Savell selected as a namesake for Fish Camp

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Camp Savell namesake and family, co-chairs, and counselors

Camp Savell namesake and family, co-chairs, and counselors

Jeff Savell, University Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor, and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder in the Department of Animal Science, was a Fish Camp Namesake for the 2015 incoming freshmen at Texas A&M University. Being selected as a Fish Camp Namesake is one of the highest honors someone can receive at Texas A&M University, and namesakes are chosen based on nominations and selections by students.

Camp Savell was held at Session B Blue on August 3-6, 2015 with about 160 freshmen in the camp. Two co-chairs, Aaron Garcia and Allison Mays, along with 20 counselors worked for months to prepare for the camp, which was held at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, Texas. Savell was joined at Fish Camp by his wife, Jackie, and daughter, Jennifer Larriviere and her children, Jackson and Lauren.

This is the second camp named for Savell who was honored with a T-Camp (a camp for transfer students) in 1997.

Mehall, Eastwood present at International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in France

Clay Eastwood and Lindsey Mehall
Clay Eastwood and Lindsey Mehall

Clay Eastwood and Lindsey Mehall

Lindsey Mehall and Clay Eastwood, Ph.D. students in the Department of Animal Science, presented their research work at the 61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) in Clermont-Ferrand, France, August 23-28, 2015. The ICoMST had over 400 participants from over 40 countries in attendance. Faculty members, Wes Osburn and Jeff Savell, also participated in the conference.

Clay Eastwood discussing research findings

Clay Eastwood discussing research findings with Eric England, The Ohio State University

Clay Eastwood presenting results in poster session

Clay Eastwood presenting results in poster session

Clay Eastwood during poster session

Clay Eastwood during poster session

Clay Eastwood explaining research results

Clay Eastwood explaining research results

Lindsey Mehall answering questions

Lindsey Mehall discussing findings during poster session

Lindsey Mehall discussing findings during poster session

Lindsey Mehall fielding questions regarding her poster

Lindsey Mehall fielding questions regarding her poster

Lindsey Mehall answering research questions

Lindsey Mehall answering research questions

Here are the two papers presented:

Eastwood, L. C., A. N. Arnold, R. K. Miller, K. B. Gehring, and J. W. Savell. 2015. Quality and palatability of foodservice beef aged as vacuum-packaged subprimals or vacuum-packaged beef.  In: Proc. 61st Int. Congr. Meat Sci. Technol., Clermont-Ferrand, France. Paper 6.50.

Mehall, L. N., L. M. Lucia, J. W. Savell, K. B. Gehring, and G. R. Acuff. 2015. Escherichia coli biotype I surrogates as predictors of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli for growth, acid resistence, freezing, refrigerated storage.  In: Proc. 61st Int. Congr. Meat Sci. Technol., Clermont-Ferrand, France. Paper 8.30.

Thomas Powell, American Meat Science Association, and Wes Osburn, Department of Animal Science

Thomas Powell, American Meat Science Association, and Wes Osburn, Department of Animal Science

2015 Aggie Commercial Steer Camp held July 27-28, 2015

Jason Cleere discussing cattle in pens at Aggie Commercial Steer Camp
Jason Cleere discussing cattle in pens at Commercial Steer Camp

Jason Cleere discussing cattle in pens at Aggie Commercial Steer Camp

The 2015 Aggie Commercial Steer Camp was held on the campus of Texas A&M University on July 27-28, 2015. The camp was hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Department of Animal Science and sponsored by The Texas Beef Council, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo®, and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. There were 85 participants who learned a great deal about all aspects of preparing livestock for the commercial steer shows, and instruction was aided by 18 show officials, past participants, and committee members from the major shows.

