Gehring to receive Association of Former Students teaching award

Bill Dugas, Kerri Gehring, Marty Holmes, and Russell Cross

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 →

Aggie Commercial Steer Camp held on July 28-29, 2014

Commercial steer camp participants

The second annual Aggie Commercial Steer Camp was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center on July 28-29, 2014 at Texas A&M University. This extension education program is geared towards youth involved in Texas Commercial Steer Shows. The program covered a wide range of topics within two days to better help youth and parents learn about purchasing steers and the management of raising a commercial steer project also while providing contest preparation activities. Officials from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo™, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and Texas… Read More →

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

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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

Clay Eastwood and Ashley Arnold with their research posters

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 →

Temple Grandin receives honorary degree from Texas A&M University

Russell Cross, Jeff Savell, Temple Grandin, Gary Smith, Kevin Pond, and Dan Hale

Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and internationally recognized authority on animal handling and autism, received an honorary degree from Texas A&M University on Friday, August 15, 2014. Dr. Grandin’s contribution to our understanding of animal and human behavior has set new standards for helping people in these diverse areas solve problems. Dr. Grandin has been on campus in the past for the Beef Cattle Shortcourse, the Rosenthal Lecture Series, and for talks on autism. She has collaborated with faculty and students in… Read More →

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

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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 →

Lindsey Mehall receives Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Lindsey Mehall

Lindsey Mehall, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal Science, received the Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science for 2013. Lindsey is from McKinney, Texas, and she received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Arkansas. This award is presented annually to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and has contributed significantly to the Meat Science Section’s teaching, research, and extension activities. Lindsey teaches ANSC 307 laboratories, assists with the ANSC 457 HACCP course, coached the Meat Science Quiz Bowl, participates… Read More →

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2014-2015

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship winners

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 12, 2014 at the Southwest… Read More →

Beef 101 workshop for June 24-26, 2014 completed

Hillary Henderson guiding cutting

The second Beef 101 of the year was completed on June 24-26, 2014. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Beef 101, and another full crowd was in attendance. One of the key features of Beef 101 is the cutting day. Below are some photos showing graduate students and faculty in action leading the groups through the beef fabrication exercise.

Graduate students compete/present at Reciprocal Meat Conference poster session

Rachel Glascock and Clay Eastwood

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 →