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The Articles page is a treasure of archived information on topics such as animal health, beef cattle industry news, artificial insemination, pastures, forages, rangeland, livestock feed & nutrition, livestock can cattle reproduction, beef cattle genetics, cattle production, feature stories, and the latest on cattle breed news.

Industry News

AgriLife Extension grass-fed beef conference May 30-31

published: April 18th 2019 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – The popular grass-fed beef conference is scheduled May 30-31 and will provide a comprehensive look at grass-fed beef production and marketing opportunities in Texas, according to organizers....

Industry News

Egg prices lower than last year, but could see seasonal spike

published: April 17th 2019 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Consumers could see a seasonal spike in egg prices as demand increases for baking and dying associated with the Easter holiday, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Pastures & Forages

Current Texas Weather and Crop Report

published: April 16th 2019 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Texas wheat fields look good, but the next few months will determine yield outcomes, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.   Wheat growers around the state faced difficulty with fall planting due to incessant rain or had to wait for rain....

Herd Health

Specialists use technology to stop the spread of disease among flocks

published: April 15th 2019 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

SAN ANGELO — It is a brisk morning in central west Texas. Sheep are penned behind the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service building in San Angelo. Several are run into a chute....

Industry News

AgriLife Extension offers landowner-oriented agricultural law meetings across Texas

published: April 12th 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  AMARILLO – Own a piece of Texas? Whether it is 2 acres or 200,000 acres, landowners need to be aware of their legal responsibilities and rights. “Owning Your Piece of Texas: Agricultural Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know” is a day-long program designed by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural law specialist in Amarillo....


Mud and how it leads to lameness

published: April 11th 2019 by: Alvaro Garcia source: Igrow

Melting snow and spring rains produce conditions that can increase lameness in beef cattle. Mud is among the predisposing causes for cattle lameness. Wetness decreases hoof hardness and increases the incidence of claw lesions....


Now is time for some "defensive driving"

published: April 9th 2019 by: John F. Grimes source: The Ohio State University Extension

The term “defensive driving” may seem like an odd choice of words to start an article about beef cattle. Stay with me on this one. When I think about defensive driving, I think about watching out for factors such as the surrounding traffic, weather conditions, time of day, driver fatigue, etc....

Industry News

Ranchers Leasing Workshop slated for April 24 in Burnet

published: April 8th 2019 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

BURNET – A Ranchers Leasing Workshop will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Burnet County from noon-4:30 p.m. April 24. The AgriLife Extension office is located at 607 N....

Industry News

US cattle inventory continues to build

published: April 5th 2019 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

FORT WORTH – As the nation’s cattle inventory continues its expansion, consumer demand is increasing at a steady clip, according to experts speaking at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention in Fort Worth....


Getting cows to breed back quickly

published: April 4th 2019 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

This winter was brutal. Weather events, poor conditions, and hay shortages have resulted in some cows that will need extra attention prior to and during breeding season. After a hard winter, it would be salt in the wound to have cows breed late and fall out of your calving season....

Breed News

American Simmental Association launches large-scale carcass data effort.

published: April 3rd 2019 source: American Simmental Association

  Bozeman, MT - US cattlemen and women have successfully improved beef quality during the last several decades, yet capturing widespread carcass data proves elusive. The most important traits are still among the most difficult to predict....

Industry News

April 4 webinar to focus on saving rural family lands

published: April 2nd 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – “Saving Family Lands: Challenges and Opportunities for Working Lands in Texas” is the title of the April 4 natural resources webinar hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit....

Industry News

South Texas Farm & Ranch Club to meet

published: April 1st 2019 by: Helen Holdsworth source: STFRC

  Rebecca Neill, Southern Hill Country Project director for The Nature Conservancy, will be the April speaker for the South Texas Farm & Ranch Club.  Neill will discuss The Nature Conservancy’s Love Creek Preserve, located in the Bandera Canyonlands in the western Texas Hill Country....

Genetics & Performance

Mud reduces beef cattle performance

published: March 29th 2019 by: Alvaro Garcia source: Igrow

Every late winter and early spring beef producers usually face the same problem. Whether it is pooled water resulting from melting snow or excessive rainfall, they both lead to mud accumulation. Walking through deep mud to take care of cattle requires additional effort by the rancher....

Industry News

Ground beef from grass-fed and grain-fed cattle: Does it matter?

published: March 28th 2019 by: Stephen B. Smith source: Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science

The internet is awash in websites proclaiming the nutritional benefits of ground beef from grass-fed cattle. However, researchers in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University have published the only two research studies that actually compared the effects of ground beef from grass-fed cattle and traditional, grain-fed cattle on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type II diabetes in men....

Herd Health

Effective parasite control begins with understanding active ingredients

published: March 27th 2019 source: Zoetis

  Using parasiticides in cattle without considering the active ingredients in those products presents dangers for an operation. Using different parasiticide active ingredients can extend the effectiveness of parasite control products and play a significant role in the management of healthier cattle....

Feed & Nutrition

Consider creep feeding

published: March 26th 2019 by: Grady Ruble source: Igrow

Despite what Mother Nature seems to think the summer months are approaching and for some that means rolling out the creep feeder and for others considering whether creep feeding is a necessary investment....

Industry News

Cattleman’s Spring Clinic April 11th in Lampasas

published: March 22nd 2019 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

LAMPASAS — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices of Lampasas, Burnet and Llano counties are hosting a Cattleman’s Spring Clinic on April 11 at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building, 1793 N....


Ways to stretch cash flow

published: March 21st 2019 by: Robert Tigner and Austin Duerfeldt source: Nebraska Extension Educator

Over time, negative cash flows will put farm and ranch businesses, and the lifestyle of the owners, at serious risk. The following suggestions for additions to cash flow are adapted from Iowa State Extension AgDecsionmaker C3-58, Farm Financial Management: 16 Ways to Stretch Cash Flow, written by William Edwards, retired extension ag economist....

Feed & Nutrition

Corn tar spot could have ridden in on ‘bomb cyclone’

published: March 20th 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  AMARILLO – A new disease affecting corn might have blown in on the recent “bomb cyclone,” and a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said producers should be aware of what might make its way to their fields later this year....

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