Category Archives: Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Graduate students compete/present at Reciprocal Meat Conference poster session

Seven Meat Science graduate students presented their research work at the poster session of the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin, June 15-18, 2014. Two graduate students, Rachel Glascock and Clay Eastwood, participated in the Poster Competition. The other graduate students, Terri Blackmon, Sarah Chu, Hannah Laird, Tanner Luckemeyer, and Michael Yeater, participated in the general poster sessions. These are the titles and authors of the posters. Please contact the authors for additional information regarding the research presented at the conference. Blackmon, T.,… Read More →

Pork 101™ held at Texas A&M University, May 20-22, 2014

The American Meat Science Association Pork 101™ was held at Texas A&M University on May 20-22, 2014 with a great group of participants from around the country. Below is the agenda for the program along with some photos depicting different aspects of the activities that go on during this three-day program. Thanks to graduate students, Mark Frenzel, Leslie Frenzel, Lindsey Mehall, Crystal Waters, Helen Kline, Hillary Henderson, Michael Berto, Clay Eastwood, Michael Yeater, Dhafer Ibrahim, and Tanner Luckemeyer, and undergraduate students, Emery Kunze, Emily Mahalitc, Courtney Boykin, and… Read More →

2015 Introductory HACCP Courses and Beyond Basic Workshops announced

The 2015 dates for Introductory HACCP Course and Beyond Basics: HACCP Plan Improvement Workshop have been set.  All courses are taught in the Kleberg Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Introductory HACCP Course April 8-9, 2015 September 2-3, 2015 December 2-3, 2015 Beyond Basics: HACCP Plan Improvement Workshop May 12-13, 2015 November 5-6, 2015 For more information, contact Tiffany Walsingham at 979-862-3643 or twalsingham@tamu.edu.

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 →