Faculty, staff fill key positions

Paulk hired as swine nutritionist

Chad PaulkDr. Chad Paulk joined the Department of Animal Science faculty in August as an assistant professor of animal nutrition.
In this position he will teach swine production and hopes to develop and teach a swine nutrition class and data management in animal production systems. Paulk will direct research in determining nutrient digestibility coefficients for new ingredients, nutrient requirements for late finishing pigs, and improving marketing strategies.

His previous research has focused on nutritional effects of feed processing, determining the optimal sampling method to accurately and precisely estimate the mean and standard deviation of pig weights in a barn, Zn supplementation to finishing pigs, and dietary effects on pork fat quality.

Paulk graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in animal and dairy science. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in swine nutrition from Kansas State University.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Paulk to the department. His experiences with the pork industry and commercial production will be an asset to the swine program. We look forward to his input and expertise in strengthening this program,” said Dr. Russell Cross, head of animal science.

Frenzel to teach, advise students

Leslie FrenzelLeslie Frenzel was hired as Lecturer and Undergraduate Academic Advisor in August.

In this position, Frenzel serves as an undergraduate academic advisor and will teach General Animal Science, Meat Selection, Evaluation, and Grading, Exploring Animal Industries, and eventually Market Animal Evaluation.

In addition to teaching classes and advising, she will coach the 2015 Meat Judging Team. Frenzel has served as the meat judging team coach in the past. Some of the team accomplishments under her coaching include winning the American Royal, three All Americans on the 2013 team and placing in the top five at every contest. She also had a national championship team while serving as the meat judging coach at Tarleton.

“We are pleased to have Leslie join the undergraduate teaching faculty and advising group. Her experience with meat evaluation will continue to make us proud. We expect great things from her,” said Dr. Russell Cross, head of animal science.

Frenzel received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Tarleton State University, where she also completed a master’s degree in animal science with a meat science emphasis. Frenzel is currently seeking a doctorate in animal science with a meat science and food safety emphasis at Texas A&M.

Muehlstein: Beef Center Manager

Chance MuehlsteinChance Muehlstein joined the Department of Animal Science this spring as the Beef Center manager.

Muehlstein is responsible for assisting with the teaching, research, and extension activities within the department that involve beef cattle, including the care and wellbeing of the Beef Center’s cattle herd, as well as the equipment and facilities.

“Chance Muehlstein is a valuable addition to the department. As a former student and livestock judging team member, he joins us with an understanding of the department, university, and cattle industry,” said Dr. Russell Cross.

Muehlstein graduated from the Department of Animal Science in 2011 with an emphasis in beef cattle production. After graduation, he interned on the Brett Gray Ranch, a 50,000 acre stocker and cow/calf operation in eastern Colorado. He returned to Texas to work as assistant manager in the Collier Farms’ South Texas Division in Cuero.


 For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at cacoufal@tamu.edu or (979) 845-1542.


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