Tag Archives: Meat

Meat Judging Team completes successful semester

Writer: Dr. Leslie Frenzel Members of the 2017 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team recently completed their intercollegiate meat judging careers. This is a proud moment for each of them because they have dedicated their hearts and souls to competing on a national stage to represent themselves and Texas A&M University for a demanding 15 months. While balancing their academics, practice, family, and social lives, the team was tenacious enough to finish an extremely successful competitive year as only one of three teams to finish in the top… Read More →

Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting features discussions of meat trends

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992 , j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas barbecue owners and pitmasters from across the Lone Star state gathered at Texas A&M University in College Station recently for the Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting. About 50 people were in attendance, receiving updates on livestock and meat markets for beef, pork, chicken and turkey by Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock marketing economist in College Station. Anderson said demand continues to be steady for U.S. beef. “Overall, 2017… Read More →

Cattle are now so big that restaurants and grocery stores need new ways to cut steaks

If you’ve dined at a steakhouse recently or grilled rib-eye for dinner, you may have noticed a curious trend: Steaks are getting thinner. As U.S. beef cattle have ballooned in size, experts say, restaurants, grocery stores and meat processors have had to get creative in how they slice and dice them up. Increasingly, that means thinner steaks – as well as more scrap meat and “alternative” cuts designed to make the most of a bigger animal. The cattle industry argues that it provides cheaper and more plentiful beef… Read More →

What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Good? Science Explains

Writer: Greta Jochem, NPR For about $150 per pound, dedicated carnivores and food connoisseurs alike can get their forks on a luxury: Wagyu beef. Its trademark marbled flesh and soft texture have launched the meat into caviar-like status. And because its fat has a melting point lower than the average human body temperature, it melts in your mouth. The vast majority of the beef comes from Japanese Black cattle. Part of its allure is the smell — a unique sweet, coconut-like aroma. New research from the Journal of Agricultural and Food… Read More →

Meat judging team wins international contest

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team was privileged to be the only judging team from the United States invited to compete in the 2017 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia on July 3-9, 2017. The students representing Texas A&M University were Dax Dittrich, Luke Fox, Jenna Hunt, Kelsey Landrum and Maggie Madden, accompanied by Dr. Leslie Frenzel, meat judging coordinator, and Micki Gooch, assistant meat judging coach. Of the fourteen universities competing, ten were from Australia and… Read More →

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course attracts record 2,200 participants

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A record 2,200 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course participants heard about potential export market opportunities and the outlook for cattle markets, as well as practical information to take to the ranch and become more profitable. The short course, which kicked off Aug. 7 on the campus of Texas A&M University amid heavy rain in the Bryan-College Station area, was welcomed by attendees representing ranches and beef cattle operations throughout Texas, the U.S. and the world. “Young and old, the… Read More →

RMC goes off without a hitch

Last month, the American Meat Science Association held the 70th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference on the Texas A&M Campus. The Department of Animal Science hosted over 850 meat science students and professionals who participated in a number of activities from June 16th to 21st. Pre-conference activities at the Rosenthal and Kleberg Centers included a processed meats contest, iron chef competition, meat judging coaches’ clinic, and Jimmy T. Keeton Processed Meats Workshop. The Memorial Student Center housed the student poster and quiz bowl competitions along with the bulk of… Read More →

Grainfed v grassfed: End the beef biffo, says prof

Writer: Jamie-Lee Oldfield US meat scientist Stephen Smith says he knows grainfed beef can actually be better for your health than grassfed beef. But he says the focus should not be on competition between sectors within the beef industry, but rather promoting the health benefits of red meat to the wider community. “I do have a bias towards grainfed, because our data keeps saying the same thing, that if you eat a constant fat level that grainfed gives you a better health profile, but grassfed isn’t bad for… Read More →

International students visit ANSC

COLLEGE STATION – Since 2011, students from Universidad Autónoma Chapingo (UAC), have been visiting the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science.  UAC is an agricultural college located in Texcoco, Mexico State in Mexico. Dr. Baldomero Alarcon-Zuniga is a professor of animal science and the leader of their study abroad tour. Each year Dr. Alarcon brings approximately 60 junior animal science majors for the study tour in Texas with the purpose of the trip being to educate the students through experiential learning opportunities regarding application of livestock production,… Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp teaches finer aspects of smoking meat

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Davey Griffin, 979-845-3935, dgriff@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Who says summer camp is just for youth? At Texas A&M University, adults flocked to summer barbecue camp in College Station by the hundreds to find out how to cook great beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken and other cuts of meat suited best for the pit. Barbecue Summer Camp is so popular that a lottery system has been put in place to handle registration, according to organizers. The camp, sponsored by Foodways Texas and… Read More →