Tag Archives: AgriLife Extension

What is Clean Meat?

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – You may have heard the term “clean meat” being batted around by the media. Dan Hale is a Texas A&M AgriLife Meat Scientist and told us that the technologies being used to make this product are evolving and gave us an idea of how it’s currently being made. “People ask me where did the term clean meat come from? Well, it came from a focus group, basically that’s all marketing. In reality, the term clean meat could be applied to anything, because any cattle… Read More →

Brazos County Expo will host State 4-H Horse Show for next five years

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Courtney Dodd, 979-845-1211, cfdodd@ag.tamu.edu Chelsie Huseman, 979-845-5264, chelsie.huseman@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The annual Texas State 4-H Horse Show, which has been held at the Taylor County Exposition in Abilene for the past 35 years, will now be held at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan for the next five years. The Brazos County Expo Center won the bid to host the state show from 2019-2023. The first show at the new venue will be July 21-27, 2019. The move was the result of a… Read More →

64th Beef Cattle Short Course kicks off at Texas A&M

By: Courtney Carpenter COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – 2,200 ranchers from seven different countries are in College Station for the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course. Ranchers will get the market outlook and learn about the long term forecast; all with the idea that it will make the beef you buy better. Donnell Brown is a fifth generation rancher from Throckmorton, Texas. He’s made the trip to The Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course every year for more than a decade. “It’s good to get together and discuss and… Read More →

The Art and Science of Grilling Steak

The grilling season is in full swing and we decided to talk with a meat scientist about what it takes to have a good steak grilling experience. What we found was that good tasting beef is both a science and an art. The scientific part is picking the right cut. The art part is what you do with it once you take it home. Dan Hale is a Professor and Texas A&M Agrilife Meat Specialist. “You want to pick a steak that’s at least medium in tenderness or… Read More →

Welcome to BBQ University

By: Bill Heavey Armed with a notebook, a hairnet, and appetite, and plenty of Dr. Pepper, a novice backyard warrior enters the hallowed halls of meat science for an intensive lesson in fire, wood, smoke, and plain old great Texas ‘cue. The secret to making great barbecue is simple—good airflow. Without steady airflow through your cooker, you get dirty smoke and bitter meat. A guy like Bryan Bracewell, who runs Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin, Texas, knows several blocks before he arrives at the store what kind… Read More →

AMSA honors Dr. Davey Griffin with the 2018 AMSA Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award

AMSA has announced that Dr. Davey Griffin is the recipient of the 2018 Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award.  The award is sponsored by Food Safety Net Services and Agri-West International.  Dr. Griffin will be honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 71st Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Davey Griffin attended Texas A&M University where he received his B.S. in 1978, M.S. in 1981, and Ph.D. in 1989. Dr. Griffin judged on the Texas A&M University Meat Judging… Read More →

64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 in College Station

Writer/Media Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The 64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station will highlight a cattle market outlook as well as issues affecting beef producers. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers. The short course is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal… Read More →

Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship Schools enter 46th year

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu  Contact: Chelsie Huseman, 979-845-5264, chelsie.huseman@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – More than 100 former Texas A&M University Summer Horsemanship School instructors gathered as part of a reunion weekend to celebrate 46 consecutive years of the program at Texas A&M University. The event was held on the university campus and included guests of honor B.F. Yeates, Dr. Pete Gibbs and Dr. Gary Potter, all former founders/directors of the program that began in the 1970s. “This was the first-ever instructor reunion for the Summer Horsemanship School Program and… Read More →

Cow with better body condition has stronger calving process

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu Body condition scoring refers to evaluating the amount of body fat in a cow (or any other animal). Under normal grazing conditions, cows carrying more body fat are more efficient because they are more adapted to their environment. Cows (and bulls) that are more adapted to their environment are more fertile and productive. The value of body condition scoring has been known since at least the early 1960s when Dr. J. N. Wiltbank reported that cows in better body condition, or that were… Read More →

Horn flies can damage cattle skin, need to be controlled

Writer: Dr. Joe Paschal, 361-265-9203, joe.paschal@ag.tamu.edu The other day when I was turning out the cows to a rested pasture full of green grass and winter weeds, I noticed many of them had several horn flies and other cows had quite a few. I guess it is going to be an early season. The horn fly, which seems to be a misnomer since they congregate on cattle without horns, too, were introduced to the U.S. from Europe in the late 1800s. They were called horn fly because they clustered… Read More →