Here is the program for the Aggie Commercial Steer Camp:

Monday, July 27, 2015 – Beef Cattle Center

  • Live finished steer and carcass yield and quality grading basics – Dan Hale
  • Live finished commercial steer evaluation exercise – Jason Cleere
  • Ultrasound demonstration – Casey Worrell
  • Animal Science as a major – Leslie Frenzel
  • Practical consideration for raising commercial steers: Selecting calves, hosting, health – Jason Cleere
  • Optimal nutrition for commercial steers – Jason Banta
  • A, B, Cs of BQA – Jason Banta
  • Overview of commercial steer contests around Texas
    • Karl Hengst, Managing Director, Livestock Competitions, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™
    • Taylor Steward, Livestock Coordinator and Brady Ragland, Livestock Director, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
    • Texas Cattle Feeders Association – Dawson Pittrich and Don Pittrich, Past Participants
  • Parent and participant share – Don Dittrich and Dawson Dittrich
Jason Banta showing the intestinal tract of a steer

Jason Banta showing the intestinal tract of a steer

Casey Worrell describing the process of ultrasounding cattle

Casey Worrell describing the process of ultrasounding cattle

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – Rosenthal Meat Center

  • Preparing yourself and your cattle for the contest – Stephen A. Mahalitc, Don Dittrich, Dawson Dittrich, Corrie Rittle, Lucas Little, Show committee members and past participants
  • Packing plant tour
  • Beef Check-off – Jason Bagley, Texas Beef Council
  • Review carcasses from previous day’s market steer evaluation – Dan Hale
  • Carcass fabrication and retail cut identification – Davey Griffin

 

2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ steer, barrow, lamb, and goat carcass results | AggieMeat

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Kate McCarthy, Andrew Fry, Leslie Frenzel, and Cameron Olson

Kate McCarthy, Andrew Fry, Leslie Frenzel, and Cameron Olson

The 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ steer, barrow, lamb, and goat carcass contest results are listed below:

2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Carcass Contest – Steers

2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Carcass Contest – Barrows

2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Carcass Contest – Lambs

2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Carcass Contest – Goats

Source: 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ steer, barrow, lamb, and goat carcass results | AggieMeat

Article highlights meat science educational program | Animal Science

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meat-poultryThe April 2015 issue of Meat & Poultry Magazine features an article titled “Aggie-Style meat education” and highlights industry education offered through workshops, courses and camps hosted by the meat science section in the Department of Animal Science.
Writer Kimberlie Clyma writes, “In 1989, the Texas Beef Council was looking for a way to educate its staff about the beef industry. The council was responsible for marketing beef, but many members of the staff didn’t really understand the process of how beef got from farm to fork. It approached Texas A&M University, which is know as having one of the country’s top meat science collegiate programs, and requested a special program to educate its staff on the basics of the beef industry — and Beef 101 was born.”

Source: Article highlights meat science educational program | Animal Science

Hillary Henderson receives SMIKids Graduate Scholarship for 2015-2016

Hillary Henderson
Hillary Henderson

Hillary Henderson

Hillary Henderson, a Meat Science graduate student from Alvin, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Hillary was presented the scholarship at the 59th Annual Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, July 22-25, 2015. The SMIKids Scholarships are given by the Burley Smith family to undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University interested in the meat industry.

Hillary received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and worked in private industry before she returned to begin her graduate degree. Hillary also has received the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship for 2014-2015 and the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship for 2015-2016.

Meat Science faculty and students participate in SMA Convention, 2015

Leslie Frenzel, Clay Eastwood, and Mark Frenzel at SMA Supplier's Showcase exhibit
Leslie Frenzel, Clay Eastwood, and Mark Frenzel at SMA Supplier's Showcase exhibit

Leslie Frenzel, Clay Eastwood, and Mark Frenzel at SMA Supplier’s Showcase exhibit

The 59th Annual Convention of the Southwest Meat Association was held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, July 22-25, 2015, and several Meat Science faculty and students were in attendance making new connections or reconnecting with meat industry leaders, helping with the convention, or receiving scholarships including the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, the SMIKids Scholarship, and the SMA Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Gary Smith, visiting professor of animal science, also presented two talks at the convention, and Davey Griffin provided photographic services capturing highlights of the convention’s events.

Dr. Gary Smith

Dr. Gary Smith

Meat Science had a table-top exhibit at the Supplier’s Showcase event on Friday, July 24th where people could come by and visit with the faculty and students regarding the teaching, research, and extension programs of the department.

