Cattle producers can add revenue through cost-effective calf management

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Mac Young, 361-265-9203, amyoung@ag.tamu.edu CORPUS CHRISTI – A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices. As […]

Ranchers weigh options on replacement heifers amid historic high prices

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, sbevers@ag.tamu.edu Editor’s note: This report has a video available at http://youtu.be/YBmgINs4Ayc  COLLEGE STATION – When it comes to replacement heifers in beef cattle operations, producers are faced with a dilemma: Raise them, buy them or sell them and “take the money and run,” said a Texas A&M […]

Crops/weed management tour set for Sept. 8 near White Deer

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Brandon McGinty,806-669-8033, b-mcginty@tamu.edu Jody Bradford, 806-537-3882, jmbradfo@ag.tamu.edu WHITE DEER – A Crops/Weed Management Tour, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Carson and Gray counties, will be held Sept. 8, starting at the Carson County Gin west of White Deer. The program will begin at 10:30 […]

Five-State Beef Conference sessions set Sept. 9-11 in three states

Sessions to be held in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu AMARILLO – High cattle markets and lingering drought conditions have beef producers continually planning to maximize their assets – water, grass and cattle. Beef producers from five states can hear from experts on these […]

Eng symposium to explore innovative practices in cow-calf systems

Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-845-1542, cacoufal@tamu.edu Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu SAN ANTONIO – Exploring expansion of cattle herds will be discussed at the 2014 Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation Symposium, scheduled Sept. 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk, 125 E. Houston St. in San Antonio. “Innovative Intensification in Cow-Calf Systems” is the second […]

4-H and Biggest Loser star call attention to healthy youth lifestyles

Trek across Panhandle to include four stops Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Shawnte Clawson, 806-677-5600, sfclawson@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Area 4-H’ers will join NBC’s Biggest Loser season 14 finalist Joe Ostaszewski this summer on his “Riding It Forward” cross-country bike tour to raise awareness for healthy living across America. Ostaszewski, a former Florida State University […]

New AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent hired for Armstrong County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Billie Peden, 806-226-3021, billie.peden@ag.tamu.edu CLAUDE – Billie Peden has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer science agent for Armstrong County, effective Aug. 18, according to Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo. “We are very excited to have Billie join the […]

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – When it comes to handling livestock, observing the little things can make for a more pleasant experience – both for the animal and the livestock, according to Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor and animal scientist. “I stress to students the need to be observant,” said […]

Gary Smith rejoins Texas A&M animal science faculty

Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-249-6301, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Gary Smith has rejoined the Texas A&M University department of animal science as a visiting professor in College Station. Smith previously worked at Texas A&M as professor from 1969-1982 and head of the department of animal science from 1982-1990. In addition, effective July 1, Smith also […]

Russian ban on U.S. agricultural products to affect Texas

Beef, poultry exports among Texas commodities Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Luis Ribera, 956-968-5581, LARibera@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Russia’s ban on U.S. agricultural products would be costly, especially to Texas, with the biggest impact to beef and poultry exporters, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. The proposed ban is in […]