Tag Archives: Jason Banta

Lice in cattle herds can bite producer profits

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – A common wintertime pest in cattle herds – lice – can suck money from producers’ pockets, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton. Banta said lice can infest cattle throughout the year, but more problems are seen from December to March. “As the weather gets colder, cows grow longer, thicker hair and that produces better cover and protection for lice, which means the lice have better reproductive rates,” he said…. Read More →

Producers should prepare for winter supplement needs

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Many beef producers may need a Plan B when it comes to winter forages due to dry conditions, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton. Banta said supplemental feeding started earlier than usual for many producers around the state because of dry fall conditions. The Texas state climatologist’s long-term winter forecast called for warmer, drier conditions. “Compared to 2016, we’ve been much drier, so that means less stockpiled forage and shorter… 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 →

Winter forages can reduce costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, experts say

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu; Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Planting successful winter forage pastures can reduce supplemental feed costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, and Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, both in Overton, said following recommended practices regarding winter pastures can improve producers’ bottom line. Corriher-Olson said producers have several winter forage options for grazing, including annual ryegrasses and small grains, such as… Read More →

AgriLife Extension experts offer advice on livestock safety, care after Harvey

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Livestock in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are still at risk for lack of feed, injury or disease, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. “Water is the first priority with livestock, so producers should try and find a safe drinking water source and make sure their animals have an adequate supply,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station. “Some animals may not eat wet… 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 →

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 →

Gainesville, Clarksville Beef Quality Assurance Training programs scheduled in July

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Two Beef Quality Assurance Training events will be in North and Northeast Texas during July. The training events are a collaborative effort among the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Beef Council and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. There is no cost to attend, but organizers request RSVPs to ensure accurate meal counts. Steak lunches will be served at the sessions. The trainings will be: – July 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Landmark… Read More →