Pork 101 scheduled at Texas A&M University on May 19-21, 2015

Hillary Henderson and Leslie Frenzel meeting their group

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is excited to announce that the 2015 PORK 101 courses will be held May 19-21 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and October 19-21 at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. PORK 101 is hosted by AMSA in cooperation with the National Pork Board and is sponsored by Elanco 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… Read More →

Riley, Texas Aggie Brand Beef Jerky featured on CBS Sunday Morning, January 18, 2015

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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 →

Savell presents at the Faculty Teaching Academy, January 23, 2015

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Jeff Savell, distinguished professor of animal science and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder, gave a presentation to the Faculty Teaching Academy on Friday, January 23, 2015. The title of his talk was “The Power of Story in the Classroom,” which focused on how he uses stories to complement the scientific and technical information he presents to his students. Each year the Faculty Teaching Academy (FTA), a program of the Center for Teaching Excellence, showcases award-winning faculty from a variety of disciplines.  In its 9th year, FTA continues to provide ideas… Read More →

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

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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 →

Riley, Skinner receive departmental staff award | Animal Science

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By Olivia Norton ’16 COLLEGE STATION – The Department of Animal Science held its annual Christmas Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 4 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex. Faculty, staff, retirees, graduate students and student workers gathered for a prime rib and pork tenderloin meal, gift basket giveaways and departmental awards. The 2014 Outstanding Support Staff Award was presented to Ray Riley and Amber Skinner. Riley is the manager of the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center. In this position, he is responsible for… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award

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Clay Eastwood, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal Science, received this year’s Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science at the Department of Animal Science Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas, and she received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University. 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. Clay teaches ANSC 307 laboratories, assists with ANSC… Read More →

Creative Sausage Workshop scheduled for January 16-17, 2015

Creative Sausage Workshop participants

Creative Sausage Making January 16 and 17, 2015 Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center Texas A&M University The Creative Sausage Workshop was developed by the processed meats experts at Texas A&M AgriLife after numerous requests for a basic sausage course that would allow a “first timer” to be successful, or a “seasoned” veteran to pick up some new tips. The hands-on workshop will engage participants in important aspects of sausage making from meat selection, ingredients, casings, stuffing, equipment, processing and final finished product. Participants will manufacture their own… Read More →

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

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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 →