AgriLife Research field day to cover new tech in cattle systems Nov. 2 in Beeville

Ashley Patterson, Texas A&M

October 24, 2023

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Beeville will host a field day Nov. 2 featuring a broad overview of new technology used in beef cattle production systems.

A woman and a man stand partially turned toward a cattle herd at Beeville that is behind them in a pasture
Cow herd sustainability will be one of the presentations by faculty in the Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Department of Animal Science at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Beeville field day Nov. 2. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Carlos Serna)

The research station is located at 3507 Highway 59 E, Beeville.

Attendees will learn about grazing systems establishment; a progress report on the performance of five breeds of cattle in the South Texas climate; use of digital agriculture and remote sensing technology in livestock and pasture management; and the link between grazing systems, cattle genetics management and digital agriculture, data science and artificial intelligence.

Register by Oct. 31 and learn more at https://tx.ag/BeevilleFieldDay2023.

The free field day will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. A welcome and agency update from G. Cliff Lamb, AgriLife Research director, will start at 9:30 a.m.

Presentations from AgriLife Research faculty in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Department of Animal Science will follow. Lunch will be served courtesy of Texas Farm Credit.

Field day extension of station research

The station serves important research and technology development, and this field day puts into action a strategic plan to grow outreach, said Juan Landivar, Ph.D., professor and center director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Research Center at Corpus Christi.

“In 2022, the research station in Beeville implemented a new five-year strategic plan that focuses on developing and sharing research-based livestock management strategies adapted to South Texas,” Landivar said. “This field day represents the kick-off of our new strategic plan, aimed at enhancing communications with local land managers.”

Current research at Beeville aims to promote the stewardship of natural resources, resulting in long-term economic and environmental resilience of animal protein production for stakeholders within South Texas and grasslands of similar climates.

On the agenda

 Presentations and speakers for the field day are:  

  • Welcome and AgriLife Research Update: Lamb.
  • Forage: A Keystone in Agriculture Systems: Jamie Foster, Ph.D., AgriLife Research forage agronomist and Department of Soil and Crop Sciences professor.
  • Genetics of Cow-Herd Sustainability: Milt Thomas, Ph.D., AgriLife Research livestock geneticist and Department of Animal Science professor.
  • Digital Agriculture: Mahendra Bhandari, Ph.D., AgriLife Research remote sensing crop physiologist and Department of Soil and Crop Sciences assistant professor
  • Closing Remarks: Landivar.

Contact Landivar for information via email at juan.landivar@ag.tamu.edu.

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