Category Archives: Areas of Dedication

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 →

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 →

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.

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 →