Mussel woman: Researcher looks into declining Texas mussel populations

DALLAS – Jennifer Morton hovers methodically over a row of clear, water-filled containers on a tight-spaced industrial shelving system. She plucks a mollusk from one of the containers, observing the specimen as part of a study on freshwater mussel tolerances. The activity is part of an ongoing effort at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and […]

Pilgrim’s Pride $1 million gift to modernize Texas A&M’s poultry feed mill

COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M University’s department of animal science poultry feed mill in College Station provides tens of thousands of chickens with nourishment each day, but is more than half a century old and showing its age. Amid a layer of cobwebs, corn dust, soybean flakes and other ingredients that make up tons of feed […]

AgriLife Research physiologist Randel receives lectureship honor

OVERTON – The American Society of Animal Science, Southern Section, has announced an annual lectureship named for Dr. Ronald Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research physiologist, Overton. The society’s executive committee established the annual invited lectureship for its Physiology Section. The first of the lectures bearing Randel’s name will be presented during its annual meeting scheduled […]

Research trials focus on winter pasture stocking strategies

OVERTON – Profits in stocker production can be as green as winter pastures when conditions are right and producers apply correct stocking strategies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. And research trials at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton are focusing on identifying optimal strategies and stocking rates for […]

Proper winter supplemental feeding can optimize future breeding

OVERTON — Getting or keeping cows in proper body condition throughout the winter can optimize pregnancy rates the following season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, beef cattle specialist, Overton, said cows with proper body condition scores at calving are more likely to breed back and produce healthy calves in […]

Four States Cattle Conference set for Dec. 13 in Texarkana

TEXARKANA — The fourth annual Four States Cattle Conference will provide relevant information about how cattle producers can improve operational profitability amid a challenging market, said a Texas A&M specialist. The conference will be held Dec. 13 at the Texas A&M University of Texarkana University Center Building, 7101 University Ave. in Texarkana. Dr. Jason Banta, […]

Weaning calves before auction reduces stress and could increase profits

OVERTON –  Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton. Dr. Jason Banta said weaning calves is the right thing to do and doing it correctly […]

Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference slated for Aug. 17-18 in Grapevine

GRAPEVINE — The Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference will be held Aug. 17-18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 2401 Bass Pro Drive in Grapevine. The program is presented by the Texas Animal Nutrition Council and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with various cattle and dairy industry groups, associations and businesses. “These conferences provide […]

Poultry program in Fort Worth June 28 focuses on reducing heat stress for flocks

FORT WORTH – Summer heat can zap the production quality and quantity of poultry flocks, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Flock owners can learn many best management practices for keeping hens cooler at a program scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. June 28 at the AgriLife Extension office in Tarrant County, 200 Taylor […]

AgriLife Extension experts: Livestock parasites, pests likely to proliferate due to wet weather

UVALDE — Excessive rains in many parts of the state have Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts concerned about the possibility of increased parasite and pest activity with livestock. “Wet weather creates conditions favorable for parasites to infect animals on pasture,” said Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist based in Uvalde. Machen said with […]