Category Archives: Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Beef fit for a Queen…literally!

I am spending two weeks traveling through England learning more about its production, marketing, merchandising, and sustainability programs for the meat industry. One great tour was of Aubrey Allen, one of the top-end butchers here in the United Kingdom, and most importantly, the butcher who received the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen, as suppliers of meat, poultry, and game. This warrant took effect on January 1, 2013 resulting from the company supplying the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham, and Her Majesty’s other private… Read More →

Savell named university distinguished professor

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Jeffrey Savell, a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was recently named university distinguished professor. The title, which is bestowed in perpetuity, is one of the highest honors given to Texas A&M University System faculty. Savell is a Regents Professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder in the Department of Animal Science and holder of the Cintron University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. Savell became the third member of the animal science faculty to receive this honor. Dr. Fuller… 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 →

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 →

Rollstock packaging machine is the newest addition to the Rosenthal Meat Center

The Rosenthal Meat Center has increased its ability to teach packaging technologies through the recent addition of a fully automated Rollstock Packaging Machine. The Rollstock machine is a state-of-the-art packaging system that will vacuum package all types of products. The machine was donated by Texas Meat Purveyors (a division of Freedman Foodservice, LP) in San Antonio, Texas through their General Manager, Dwayne Padalecki. Dwayne is a member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of ’86 (Animal Science), a member of the 1984 TAMU Meat Judging Team, and a… Read More →

Gill provides expertise on the use of bacteriophages in China

In November, Jason Gill visited the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS), located in Nanjing, China. He was invited and hosted by Dr. Ran Wang, who leads a research group in the JAAS Institute of Food Safety focusing on the safety of animal-derived foods. Dr. Wang’s group has recently become interested in the use of bacteriophages – the viruses that infect bacteria – for the control and detection of pathogenic bacteria in food animal systems, and invited Dr. Gill to consult as an expert in this area. In… Read More →

Smith presents research collaborations in South Korea

Stephen B. Smith, professor in the Department of Animal Science, traveled to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in October and visited universities and research centers to promote information and collaborative research between South Korea and Texas A&M University. He presented “Carcass and Fatty Acid Composition of Corn-fed and Yearling-fed Angus Steers” to staff at the Hanwoo Research Center and faculty, staff and graduate students at Kunkook University in Seoul, “Beef Quality Research Projects at Texas A&M University” to faculty, staff and graduate students at Daegu University, and… Read More →

Window of Acceptability: A 25-year look back

This is the 25th anniversary of one of the most important and significant contributions that Dr. H. Russell Cross and I may have ever made to the livestock and meat industries: the development of the “Window of Acceptability.” This window not only helped demonstrate the amount of fat in meat necessary for tenderness and flavor, but also helped established upper limits so that current-day dietary guidelines for fat intake could be met. The “Window of Acceptability” was part of a presentation we made on “The Role of Fat… Read More →

Line of fat observed in New York Strip Steaks

We received a request to answer the question why there was a line of fat sometimes present in beef strip steaks. A customer of a meat purveyor had requested a credit for this “defect,” and this is the photo that was sent to us to help answer why this line of fat was present. Gatlan Gray, then graduate teaching/research assistant in our program, prepared this response to this question. The line of fat that is sometimes seen in a few New York strip steaks or beef top loin… Read More →

Beyond Basics HACCP Plan Improvement Workshop held on November 6-7, 2013

The Beyond Basics: HACCP Plan Improvement Workshop was held on November 6-7, 2013 in the Kleberg Animal and Food Science Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Participants from the United States and Canada brought their HACCP plans, other food safety documents, and plenty of questions to the workshop. The workshop was led by Kerri Harris, Ashley Arnold, and Jeff Savell, faculty members in the Department of Animal Science. Participants at the workshop evaluated their process flow charts, hazard analyses, critical control points, critical limits, monitoring… Read More →