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Congratulations to our August 2015 graduates

COLLEGE STATION — The Department of Animal Science congratulates its students who graduated from Texas A&M University on Aug. 14, 2015 with degrees in animal science and physiology of reproduction. This includes 21 undergraduate students earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science and the following students completing graduate studies: Doctorate in animal science Leslie Frenzel Dissertation – “Using High-Pressue Processing as a Possible Tenderization Process for Foodservice Top Sirloin Steaks” Co-chairs – Drs. Jeff Savell and Kerri Gehring Ashley Keith Dissertation – “Consequences of Maternal Nutrient Restriction on… Read More →

Back-to-back sheep, goat events offer unique educational opportunity

San Angelo events set Aug. 28-29 Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – “Something for everybody interested in sheep and goat production” best describes dual educational events slated for Aug. 28-29 in San Angelo, organizers said. “Committees planning both events have been tasked with providing information specific to the main trends we are seeing occur in today’s sheep and goat industry,” said Marvin Ensor, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program leader at San Angelo and a coordinator for both events. The… Read More →

Youth exhibitors compete in Aggieland shows

COLLEGE STATION – The Department of Animal Science welcomed hundreds of youth exhibitors and their animals to Aggieland on Aug. 1-2 for several friendly competitions in the show ring. The Saddle & Sirloin Club hosted their annual Steer, Heifer and Pig Futurities; the Livestock Judging Team hosted the Steer and Heifer Extravaganza; and the Lamb Futurity Boosters hosted the Aggieland Traditions Lamb Show. Faculty, staff and students coordinated and worked at the events. Saddle & Sirloin Steer, Heifer and Pig Shows Entries: 178 steers, 95 pigs and 112… Read More →

Former Student Profile: Bryan Bracewell

Writer: Maggie Tucker Bryan Bracewell ’98 knew from an early age where life would take him.  Bryan’s family has owned and operated Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin, Texas, since 1968 and he’s now proud to be the third-generation Bracewell to own the well-known business. Specializing in sausage, but offering delectable Texas barbecue, the market has been open since 1882. Now owner and CEO of Southside Market & Barbeque, Bryan has done most, if not all, of the various jobs associated with owning the family business, starting as… Read More →

Faculty Profile: Dr. Chad Paulk

Writer: Maggie Tucker Unlike many people involved in agriculture today, Chad Paulk did not grow up in the agricultural industry. It was during his sophomore year at the University of Georgia that he discovered his passion for animal science. The summer before his senior year, he assisted swine nutrition graduate students with a research project. The project’s objective was to determine the optimal amount of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to include in nursery pig diets. During that summer corn prices hit record highs, increasing diet costs…. Read More →

“BBQ with Franklin” episode features Texas A&M’s Beef 101

COLLEGE STATION — Aaron Franklin, host of the television show “BBQ with Franklin,” visited Texas A&M University and featured a segment on Beef 101 in this season’s episode nine called “Pickin’ Beef,” which aired this July on PBS. Aaron participated in Beef 101 several years ago and came back to campus to show his audience what he learned about the cuts of beef, especially those from the rib section, which are quite popular in the barbecue scene these days. This episode included an overview of the anatomy by… Read More →

Cross named Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

CHICAGO – Dr. Russell Cross, professor and head of the Department of Animal Science, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in recognition of his exemplary professionalism in the field of food science. The award was presented during the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting held in Chicago July 11-14, 2015. To be named an IFT Fellow is a unique professional distinction given to individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The… Read More →

Animal Science hosts Australian students

COLLEGE STATION — The Department of Animal Science hosted a group of agriculture students from Queensland, Australia, who traveled to Texas in early July to learn more about horses, beef cattle and agribusiness. Dr. Martha Vogelsang coordinated the group’s visit to Texas A&M which included 21 undergraduate students and two advisors from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland located in Gatton. While in College Station, the group toured the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ‘56 Equine Complex and the Texas A&M Large Animal… Read More →

Cross mentor recognition fund established

LINCOLN, NEB — A fund created in honor of Dr. Russell Cross will be used to support the American Meat Science Association meat judging program and student scholarships. The establishment of the Dr. H. Russell Cross Mentor Recognition was announced at the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference in June. Keith Belk, Tommy Wheeler and Mark Miller, all former students of Cross, led the effort to raise funds for the establishment of the Dr. H. Russell Cross Mentor Recognition. Cross has more than 40 years of management experience, holding numerous… Read More →

Faculty Profile: Dr. Reid Redden

SAN ANGELO — Sheep and goats have always been a part of Reid Redden’s life. As a result of growing up on his family’s livestock operation and focusing on sheep and goat production in college, Reid chose to turn his childhood passion into a career. The Department of Animal Science welcomed Reid to the faculty in March as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Sheep and Goat Specialist and Associate Professor. Reid works in the heart of sheep and goat country at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension… Read More →