Tag Archives: Cattle

Beef Quality Assurance Training – Clarksville

No Cost to Attend Please RSVP to: TSCRA at 800-242-7820 or Red River County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 903-427-3867

Beef Quality Assurance Training – Gainesville

No Cost to Attend Please RSVP to: TSCRA at 800-242-7820 or Cooke County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 940-668-5412

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 7-9

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers. The short course is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal science at Texas A&M. This year’s general session on Aug…. Read More →

Cattle producers can expect more volatility, supply fluctuations

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.pashcal@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ron Gill, 979-845-3579, r-gill1@tamu.edu Dr. Cliff Lamb, 979-845-1543, gclamb@tamu.edu SAN ANTONIO – Volatility in the cattle market recently is a result of large supplies of beef and speculative investment in agricultural commodities, according to experts at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association convention in San Antonio. The overall message was cattle producers should brace for continued swings in prices as beef cycles through the supply chain. “Obviously we’ve got a lot of meat to work through,”… Read More →

Handle livestock with less stress

Writer: Jane Fyksen, 715-683-2779, jfyksen@madison.com STRATFORD, Wis. – Who wouldn’t wish handling cattle would go like clockwork, especially when it seems like it rarely does? Too often working cattle stresses both man and beast, straining marriages and sometimes even resulting in injury to an animal, or worse yet, a cattle handler. Handling cattle needn’t be an exercise in anger management, according to Ron Gill, Texas A&M University livestock specialist. He recently ventured north to address low-stress cattle handling at University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference in… Read More →

Behavior patterns indicators of illness onset in cattle

AgriLife Research developing early warning system for bovine respiratory disease Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Pinchak, 940-552-9941, bpinchak@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are developing an early warning system for pen riders or animal care providers to more efficiently identify and treat cattle for bovine respiratory disease. Dr. Bill Pinchak in Vernon and Dr. Gordon Carstens in College Station, both AgriLife Research animal nutritionists, have been evaluating the relationships of animal behavior in confined animal feeding operations to the onset of sickness. Along… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Texas calf crop looking good

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Bruce Carpenter, 432-336-8585, bb-carpenter@tamu.edu Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION –  Most of the state’s calf crop is on the ground and looking good amid spring conditions, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle and livestock specialists. Most regions were helped by decent to good rains and warmer-than-usual winter and early spring temperatures, specialists said. Most cattle body condition scores around the state were… Read More →

New Year – Old Pest

Writer: Joe C. Paschal, Livestock Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu.edu As we begin a new year we are faced with an old pest, the fever tick. The fever tick (actually there are two different species) once ranged as far north as Virginia and is the host for the blood parasite that causes Cattle or Tick Fever. This disease can kill as many as 90% of the affected cattle. Beginning in 1906, the USDA Fever Tick Eradication Program eliminated fever ticks down to a 500 mile stretch… Read More →

Latent effects of blizzard a concern for cow-calf producers

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ted.mccollum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – As the snow melts away from Winter Storm Goliath and cattle are gathered back into pens and pastures, cow-calf producers should continue to watch their animals for lingering after-effects, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “There is some potential for latent effects of the sustained low windchill temperatures during the recent blizzard conditions,” said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo. McCollum said the bitter cold may have frozen… Read More →