Category Archives: Grow Our Economy

2019 Center of the Plate Training held at Texas A&M University

The 2019 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 June 18-20, 2019. 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 →

Pork 101™ will be held at Texas A&M University, May 21-23, 2019

Register today for the next American Meat Science Association’s (AMSA) PORK 101™ to be held in May 21-23, 2019 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. PORK 101 is hosted by AMSA in cooperation with the National Pork Board and is sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Attendees will experience firsthand the swine industry from live animal production through finished pork products. The course concludes with the attendees preparing and sampling products from pork carcasses including pumped loins, bacon, hams, and sausage. Attendees will have the opportunity to… Read More →

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 September 4-5, 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.)

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 →