Category Archives: Enrich Our Youth

Spring brings carcass shows

Each spring, Meat Science faculty and students are very busy collecting carcass data from the steers, barrows, and lambs that are shown at major and local shows. San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are the two major shows where we collect carcass data with the steers harvested at Sam Kane Beef Processors, the barrows and lambs from Houston harvested at the Rosenthal Meat Center, and the barrows from San Antonio harvested at the Rosenthal Meat Center and the lambs harvested at Texas… Read More →

FFA/4-H Meat Judging Clinic held at Rosenthal Meat Center, March 29, 2014

The Department of Animal Science hosted the FFA/4-H Meat Judging Clinic, which was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Over 300 FFA and 4-H youth participated in the clinic this year where they had the opportunity to hone their meat judging skills in preparation for upcoming contests this spring. The clinic was coordinated by Dan Hale, Davey Griffin, and Ray Riley, with Crystal Waters and members of the 2014 Meat Judging Team serving as instructors for the classroom and cooler portions of the… Read More →

Turner receives NAMA Scholarship Foundation Grant, Bush Presidential Library Undergraduate Travel Grant

Lindsey Turner, an undergraduate student in the Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, received a scholarship grant from the NAMA Scholarship Foundation in the amount of $2,250 at the Annual Convention of the North American Meat Association held March 19-22, 2014 in Palm Springs, Calif. In addition to the scholarship, she received a $500 travel grant from the association to attend the convention where she assisted with several activities as a way to network with key meat industry leaders. Lindsey also was selected by the College of Agriculture… Read More →

Voegele receives NAMA Scholarship Foundation Grant, Bush Presidential Library Undergraduate Travel Grant

Hope Voegele, an undergraduate student in the Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, received a scholarship grant from the NAMA Scholarship Foundation in the amount of $2,250 at the Annual Convention of the North American Meat Association held March 19-22, 2014 in Palm Springs, Calif. In addition to the scholarship, she received a $500 travel grant from the association to attend the convention where she assisted with several activities as a way to network with key meat industry leaders. Hope also was selected by the College of… Read More →

Meat Judging exposes students to the meat industry « Department of Animal Science

A wonderful write-up of the excellent opportunities for students to see the meat industry while on the meat judging team.  JWS By Davey Griffin, Ph.D. Professor, Extension Meat Specialist and Coordinator of the Meat Judging Team When students tell parents, fellow students and friends they are on the Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team, they typically get a blank stare followed by the question ”what does one do on a meat judging team?”  Although the team members have plenty of experience, it is still hard to describe all… Read More →

Lindsey Mehall receives Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Student Teaching Award

COLLEGE STATION – Lindsey Mehall was one of three graduate students in the Department of Animal Science who were recipients of the 2013 Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Teaching Award, in recognition of their important contributions as graduate students to the undergraduate student experience. Mehall was presented the award during the department’s Christmas luncheon held Dec. 17 at the AgriLife Center. Members of the Edwards family were in attendance at the award presentation. The Ronnie L. Edwards Graduate Teaching Award was created in remembrance of Dr. Edwards, who served as associate head for… Read More →

Aggies named to All American Meat Judging Team

Three members of the Meat Judging Team, Mallorie Phelps, Jessie Hoffman and James Boyd Vaughan, were named to the 2013 All American Meat Judging Team during the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held Nov. 17 at Tyson Foods in Dakota City, Neb. For the past ten years AMSA has recognized students for their performance in Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contests and their grade point average by selecting them for All American Meat Judging Teams. In addition, Andrew Fry was chosen as the winner of the Rachel Hamilton Memorial “Spirit”… Read More →

Aggies participate in Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, 2013 edition | Texas Barbecue

For the third year in a row, Texas A&M University and its BBQ Genius Counter participated in the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival in Austin. Faculty and students from the Department of Animal Science, Jeff Savell, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Clay Eastwood, Chloe Geye, Kaitlyn Porter, and Michael Berto, were at the festival working at the Texas A&M University booth, visiting pitmasters, giving tips to backyard barbecue enthusiasts, and sampling great barbecue from the top places around the state. Thanks to John Chivvis for preparing and setting up the… Read More →

Robb Walsh guest lectures in Texas Barbecue | Texas Barbecue

Robb Walsh, food editor/restaurant critic of the Houstonia Magazine, guest lectured today in ANSC 289 Texas Barbecue. This is the fifth year that Walsh has lectured in the class, and his great book, “Legends of Texas Barbecue,” (Amazon.com link) is the inspiration for the course and the textbook we have used since the beginning. Walsh visited with the students about the role of the Central Texas German Meat Markets and their smoked meats as the basis for what we think today about Texas Barbecue and how briskets became the… Read More →

Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team wins American Royal contest

The Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team won the American Royal Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held in Omaha, Nebraska on October 20, 2013. The team practiced at the Rosenthal Meat Center, Tyson Beef (Amarillo, TX), Cargill Beef (Schuyler, NE), and the University of Nebraska before competing in the contest. Overall team rankings were: 1st Texas A&M University (4038) 2nd Texas Tech University (4020) 3rd Angelo State University (3984) 4th Colorado State University (3984) 5th University of Illinois (3979) Team placings: 5th in beef grading 2nd (tied for 1st) in… Read More →