQ By Steve Kuhlmann, steve.kuhlmann@theeagle.com Barbecue enthusiasts were treated to a more than 45-minute panel with the “brisketeers” — Texas A&M professor Jeff Savell, AgriLife Extension meat specialist Davey Griffin and Rosenthal Meat Center manager Ray Riley — and author and cook Jess Pryles, who shared with the audience some of the principles they look for in meat and how their interest has built a community… Read More →

AgriLife Extension to offer Sheep Scanning Certification School April 10-11 in 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 – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with North Dakota State University and the National Sheep Improvement Program will conduct a Sheep Scanning Certification School April 10-11 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo, 7887 U.S. Highway 87. The school will be from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Individual registration is $200 due upon arrival. Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, said measuring… Read More →

Gill receives Beef Quality Assurance 2018 Educator Award

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist and associate department head for animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station, recently received the National Beef Quality Assurance 2018 Educator Award. Gill was presented the award during the Best of Beef Award Session at the National Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona. Beef Quality Assurance is a national effort aimed at raising consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques… Read More →

Grass-fed beef conference set for May 31-June 1 at Texas A&M

Niche markets, consumer preferences, forage systems to be discussed Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ron Gill, 979-845-3579, rgill@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Producers interested in learning more about grass-fed beef as well as potential marketing opportunities will receive in-depth instruction at a May 31-June 1 conference at Texas A&M University in College Station. “This is a comprehensive program covering all aspects of grass-fed beef production,” said Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in College Station and conference instructor. “We will discuss cattle types best… Read More →

Goals established for Texas A&M animal science beef programs

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Cliff Lamb, 979-845-1543, gclamb@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Over the past decade, dramatic weather changes such as drought and parasites have created a set of new challenges for Texas beef cattle producers. In response, Texas A&M University’s department of animal science head Dr. Cliff Lamb hopes to tap into scientists and specialists within the department and both Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to find new, scientific innovations to help Texas’ beef cattle producers minimize both production and economic risks. Lamb… Read More →