Monthly Archives: October 2013

Good Bull Haunting: An Aggie Ghost Story – Good Bull Hunting

Check out this story about Mr. Simms, who died in the Meat Laboratory in 1959.  JWS By fletcher.massie  @FletcherMassie on Oct 30 2013 The tale of Roy Simms; the man who haunts the Texas A&M Animal Industries Building. Saturday, November 14, 1959. It was a day like any other on the campus of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. The Corps of Cadets was enjoying their weekend, the Aggie football team was preparing to play Rice in an eventual 7-2 loss, and Meat Locker Room Foreman,… Read More →

‘Creative’ sausage workshop draws participants from across U.S. | AgriLife Today

October 29, 2013 Attendees learn more about the finer points of making good sausage Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, COLLEGE STATION – Making good sausage was the focus of Texans and out-of-state enthusiasts at a recent “creative” sausage workshop held at Texas A&M University. Hosted by the department of animal science at Texas A&M, attendees went home with a wealth of knowledge about making their own sausage, according to organizers. “We took each of the participants through the grinding and mixing process, teaching them how to make sausage… Read More →

Zoetis Beef University, October 23-25, 2013

The Zoetis Beef University program — sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health and conducted at Texas A&M University, College Station — was held on October 23-25, 2013. Key Zoetis Animal Health management and sales representatives along with key beef and dairy producers from around the U.S. were participants in this hands-on workshop, and faculty and staff of the Department of Animal Science were involved in providing instruction. Key topics included live and carcass evaluation and selection by Jason Cleere and Dan Hale; carcass fabrication with teams led by Davey… Read More →

Wasser named one of Top Ten Industry Leaders by Cattle Business Weekly

Congratulations to Bridget Wasser, one of our former students, who received this wonderful recognition from the Cattle Business Weekly.  JWS CENTENNIAL, CO (Oct. 23, 2013) – Bridget Wasser, senior director of meat science and technology at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), has been named one of the Top Ten Industry Leaders for 2013 by Cattle Business Weekly. The publication is a regional agricultural journal serving a nine-state region out of Philip, S.D. Wasser joined NCBA in 2005, and is currently responsible for managing beef checkoff research efforts to… Read More →

Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team wins American Royal contest

The Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team won the American Royal Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held in Omaha, Nebraska on October 20, 2013. The team practiced at the Rosenthal Meat Center, Tyson Beef (Amarillo, TX), Cargill Beef (Schuyler, NE), and the University of Nebraska before competing in the contest. Overall team rankings were: 1st Texas A&M University (4038) 2nd Texas Tech University (4020) 3rd Angelo State University (3984) 4th Colorado State University (3984) 5th University of Illinois (3979) Team placings: 5th in beef grading 2nd (tied for 1st) in… Read More →

Tour of Attilio-Fontana prosciutto plant, Montagnana, Italy

This fall, I have been a visiting scientist at the University of Padova in Padova, Italy working with Antonella Dalle Zotte. We got to visit the Attilio-Fontana prosciutto manufacturing plant in Montagnana, Italy along with her students from one of her classes. The plant is family owned and been in operation since 1919 and is part of the “Consorzio di Tutela del Prosciutto Veneto, Berico – Euganeo.” According to the website, “The Consortium of Veneto ham was set up in 1971 by the producers working in the Berican-Euganean zone,… Read More →

Three Aggies awarded travel grants to International Livestock Congress, Calgary

Three students from the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University were among 20 international students to attend the student program as bursary recipients at this year’s International Livestock Congress – Calgary held in Calgary, Canada on July 10, 2013.  The students were Clay Eastwood, a graduate student pursuing her M.S. degree in Animal Science, and Cameron Olson and Jessie Hoffman, who are pursuing their undergraduate degrees in Animal Science. The congress, which focused on promoting the beef industry, was an opportunity for students to meet and network with beef industry… Read More →

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2013-2014

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 associations and activities. This year’s Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship recipients from Texas A&M University were: Rachel Bedinger Clay… Read More →

Gill joins animal science department at Texas A&M University | Department of Animal Science

This news release came out in the spring, but I wanted to make sure that readers of our website knew about Dr. Gill joining the department.  JWS. COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jason Gill has joined the faculty in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University. Gill will conduct research on the biology and application of bacteriophages, a group of viruses that preys exclusively on bacteria. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Gill to the department and the expertise he brings in the area of phage biology,”… Read More →

Dr. Ashley Arnold appointed as Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Ashley (Haneklaus) Arnold has been appointed as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University effective September 1, 2013 under the supervision of Drs. Kerri Harris and Jeff Savell. Dr. Arnold has been involved with the Meat Science program as a student and staff member, and in her new role, she will assist faculty in securing external funding for meat science and food safety research by way of writing grants, conducting research, managing projects, finalizing reports, presenting data at professional meetings, and… Read More →