Category Archives: Meat

Experts: Use safe practices when processing, cooking feral hogs

Parasites, such as hookworms can be found in feral hogs Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Tom Hairgrove, 979-845-5419, tbhairgrove@tamu.edu Dr. Tom Craig, 979-845-3414, thomas.craig@tvmdl.tamu.edu Dr. Dan Hale, 979-845-3935, dhale@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – With a proliferation of feral hogs in Texas, control measures such as trapping and hunting can yield the rewards of good table fare. However, feral hogs can carry  parasites, such as hookworms, and experts advise to use safe cooking practices before consuming the meat. “Feral hogs are destructive in nature and their daily patterns include both feeding and fighting,”… Read More →

Camp Brisket helps novice pitmasters feed masses

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Nothing beats good brisket and Texas barbecue, but smoking brisket on a barbecue pit can be a daunting task for the novice. “I love barbecuing in general, but the brisket is a very intimidating cut of beef,” said David Nelson of Austin, who attended Camp Brisket recently at Texas A&M University in College Station. The program attracted more than 60 attendees who entered a lottery system and won a ticket to the two-day event that organizers… Read More →

Meat Judging Team completes successful semester

Writer: Dr. Leslie Frenzel Members of the 2017 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team recently completed their intercollegiate meat judging careers. This is a proud moment for each of them because they have dedicated their hearts and souls to competing on a national stage to represent themselves and Texas A&M University for a demanding 15 months. While balancing their academics, practice, family, and social lives, the team was tenacious enough to finish an extremely successful competitive year as only one of three teams to finish in the top… Read More →

Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting features discussions of meat trends

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992 , j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas barbecue owners and pitmasters from across the Lone Star state gathered at Texas A&M University in College Station recently for the Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting. About 50 people were in attendance, receiving updates on livestock and meat markets for beef, pork, chicken and turkey by Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock marketing economist in College Station. Anderson said demand continues to be steady for U.S. beef. “Overall, 2017… Read More →

Cattle are now so big that restaurants and grocery stores need new ways to cut steaks

If you’ve dined at a steakhouse recently or grilled rib-eye for dinner, you may have noticed a curious trend: Steaks are getting thinner. As U.S. beef cattle have ballooned in size, experts say, restaurants, grocery stores and meat processors have had to get creative in how they slice and dice them up. Increasingly, that means thinner steaks – as well as more scrap meat and “alternative” cuts designed to make the most of a bigger animal. The cattle industry argues that it provides cheaper and more plentiful beef… Read More →

Meat judging team wins international contest

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team was privileged to be the only judging team from the United States invited to compete in the 2017 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia on July 3-9, 2017. The students representing Texas A&M University were Dax Dittrich, Luke Fox, Jenna Hunt, Kelsey Landrum and Maggie Madden, accompanied by Dr. Leslie Frenzel, meat judging coordinator, and Micki Gooch, assistant meat judging coach. Of the fourteen universities competing, ten were from Australia and… Read More →

RMC goes off without a hitch

Last month, the American Meat Science Association held the 70th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference on the Texas A&M Campus. The Department of Animal Science hosted over 850 meat science students and professionals who participated in a number of activities from June 16th to 21st. Pre-conference activities at the Rosenthal and Kleberg Centers included a processed meats contest, iron chef competition, meat judging coaches’ clinic, and Jimmy T. Keeton Processed Meats Workshop. The Memorial Student Center housed the student poster and quiz bowl competitions along with the bulk of… Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp teaches finer aspects of smoking meat

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Davey Griffin, 979-845-3935, dgriff@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Who says summer camp is just for youth? At Texas A&M University, adults flocked to summer barbecue camp in College Station by the hundreds to find out how to cook great beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken and other cuts of meat suited best for the pit. Barbecue Summer Camp is so popular that a lottery system has been put in place to handle registration, according to organizers. The camp, sponsored by Foodways Texas and… Read More →

Texas A&M University to host AMSA’s 2017 Reciprocal Meat Conference in June

Where History, Tradition and Science Meat COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M University has been chosen by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) to host the organization’s 70th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) scheduled for June 18-21, 2017. RMC serves as the annual meeting of AMSA and features an interactive program tailored to share research findings and seek solutions to new and existing industry concerns. RMC brings together more than 1,000 meat scientists from nearly twenty countries around the world.  Attendees are members of academia, government and industry as… Read More →

Meat Judging team selected to travel to Australian contest

COLLEGE STATION – The 2017 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meats Judging Team is honored to have been invited to attend the 2017 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in New South Wales, Australia. The team consists of dedicated and talented students interested in competition and excited to represent the Department of Animal Science and the United States. The selected team traveling to Australia will consist of Luke Fox, Maggie Madden, Dax Dittrich, Jenna Hunt, and Kelsey Landrum. These five students will be accompanied by the program coordinator, Dr. Leslie Frenzel,… Read More →