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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

AgriLife Extension announces new riparian restoration publication

‘Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas’ is now available COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service official has announced the release of “Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas,” which is now available. The new publication, which has been given the identification number WF-010, can be downloaded free at http://www.agrilifebookstore.org/product-p/ewf-010.htm or […]

Garden enthusiasts to gather for Greater Houston Plant Conference Sept. 12

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Paul Winski, 281-855-5600, Paul.Winski@ag.tamu.edu HOUSTON — Trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, marketing trends, breeding programs and plant trials — all will be discussed by industry experts at the Greater Houston Plant Conference Sept. 12. The event will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M […]

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 […]

Texas beef producers can apply for federal disaster aid due to drought

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Federal disaster aid for Texas cattle producers is available and officials are encouraging producers to act quickly in applying for programs. U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency Texas administrators gave updates on livestock disaster programming in College Station at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, […]

AgriLife Extension adds two new quail apps

Effort is part of statewide Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative   Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. James Cathey, 979-845-7471, jccathey@tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has added two new quail management apps to their growing tally of electronic resources for tech-savvy wildlife managers. “These  apps are free and […]