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2019 Introductory HACCP Courses and Beyond Basics Workshops announced

The 2019 dates for Introductory HACCP Course and Beyond Basics: HACCP Plan Improvement Workshop have been set. All courses are taught in the Kleberg Center on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas by Kerri Gehring and Jeff Savell from the Department of Animal Science. Introductory HACCP Course March 20-21-2019 August 21-22, 2019 December 10-11, 2019 Registration: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=5280 Beyond Basics: HACCP Plan Improvement Workshop May 7-8, 2019 November 6-7, 2019 Registration: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=5281 For more information, contact Tiffany Walsingham at 979-862-3643 or twalsingham@tamu.edu.

2019 Creative Sausage making Course at Texas A&M

The sixth annual Creative Sausage Making class was held on January 11-12, 2019 at the Rosenthal Meat Center. CSM is a joint venture between  the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.   Thirty participants, representing barbecue companies, foodservice distributors, retailers, chefs and backyard enthusiasts came to learn sausage production from start to finish. During the program, participants learned the science of basic sausage production, differences in casing types, sausage cooking/smoking and food safety.  With the assistance of Meat Science graduate students and… Read More →

Understanding USDA beef quality grades factsheet available

We have prepared a factsheet entitled, Understanding USDA beef quality grades, for those who are interested in learning more about the USDA beef quality grades. Understanding USDA beef quality grades Citation for this factsheet: Griffin, D. B., and J. W. Savell. 2018. Understanding USDA beef quality grades. https://meat.tamu.edu/files/2018/10/Understanding-USDA-beef-quality-grades.pdf (Accessed October 26, 2018.)

Papers presented at ICoMST 2018 in Melbourne, Australia

Rhonda Miller, Gordon Carstens, Ashley Arnold, Kayley Wall, Chris Kerth, and Jeff Savell of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in and presented papers at the 64th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), which was held in Melbourne, Australia on August 12-17, 2018. Arnold presented her paper during the oral sessions and the rest of the papers were presented during the poster sessions. There were approximately 450 attendees from countries around the world in Australia for the 64th ICoMST meetings. Sessions included… Read More →

Students participate in Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention and Suppliers Showcase

Students from the Department of Animal Science participated in the Southwest Meat Association’s 62nd Annual Convention and Suppliers Showcase. Many of the students were there to receive a variety of scholarships including the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships, SMA Hall of Fame Scholarships, and SMA Foundation Scholarships. The SMIKids graduate and undergraduate scholarships were presented to Chandler Steele and Bo Garcia, respectively. In additional to attending the technical and social aspects of the convention, the students participated in the Suppliers Showcase where they visited with the attendees updating them… Read More →

Bo Garcia receives SMIKids undergraduate scholarship for 2018-2019

Bryan “Bo” Garcia, a junior animal science major at Texas A&M University, is this year’s undergraduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship.  Bo was presented the scholarship at the 62nd Annual Southwest Meat Association Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas on July 21, 2018. The SMIKids Scholarships are given by the Burley Smith family to undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University interested in the meat industry. Bo is from La Vernia, Texas and is an active member… Read More →

Chandler Steele receives SMIKids graduate scholarship for 2018-2019

Chandler Steele, a Meat Science graduate student from Midland, Michigan, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Chandler was presented the scholarship at the 62nd Annual Southwest Meat Association Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas on July 21, 2018. The SMIKids Scholarships are given by the Burley Smith family to undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University interested in the meat industry. Chandler received her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University in 2017 where… Read More →

Students receive Bob Ondrusek Memorial, SMA Hall of Honor, and SMA Foundation Scholarships at convention

Twenty students from Texas A&M University were the beneficiaries of three different scholarships presented by the Southwest Meat Association at its annual convention: the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, the SMA Hall of Honor Scholarship, and the SMA Foundation Scholarship. These scholarships were presented at the Chairman’s Dinner and Dance on July 21, 2018 at the Southwest Meat Association’s 62nd Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas. The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by… Read More →

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 →