By BLAIR FANNIN
Texas AgriLife News
COLLEGE STATION – A survey distributed to the Texas stocker cattle industry by Texas A&M University System agricultural agencies will help collect vital trend data to assist in meeting future research and educational initiatives, according to officials.
The mailed survey will help specialists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the department of animal science and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M gather information to evaluate field research efforts and educational programs relating to the beef industry.
“We are committed to serving the Texas beef industry, and the stocker segment is a vital part of beef production in the Lone Star state,” said Dr. Bill Dugas, acting vice chancellor and dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for the system.
Survey responses are anonymous and will provide an assessment of the stocker industry, said Dr. Russell Cross, head of the department of animal science at Texas A&M.
“It is vital that we understand the stocker segment’s needs in order to plan and develop practical applied research protocols and meaningful educational programs to assist in these changing times,” he said.
“All of us in the Texas A&M System would like to do more to serve the stocker segment of the beef cattle industry,” said Dr. Allen J. Roussel, DVM and department head for large animal clinical science in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M. “Health management is a key to profit for this segment, so it is critical that we learn more about the challenges faced by these producers to better serve the industry.”
Cross said the stocker segment has a unique task of taking cattle from diverse cow-calf operations and preparing them for the structured feeder phase.