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From the Ground Up: Ground Beef Demand Surges During Pandemic

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -It’s safe to say that most of us have eaten more at home than normal during the outbreak of the coronavirus and that has been challenging for some folks that just don’t cook a lot. But, apparently ground meat doesn’t intimidate inexperienced cooks like some meat cuts do. “We have turned into more, during this time that we’ve been isolated into more of a ground beef nation than we have ever been before,” said Davey Griffin, Texas A&M AgriLife professor and meat specialist. “Ground beef… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 30, 2020

Joe Paschal, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi, said livestock are entering a period he calls the “summer slump,” where weight gains and body condition scores can dip as animals deal with the heat and declining forage quality. Paschal and Jason Banta, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said cattle in much of the state were experiencing typical summer conditions. Rains have reduced drought levels for most of the state, but as temperatures rise, moisture levels and grazing conditions could change quickly without additional rainfall. “Overall,… Read More →

From the Ground Up: Pandemic Strengthens Demand for Custom Processing

By Todd Carroll BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – Over the last few years there has been a rising demand among some consumers to buy locally produced food and that has given Farmers’ Markets and Farm Share programs a boost. The Covid-19 outbreak that slowed down the big meat processors in the U.S. has fueled even more demand for small local processors. Davey Griffin is a Texas A&M AgriLife Professor and Meat Specialist. “We have a real interest by consumers right now in knowing where their food comes from. And so,… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Study Targets Contamination Hotspots In Food Processing

By Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Understanding foodborne pathogen pathways will lead to greater food safety. Food safety through a greater understanding of the contamination “hotspots” in our food supply chain, particularly meat, is a priority for a new Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Sapna Chitlapilly Dass, a meat science research assistant professor in the Texas A&M University College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ Department of Animal Science, said her study aims to identify the hotspots of contamination in the food processing industry. Her goal is to determine how and where… Read More →

Mom was right about not touching slime; researchers looking at pathogens in food facilities

By Coral Beach on June 9, 2020 New research underway seeks to determine how and where bacteria hide in food processing plants so that they can be eliminated, to the benefit of public health and the bottom line of food companies. The project involves scientists at Texas A&M, Stanford University, and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service U.S. Meat Animal Research Center’s pilot meat processing facility in Clay Center, NE. Their work has the backing of a $479,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the project… Read More →

Senior Merit awarded to five #tamuansc students

Each year during Family Weekend, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences holds its Ag Convocation. One of the highlights is the Spring 2020 Awards, but due to COVID-19, the event was canceled. However, we wanted to recognize our Senior Merit Award Winners, two faculty teaching awards and the Alpha Zeta outstanding students. A video presentation and more about the award winners is below. Senior Merit Award winners Senior Merit Awards have been presented by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for over 50 years.  The awards… Read More →

Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees Announces Outstanding Student Award Recipient

The award recognizes outstanding graduating Aggie seniors who succeeded in college despite experiencing personal or family financial challenges. The Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees named Isolde Parrish ’20 as the recipient of the Foundation’s eighth Outstanding Student Award. She graduated with an animal science degree in May and will enroll in Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in the fall. Created in 2012 by former Foundation trustee and Texas A&M graduate Melbern Glasscock ’59 and his wife, Susanne, this endowed award publicly recognizes… Read More →

Interim Veterinary Guidance on Companion Animal Coronavirus Testing in Texas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) does not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person. • The CDC is not aware of any companion animals (i.e. household cats and dogs) in theUnited States infected with SARS-CoV-2. The first case of an animal testing positive for the virus in the United States was a tiger that had a respiratory illness at a zoo in New York… Read More →

Beef’s greatest talent is protein upcycling

By Lacey Newlin, 580-748-1892, lnewlin@hpj.com “There are some really highly educated people out there who are actively against the beef industry,” said Tryon Wickersham, associate professor of animal nutrition at Texas A&M University. “I don’t think there is going to be anything we can do to change that. I think they will be against everything we do, no matter how we do it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mount a defense or stop educating the consumers about the value we bring to their plates.” Wickersham spoke recently… Read More →

Summer drought affecting livestock producers in the Big Country

ABILENE, Texas — The State of Texas is the largest producer of livestock in the United States. Much of the State of Texas is dealing with drought conditions right now, but how is this affecting livestock in the Big Country? Dr. Jason Sawyer is an Associate Professor of Animal Sciences and Beef Management at Texas A&M University, and he believes that this summer’s drought could have an impact on cattle prices. “We typically see cattle prices decline a modest amount as people take older stuff to market and… Read More →