Category Archives: Areas of Dedication

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 →

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 →

Dr. Rhonda K. Miller Awarded 2016 American Society of Animal Science Meats Research Award | Animal Science

Contact: Kim Schoonmaker, 217-356-9050 ext. 4, kims@asas.org Dr. Rhonda K. Miller has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Meats Research Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Miller grew up on a livestock/crop operation in Holyoke, CO and earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Colorado State University. She conducted her Ph.D. research at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE. Dr. Miller was Director of Research… Read More →

Courtney Boykin receives SMIKids graduate scholarship for 2016-2017

Courtney Boykin, a Meat Science graduate student from Pflugerville, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Courtney was presented the scholarship at the 60th Annual Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort at Cedar Creek, Texas on July 27-30, 2016. 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. Courtney received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and is working… Read More →