Category Archives: Areas of Dedication

Creative Sausage Making 2017 at Texas A&M

The fourth annual Creative Sausage Making class, 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, was held on January 13-14, 2017 at the Rosenthal Meat Center.  Thirty participants, representing barbecue companies, foodservice distributors, retailers, corporate 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 faculty,… Read More →

GSF/McDonald’s Specialized Beef 101 at Texas A&M

At the request of Golden State Foods, Texas A&M Department of Animal Science and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Hosted a specialized Beef 101 program for members of the McDonald’s Corporation and their beef suppliers on August 15-17.  Dr. Wayne Morgan, President of Protein Products for Golden State Foods collaborated with Dr. Davey Griffin, professor and Extension Meat Specialist to coordinate the event with a schedule designed to help participants get a snapshot of the beef industry from start to finish. Participants began the program at the TAMU Beef Center… Read More →

Texas Association of Meat Processors 31st Annual Convention

The Texas Association of Meat Processors (TAMP) held their 31st annual convention in College Station, August 10-12, 2017.  TAMP members are primarily the small and very small meat plants around Texas and their associated suppliers. Dr. Davey Griffin, professor and Extension Meat Specialist serves as the director of the association through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Animal Science and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The association holds its annual convention in College Station every-other-year to have an opportunity to learn from the Texas A&M University… Read More →

Papers presented at ICoMST 2017 in Cork, Ireland

Rhonda Miller, Gordon Carstens, Hannah Laird, Clay Eastwood, and Jeff Savell of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in and presented papers at the 63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), which was held in Cork, Ireland on August 13-18, 2017. Carstens presented his paper during the oral sessions and the rest of the papers were presented during the posters sessions. Miller also served as a panelist during the wrap-up session on the last day of the conference. Approximately 450 attendees from… Read More →

Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team claims Reserve Champion title

The Texas A&M University Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team claimed the Reserve Champion title at the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Texas A&M University, College Station. Two teams were entered with one of them making it to the finals before elimination by the eventual champion, Iowa State University. This year’s competition had the most teams ever entered since the beginning of quiz bowl in the early 2000s. Team members were Chelsea Cortez, Catherine Guillotte, Brogan Horton, Anna Schmidt, Ty… Read More →

2017 Center of the Plate Training held at Texas A&M University

The 2017 Center of the Plate Training, sponsored by the North American Meat Institute, was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center at Texas A&M University on August 1-3, 2017. The Center of the Plate Training is designed for purchasers and sellers of meat and poultry to better understand the nomenclature and utilization of cuts for the foodservice and retail sectors. Ann Wells, Director, Education and Workforce Development, North American Meat Institute, is the coordinator of the program, and Davey Griffin, professor and Extension meat specialist, Department of Animal… Read More →

Students participate in Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention

A number of undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University participated in the Southwest Meat Association Annual Convention and Suppliers Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas, July 19 to 22, 2017. Kirby Bohls and Jill Jobe served as student assistants for the convention. Faculty members Ray Riley, Davey Griffin, Leslie Frenzel, and Jeff Savell also were at the convention. All of the students helped represent the department at the Suppliers Showcase answering questions about… Read More →

National Beef Quality Audit – 2016 rolled out at Cattle Industry Summer Meeting

The findings of the National Beef Quality Audit – 2016, steer and heifer component, were released at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting on July 13, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Speakers included Keith Belk, Colorado State University, Deb VanOverbeke, Oklahoma State University, Clay Eastwood, Texas A&M University, and Jeff Savell, Texas A&M University. The session was moderated by Josh White, Executive Director, Producer Education, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Two documents were released after the session: an executive summary and a four-page summary. These are available from these links:… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives SMIKids graduate scholarship for 2017-2018

Clay Eastwood, a Meat Science graduate student from New Braunfels, Texas, is this year’s graduate recipient of the SMIKids Scholarship. Clay was presented the scholarship at the 61st Annual Southwest Meat Association Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas on July 19-22, 2017. 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. Clay received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in Animal… Read More →

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

Twenty-one 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 22, 2017 at the Southwest Meat Association’s 61st Annual Convention and Supplier’s Showcase held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas. The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA… Read More →