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Second Edition of “Amino Acids: Biochemistry and Nutrition” by Dr. Guoyao Wu Now Available

Biochemistry and nutrition of amino acids (AAs) is an interesting, dynamic, and challenging subject in biological sciences.  It spans an immense range from chemistry, metabolism, and physiology to reproduction, immunology, pathology, and cell biology. Based on the first edition of “Amino Acids: Biochemistry and Nutrition” in 2013, Dr. Guoyao Wu, University Distinguished Professor, published the second edition of this book with CRC Press in 2022. All chapters have been substantially revised, expanded, and updated to reflect significant advances in recent years. Specific additions to the new edition include:… Read More →

February Competitive Teams Results

The department’s competitive teams are staying busy as the February contests wrap up. Good luck to the teams still competing in contests this semester. Dairy Challenge Team The Dairy Challenge Team competed at the Western Regional Dairy Challenge contest February 23-25, 2023, in Madera, California. This contest requires a team of students to evaluate a dairy operation based upon their reproduction, milk quality, nutrition, and general health. The goal of this evaluation is to find opportunities for the dairy producer to make more money. The team of students… Read More →

January Competitive Teams Updates

The busy competitive teams season is here. Our teams have been on the road competing and hosting clinics. Congratulations to our teams on a great start to the spring 2023 judging season. Academic Quadrathlon Team The Texas A&M University Academic Quadrathlon Team secured first place at the 2023 Regional American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon Contest. The contest was hosted by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC from January 20-22, 2023, and 13 teams from animal science programs in the southern US competed in the event. The… Read More →

December Competitive Teams Results

The competitive teams in the Department of Animal Science wrapped up a successful semester and are gearing up for the busy season of competitions in spring of 2023. Below are recent updates from the Livestock Judging Team and the Meats Judging Team from December/early January. Livestock Judging Team The 2023 team has 100 classes under their belt in the month of December as we conclude Winter Workout, and the team is coming home with some highlights from Griswolds, but more importantly experienced tremendous growth and improvement to set… Read More →

November Competitive Teams Results

Congratulations to our judging teams on successful contests this month. We are excited that the department is once again home to a National Championship Meat Judging Team. Read below for the full results from this month’s contests. Animal Welfare Judging Team The Animal Welfare Judging Team had a successful and exciting competition at the 22nd Annual Animal Welfare Assessment Contest in Raleigh, North Carolina, Nov. 18-20. 1st Place Team Overall – Undergraduate Junior Division: Erin Stockland (sophomore), Jadalea Isles (sophomore), Jillian Gordon (freshman), Isabella Fonseca (freshman) 3rd Place… Read More →

October Competitive Teams Results

Department of Animal Science competitive teams have been busy this fall semester, claiming championships and other accolades at various contests and growing their student experience as part of these high-impact learning opportunities. Below are the latest updates from the Animal Welfare Judging Team, Horse Judging Team, Livestock Judging Team, Meat Judging Team, Ranch Horse Team, and the Texas Aggie Rodeo Team. Congratulations to all! Animal Welfare Judging Team The Animal Welfare Judging Team met “Obi” the octopus at Moody Gardens Aquarium in preparation for the upcoming AVMA Animal… Read More →

Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom: High-Impact Learning Opportunities Transform Student Experience for ANSC Student The reputation of the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Department of Animal Science, a desire to live in a new state, and a passion for agriculture instilled at an early age all led Alyson Fontenot to pursue a degree in animal science at TAMU. Alyson, a 2022 graduate of the department and now an animal science master student, is a native of Ville Platte, Louisiana, where she grew up on her family’s Brahman operation. As a member… Read More →

Competitive Teams Claim Recent Titles

Four Department of Animal Science competitive teams have claimed championships and other accolades at various contests this month. Below are the latest results from the Horse Judging Team, Livestock Judging Team, Meat Judging Team, and the Texas Aggie Rodeo Team. Congratulations to all! Horse Judging Team The Texas A&M Horse Judging Team traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to compete at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress on October 12. The team finished strong having a clean sweep across the board. They were 1st as a Team in Halter, Performance and… Read More →

Food Safety Seminar to be Held During Event Honoring Dr. Gary C. Smith

Food Safety Seminar Featuring Speakers from FSIS, USDA, North America Meat Institute The Seminar, Set for October 15, will Focus on Initiatives to Advance Food Safety, Sustainable Practices and the Use of Data, and How Federal Policy Is Shaping the Future.  SAN ANTONIO, TX – October 3, 2022 — The Bellinger Foundation today announced its Food Safety Seminar on Saturday, October 15, to be held in conjunction with the Weekend Celebration of a Living Legend: Dr. Gary Smith, a preeminent professor, mentor, researcher, meat judge/coach, and innovator in… Read More →

September Competitive Teams Results

Horse Judging Team The Texas A&M University Horse Judging Team competed at the 2022 APHA Lonestar Horse Judging Contest in Ft Worth, Texas, on Saturday, October 1. The team was 4th overall in a tight and tough competition with just 13 points separating them from first. Texas A&M University had the High Individual Overall, Raylee Ezzell. Also, capturing 9th High Individual Overall was Courtney Wall. In Halter the team was 3rd overall, Raylee Ezzell was the High Individual in Halter. The team was 5th in Performance, Raylee Ezzell… Read More →