This winter's bitter cold has been hard on everybody, but it's been particularly tough on quail, those small birds that survive the cold by feeding on tiny seeds. That was particularly true out of Texas Rolling Plains during a large January weather event that dumped more than a foot of snow that hung on for days.
The success of Texas Tech University's research in meat science and quality is no secret to West Texas or even the state. Now the value of that research is being tasted around the world. Specifically, New Zealand's beef industry recently has been overhauled by research completed through Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
Use of certain animal drugs known as beta agonists in cattle production has received considerable national attention. A Texas Tech University veterinary epidemiologist has found that although there are significant societal benefits to the practice, an increase in death loss of cattle raises questions about welfare implications of its use.