Four-state cattle conference set Dec. 10 in Texarkana

Conference to bring experts in from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu TEXARKANA, Ark. – Helping livestock producers take advantage of historically high markets and rebuilding herds will be just two of the presentations at this year’s Four States Cattle Conference set Dec. 10 in Texarkana, said a Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Animal grazing behavior topic of Nov. 6 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bob Lyons, 830-278-9151, rk-lyons@tamu.edu Pete Flores, 361-362-9201, Pete.Flores@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Understanding animal grazing behavior is an important part of grazing management. Landowners can learn more about the most important issues at a Nov. 6 webinar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit. […]

Corn prices expected to edge up, could pressure fed cattle bids in 2015

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Mark Welch, 979-845-8011,JMWelch@tamu.edu BRYAN  - Recent lower prices in corn could translate into fewer planted acres in 2015, potentially putting pressure on bids for beef cattle next year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. However, Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grains marketing economist in College […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 28, 2014

Sugarcane aphid here to stay in Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Though the sugarcane aphid is manageable, it’s likely here to stay in South Texas and the rest of the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The sugarcane aphid became a pest of sorghum for the first […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 21, 2014

El Niño development stalled out, but cool, wet winter still predicted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though this year’s El Niño is now predicted to be a weak one, it still spells more a chance of a wet, cool winter for most of Texas rather than a dry one, according to the […]

South Texas cattle program could reflect growing herd numbers

EDINBURG  –  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel are hoping that with recent rains and improved pastures, South Texas cattle ranchers will start rebuilding herds sold off during the drought. Proof of renewed activity could come when ranchers start submitting their livestock in the annual Bull Gains Test, Heifer Development and Pen of Steers Program […]

Carpenter inducted into Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Contact: Maggie Tucker, 979-845-1542, maggie.tucker@ag.tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Zerle Carpenter, Texas A&M University professor emeritus of animal science and director emeritus of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, was recently inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. Carpenter was among six inductees selected from more than 75 nominations encompassing all areas of red […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 15, 2014

AgriLife Economist: ‘High’ 2014 feed grains stocks are really a return to average levels Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though this year’s predicted bumper feed grains yields are driving down prices farmers see, the long-term result could add stability to what has been a very volatile market, according to a Texas A&M […]

Ranchers hear key factors to growing forage at rebuilding beef herd symposium

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu FRANKLIN – Ranchers should be mindful of three important components of pasture health when considering restocking beef cattle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station, said water, fertilizer and protection are […]

Nov. 15 deadline for Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance sign-up

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: DeDe Jones, 806-677-5600, dljones@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The deadline is nearing for Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance, designed to provide livestock and hay producers protection against acreage losses, said DeDe Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service risk management specialist in Amarillo. The 2015 sign-up and acreage reporting deadline for this […]