News and Updates

Cattle prices weakening as result of slower fed cattle marketings


FRANKLIN – Beef producers should brace for lower prices in the near term as feedlot marketing of cattle slowed during August through September. Bevers said feedlot operators paid higher prices for feeders going into the feedlots earlier in the year and, due to falling live cattle prices, are choosing to put more gain on them […]

Stocker cattle management should concentrate on cattle health


AMARILLO – Stocker cattle health has always been a challenge, but the challenge has increased over the years and producers may need to beef up their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We have some of the best vaccines and technology available to us, but the mortality number has continued […]

Red tide concentrations increasing along South Padre Island


SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Evidence of red tide along South Padre Island and the Lower Laguna Madre continues to mount, but airborne effects are not as bad as previously feared, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service marine expert. “It’s a constantly changing situation, but at this point, we are seeing higher cell counts […]

Canyon Creek Complex

Stuart Coombs, WUI specialist-Conroe, travelled to the Canyon Creek Complex fire in Central Oregon and served as a crew boss for one of six Oregon National Guard Type 2 Fire Crews mobilized to combat the multiple wildfires occurring this summer in the Northwest. Although new to fire and having received training and new boots immediately […]

Plum good health benefits


Research shows dried plums can reduce risk of colon cancer COLLEGE STATION — Researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina have shown a diet containing dried plums can positively affect microbiota, also referred to as gut bacteria, throughout the colon, helping reduce the risk of colon cancer. The research was funded by the […]

Sheep and goat industry in flux but vibrant


SAN ANGELO – Texas A&M AgriLife personnel were pleased at the outpouring of enthusiasm documented by a flood of positive evaluations following two recent industry events in San Angelo, said event coordinators. The events, held consecutively, were the annual sheep and goat field day highlighting work done at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension […]

Watch for venomous snakes when afield

SAN ANGELO – With dove season in full-swing and bow season for deer just around the corner, hunters should be aware of their surroundings, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. “While folks stock up on shells, buy their licenses, prepare for their trips and head afield, they may be forgetting one critical […]

Wildfire thwarted by county preparations


BASTROP, Texas— Bastrop is no stranger to the dangers and devastation that wildfire can bring to a community. One weekend proved how reducing overgrown vegetation and implementing other mitigating efforts can decrease the severity of wildfires—potentially saving a community from a destructive fire path. On Saturday, Sept. 12, along State Highway 71 in Bastrop County, a […]