Category Archives: Students

Meat Judging Team returned home with high honors from MSA American Royal Meat Judging Contest

The Department of Animal Science Meat Judging Team brought home high honors from the AMSA American Royal Meat Judging Contest on Oct. 13, 2019. They beat ten teams with a score of 4074 points to win the contest. Following TAMU, Kansas State University was second, Texas Tech University third, Colorado State University fourth, and the University of Illinois fifth. In addition to winning the contest, Brenyn Burkholder of Boerne, Texas, placed third individually, and Kaylee Greiner of Christiansburg, Va, placed sixth individually. Additional members of the 2019 Meat… Read More →

Beef 706 a prime experience for young ranchers

By Julie Tomascik Texas cattlemen and women have a legacy to uphold, a brand to be proud of and a product with exceptional quality. But raising the steaks for consumers across the nation requires a desire to build upon success. Nearly 40 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) young farmer and rancher members were able to do just that by growing their knowledge and understanding of the beef industry through a recent Beef 706 course held last month. “Beef 706 is for producers to help them better understand the food… Read More →

US Dairy Education and Training Consortium completes 12th year

Twenty Texas A&M students recently completely an intensive 6 week course in dairy herd management at the US Dairy Education and Training Consortium. Now in it’s 12th year, the consortium provides students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the many facets of dairy management. The course is held in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico, which is the third largest milk producing area in the US. Due to the rapid growth of dairies in this region, the students are fortunate to have dairies allow them to view… Read More →

Teaching animal science through interactive gaming

By Kaitlyn Arnold COLLEGE STATION — For students studying animal science, interactive gaming can now help introduce concepts of working with cattle, before they’ve even stepped foot in a pen or pasture. Nicholas Free, animal science senior at Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences didn’t grow up handling cattle, but he created a simulation that may help others build and expand their cattle-working skills. Free created an interactive simulation game to focus on the best techniques to handle cattle. It benefits the student, and in turn, benefits the animals as students… Read More →

PEER Hosts Annual State FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event

Story by: Torri Whitaker, PEER Program Content Specialist On May 4, the Texas A&M PEER Program, in cooperation with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM), hosted the eighth annual State FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event (CDE). Dr. Glennon Mays, CVM director of recruiting and student services, welcomed FFA students and highlighted the many veterinary-related careers. Students participating in this state level event had to first qualify by placing within the top five teams at regional competitions. The State FFA Veterinary Science CDE… Read More →

Passion for agriculture

By Ashley Ross While some residents are spending their summer vacation swimming in the pool, traveling with family or even relaxing at home, one local young man is spending the next couple of months learning more about his favorite subject: agriculture. Merrick Irvin, a 2017 Godley High School alum, is participating in a summer internship with the National Association of Wheat Growers in Washington D.C. Irvin was one of 13 students selected for the program through the Agriculture and National Resources Policy’s internship program with Texas A&M University…. Read More →

Texas A&M students earn top cash prize at Savma Pitch Competition

Two Texas A&M visionaries are $10,000 closer to bringing to life their invention after earning first place in a pitch competition at the 2019 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium, held March 9-11 at the University of Georgia in Athens. Brianna Boyle, a third-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Stephanie Young, a sophomore animal science major, beat out 25 teams from across the U.S. and England to take home the top prize. In the competition, they pitched their product SkyPaws,… Read More →

Circle Y Supports Rising Stars

By Cutting Horse Central It’s no secret that the youth are the future of our industry, Penny Youngblood and Nancy Pearce, of Circle Y Ranch, are dedicated to helping grow and develop the younger generation. One way they are giving back is through the Texas A&M Collegiate Stock Horse Team, which consists of 12 college athletes ranging in show experience. Not only have Penny and Nancy offered generous financial support over the years for the Texas A& M Equine Program, they have also invested in the team’s preparation for major… Read More →

Judging teams successful at multiple contests

The Department of Animal Science competitive judging teams have hit the ground running this semester between the long hours of practice they have put in and contests they have traveled to. The meat judging team kicked things off at the American Meat Science Association Southwestern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Fort Worth on Feb. 3. They placed third in the contest with Layne Mustian placing fifth overall individually. Texas Tech University won the contest by 56 points. Kansas State University came in second. The aggies again places third… Read More →

2018 ANSC Brazil Study Abroad: Comparative Ruminant Production

Writers: Jordan Adams and Madeline Rivera It is every college student’s dream to have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad.  Visit a foreign country, learn a different language, experience another culture, make new friends, and learn something that we never knew about ourselves. During the summer of 2018, nine animal science students and one biomedical science student had the opportunity to study abroad in Brazil. The objective of the study abroad was to compare ruminant production schemes in the northeastern and southeastern regions of Brazil to… Read More →