Category Archives: Texas A&M AgriLife Research

American Meat Science Association honors Dr. Rhonda Miller as the 2015 AMSA Distinguished Research Award Winner

CHAMPAIGN, IL, May 12, 2015— The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that Dr. Rhonda Miller, Professor of Meat Science in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Research Award.  The award was established in 1965 to recognize members with outstanding research contributions to the meat industry and is sponsored by ConAgra Foods, Inc.  Dr. Miller will be honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 68th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Lincoln,… Read More →

Lindsey Mehall receives Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

Lindsey N. Mehall received a Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching at a ceremony held in the Stark Gallery in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University on Monday, April 28, 2015. Lindsey was one of six students to receive a teaching award along with eight doctoral students who received Excellence in Research Awards. Lindsey is from McKinney, Texas, and she received her bachelor’s in animal science in 2008 and master’s in meat science in 2010, both from the University of… Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Branding Beef, for Certified Angus Beef, it’s all about the flavor | Cowboys and Indians

By José R. Ralat It began with a sad cut of beef. At least that’s the story. The year was 1975 and Ohio rancher Harold Etling was unhappy with his steak dinner. As he put down his knife and fork, he realized things needed to change. The problem, in Etling’s opinion, had to do with labels. At the time, the USDA grading scale was, in descending order, Prime, Choice, and Good (now known as Select). The grades were based on the marbling of the meat, with the general… Read More →

Papers presented at ICoMST 2014 in Punta Del Este, Uruguay

Kerri Gehring, Ashley Arnold, Clay Eastwood, and Jeff Savell participated in and presented papers at the 60th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), which was held in Punta Del Este, Uruguay on August 17-22, 2014. Gehring and Savell presented their papers during the oral sessions, and Arnold and Eastwood presented their papers during the poster sessions. Approximately 400 attendees from countries around the world were in Uruguay for the 60th ICoMST meetings. Here are the four papers presented at the conference: Arnold, J. L., A. N…. Read More →

Gary Smith rejoins Texas A&M animal science faculty | AgriLife Today

Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-249-6301, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Gary Smith has rejoined the Texas A&M University department of animal science as a visiting professor in College Station. Smith previously worked at Texas A&M as professor from 1969-1982 and head of the department of animal science from 1982-1990.In addition, effective July 1, Smith also serves as a visiting professor in animal science and advisor to the president at Colorado State University, where he previously served as a university distinguished professor emeritus and occupied the Monfort Endowed Chair in… Read More →

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 →