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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 →

Graduate students gain leadership skills in Beef 706

Meat Science graduate students gain valuable leadership skills by working with programs such as Beef 706. Beef 706 is sponsored by the Texas Beef Council on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, is hosted by the Department of Animal Science, and is a producer-education program where those in the beef production industry learn first-hand about the ultimate product they are producing. Each class enlists the help of graduate students to lead the cutting groups where a side of beef is cut into its wholesale parts. Graduate students hone their teaching… Read More →

Meat Science faculty and students participate in SMA Convention, 2015

The 59th Annual Convention of the Southwest Meat Association was held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, July 22-25, 2015, and several Meat Science faculty and students were in attendance making new connections or reconnecting with meat industry leaders, helping with the convention, or receiving scholarships including the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, the SMIKids Scholarship, and the SMA Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Gary Smith, visiting professor of animal science, also presented two talks at the convention, and Davey Griffin provided photographic services capturing highlights… Read More →

Bloomin’ Brands Beef 101 program held July 14-17, 2015

Key research and development, procurement, and other personnel from Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. participated in a customized Beef 101 program, July 14-17, 2015. The program was sponsored by Standard Meat Company and conducted by the faculty and students of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Bloomin’ Brands restaurant concepts include Outback Steakhouse®, Carrabba’s Italian Grill®, Bonefish Grill®, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The participants arrived on campus on Tuesday, July 14th and were treated to an overview of the process of making the award-winning,… Read More →

Gehring to receive Association of Former Students teaching award

Dr. Kerri Gehring, associate professor of animal science and president of the International HACCP Alliance, has been selected as one of the three recipients of the 2014 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching at the College Level. Dr. Bill Dugus, acting Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences and acting Dean of the College of Agriculture, make the surprise announcement in Dr. Gehring’s class on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. In addition to Dr. Dugas, Marty Holmes from the Association of Former Students and Dr. H…. Read More →

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2014-2015

The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA Foundation, is the greatest source of scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate students interested in meat science in the U.S. Bob Ondrusek left a lasting impression and impact on so many people through his business, Columbia Packing Company in Dallas, and through his charitable and personal support of the Southwest Meat Association, FFA, 4-H, and many other association and activities. This year’s Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships were presented on July 12, 2014 at the Southwest… Read More →

Beef 101 workshop for June 24-26, 2014 completed

The second Beef 101 of the year was completed on June 24-26, 2014. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Beef 101, and another full crowd was in attendance. One of the key features of Beef 101 is the cutting day. Below are some photos showing graduate students and faculty in action leading the groups through the beef fabrication exercise.

Pork 101™ held at Texas A&M University, May 20-22, 2014

The American Meat Science Association Pork 101™ was held at Texas A&M University on May 20-22, 2014 with a great group of participants from around the country. Below is the agenda for the program along with some photos depicting different aspects of the activities that go on during this three-day program. Thanks to graduate students, Mark Frenzel, Leslie Frenzel, Lindsey Mehall, Crystal Waters, Helen Kline, Hillary Henderson, Michael Berto, Clay Eastwood, Michael Yeater, Dhafer Ibrahim, and Tanner Luckemeyer, and undergraduate students, Emery Kunze, Emily Mahalitc, Courtney Boykin, and… Read More →

25th anniversary of Beef 101 kicks off with May class

The first Beef 101 was held at Texas A&M University in 1989 at the request of the Texas Beef Council to help its staff better understand the product that it was responsible to market. Word spread about the program, and beef council staff from other states requested that another program be held the next year. As more people learned about Beef 101, yearly classes were conducted until finally, for some time now, we now have three classes a year. Beef industry personnel from every facet and from all… Read More →

Meat Science graduate students gain valuable experiences leading carcass cutting groups

Since the late 1980s, first with Beef 101, then in the 1990s with Beef 706, and then later on with Pork 101, Meat Science graduate students in the Department of Animal Science have gained valuable teaching experiences through their work as cutting instructors for these courses. In each of these programs, graduate students lead cutting groups for these programs showing participants how and where to cut beef and pork carcasses ensuring that  the quality of cutting is as good as it can be, and that appropriate safety measures… Read More →