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Ag Professor Gil Engdahl to Lead Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Assoc.

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Dr. Gil Engdahl visits Angelo State University’s Mangement, Instruction and Research Center at least a couple times a week. He stops for a photo with some of the Rambouillet flock at the ASU ranch. Photos by Gary Cutrer.

By Gary Cutrer

Published August 2012

Longtime ag educator Gil Engdahl of San Angelo has been elected to lead Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association as president for the August 2012 through July 2013 year. Engdahl has served on the faculty of the Agriculture Department at Angelo State University since 1976 and served as head of the department from 1997 until June 2012.

During his tenure at ASU, he has seen the number of students with agriculture majors grow from a freshman class size of about 20 students in 1976 to around 190 freshmen entering school this academic year.

Engdahl brings his knowledge of sheep and goats and agriculture background to the job as president of TSGRA, along with his skill in the psychology of relating to people. His easy going nature has served him well as he has counseled and advised students over the years and worked with faculty members of ASU’s ag department as well as with ASU administrators and staff.


Chief Lone Wolf

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By Barbara Barton

Published April 2012

Chief Lone Wolf of the Kiowas ranged from Colorado to Mexico but gave the U.S. Cavalry quite a run in Texas and made two trips to Washington to negotiate peace for his tribe. Photo courtesy of the Heart of West Texas Museum at Colorado City. Chief Lone Wolf of the Kiowas lived at a time when his tribe roamed over a large area of the Southwestern United States. He led his warriors from the mountains of Colorado to the Texas Plains and into Mexico.  Although he was ready to challenge any string of blue-coated soldiers he encountered while traveling through Texas, he  was very involved in peace negotiations.  Lone Wolf made two trips to Washington, D.C. in his lifetime trying to make a peace treaty with the Great White Father.

The Kiowa tribe had distinct appearances and ways of living.  Their braves were tall and walked with a graceful gait as they showed off their long hair.  Lone Wolf’s portrait details the fine Roman outline of his head.   The Kiowa ate mostly meat but supplemented that with fruits, berries roots and nuts.  Their tall teepees were covered with buffalo hides. Not only were their homes easy to transport but also their cooking utensils, which included hide bags and containers.  Horns of animals were made into spoons but no pottery was used.


Depot Museum Documents Railroad History

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This diesel locomotive, originally built for Northern Pacific Railroad in 1955, was donated to San Angelo's Santa Fe Depot railway museum, shown in background, by the now defunct South Orient Railroad in 2003. In October 2007 it was taken to Texas Tank Car Works, sandblasted and painted South Orient Blue. By Barbara Barton

Published November 2011

The wonderful Santa Fe Depot Museum in San Angelo almost didn’t happen.  The old dilapidated passenger and freight depot at 703 South Chadbourne in San Angelo, Texas, was destined to be torn down. Some interested souls who didn’t want that to happen got busy in 1993 and decided to save it. The City of San Angelo was the party to finally accept the building from the Santa Fe Railroad as the original group was not a non-profit organization, and time was ticking on the old building. After the Depot was preserved, there were several suggestions as to what should be done with it.

David Wood, the current president of the museum said, “Some people wanted to make it an art gallery while others wanted to divide it into office space to be rented.  Finally the group decided to develop it into a railroad museum, and it opened officially in 1996.”

The Historic Orient/Santa Fe Depot, Inc., the official name of the railway museum, tells about the formation and development of railroad lines through San Angelo and this story has many twists and turns.  When the first train made its way puffing down the Santa Fe tracks to San Angelo on September 30, 1888, thousands of people turned out for a two day celebration.  San Angeloans partied and paraded as they witnessed the train’s appearance.  By 1908, a depot was built at Fourth Street and Chadbourne Street.


Benny Cox Knows the Business of Sheep and Goats

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Benny Cox in his job as sheep and goat sales manager at Producers Livestock Company directs auction from within the sale ring every Tuesday. Here he shows a group of young hair sheep to buyers in the audience. By Gary Cutrer
Published August 2011

Benny Cox, recognized by any sheep and goat producer who has bought or sold animals through Producers Livestock Auction as the guy in the know about the sheep and goat business in West Texas, has worked for the auction company for more than 40 years.
“My dad liked farming and along with that came livestock. We ran cattle. I just got in to this field and never left,” he said.

Benny Cox Now nearing the age of 60, Cox was in high school when he started feeding and helping to receive animals at Producers. Back then, in the 1960s, Producers was selling 15,000 to 20,000 head of sheep and goats a week, or about 600,000 to 800,000 head a year. They were running 220,000 to 260,000 cattle a year through the auction ring. These days, in average non-drought years, they will sell a little more than 300,000 sheep and goats and around 100,000 head of cattle in a year’s time, he said.

Cox attended Angelo State University, all the while working at Producers. He graduated from ASU in 1975 with an agriculture business degree.

“When I graduated the oil field was really hot,” Cox said, and he considered changing careers. “But I decided to stay here, and I haven’t had any regrets.”


Raising Hair Sheep and Meat Goats

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By Frank Craddock and Richard Machen
Professor and Extension Sheep and Goat Specialist
and Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist
Texas A&M University System

Published March 2011

Raising Boer goats has proven to be a money making endeavor for many small landowners.
Dorper sheep, like other hair breeds, are pasture hardy and do not need to be sheared. They raise a good lamb crop.

Rural areas in many parts of the United States are being rapidly developed and urbanized.  Many urban dwellers want to escape to the country to live a quiet, peaceful life or enjoy recreational opportunities on their own land.  As a result, large tracts in rural areas are being divided into properties of 5 to 100 acres. 

New rural landowners almost always want to maintain or obtain an ad valorem tax exemption, which is most often granted for agricultural use of the land.  They often decide to start livestock enterprises to meet tax exemption requirements.  However, most taxing authorities require one to demonstrate that such an enterprise is economically viable.  In other words, owning one animal as a family pet will not qualify property for a tax exemption.  Two enterprises best suited to small acreage and most likely to be profitable are meat goats and hair sheep.


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