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Marbling research shows healthy fat in beef has benefits | AgriLife Today

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality. “We need fat in beef to improve the eating experience,” said Dr. Stephen Smith, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and Regents Professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University…. Read More →

Aggie Processed Meat Technology School set April 22-24, 2015 in College Station

Mark your calendars and register for the 2015 Aggie Processed Meat Technology School to be held April 22-24.  According to Dan Hale, Extension Meat Specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, based on input from past participants, the school has been expanded by one additional day.  The web site with a tentative schedule, more general information and registration information can be found at http://aggiemeatschool.blogspot.com/ When ask whom the school is directed towards Hale said, “anyone who wants to learn the basic science and art of making processed meat products should attend…. Read More →

Students participate in American Meat Science Association Student Leadership Conference

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Student Membership Board of Directors announced that 86 students from 13 universities attended the AMSA 2015 Student Leadership Conference in Springdale, Arkansas on March 13-14, 2015. Texas A&M University students who participated included Michael Berto, Courtney Boykin, Clay Eastwood, Hillary Henderson, Helen Kline, and Michael Yeater. Students began Friday morning, March 13, with tours of the Cryovac and a Tyson poultry processing plant. After the tours, students headed over to the Tyson Discovery Center where Tyson’s food technologists and chefs shared their… Read More →

Eastwood, Olson receive International Livestock Congress travel fellowships

Graduate student Clay Eastwood and undergraduate student Cameron Olson were each chosen to attend the 2015 International Livestock Congress held March 4-5, 2015 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Eastwood and Olson were among 12 students chosen from around the world to attend the international meeting as part of the Travel Fellowship Program. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the ILC, which brought together 175 scientists and agriculturalists from 21 countries.

Riley, Texas Aggie Brand Beef Jerky featured on CBS Sunday Morning, January 18, 2015

Two long-term fixtures of the Rosenthal Meat Center, Ray Riley and the nationally recognized Texas Aggie Brand Beef Jerky, were featured on the CBS Sunday Morning program on January 18, 2015. The segment was entitled Beef Jerky: Not Just a Gas Station Staple and showed footage of Ray and the Rosenthal Meat Center staff and students making jerky and Ray discussing the history of beef jerky at Texas A&M University. Texas Aggie Brand Beef Jerky burst on the national scene in 2007 when the New York Times did the… Read More →

Savell presents at the Faculty Teaching Academy, January 23, 2015

Jeff Savell, distinguished professor of animal science and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder, gave a presentation to the Faculty Teaching Academy on Friday, January 23, 2015. The title of his talk was “The Power of Story in the Classroom,” which focused on how he uses stories to complement the scientific and technical information he presents to his students. Each year the Faculty Teaching Academy (FTA), a program of the Center for Teaching Excellence, showcases award-winning faculty from a variety of disciplines.  In its 9th year, FTA continues to provide ideas… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Clay Eastwood, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal Science, received this year’s Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science at the Department of Animal Science Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas, and she received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University. This award is presented annually to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and has contributed significantly to the Meat Science Section’s teaching, research, and extension activities. Clay teaches ANSC 307 laboratories, assists with ANSC… Read More →

Creative Sausage Workshop scheduled for January 16-17, 2015

Creative Sausage Making January 16 and 17, 2015 Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center Texas A&M University The Creative Sausage Workshop was developed by the processed meats experts at Texas A&M AgriLife after numerous requests for a basic sausage course that would allow a “first timer” to be successful, or a “seasoned” veteran to pick up some new tips. The hands-on workshop will engage participants in important aspects of sausage making from meat selection, ingredients, casings, stuffing, equipment, processing and final finished product. Participants will manufacture their own… Read More →

Gehring to receive Association of Former Students teaching award

Dr. Kerri Gehring, associate professor of animal science and president of the International HACCP Alliance, has been selected as one of the three recipients of the 2014 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching at the College Level. Dr. Bill Dugus, acting Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences and acting Dean of the College of Agriculture, make the surprise announcement in Dr. Gehring’s class on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. In addition to Dr. Dugas, Marty Holmes from the Association of Former Students and Dr. H…. Read More →

Aggie Commercial Steer Camp held on July 28-29, 2014

The second annual Aggie Commercial Steer Camp was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center on July 28-29, 2014 at Texas A&M University. This extension education program is geared towards youth involved in Texas Commercial Steer Shows. The program covered a wide range of topics within two days to better help youth and parents learn about purchasing steers and the management of raising a commercial steer project also while providing contest preparation activities. Officials from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo™, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and Texas… Read More →