October 26, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE
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Favorite Cheeses from Faculty & Staff
Cheesey Joke
VERO Prepares for Open House
The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), West Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) will celebrate on Thursday, Nov. 19, the grand opening of two facilities that will further expand upon the Texas A&M University System’s veterinary medical, education, service, and research missions in the Texas Panhandle.
Little International Recap
Little International is an annual experiential education event, this year involving over 200 WT students, including ANSC 1319 (Principles of Animal Science) contestants, AGRI 4305 (Conducting Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) student team leaders, various graduate students, Block and Bridle and Collegiate FFA members, and other students. Multiple faculty also supported the event in various ways. The students in these classes have not only learned about animals and teaching, but they have developed relationships and learning groups that undoubtedly contribute to recruiting and retention efforts.

Total exhibit entries for the two-day show were 77 cattle, 63 sheep, 56 pigs and 88 horses, along with 70 contestants competing in Quiz Bowl. This is among the largest shows of this kind in the United States in terms of the number of student participants and the number of livestock exhibits.

Congratulations to the winners, and a huge thanks to all those that worked hard to once again make this a successful event!
Overall Grand Champion (left) Shannon Anderson, FR. Agriculture Education
Overall Reserve Grand Champion (right) Sydnee Pettijohn, SOPH. Agriculture Education
A dust cloud over the Bovina Cattle Company’s feed yard near Bovina, Texas.
Photo courtesy of George Steinmetz
Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle's Climate Issues
A Story by The New York Times
Dr. John Richeson, Associate Professor of Animal Science, was interviewed to give his input on feedlot cattle carbon footprint. Read the Story.
A bit of wisdom from Dr. Seuss: 
“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. 
Some come from ahead and some come from behind. 
But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me."