Category Archives: Livestock

East Texas Beef Cattle Shortcourse

Beef Cattle shortcourse poster 2014 Please click on the above link to access the program flyer.

Livestock Cold Weather Stewardship

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Cold Weather Livestock Stewardship   Cold weather can be stressful to our livestock just as it can be to us.  Cold weather livestock stewardship is something farmers and ranchers spend a great deal of time on this time of year.  Farmers and ranchers do not get a day off work just because it is icy or there is snow on the ground. Livestock require energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins in their diets.  Many factors affect… Read More →

Beef Cattle Production

Ag Biz News Column By:  Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Beef Cattle Production   Texas ranks first in the nation in total cattle numbers with over 14 million head.  Texas also has the broadest spectrum of producers and variation in production environments. The beef cattle industry is by far the largest sector in the Texas agriculture industry. Assets minus liabilities equal profit.  In the beef cattle industry, several methods can be used to reach a certain level of profitability.  One way is to increase revenues… Read More →

Emergency Preparedness for Farms and Ranches

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Emergency Preparation for Farmers and Ranchers Disasters come in many forms.  Disasters can be caused from hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, accidents, terrorism, ice storms, and wildfires to name a few.   Texas is home to more than 247,000 farms and ranches where agriculture contributes to more than $100 million annually to the state’s economy.   Are you prepared for a disaster on your farm? All disaster plans on the farm or ranch should address three major types of potential… Read More →

Body Condition Scoring of Beef Cattle

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Body Condition of Beef Cattle As we enter spring months, livestock will be transitioning from hay, supplementation, and winter forage to our perennial warm season forages like Bermudagrass or bahiagrass.  The percentage of body fat in our beef cattle at specific stages of production is important to determine overall reproductive performance as well as their overall productivity. Body condition of our cattle at various stages of production has a number of practical implications.   Body condition scores… Read More →