Tag Archives: Beef

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 →

Improper mosquito control on livestock can do more harm than good, expert warns

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Sonja Swiger, 254-968-4144, Slswiger@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu STEPHENVILLE — In an effort to save their livestock from the torment caused by the plague of mosquitoes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, some producers are making the mistake of misusing chemicals to control the pests, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “The results can be potentially disastrous,” said Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension livestock entomologist at Stephenville. “Misuse of potent chemicals can quickly become an example of ‘the cure is worse… Read More →

Reproduction And Mineral Nutrition

By Associate Professor & Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Banta, PhD., PAS Is mineral nutrition the magic bullet for reproductive success in your beef operation? The number of mineral products for sale may give the impression that the answer is yes. However, in reality, mineral nutrition is just a part of a good nutrition and management plan. First, protein and energy requirements must be met. A good mineral program can’t make up for a lack of protein and energy and low body condition scores in… Read More →

Animal breeding and genetics students speak with Polish beef producers in Radzicz, Poland

Three animal science doctoral students, under the direction of Drs. Clare Gill and Andy Herring, made presentations in Radzicz, Poland on July 25, 2017 at the Karmowski Ranch. Bailey Engle of Big Timber, Mont., Kaitlyn Sarlo Dávila of Fort Myers, Fla., and Kathy Sciencki of Cape Girardeau, Mo., were invited to speak by Jacek Karmowski and his son, Łukasz. The Karmowski’s manage one of Poland’s largest beef cattle herds, consisting of approximately 400 Limousin cattle. The Karmowski herd has been extremely influential within the country, as the ranch… Read More →

Forage quality key grazing consideration after March wildfires

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, Ted.McCollum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Area ranchers headed into the winter months after March’s wildfires need to keep three things in mind – precipitation, grazing history and forage quality, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo, said these three management factors will help producers determine their herd’s grazing and nutritional program. Fire is not something that is necessarily unfriendly, McCollum said, but can be when it is at the wrong… Read More →

Selection Considerations to Improve Longevity

By Associate Professor & Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Jason Banta, PhD., PAS Every cow-calf producer wants a cow that is productive for 12 to 15 years or more. Longevity of both cows and bulls is influenced by a host of factors including disposition, feet and legs, udder and teat confirmation, fleshing ability, fertility, function of reproductive organs (e.g. lazy prepuces in bulls), and breed just to name a few. The ability to wean an acceptable calf every year is the primary factor affecting longevity of… Read More →

State makes top 10 in various agricultural areas

BY JOE PASCHAL Recently I was asked to participate in an educational program initiated by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension called “Path to the Plate.” The purpose is to educate our consumers about agricultural products – fibers, grains, vegetables and animal proteins, about where their food comes from and how it is produced. It might seem that most folks should already know where their food comes from but unfortunately most do not. Not only do they not know where it comes from, they have no idea of the value… Read More →

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course attracts record 2,200 participants

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A record 2,200 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course participants heard about potential export market opportunities and the outlook for cattle markets, as well as practical information to take to the ranch and become more profitable. The short course, which kicked off Aug. 7 on the campus of Texas A&M University amid heavy rain in the Bryan-College Station area, was welcomed by attendees representing ranches and beef cattle operations throughout Texas, the U.S. and the world. “Young and old, the… Read More →

Some Thoughts on Body Condition Scoring of Cows

By Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist Joe C. Paschal, PhD. As far as technologies go, body condition scoring is one of the most useful and least expensive. No computers, no scales – heck, you don’t even have to pen your cows to apply it. Although body condition was certainly used before the 1960s, I think the late Jim Wiltbank, PhD. at the Texas Agricultural Research Sub-Station No. 1 in Beeville, Texas was one of the first to apply it to subsequent reproductive success. He scored cooperator herds… Read More →

Grainfed v grassfed: End the beef biffo, says prof

Writer: Jamie-Lee Oldfield US meat scientist Stephen Smith says he knows grainfed beef can actually be better for your health than grassfed beef. But he says the focus should not be on competition between sectors within the beef industry, but rather promoting the health benefits of red meat to the wider community. “I do have a bias towards grainfed, because our data keeps saying the same thing, that if you eat a constant fat level that grainfed gives you a better health profile, but grassfed isn’t bad for… Read More →