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McGregor Research Center Field Day set for May 1

Texas A&M AgriLife Research will host the McGregor Research Center Field Day on May 1 with topics to cover nutrition, rebuilding the cow herd and utilizing technology in production practices. The field day will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the center, located at 773 Ag Farm Road. There is no ...

CDC confirms bird flu in one person; poultry, ruminant experts warn of avian influenza outbreak

LITTLE ROCK — On April 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a human case in Texas of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly known as H5N1 bird flu. According to a release from the CDC, the “person had exposure to dairy cattle in Texas presumed to be ...

Atascosa County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent recognized by Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association 

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 24, 2024) – Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association announced Dale Rankin, an Atascosa County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent, as the 2024 Outstanding County Extension Agent – Beef at the 2024 Cattle Raisers Convention & Expo held in Fort Worth March 22 – 24. The ...

Just Your Standard Bull

            March 1—and here begins the run of spring production sales. With the January-February rainfall, and the recent stretch of warm weather, optimism for a strong spring is very high.             In this issue of the Southern Livestock Standard, you will see the results of the 33rd Annual San Antonio All Breed Bull ...

Bull selection criteria and cost

The spring bull sale season is underway. Producers are studying catalogs, comparing EPDs and individual animal performance numbers, and choosing which bulls will be the next herd sires. This article addresses some of the things producers should consider before heading to the sale. Hint: It's more than just the lunch ...

What if cows could talk

You may not know it, but cows share information every time they burp, moo, and chew that speaks volumes about their health and welfare.  Through the work of researchers in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, we may soon know more about what cows are “telling” us and be ...

Healthy Habits for Immune Support

Many factors play into keeping us free from sickness, it is no secret that eating a well-balanced diet helps keep us healthy by supporting our immune system. Keeping our immune system strong is especially important during cold and flu season. Eating a regular diet that includes the following nutrients can ...

Reminder: Agriculture tax exemption holders need to renew their numbers by Dec. 31

Renewal only rolls around once every four years, so the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is reminding all agriculture producers that the Agricultural and Timber Exemption numbers they currently hold will expire on Dec. 31. Agriculture operators are reminded to renew their Agricultural and Timber Exemption tax numbers prior to Dec. 31. ...

BattleGround to Breaking Ground taking applications for Cohort 15

Applications are being accepted through Dec. 8 for Cohort 15 of the BattleGround to Breaking Ground program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The BattleGround to Breaking Ground project is a four-phase educational program available to veterans, active-duty military and their families, as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. “This project provides online education, ...

Mistletoe: Is the Christmas plant friend or foe?

Mistletoe may be a welcome holiday sight when hung over a doorway if a loved one is near, but, it can be an unwelcome intruder when found in your trees, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist. “Mistletoe is a hemiparasite – a semi-parasitic plant,” said Allison Watkins Schwarz, AgriLife Extension ...