The Dr. Chris Skaggs Excellence Endowment provides a major boon to Texas A&M University’s renowned Livestock Judging Team. Going beyond teaching students how to evaluate livestock is the norm for Dr. Skaggs, who uses judging to connect with Aggies and invest in their success.
Raising strong sheep, goat offspring begins during pregnancy
Veterinary Science Certificate Program celebrates growth
Youth with a budding interest in veterinarian careers are getting more significant exposure to the Veterinary Science Certificate Program, VSCP, of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, thanks to an expansion in available summer camps, according to Nikki Boutwell, VSCP coordinator, Bryan-College Station.
The Veterinary Science Certificate Program is a nationally recognized program designed for students interested in becoming a veterinary assistant. Participating students are typically interested in pursuing an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree in the veterinary science field.
Alternative feed supplement considerations
When grazing gets short, we all look for supplements to offset the lack of grass or hay but may not consider the drawbacks of alternative feed sources. It is important to look at the safety of the feedstuff, who is feeding it, how it is to be fed, nutrient imbalances, chemical and biological contamination, cost per unit of nutrient and supply.
Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship School Program celebrates its 50th year
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Summer Horsemanship School Program just completed its 50th consecutive year of sending collegiate horsemanship instructors throughout Texas to teach horsemanship. This tremendously successful educational program serves to strengthen the foundation of horsemanship and develop advanced riding skills for youth, as well as adults.
From The Ground Up: Recent rainfall might not have been enough to help farmers and ranchers
Despite the abundance of rain we’ve seen the last few weeks, farmers and ranchers are still feeling the effects of the summer drought on their crops and livestock. On top of that, Ron Gill, Ph.D., professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock specialist, said agriculturists are still dealing with high input costs.
The competitive teams program at Texas A&M is rich in tradition, attracting students from across the country. By competing on these teams, students acquire work ethic, public speaking capabilities, leadership development and critical thinking skills. The teams are self-supporting and also rely on support from former judging team members and former students.
Help support our competitive teams and their high impact learning opportunities.
The livestock judging team started the year strong as the high point team at the National Swine Judging Contest.
The 2022 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team kicked off their fall season with a beef grading trip to Tyson Amarillo. All 10 team members are returning to compete in four contests this fall.
The TAMU Ranch Horse Team is working hard and excited to kick off the season with the new team!
The Bellinger Foundation is hosting a celebration in honor of the distinguished career of Dr. Gary Smith, preeminent professor, mentor, researcher, meat judge/coach and innovator in the meat industry. The celebration, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, October 14-15, is an opportunity to express appreciation to Dr. Smith and further his legacy via the Gary ’68 & Kay Smith Meat Judging Team Excellence Endowment at Texas A&M University.
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About the Department of Animal Science
The Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University has achieved national and international prominence as one of the largest and most complex departments of its kind in the country. The Department of Animal Science strives to meet the needs of all citizens by providing outstanding teaching, research and Extension programs.
We aim to improve lives through discovery, integration, dissemination and application of science-based knowledge of animals and animal products. To more effectively fulfill the mission of the Department of Animal Science, we have identified five areas of excellence.
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