Author Archives: Jeff Savell

Students participate in Tyson Foods Beyond Fresh Meat short course

Tyson Foods, Inc., hosted the first annual Beyond Fresh Meat short course in Springdale, Arkansas, February 3-5, 2017. This course offered a unique opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn about product formulation, research and development, and sensory evaluation. Meat Science grad students Courtney Boykin, Drew Cassens, Wade Hanson, Hillary Martinez, Spencer Tindel, and Kayley Wall participated in the short course. Friday afternoon began with a welcome reception for participants that was followed by discussions about raw materials, functional ingredients, and batter and breading systems. Saturday morning started by… Read More →

Boykin, Eastwood, and Harris present at National Beef Quality Audit workshop

Texas A&M University graduate students, Courtney Boykin, Clay Eastwood, and McKensie Harris, presented the initial findings of their research at the National Beef Quality Audit 2016 Strategy Workshop, which was held December 13-15, 2016 at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association offices in Centennial, Colorado. This is the 25th anniversary of the first National Beef Quality Audit, and the strategy workshop is a key component of the audit where representatives from the beef industry, trade associations, and government agencies come together to develop the strategies that will be used… Read More →

2015/2016 National Beef Tenderness Survey executive summary

The Executive Summary of the latest National Beef Tenderness Survey is now available at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Beef Research website (www.beefresearch.org). This survey has been conducted about every five years since the early 1990s, and the findings this year show that the palatability of beef is still performing well compared to the last two surveys. The survey was led by meat scientists in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University with collaboration from meat scientists from Texas Tech University, University of Florida, Oklahoma State… Read More →

Creative Sausage Making workshop to be held January 13-14, 2017

The next session of Creative Sausage Making is scheduled for January 13-14, 2017. Registration for the seminar, led by our resident sausage expert, Dr. Wes Osburn, is now open through our Texas A&M AgriLife Extension registration online system. To be sure that the program allows for hands-on sausage manufacturing opportunities, the workshop is limited to the first 30 registrants, so please go ahead and get your registration completed as soon as possible. This workshop is for those who wish to increase their knowledge and/or gain experience in sausage making. … Read More →

Meat Judging Reunion, May 6-7, 2017

The Department of Animal Science announces the Texas A&M University Meat Judging Reunion, May 5-6, 2017. Mark your calendars and look for more information about this event next spring.

Poultry 201 to be held at Texas A&M University, October 25-27, 2016

Our colleagues in poultry science are hosting Poultry 201, October 25-27, 2016 at Texas A&M University. Go to the Poultry 201 page <www.poultry101.com/poultry201.html> for details. Poultry 201 is an in-depth workshop that covers all aspects of marination and batter and breading systems for poultry products. Topics will include meat chemistry, functional ingredients used, marination methods, cooking methods and equipment use/maintenance. The organizers and administrators of Poultry 201 are Christine Alvarado, Texas A&M University, Casey Owens, University of Arkansas, and Shelly McKee, USAPEEC. Source: Poultry 201…Marination, batter and breading.

Clay Eastwood receives Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching

Clay Eastwood received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching at a ceremony at the AgriLife Center on Thursday, September 29, 2016. This award recognizes graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for their outstanding contribution to teaching undergraduates. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas and received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. focusing on fresh meat quality, food safety, and sustainability under the guidance of Dr. Jeff… Read More →

Brogan Horton receives NAMI scholarship

The NAMI Scholarship Foundation announced the recipients of its 2016-2017 undergraduate scholarship awards. Nine high-performing undergraduate students received a combined total of $27,000 to pursue degrees in animal, meat and food science, or in a culinary arts program. Brian Klopf received the Frank DeBenedetti Memorial Scholarship to continue his studies in food science at Iowa State University. Brogan Horton, who is majoring in animal science at Texas A&M; University, received the John Duyn award, while Kiersten Scott, an animal and meat science major at Texas Tech University, earned… Read More →

Breakfast with the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team

Come have breakfast with the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team at 9 AM on Saturday, September 10, 2016 before the Texas A&M University versus Prairie View A&M University football game at 11 AM that day. Breakfast will be held at the Rosenthal Meat Center on campus. Come meet the meat judgers, read reasons, and provide inspiration as the team prepares for the upcoming fall trips. Contact Drew Cassens at 817-713-4263 or drew.cassens15@tamu.edu for more details.

AMSA honors Dr. Wesley Osburn as the 2016 AMSA Processing Award Winner | Animal Science

The American Meat Science Association has announced that Dr. Wesley Osburn, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, is the recipient of the 2016 Meat Processing Award. The award is sponsored by Smithfield Foods, Inc. Dr. Osburn was honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Wesley N. Osburn, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, has a passion for all things related to meat processing—whether it… Read More →