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African Swine Fever outbreak could devastate US swine herd

By Joe Paschal African Swine Fever (ASF as it is commonly referred to) has been in the news recently as a result of an outbreak in China. It is a major health threat to swine production in many countries, but fortunately it is not in the United States. ASF is a highly contagious viral disease that causes death in domestic and wild pigs of all ages. Symptoms include high fever, decreased appetite and weakness, red, blotchy skin or skin lesions; diarrhea and vomiting; and coughing and difficulty in… Read More →

Meat Perspectives: Demystifying soft bellies

By Jeff Savell and Kerri Gehring Quality is a point of discussion, and sometimes debate, in the pork industry. Like beauty, quality sometimes lies in the eyes of the beholder and may differ between the producer, processor and consumer. Quality of lean typically relates to muscle color, texture/firmness, marbling, pH, overall functionality, tenderness and flavor. Attributes that are associated with fat quality frequently include color, texture, firmness, oxidative stability, odor and flavor. Both lean and fat quality are important to the success of the pork industry. Fat quality… Read More →

AMR forum tackles ‘complex, global issue’

By Tim Lundeen Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a “complex, global issue to be addressed globally,” according to Dr. Sara Steinlage with Elanco in introducing an April 2 forum “Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture: What You Need to Know,” organized by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The forum was the culmination of a year-long process looking into the topic of AMR in animal agriculture, according to Dr. Gilles Bergeron, who heads the nutrition science section at NYAS. The effort, sponsored by Elanco, resulted in five new papers published… Read More →

How to transform cheap chuck steak and roast into a great meal

By Chuck Blount There isn’t anything cut off a cow that’s named Steve, Eric or Lisa, but there is a major cut named after me: Chuck. I think that’s bovine providence. And the good news is that chuck’s plenty tasty. Chuck cuts come from the front shoulder area, a large area of muscle that is asked to do a lot of work and hold up a lot of weight. Hardworking muscles have a tendency to be flavorful, but they also have a reputation for being tough. Brisket, which… Read More →

Frank C. Litterst, Jr. ’43 Memorial Corps of Cadets Scholarship

  A Corps of Cadets Scholarship has been established in memory of Frank Litterst, Jr. ’43. A well-known and loved Aggie and World War II veteran, Mr. Litterst was an icon in the Department of Animal Science as well as the beef cattle industry and was a generous benefactor to many Aggie causes. Proceeds from the Litterst Scholarship will be awarded to Cadets who are studying and pursuing careers within the animal science industry. Click here for information on how you can contribute.

Texas A&M Equine Complex honors donors in grand style

Contact: Megan Palsa,, (979) 862-4216 or Cady Auckerman,, (979) 862-4384 COLLEGE STATION, TX – On Oct.12 more than 20 donors, who helped to make the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex a reality, were recognized for their support of this premier facility dedicated to equine research, education, teaching, and outreach. Representatives from the Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Texas A&M Equine Initiative were on hand… Read More →

Thallman named Outstanding Alumni

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. R. Mark Thallman ’81, a graduate of the Department of Animal Science, is a recipient of the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Science’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award. The award was presented during the College’s Legacy and Leadership Banquet held Oct. 10 in College Station. Thallman earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science (1981), a master’s in animal breeding (1988), and a doctorate in genetics (1995), all from Texas A&M University. Renowned among peers in the field of animal breeding and genetics,… Read More →

Texas A&M Stock Horse Team wins reserve title

BRYAN — The Texas A&M University Stock Horse Team earned the reserve champion collegiate title at the Stock Horse of Texas Show held in Bryan on Sept. 26. The team is coached by animal science graduate student Michelle Glover and assistant coach Paige Linne. Texas A&M secured several individual honors and class wins to capture the reserve finish. Individual results are: Open/Non-Pro Division Kyla Kalinowski – All-Around Champion Limited Non-Pro Division                Morgan Moreno – 5 th place All-Around Haley Birkenfeld – 7th place All-Around Sarah Savage– 6th place… Read More →

Feedyard Foodie visits Aggieland

COLLEGE STATION — Anne Burkholder, also known as the Feedyard Foodie, and her daughter Megan visited Texas A&M and the Department of Animal Science this September to share her agriculture story and encourage others to do the same. Burkholder, a Nebraska feedyard operator and author of the Feedyard Foodie blog, is known for her consumer outreach and as an advocate for beef. In 2014 she was awarded the Beef Magazine’s Trailblazer Award and in 2013 was voted to Vance Publishing’s 40 under 40 in Agriculture. You can read… Read More →

Students explore agriculture in Argentina, Uruguay

Writer: Olivia Norton Thirty-four students in the College of Agriculture and life Sciences had the experience of a lifetime this summer when they explored the many aspects of agriculture in parts of Argentina and Uruguay as part of a study abroad program July 28-Aug. 4. The Argentina and Uruguay Agriculture and Animal Production study abroad program, led by Department of Animal Science faculty Dr. Shawn Ramsey, professor, and Dr. Leslie Frenzel, instructional assistant professor and undergraduate academic advisor, offered students a complete educational experience including tours of notable… Read More →