Tag Archives: Dairy

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 →

Texas milk production goes west over the past 30 years

Weather, animal welfare, economics and producer quality of life factors Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, ellen.jordan@ag.tamu.edu COMO – A rusted, padlocked gate marks the entry to a once modern and bustling dairy barn. The facility in the heart of Northeast Texas dairy country that once collected milk from hundreds of Holstein cows, is now a depository for knickknacks, scrap wood and metal, tools and idle equipment. Surrounding county roads are littered with similar remnants – abandoned dairy barns, empty drip sheds, exposed concrete slabs… Read More →

Jordan honored with Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state dairy specialist in Dallas, was honored with the Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in the Extension specialist/program specialist category. Jordan received her award at ceremonies held on the Texas A&M University campus recently. The Vice Chancellor awards program was established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. Jordan has made exemplary contributions to the dairy industry in… Read More →

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 →

Bulgarian dairy farmers participate in training

By Dr. Michael Tomaszewski Nine Bulgarian dairy farmers participated in a two week dairy training program organized for the second year in a row by Dr. Michael Tomaszewski, professor emeritus. The program was sponsored through the American Bulgarian Foundation and conducted jointly with Thomas Hall, assistant director for international training with the Borlaug Institute. Dr. Larry Fox,  professor, Washington State University; Dr. Robert Hagevoort, associate professor and Extension dairy specialist, New Mexico State University; and Dr. Ellen Jordan, professor and Extension dairy specialist, participated in the training. Fox discussed mastitis… Read More →

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 →