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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 →

Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship School Program Celebrates Its 50th Year

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Summer Horsemanship School Program just completed its 50th consecutive year of sending collegiate horsemanship instructors throughout Texas to teach horsemanship. This tremendously successful educational program serves to strengthen the foundation of horsemanship and develop advanced riding skills for youth, as well as adults. Throughout the spring semester, four Texas A&M students, Hannah Cain, Grace Freeman, Reagan Hoelscher, and Shelby Snidarich completed rigorous training in horsemanship, teaching, and both western and english disciplines. They engaged in immersive experiences in jumping, showmanship, stock horse, barrel… Read More →

Fall Update from ANSC Competitive Teams

Livestock Judging Team The Aggies had a great start to the fall season of livestock judging. The team took home the following awards from the National Swine Judging Contest (the National Swine Registry sponsored collegiate contest) in Woodward, OK, on September 3, 2022. Champion Team Overall Champion Team Reasons Individually Overall: Michael Rezendes- 1st overall; Logan Jackson- 2nd overall; Carter Burgin- 4th overall; Lauren Thomas- 5th overall; Katie Kempen- 6th Overall; Maddie Schroeder- 10th overall; Mason Pape- 11th overall (tied for 10th) Reasons: Katie Kempen- 1st; Maddie Schroeder-… Read More →

Meat Judging and Lamb & Goat Camps Host Youth in Aggieland

Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camp The 24th Annual Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camps were held in July hosting 185 youth exhibitors and 250 adults. These three-day camps teach the fundamentals feeding, nutrition, health, facilities, selection, and showmanship of lamb and goats. Some of the state’s leading experts also joined to talk about junior meat goat and lamb competitions.   Meat Judging Camp The Texas A&M Meat Judging Team hosted 61 youth participants from 3 different states during Meat Judging Camp July 21-23. Camp was hosted at Rosenthal Meat… Read More →

ANSC Students Present at Summer Research Conferences

It’s been a busy summer for our undergraduate and graduate students in the department of animal science. Many students have traveled across the world presenting research at various industry conferences. Their work is preparing them for a future in teaching, research, Extension, livestock and dairy production, and in industries involving food technology, livestock products and livestock management. 75th Reciprocal Meat Conference June 12-15, 2022; Des Moines, Iowa Trent Schwartz (PhD Animal Science, Emphasis in Meat Science) Does more inherently tender beef need to be aged as long as… Read More →