The Panhandle Livestock Professionals (PLP) group was established to provide a forum through which professionals involved in the livestock industry in the Texas panhandle area can meet to share and discuss problems, ideas, and experiences that can lead to collaborative improvement of the industry in the region through open group dialogue, literature investigation, discussion, research, and professional continuing education meetings.

Goals of PLP:

  • To promote friendship, understanding, comradery, and goodwill among the members
  • To identify and address interests and informational needs of livestock veterinarians, nutritionists, agricultural engineers, animal health scientists, and those that serve the feedlot, dairy, and livestock industry in general in the Texas panhandle
  • To provide a forum for discussion and development of research or programs to address the current needs of the regional livestock industry

What we do:

The PLP group meets once a month, usually over a meal, to discuss various prescheduled topics of interest.  Each meeting discussion or lecture is lead by a subject matter expert in the monthly topic. The meetings are usually not sponsored, are never filtered, and open discussion from various viewpoints is encouraged.

Anyone interested is welcome to join us. Some meetings qualify for DVM TBVME and/or ARPAS Continuing Education credit. Feel free to contact anyone in the PLP leadership at with any questions or suggested topics for discussion. 

More Information:

PLP was started in 2016 by a small group of people that work at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) Canyon, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center Amarillo, and Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Education, Research, and Outreach (VERO) Center in Canyon. The group has since grown and an Advisory Council was established in 2018 to help ensure equal feedback on the planned activities and continual improvement of the group.

Previous Meeting Topics:

  • WTAMU Animal Science Program Research Updates
  • TAMU CVM VERO Updates 
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research Updates
  • Agriculture sustainability 
  • Starting cattle
  • Environmental issues awareness & management 
  • BRD lung scoring 
  • Disaster preparation
  • Research epidemiology & data interpretation
  • Prenatal/perinatal influences on growth & health
  • BRD diagnosis 
  • Antimicrobial resistance research overview
  • Public awareness of agriculture 
  • Poisonous plants of the southern high plains 
  • Anaplasmosis in Texas cattle
  • Evidence based clinical decisions
  • Roughage inclusion in finishing diets
  • Livestock professionals' success through service
  • Pain management in the livestock industry 
  • Livestock mineral management
  • Heritability of disease resistance
  • TVMDL BRD testing strategies and trends
  • Online resource availability and access 
  • TTU School of Veterinary Medicine
  • TVMDL and animal health emergencies
  • Gram negative vaccination strategies 
  • Mass mortality management 
  • Low gossypol cotton 


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