Author Archives: Jeff Savell

Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team claims Reserve Champion title

The Texas A&M University Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team claimed the Reserve Champion title at the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Texas A&M University, College Station. Two teams were entered with one of them making it to the finals before elimination by the eventual champion, Iowa State University. This year’s competition had the most teams ever entered since the beginning of quiz bowl in the early 2000s. Team members were Chelsea Cortez, Catherine Guillotte, Brogan Horton, Anna Schmidt, Ty… Read More →

2017 Center of the Plate Training held at Texas A&M University

The 2017 Center of the Plate Training, sponsored by the North American Meat Institute, was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center at Texas A&M University on August 1-3, 2017. The Center of the Plate Training is designed for purchasers and sellers of meat and poultry to better understand the nomenclature and utilization of cuts for the foodservice and retail sectors. Ann Wells, Director, Education and Workforce Development, North American Meat Institute, is the coordinator of the program, and Davey Griffin, professor and Extension meat specialist, Department of Animal… Read More →

Students participate in Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention

A number of undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in the Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention and Suppliers Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas, July 19 to 22, 2017. Kirby Bohls and Jill Jobe served as student assistants for the convention. Faculty members Ray Riley, Davey Griffin, Leslie Frenzel, and Jeff Savell also were at the convention. All of the students helped represent the department at the Suppliers Showcase answering questions about… Read More →

National Beef Quality Audit – 2016 rolled out at Cattle Industry Summer Meeting

The findings of the National Beef Quality Audit – 2016, steer and heifer component, were released at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting on July 13, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Speakers included Keith Belk, Colorado State University, Deb VanOverbeke, Oklahoma State University, Clay Eastwood, Texas A&M University, and Jeff Savell, Texas A&M University. The session was moderated by Josh White, Executive Director, Producer Education, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Two documents were released after the session: an executive summary and a four-page summary. These are available from these links:… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives SMIKids graduate scholarship for 2017-2018

Clay Eastwood, a Meat Science graduate student from New Braunfels, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Clay was presented the scholarship at the 61st Annual Southwest Meat Association Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas on July 19-22, 2017. The SMIKids Scholarships are given by the Burley Smith family to undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University interested in the meat industry. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas and received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011)… Read More →

Students receive Bob Ondrusek Memorial, SMA Hall of Honor, and SMA Foundation Scholarships

Twenty-one students from Texas A&M University were the beneficiaries of three different scholarships presented by the Southwest Meat Association at its annual convention: the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, the SMA Hall of Honor Scholarship, and the SMA Foundation Scholarship. These scholarships were presented at the Chairman’s Dinner and Dance on July 22, 2017 at the Southwest Meat Association’s 61st Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas. The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA… Read More →

Aggie faculty contribute to Lawrie’s Meat Science, 8th edition

Three faculty members in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University provided chapters to the newly revised, Lawrie’s Meat Science, Eighth edition. Rhonda Miller, Kerri Gehring, and Jeff Savell each wrote chapters working with Dr. Fidel Toldrá, the editor of this edition, to complete the publication process. Professor Ralston Lawrie was a world-renown meat scientist and wrote multiple editions of “Meat Science” during his life. The first edition was published in 1966, and eventually editions were published in at least Spanish, German, Japanese, and Russian languages…. Read More →

Center of the Plate Training®, August 1-3, 2017

The North American Meat Institute has announced that the Center of the Plate Training® will be held at the Rosenthal Meat Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, August 1-3, 2017. Center of the Plate Training® is a three-day course designed to teach the fundamentals of meat specifications by giving a first-hand look at how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice. It’s a lively learning experience that includes a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items: beef, veal,… Read More →

Pork 101™ to be held at Texas A&M, May 23-25, 2017

Texas A&M University will again host one of the PORK 101™ workshops on May 23-25, 2017. PORK 101™ is a three-day, hands-on experience designed to update participants on quality and consistency issues in the pork industry. The program is hosted by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) in cooperation with the National Pork Board and sponsored by Merck Animal Health. PORK 101™ is co-sponsored by the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP), American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), North American Meat Institute Foundation (NAMIF) and the Southwest Meat Association (SMA). Pork 101™ Program… Read More →

Belk and Boykin receive Carpenter Award

Aeriel Belk and Courtney Boykin, M.S. students in the Meat Science Section in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, received the Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science on Friday, March 10, 2017. The award is named in honor of Dr. Zerle L. Carpenter who began his career at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor of animal science in 1962. Dr. Carpenter rose to become full professor of animal science in 1971, head of the Department of Animal Science in 1978, and director of… Read More →