Author Archives: Jeff Savell

History of USDA meat grading documents uncovered

USDA meat grading continues to be a topic of great interest for many, and our link on USDA beef grading has been our most viewed webpage for many years. Davey Griffin, while cleaning out a folder in his desk, found these two documents about the history of meat grading, one written by L.B. Burk in November, 1944, and one by an unknown author who we think was Charles E. Murphey, who was a former USDA Agricultural Marketing Service official and who began and ended his career at Texas… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives ANSC Award for Outstanding PhD Graduate Student

Clay Eastwood, a PhD candidate in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, received the ANSC Award for Outstanding PhD Graduate Student, at the Animal Science Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 26, 2018. This is the first year for this award with selection criteria based on evidence of excellence in academics, research, teaching, and service/outreach. Clay has been recognized many times for her accomplishments during her graduate program. Most recently, she received the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Teaching in 2018, and she… Read More →

Jill Jobe receives ANSC Award for Outstanding MSc Graduate Student

Jill Jobe, a master of science candidate in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, received the ANSC Award for Outstanding MSc Graduate Student, at the Animal Science Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 26, 2018. This is the first year for this award with selection criteria based on evidence of excellence in academics, research, teaching, and service/outreach. Jill is from Shawnee, Kansas and received her B.S. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia before she began her graduate program at Texas A&M University working with Drs. Kerri Gehring,… Read More →

Harris, Laird, and Nickelson receive Carpenter Award

McKensie Harris, Hannah Laird, and Katy Jo Nickelson received the Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science at the Animal Science Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The Carpenter Award is named in honor of Dr. Zerle L. Carpenter who began his career at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor of animal science in 1962. Dr. Carpenter rose to become full professor of animal science in 1971, head of the Department of Animal Science in 1978, and director of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service (now the… Read More →

Scientific articles from National Beef Quality Audit – 2016

The National Beef Quality Audit – 2016 marks the 25th year since the original National Beef Quality Audit was conducted and represents the opportunity for the beef industry to assess factors that impact the quality, quantity, and value of cattle, carcasses, and by-products. The audit is funded by the Beef Checkoff and is managed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association through the Beef Quality Assurance program. These are the scientific articles from this past audit, and they are open access so they are available to the public without… Read More →

Center of the Plate Training®, June 5-7, 2018

The North American Meat Institute has announced that the Center of the Plate Training® will be held at the Rosenthal Meat Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, June 5-7, 2018. Center of the Plate Training® is a three-day course designed to teach the fundamentals of meat specifications by giving a first-hand look at how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice. It is a lively learning experience that includes a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items: beef,… Read More →

Upcoming Beef 101 dates scheduled for 2018

Beef 101, the three-day intensive hands-on program conducted at Texas A&M University and designed for anyone who has an interest in expanding their knowledge of the total beef industry, has three dates scheduled for the rest of 2018: May 15-17, 2018 August 28-30, 2018 December 5-7, 2018 Cost: $675 per person How to Register: Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu (key word – beef 101). For help with registration, call AgriLife Conference Services at (979) 845-2604. For more information on Beef 101, contact Davey Griffin, professor and extension meat specialist with… Read More →

Pork 101™ will be held at Texas A&M University, May 22-24, 2018

Texas A&M University will again host one of the PORK 101™ workshops on May 22-24, 2018. PORK 101™ is a three-day, hands-on experience designed to update participants on quality and consistency issues in the pork industry. The program is hosted by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) in cooperation with the National Pork Board and sponsored by Merck 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… Read More →

Meat Science presentation at Aggie Mom Camp

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… Read More →

Grad students provide leadership to Beef 101 program

Beef 101 began in 1989, and from the start, graduate students have played an important role in the success of this program. This is especially evident on day 2 where the participants are assigned to cutting groups, and the grad students lead these groups describing where the cuts are to be made, answering questions about where certain cuts come from, and guidance is given to help preserve the value of the cuts while ensuring the safety of everyone involved when knives and saws are being used. Hundreds of… Read More →