Category Archives: Grow Our Economy

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.)

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 →

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 →

2018 Creative Sausage Making Course at TAMU

The fifth 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 12-13, 2018 at the Rosenthal Meat Center.  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 faculty, and… Read More →

ESPN announcers visit Rosenthal Meat Center

ESPN announcers, Clay Matvick and Kirk Morrison, and producer, Nicole Rachal, paid a visit to the Rosenthal Meat Center on Friday, November 10, 2017. Ray Riley was contacted by Rachal ahead of the Texas A&M University versus University of New Mexico football game on Saturday, November 11, 2017 for a special-interest feature for the game. Here is the ESPN video based on the visit: No trip to Aggieland is complete without beef jerky and apple crisp The ESPN group also got to meet Homer Robertson, current chuck wagon world… 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 →