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Livestock, humans at risk of painful bites as horse fly populations increase

Be on the lookout for an especially nasty and tenacious biting insect pest – the horse fly – as it hunts for its next blood meal. Sonja Swiger, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist in the Texas A&M Department of Entomology, Stephenville, said she expects reports of horse fly infestations to increase ...

The 2024 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course reaches a milestone

The upcoming Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course (TAMBSCS) will once again offer three days of comprehensive education, practical insights and management tools, plus cutting-edge industry knowledge. This year’s event will mark the 70th time for the conference and will continue to equip beef cattle producers with the latest information and ...

Live demonstrations highlight Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Whether it’s learning about virtual fencing or equipment to treat unwanted brush or proper cattle handling techniques, the 70th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 5-7 in Bryan-College Station has a demonstration of interest to livestock operators. Registration Register by July 27:$300 for in-person attendance.$160 for online.$150 for youth.$40 ...

Registration opens for 70th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

The 70th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 5-7 in Bryan-College Station is open for registration. The event is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science. The event is the largest beef cattle educational event in the world, ...

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi celebrates 50 years serving Coastal Bend

From cotton boll weevil eradication to aquaculture genomics to advancing digital agriculture and artificial intelligence, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Corpus Christi has spent the past 50 years working to benefit area agricultural producers and agribusinesses. The center celebrated its 50th anniversary and significant contributions to agricultural research ...

Agricultural losses from Texas Panhandle Wildfires top $123 million

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists project the Panhandle wildfires caused $123 million in preliminary agricultural losses, making it the costliest on record. More than 1.2 million acres burned beginning Feb. 26, making it the largest wildfire in Texas history. The losses include more than 12,000 cattle deaths, lost grazing values ...

Answering the cattle nutrition protein question

Knowing exactly how beef cattle utilize protein is important to answering many nutrition questions producers and industry nutritionists pose to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists like Jason Smith, Ph.D., Amarillo. Smith, an AgriLife Extension beef cattle nutritionist and associate professor in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science, ...

Considerations for building cow inventories at current prices

Calf prices are encouraging cow-calf producers to increase cow inventories to have more calves to sell. Consider the following points when evaluating growing the cowherd. Contribution margin Is the operation fully stocked on owned land or on land leased by the acre? What are the current overhead costs including labor ...

Wheat crop shaping up better than past two years, but prices are low

Wheat production across Texas looks better than in years past, providing producers some optimism despite low wheat prices. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists said several opportunities could exist for cashing in on good forage. Mark Welch, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist-grain marketing in the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics, said while the U.S. ...

Safety Tips for watching solar eclipse in Texas

The total solar eclipse is a large-scale natural phenomenon that Texans have not seen since 2017. Something so rare and intriguing is one that will certainly draw the attention of people far and wide within the coming weeks, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.As people begin to make plans to ...