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Largest wildfire in Texas history continues 

Texas A&M Forest Service encourages caution, prevention as wildfire potential increases over the weekend  The largest wildfire in Texas history is actively burning today with additional threats going into the weekend. The Smokehouse Creek Fire that started in Hutchinson County has burned a total of 1,075,000 acres across Texas and ...
Scene from Hemphill County. Photo by Andy Holloway, County Extension Agent

Hay, feed, fencing supplies needed to support Texas Panhandle wildfire victims

Donations of hay, feed, fencing supplies, cow feed and milk replacer are needed to support livestock owners impacted by the devastating wildfires that have scorched ranchland across a large portion of the Texas Panhandle. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is establishing Animal Supply Points in several locations in the region to ...

Keys to a prosperous start for newborn calves

A main economic driver of a cow-calf operation is the number of calves weaned per cow exposed. Two subsequent drivers are weight and phenotype. For these reasons, outstanding calf health is a directly correlated variable to calf growth and performance, and—ideally—profitability.  Prenatal cow care for calf success Sound calf health ...

2024 marks 33rd year for San Antonio All Breeds Bull & Commercial Female Sale

This year's San Antonio All Breeds Bull & Commercial Female Sale will be the 33rd annual event as even Covid didn't stop the sale with its three plus decade history from happening. The offering will include 58 bulls representing several breeds and over 500 high quality, hand picked commercial females. ...

Evaluating post-partum interval and calving rates

Let’s talk about ways to positively impact post-partum interval (PPI) and pregnancy rates. Consider the following criteria for an efficient beef cow herd: Calving interval (number of days between calves) is 365 days or less. Females raise a calf to weaning. Cow mature weight and milk production fit the resources ...

Texas ranchers urged to remove livestock from low-lying areas

Flooding to impact Liberty, Victoria, Montgomery, Lavaca and Calhoun counties Emergency management officials are advising landowners in five Texas counties to remove livestock from flood-prone areas due to excessive rainfall upstream over the last three days. Counties impacted are Liberty, Victoria, Montgomery, Lavaca and Calhoun. “Runoff is occurring from heavy ...

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, ...

Prepare for winter weather

Winter weather with sub-freezing temperatures is forecasted throughout much of the state over the next week. Here are some tips from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts on how to protect your plants, pipes and pets from the cold. The AgriLife Extension Disaster Education Network also has multiple resources for Texans to access and ...

Reviewing 2023 and looking ahead to 2024

The U.S. cowherd reached a 60-year low in 2023. Some of this decline is driven by efficiency in the beef industry. We produce more with less. As such, it would be misleading to compare today to 60 years ago. It still does speak to how significant the recent declines in ...

Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic set for Jan. 11 in Cameron

The annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic will be Jan. 11 in Cameron. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Milam, Robertson, Bell, Burleson, Falls and Williamson counties will host the event. The Jan. 11 Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Cameron will feature topics such as cattle market updates, herd health and ...