Ray Riley, Clay Eastwood, and Drew Cassens

Ray Riley, Clay Eastwood, and Drew Cassens

Clay Eastwood, McCalley Cunningham, and Wayne Morgan

Clay Eastwood, McCalley Cunningham, and Wayne Morgan

Kayla Hendricks, Lexus Weinheimer, and Leslie Frenzel

Kayla Hendricks, Lexus Weinheimer, and Leslie Frenzel

Karen, Katy Jo, and Nick Nickelson

Karen, Katy Jo, and Nick Nickelson

Jim Ondrusek, Leslie Frenzel, and Cathy Ondrusek

Jim Ondrusek, Leslie Frenzel, and Cathy Ondrusek

Leslie Frenzel, McCalley Cunningham, and Jeff Savell

Leslie Frenzel, McCalley Cunningham, and Jeff Savell

McCalley Cunningham, Crystal Waters, and Clay Eastwood

McCalley Cunningham, Crystal Waters, and Clay Eastwood

Three undergraduate students, Madalynn Kainer, Micki Gooch, and Baylee Bessire, served as student workers at the convention. Madalynn also has been serving as a student intern for the Southwest Meat Association this summer.

Madalynn Kainer, Micki Gooch, and Baylee Bessire, student workers at SMA Convention

Madalynn Kainer, Micki Gooch, and Baylee Bessire, student workers at SMA Convention

 

Hannah Laird receives SMA Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Jim Ondrusek and Hannah Laird, recipient of SMA Foundation Scholarship
Jim Ondrusek and Hannah Laird, recipient of SMA Foundation Scholarship

Jim Ondrusek and Hannah Laird, recipient of SMA Foundation 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.

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2015-2016

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship recipients, 2015-2016
Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship recipients, 2015-2016

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship recipients, 2015-2016

The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA Foundation, is the greatest source of scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate students interested in meat science in the U.S. Bob Ondrusek left a lasting impression and impact on so many people through his business, Columbia Packing Company in Dallas, and through his charitable and personal support of the Southwest Meat Association, FFA, 4-H, and many other association and activities.

This year’s Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships were presented on July 24, 2015 at the Southwest Meat Association’s 59th Annual Convention held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio, Texas. Recipients from Texas A&M University were:

Graduate students
  • Drew Cassens
  • Courtney Boykin
  • Aeriel Belk
  • Clay Eastwood
  • McKensie Harris
  • Hillary Henderson
  • Crystal Waters
Undergraduate students
  • McCalley Cunningham
  • Micki Gooch
  • Kline Jones
  • Madalynn Kainer
  • Shelby Schiefelbein
Madalynn Kainer, Micki Gooch, and McCalley Cunningham

Madalynn Kainer, Micki Gooch, and McCalley Cunningham

Hillary Henderson, Drew Cassens, and Courtney Boykin

Hillary Henderson, Drew Cassens, and Courtney Boykin

McKensie Harris and Aeriel Belk

McKensie Harris and Aeriel Belk

Crystal Waters and Clay Eastwood

Crystal Waters and Clay Eastwood

Stephen Smith named ASAS Fellow in Research | Animal Science

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Posted on July 18, 2015 by Courtney Coufal

Stephen B. Smith

Stephen B. Smith

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 the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1983. He has collaborated with scientists in the U.S., Japan, Australia, South Korea, and China to document the regulation of the deposition and composition of bovine adipose tissue.

Smith is a member of the American Meat Science Association, the American Society of Animal Science and the American Society for Nutrition. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Animal Science and received the Young Animal Scientist Award, Animal Growth and Development Award, and Award in Meats Research from the American Society of Animal Science as well as the Regents Professor and Faculty Fellow Award from Texas A&M University.

Smith continues to profoundly impact the field of animal science, both in terms of research contributions and graduate education of students who are now considered leaders in animal agriculture.

Smith and his wife, Dana, have a daughter, Ellen, and two sons, Ethan and Evan.

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Source: Stephen Smith named ASAS Fellow in Research | Animal Science