Meat Science faculty, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and undergraduate students, Libby Schneider and Jazmin Guerra, gave a presentation and demonstration about the Meat Science program to the Aggie Mom Camp on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the AgriLife Center at Texas A&M University. Topics covered included the history of meat science, the teaching activities including the meat judging program, ANSC 307, Meats, and ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, research activities including graduate student training, the Extension activities including programs such as Beef 101, Pork 101, Camp Brisket, Barbecue Summer Camp, and the Rosenthal Meat Center, especially highlighting the retail sales area, the nationally renowned Texas Aggie Beef Jerky, and the Texas Aggie Prime Rib. In addition to the update on the Meat Science program, the participants had two other presentations, which focused on the horticulture and coffee research programs.
Here is an excerpt about Aggie Mom Camp:
Every year since 1994, the Federation of TAMU Mothers’ Clubs has held Aggie Mom Camp in Aggieland. The goal of the event is similar to that of the camps for our Aggies. The Federation hopes to have experienced Aggie Moms help new Aggie Moms with the transition as their child leaves home to attend Texas A&M University and to introduce them to the wonderful traditions of A&M. Aggie Mom Camp is also a great weekend for the experienced Aggie Mom.
The 200 Aggie Moms were welcomed to the AgriLife Center by Dr. Mark Hussey, Vice Chancellor and Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Aggie Moms were divided into three groups for the rotations to learn about the programs.
In addition to a slide presentation about the Meat Science program, Davey Griffin led the discussion about the major cuts of beef and where they came from. But the real star of the show was the Texas Aggie Prime Rib. Prime rib was prepared at the Rosenthal Meat Center and brought to the AgriLife Center for the Aggie Mom’s to sample. Without question, the prime rib was a hit.