Category Archives: Workshops

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →