Category Archives: Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Hannah Laird receives SMA Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Hannah Laird, Meat Science graduate student from Dickinson, Texas, received this year’s SMA Foundation graduate scholarship, which was presented to her at the 59th Annual Southwest Meat Association Convention held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, July 22-25, 2015. Hannah is working in the sensory analysis area, and has an undergraduate degree from Baylor University.

Stephen Smith named ASAS Fellow in Research | Animal Science

Posted on July 18, 2015 by Courtney Coufal ORLANDO, FLA. – Dr. Stephen Smith, regents professor in the Department of Animal Science, has been named a Fellow in the Research category of the American Society of Animal Science. He was honored during the society’s annual meeting held July 12-16 in Orlando, Fla. Smith obtained a bachelor’s degree from California State College, Bakersfield, and a doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis. Smith began his professional career at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in 1979 and joined… Read More →

Beef 706 held at Sul Ross State University, June 29-30, 2015

A Beef 706 program was conducted at Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas, June 29-30, 2015. About 20 cattle producers, primarily from the Far West Texas region, participated in the program. Beef 706 is sponsored by the Texas Beef Council as a way to increase the knowledge of the end-products of beef production for farmers, ranchers, and other key people involved in the Texas beef business. Instructors for this Beef 706 program were Dan Hale, Davey Griffin, Bruce Carpenter, and Clay Eastwood from the Department of Animal Science,… Read More →

PBS series, “BBQ with Franklin,” visits Texas A&M University | Texas Barbecue

The PBS series, “BBQ with Franklin,” featured a segment on the award-winning Beef 101 program in Episode 9, “Pickin’ Beef.” Aaron Franklin, who was a participant in Beef 101 several years ago, came back to campus to show his audience about the cuts of beef, especially those from the rib section, which are quite popular in the barbecue scene these days. Aaron set in on an overview of anatomy by Davey Griffin, was in a beef cutting group led by Leslie Frenzel, and paid a visit to the… Read More →

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 →