Tag Archives: Reid Redden

Winter is coming, are you ready?

By Dr. Reid Redden, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu, 325.653.4576 As was discussed previously, some warm season weeds were produced that can be toxic to sheep and goats. Now, most of these plants have withered or the animals have learned to avoid them, especially if there is abundance of favorable forages. It appears to be a great year to grow cereal forages crops, such as wheat, oats, and triticale. These are fantastic crops for sheep and goats to grow out fall- and winter-born lambs and kids. Hopefully, the winter (December, January, and… Read More →

AgriLife Extension sheep shearing school fills crucial void in the industry

Writer: Susan Himes, 325-657-7315, Susan.Himes@ag.tam.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-657-7324, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO- The Texas A&M AgriLife Sheep Shearing School was held Jan. 12-14 at the AgriLife Research and Extension Center. Over the three-day course, students learned how to shear sheep and received an overview of key aspects of the shearing industry. With a decreasing number of professional shearers available worldwide, the annual school provides crucial skills needed for producers to care for their own flocks. Students, along with instructors, sheared over 200 animals during the hands-on workshop…. Read More →

Expert: Misplaced metal scrapie ear tags could pose risk to sheep shearer, sheep

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – A switch from plastic to metal ear tags could spell trouble for sheep shearers and the animals they shear if the tags are incorrectly applied, said a shearing expert. Dr. Reid Redden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service recently quit providing free plastic scrapie program ear tags to the sheep and goat community as a cost-saving measure. They are, however,… Read More →

AgriLife Extension to offer Sheep Scanning Certification School April 10-11 in San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with North Dakota State University and the National Sheep Improvement Program will conduct a Sheep Scanning Certification School April 10-11 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo, 7887 U.S. Highway 87. The school will be from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Individual registration is $200 due upon arrival. Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, said measuring… Read More →

Producer input needed for possible sore mouth pilot project in goats

AgriLife Researcher: Severe ‘orf’ cases appear to be increasing in West Texas Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Reid.Redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – With sore mouth cases in goats reportedly on the rise,Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center agencies in San Angelo will seek producer input on a possible study during a meeting March 1 at the center. The informational meeting, set for 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. The center is north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. Dr…. Read More →

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo sets performance-oriented sheep, goat sale

Producers should consider consignments now for Aug. 18 event Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Plans are being made to conduct a second performance-oriented sheep and goat sale Aug. 18 immediately after the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, organizers said. The expo, conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife, is billed as the state’s premier sheep and goat educational event, and is set Aug. 17-18 at the First Community Spur Arena in San Angelo, organizers said. The sale will conclude the expo and is… Read More →

Hillingdon Ranch tour shows visitors ‘Texas-style’ sheep raising

Contacts: Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ronald Pope, 325-653-4576, ronald.pope@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu COMFORT — More than  70 people attending the 2018 American Sheep Industry Convention in San Antonio, including those from several U.S. states, Canada and Australia, got a firsthand look at sheep production in Texas during their recent tour of Hillingdon Ranch in Comfort. The group was given an inside look at the operation of the 130-year-old family-owned ranch, which not only produces fine wool sheep, but also Angus cattle, Angora goats and white-tailed deer. “We… Read More →

AgriLife to offer wool and mohair workshops in January at San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Texas A&M AgriLife will conduct two separate educational programs aimed at both the novice and professional in the sheep industry. Wool and Mohair 101 will be a one-day workshop on the basics from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo. It will coincide with the annual three-day AgriLife Extension Sheep Shearing School Jan. 13-15. The center is north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway… Read More →

Faculty represent Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension in Kenya and Ethiopia

Eight faculty members representing Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension recently traveled to Kenya and Ethiopia to develop relationships with scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Participants included Animal Science faculty members Dr. Thomas Hairgrove, associate professor and Extension specialist; Dr. Andy Herring, professor of beef cattle production; Dr. Cliff Lamb, professor and head;  Dr. Reid Redden, associate professor and Extension sheep and goat specialist; Dr. David Riley, professor of animal breeding and genetics; and Dr. Luis Tedeschi, professor of animal nutrition; Dr…. Read More →

AgriLife eyes ways to match offspring with their dams using new producer-friendly technologies

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The age-old problem of matching ewes with their offspring is getting some help from modern technology, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “For a sizeable group of animals, matching lambs with their mothers can turn into a logistical and economic nightmare,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo. “The practice requires time, facilities and added feed costs. Plus, the animals are often in an unfamiliar environment very… Read More →