Developing A High-Quality Angus Herd
- Improving Efficiency of Artificial Insemination/Estrus Synchronization.
- Selection Criteria to Reduce Dystocia.
- Supplementation Techniques to Improve Grazing Efficiency.
- Understanding How Grazing Behavior and Animal Performance Interact.
For more information on beef cattle management or on purchasing Angus bulls and heifers, contact Dr. Chase Runyan at email@example.com or 325-942-2027. Also, find information about livestock for sale.
Several aspects of food safety and meat science have been or are currently under investigation at the MIR Center. Current research includes formulation trials for lamb summer sausage, meat goat carcass evaluation and retail product development, and microbial evaluations of livestock and wildlife grazing the same pastures.
Recent publications include:
- The Use of Ultrasound to Predict Lamb Carcass Yield.
- The Use of Activated Charcoal to Bind E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Typhimurium in Sheep.
- Relationships Among Weights, Ultrasound and Carcass Characteristics in Boer-Cross Goats.
- Using Ultrasound to Predict Back-Fat of Lamb Carcasses.
- Assessment of Microbial Contamination on Deer Carcasses.
For more information, visit the Meat & Food Science Research homepage, email Dr. Loree Braham at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. John Kellermeier at email@example.com or call at 325-942-2027.
More about the Food Safety and Product Development Laboratory (Meat Lab
This facility is about 8,000 square feet and includes an elevated classroom with multimedia capabilities, retail sales room, test kitchen, sensory panel rooms, smokehouse, fabrication room, coolers, freezers and a harvest floor. More information about the facility is available on the Meat Science web page.
The Meat Market retail store is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. every Friday during the long semesters (excluding the Friday after Thanksgiving) and walk-ins are welcome.
Custom processing of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs is available on a limited basis. For more information, call 325-942-2515.
We are currently working to increase use of unwanted plants by livestock while avoiding toxicosis through management solutions, such as feeding compounds in supplements to bind the toxins in poisonous plants and using experiences early in life to increase intake of unwanted plants like redberry juniper and salt cedar.
- Effect of Micro-Aid Supplementation on Feedlot Lamb Performance and Carcass Characteristics.
- Improving the Efficiency of Feedlot Operations by Using Alternative Protein Sources.
- Growth Enhancers and Implants to Improve Production.
Improving Reproductive efficiency In Sheep and Goats
At Angelo State University, we are dedicated to helping the producers in the region improve their sheep and goat flocks. We are currently working to aid in improving the reproductive efficiency of small ruminants utilizing the most current nutritional technology and semen evaluation tools available. We are looking to specifically improve male reproductive efficiency at breeding time.
The group here at ASU is also studying the maternal characteristics in first time F1 and F2 does. We are looking at characteristics such as, age at first kidding, number of kids born and number of kids weaned. As well as, studying chelated range minerals as it pertains to conception rate in sheep and goats in range conditions.
Sheep are also included in the livestock the department has for sale every year. For more information, contact 325-942-2027.
The deer herd on the ASU Management, Instruction and Research Center has been intensively managed for quality white-tailed bucks for more than 20 years. Our philosophy is based on cost-effective white-tailed deer herd management. This involves manipulating deer density, buck-doe ratios and selective harvesting.
The property is not high-fenced and we do not feed deer on a year-round basis. We have found that through managing our deer herd population and improving habitat quality, we are able to produce exceptional-quality white-tailed bucks without the cost of high-fencing and intensive feeding.
We maintain a deer density of one deer for every 15–20 acres and a buck-doe ratio of one buck for every 1.5 does. Brush control, range reseeding and prescribed burning are used on an annual basis to improve habitat quality.
- Branham, L.A., M.A. Carr, C.B. Scott, and T.R. Callaway. 2005. E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella spp. in white-tailed deer and livestock. Current Issues in Gastrointestinal Microbiology. 6:25-29.
- Slater, S.C., D. Rollins, R.C. Dowler, and C.B. Scott. 2001.Opuntia: a “prickly paradigm” for quail management in west-central Texas. Wild Soc. Bull. 29:713-719.
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For precipitation data recorded at the MIR Center, view these charts.
Use these documents with photos to help you identify plant material.