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Meat scientists attend national meeting

Several faculty, staff and graduate students from the animal sciences department attended the American Meat Science Association 64th Reciprocal Meat Conference June 19-22 at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

This year, 752 members from the U.S. and abroad attended the conference. NDSU faculty members who attended included Paul Berg, Eric Berg, Kasey Carlin, Robert Maddock and David Newman. Staff and graduate students included Roberta Dahlen, Austen Germolus, Ashley Lepper, Jim Magolski, Rex Sun, Christina Schwartz, Nate Hayes and Quynn Larson. Undergraduate students included Kelsey Phelps and Eric Kleman.

Several students presented research.

Master’s students and their presentations included:
·      Schwartz, “Myostatin gene mutations C313Y and Q204X and how they affect beef quality in crossbred heifers.”
·      Germolus, “Advocating agriculture through the BBQ Boot Camp model.” This poster also was presented in the Master’s Division competition.
·      Nate Hayes, “The effects of inclusion of various components of field peas in the finishing diets of Piedmontese x Angus heifers on growth and carcass characteristics.”
·      Erin Harris, “Pork quality and carcass composition of market hogs farrowed from gilts provided exercise during gestation.”
·      Richelle Miller, “Effects of pea chips on pig performance, carcass quality and composition, and palatability of pork.”

Doctoral students and their presentations included:
·      Sun, “Predicting beef tenderness using image texture features.”
·      Lepper, “Effectiveness of oxygen barrier oven bags in low temperature cooking on reduction of warmed over flavor in beef roasts.”
·     Magolski, “Differences in Minolta color score and beef tenderness associated with feedlot stress and slaughter method.” Magolski’s poster also was selected for oral presentation in the afternoon reciprocation session and was presented in the doctoral research poster competition.

Carlin, assistant professor, served as moderator for the session, “Residual feed intake: sustainability and meat quality.” Germolus, research specialist, was moderator for “High pressure processing: Food safety’s next big squeeze.”

The American Meat Science Association academic quiz bowl competition included 31 teams from 26 universities. The NDSU team, comprised of Kelsey Phelps, Quynn Larson, and Eric Kleman, advanced through seven rounds of play to the championship against the Texas A&M team. NDSU earned Reserve Champion honors after a final round that included several lead changes. The team was coached by graduate student Richelle Miller.

NDSU and the animal sciences department will host the 65th Reciprocal Meat Conference on June 17-20, 2012.

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