Department Updates

Field Day Scheduled for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Beeville Station on November 2

September 18th, 2023

Make plans to attend the Texas A&M AgriLife Research – Beeville Station Field Day on Thursday, November 2, 2023. The morning will include a welcome and presentations about ongoing research related to the Beeville station and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. A lunch will be provided courtesy of Texas Farm Credit. Please RSVP at Event… Read More →

August Competitive Teams Update

September 6th, 2023

Livestock Judging Team The Saddle and Sirloin Club in conjunction with the Livestock Judging Team held the Saddle and Sirloin Futurity at the Brazos County Expo Center on August 18-20. There were 287 steers, 204 heifers, and 129 market hogs entered for the event.  Throughout the weekend, 4-H and FFA exhibitors competed in the multiple species… Read More →

Graduate Students Present Research Across the World

August 16th, 2023

During the summer of 2023, the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science was well represented at various state, national and international conferences where graduate students were able to present ongoing research. Aggies claimed multiple research awards as they traveled as far as Ireland this summer. Dairy Cattle Welfare Conference Fort Worth, TX May 17-18,… Read More →

July Competitive Teams Update

August 16th, 2023

Academic Quadrathlon Team Congratulations to our Academic Quadrathlon Team on finishing second place overall at the National Academic Quadrathlon competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team was first in the quiz bowl contest and the lab practicum and placed second in the oral presentation and written examination, securing second place overall. Earlier this year, the… Read More →

After 50 years, Texas A&M animal science legend says farewell

August 2nd, 2023

By Kay Ledbetter-First appeared on AgriLife Today Jim Sanders ’74 ‘77, Ph.D., senior professor of animal breeding and genetics, may be retiring, but he will continue to make waves in the livestock industry for many more years to come for two reasons – his love for his students and their respect for him. An Aggie… Read More →

Value-Based Marketing of Beef

July 6th, 2023

Jeffrey W. Savell Professor, E.M. Rosenthal Chairholder, and Leader, Meat Science Section, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 2471 TAMU, College Station, Texas, 77843-2471 Introduction For beef to compete in today’s marketplace, both domestic and export, cattle breeders must better understand marketing. Meeting the needs of the customer is something that every successful business… Read More →

Standardized Warner-Bratzler Shear Force Procedures for Genetic Evaluation

July 6th, 2023

Committee Members Jeff Savell, Texas A&M University, Chair; Rhonda Miller, Texas A&M University; Tommy Wheeler, MARC; Mohammad Koohmaraie, MARC; Steven Shackelford, MARC; Brad Morgan, Oklahoma State University; Chris Calkins, University of Nebraska; Mark Miller, Texas Tech University; Michael Dikeman, Kansas State University; Floyd McKeith, University of Illinois; Glen Dolezal, Oklahoma State University; Bill Henning, Pennsylvania… Read More →

Making Some Sense Out of Ground Beef Labeling

July 6th, 2023

Davey Griffin, Professor and Extension Meat SpecialistTexas A&M Agrilife Extension Service When consumers go to the grocery store, they are confronted with a variety of items from which to select. One of the most commonly purchased items from the beef section is ground beef. Because of its functionality in a multitude of different entree items, ground… Read More →

National Beef Quality Audit — 2005

July 6th, 2023

Final Report Of The National Beef Quality Audit—2005: A New Benchmark For The U.S. Beef Industry Gary C. Smith, J.W. Savell, J.B. Morgan and T.E. LawrenceColorado State University (Fort Collins, CO); Texas A&M University (College Station, TX);Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK); West Texas A&M University (Canyon, TX)  Summary “In truth, it is the value of… Read More →

National Beef Quality Audit — 1995

July 6th, 2023

Brief Overview The purpose was “to conduct the sequel to the National Beef Quality Audit — 1991, a quality audit of slaughter cattle (their carcasses and dress off/offal items) for the U.S. beef industry in 1995, establishing baselines for present quality shortfalls and identifying targets for desired quality levels by the year 2005.” Since the… Read More →