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Pork 101™ to be held at Texas A&M, May 23-25, 2017

Texas A&M University will again host one of the PORK 101™ workshops on May 23-25, 2017. PORK 101™ is a three-day, hands-on experience designed to update participants on quality and consistency issues in the pork industry. The program is hosted by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) in cooperation with the National Pork Board and sponsored by Merck Animal Health. PORK 101™ is co-sponsored by the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP), American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), North American Meat Institute Foundation (NAMIF) and the Southwest Meat Association (SMA). Pork 101™ Program… Read More →

Bloomin’ Brands Beef 101 program held July 14-17, 2015

Key research and development, procurement, and other personnel from Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. participated in a customized Beef 101 program, July 14-17, 2015. The program was sponsored by Standard Meat Company and conducted by the faculty and students of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Bloomin’ Brands restaurant concepts include Outback Steakhouse®, Carrabba’s Italian Grill®, Bonefish Grill®, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The participants arrived on campus on Tuesday, July 14th and were treated to an overview of the process of making the award-winning,… 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 →

Eastwood, Olson receive International Livestock Congress travel fellowships

Graduate student Clay Eastwood and undergraduate student Cameron Olson were each chosen to attend the 2015 International Livestock Congress held March 4-5, 2015 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Eastwood and Olson were among 12 students chosen from around the world to attend the international meeting as part of the Travel Fellowship Program. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the ILC, which brought together 175 scientists and agriculturalists from 21 countries.

Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team informational meeting, January 29, 2015

Howdy! It’s that time of year! We are seeking ambitious undergraduate students interested in participating in the Intercollegiate Meat Science Quiz Bowl Competition. The event is hosted annually by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) at the Reciprocal Meats Conference (RMC), which will be held at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 14-17, 2015. The competition seeks to facilitate interaction among students from different universities, stimulate student’s desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and to provide a forum for universities to engage in… Read More →

Spring brings carcass shows

Each spring, Meat Science faculty and students are very busy collecting carcass data from the steers, barrows, and lambs that are shown at major and local shows. San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are the two major shows where we collect carcass data with the steers harvested at Sam Kane Beef Processors, the barrows and lambs from Houston harvested at the Rosenthal Meat Center, and the barrows from San Antonio harvested at the Rosenthal Meat Center and the lambs harvested at Texas… Read More →

FFA/4-H Meat Judging Clinic held at Rosenthal Meat Center, March 29, 2014

The Department of Animal Science hosted the FFA/4-H Meat Judging Clinic, which was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Over 300 FFA and 4-H youth participated in the clinic this year where they had the opportunity to hone their meat judging skills in preparation for upcoming contests this spring. The clinic was coordinated by Dan Hale, Davey Griffin, and Ray Riley, with Crystal Waters and members of the 2014 Meat Judging Team serving as instructors for the classroom and cooler portions of the… 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 →

BEEF Top 50 Industry Leaders includes Murphey, Smith, and Cross

BEEF Magazine, in commemoration of its 50th anniversary, compiled a list of the 50 Top Industry Leaders. We are pleased that three of the members of this list are part of the rich history of the Meat Science Section in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University: Charles E. Murphey, Gary, C. Smith, and H. Russell Cross. Here are the posts capturing the highlights and contributions of these three leaders. We are blessed that these three men devoted so many years of their careers in the… Read More →

BEEF Honors 50 Top Industry Leaders | H.R. Cross

To commemorate its 50 year anniversary, BEEF Magazine has recognized 50 top beef industry leaders. H. Russell Cross has spent much of his career at Texas A&M University, and we celebrate his inclusion in this prestigious list.  JWS The contributions of H. Russell Cross to the beef industry include some of the most significant food-safety measures adopted in the latter half of the 20th century. Currently serving as a professor and head of the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Department of Animal Science, Cross boasts 40 years of experience in the… Read More →