Tag Archives: AgriLife Extension

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 →

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 →

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 →

Stockpiled forages reduce need, cost of hay, supplemental feed

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Stockpiled forages and winter annuals can reduce the need for and cost of hay and other supplemental feed for beef cattle producers in regions with adequate annual rainfall, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said producers can reduce the need for hay and supplements by providing stockpiled forage mid-November through December and winter annuals October through May. “If they choose these options, we want them… Read More →

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 →

Hurricane Harvey contaminates livestock water supplies

Writer: Roland Rodriguez, rrodriguez@kristv.com According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas farmers and ranchers have lost more than 1 million cattle that were in the disaster area affected by Hurricane Harvey.  As the recovery efforts continue, livestock owners should be aware of salt poisoning and water salinity concerns. “After the storm we began testing water where we felt the water could have high   salinity. After we determined there could be problems associated with the water on ranches between Aransas Pass and Rockport after Harvey, we began calling cattle producers… Read More →