Category Archives: Feed Our World

Creative Sausage Making workshop scheduled for January 15-16, 2016

The next session of Creative Sausage Making is scheduled for January 15-16, 2016. 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. We are still negotiating with a couple of the local hotels for our room block, so… Read More →

Youth Beef 706 held at Texas Tech University, July 6-7, 2015

Dan Hale, professor and extension meat specialist in the Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, coordinated the 2015 Youth Beef 706 program held in Lubbock, Texas on July 6-7, 2015. The program was sponsored by the Texas Beef Council and is conducted in partnership between the Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University Departments of Animal Science. The Youth Beef 706 had 16 youth and adult participants who toured a feed yard, participated in hands-on live cattle and ultrasound evaluation, carcass grading, and carcass fabrication. In… Read More →

Beef 101 dates announced for 2016

Beef 101 is a three-day intensive hands-on program designed for anyone who has an interest in expanding their knowledge of the total beef industry. This workshop has become known as the leading educational program for basic information about the beef industry provided anywhere in the United States. Beef 101 has been conducted for the past 20 years in the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science facilities and is currently offered three times yearly. 2016 Beef 101 Workshops When: May 17-19, 2016, June 28-30, 2016, August 24-26, 2016 and December… Read More →

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

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, 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 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 →

25th anniversary of Beef 101 kicks off with May class

The first Beef 101 was held at Texas A&M University in 1989 at the request of the Texas Beef Council to help its staff better understand the product that it was responsible to market. Word spread about the program, and beef council staff from other states requested that another program be held the next year. As more people learned about Beef 101, yearly classes were conducted until finally, for some time now, we now have three classes a year. Beef industry personnel from every facet and from all… Read More →

AMSA Pork 101 to be held at Texas A&M University, May 20-22, 2014

The next AMSA PORK 101 will be held May 20-22, 2014 at Texas A&M University.  PORK 101 is hosted by AMSA in cooperation with the National Pork Board. For a course outline and to register for PORK 101 please visit: PORK 101 attendees will learn about the value differences in swine, pork carcasses, pork primals and processed pork products from meat science faculty and AMSA members at Texas A&M University. A hands-on course, it’s designed to give people the opportunity to participate in the selection, evaluation and fabrication… Read More →

Ground beef from grass-fed and grain-fed cattle: Does it matter? « Department of Animal Science

This is an article by Dr. Stephen Smith prepared for the Department of Animal Science ANSC Monthly stating his thoughts about the healthfulness of grass- versus grain-fed beef. JWS By Stephen B. Smith, Ph.D. Regents Professor, Department of Animal Science The internet is awash in websites proclaiming the nutritional benefits of ground beef from grass-fed cattle. However, researchers in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University have published the only two research studies that actually compared the effects of ground beef from grass-fed cattle and traditional,… Read More →

5 Of The Tastiest Aggie Foods | TAMUtimes

Five great foods including Texas Aggie Beef Jerky from an article in today’s TAMUtimes!  JWS Over the years, researchers across Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System have cultivated and fine-tuned countless varieties of grains, fruits, vegetables and meats. By focusing these projects on creating high-quality, efficient, economical and environmentally-sound products, Texas A&M has left its mark across the food industry, on everything from carrots to salsa. While there have been numerous foods created and developed by Aggie researchers, here’s a rundown of five of the tastiest…. Read More →