Tag Archives: Dairy

ANSC students complete US Dairy Education and Training Consortium

CLOVIS – Twenty aggies recently completed the 2017 US Dairy Education and Training Consortium held in Clovis, NM. Since the start of the consortium in 2008, 131 aggies have completed this six-week intensive program in large herd management. The program couples class room instruction with actual hands-on experience working with dairy cattle. Students get to pregnancy check, evaluate semen, dissect udders, evaluate body condition scoring, learn to “read” a bunk and more. All of which are important procedures required for today’s modern dairy sector. “My most favorite memories… Read More →

Extension dairy specialist contributes decades of consulting, research

Writer: Karena Elliott   Dr. Ellen Jordan grew up working with Holstein heifers, beef cattle, poultry and horses, as well as showing Guernsey dairy cattle and purebred swine. But it still took two years of convincing before her high school would allow her to take FFA classes. “Starting in high school, I was frequently the first female to do something, and that continued when I started my academic career,” she notes. “It taught me there would always be those that were skeptical, but what you do overcomes their… Read More →

Southwest Dairy Days offers a look at new technology, management strategies

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu DALHART – The recent Southwest Dairy Day gave dairy producers a glimpse at new technology and latest best-practices designed to provide better care for their animals and better products for consumers, said Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension dairy specialist from Dallas. Southwest Dairy Days gives the dairy industry a chance to come together to see some advances and new technologies being used in the industry around the region and state to advance genetics, environmental protection,… Read More →

Michael Tomaszewski Receives Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production

Contact: Cara Tharp, 217-356-5146 ext. 141 Champaign, IL – The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Michael Tomaszewski as the 2016 recipient of the Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production. The award will be presented on Thursday, July 21, 2016, during the awards ceremony at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production was created to recognize outstanding teaching of undergraduate students in dairy science. The winner must have demonstrated outstanding ability as a teacher of undergraduate students… Read More →

Research focuses on reducing heat stress for calves in plastic hutches

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted Friend, t-friend@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A recent series of studies found reflective covers to be beneficial for dairy calves housed in calf hutches. Dr. Ted Friend, a retired Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and professor in the department of animal science a Texas A&M University in College Station, has studied several reflective films for use in covering calf hutches to reduce heat stress on calves and determined that an inexpensive film is “very effective in improving comfort and health.”… Read More →

Water a major concern for dairy industry

High Plains conference provides management advice, weather outlook Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu Dr. Dana Porter, 806-746-6101, dporter@ag.tamu.edu LUBBOCK – Water is a continuous concern for dairy producers, whether used for cows or crops, and management information was shared with those attending the recent High Plains Dairy Conference in Lubbock. “Our dairy producers are very concerned about how much water they use, both for the cows and the crops they produce,” said Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist… 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 →

Faculty Profile: Dr. Michael Tomaszewski

By Olivia Norton ’16 Dr. Michael Tomaszewski is a visiting professor and professor emeritus of dairy science in the Department of Animal Science. In this role, he taught a campus-based and web-based introductory dairy management course for many years. He currently serves as the coordinator of the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium (formerly known as the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium Teaching program). The USDETC is a multi-university organization formed to meet the educational and training needs of the U.S. dairy industry. Dr. Tomaszewski tells about how… Read More →

Growing dairy industry spotlighted at recent Southwest Dairy Day

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu FRIONA – Drought might have hurt the dairy industry in the Panhandle over the past few years, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said signs are indicating the industry is growing once more. Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas, said the growth of the dairy industry in the Panhandle was spotlighted when more than 500 people turned out for the Southwest Dairy Day at the Del Rio Dairy south of Friona on Oct. 8…. Read More →

Dairy consortium teaching program graduates seventh class

CoBank, Farm Credit of New Mexico pledge financial commitment to support endowment CLOVIS, N.M. — The 2014 U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium (previously known as the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium) brought together 46 students from 17 universities and three countries for six weeks of large dairy herd education and training in Clovis, N.M. from May 19 – June 27. The 2014 consortium class included nine students from Texas A&M University: animal science majors Cara Crane, Lauren De Jong, Lauren Fontenot, Mary Lavender, Linden Rudolph, Blythe Shill,… Read More →