Category Archives: Nutrition

Aggie faculty contribute to Lawrie’s Meat Science, 8th edition

Three faculty members in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University provided chapters to the newly revised, Lawrie’s Meat Science, Eighth edition. Rhonda Miller, Kerri Gehring, and Jeff Savell each wrote chapters working with Dr. Fidel Toldrá, the editor of this edition, to complete the publication process. Professor Ralston Lawrie was a world-renown meat scientist and wrote multiple editions of “Meat Science” during his life. The first edition was published in 1966, and eventually editions were published in at least Spanish, German, Japanese, and Russian languages…. Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →