West Texas (WT) A&M announced two major gifts totaling $5 million for the university’s meat science program.
When the Western Livestock Journal was founded in 1922, it was a time of transition for the beef industry and all of agriculture. The country was in a period of relative prosperity and peace, but agriculture was lagging behind due to overproduction of agriculture commodities after World War I.
The donations by Dr. Gordon W. Davis, a Lubbock businessman and former educator, and Caviness Beef Packers will fund chairs at the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Dr. Loni Lucherk will be the Gordon W. Davis Chair in Meat Judging, and Dr. Ty Lawrence will be the Caviness Davis Distinguished Chair in Meat Science.
Incorporating Brahman genetics into beef cattle herds amid changing environmental temperatures in the southwest has one Texas A&M AgriLife team researching the physiological differences in cattle breeds and temperament to enhance beef quality from these heat-tolerant cattle.
“The meat science program at WT is blessed with outstanding faculty and students, strong industry support and world-class facilities,” said Dr. Kevin Pond, dean of the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. “Recognizing two faculty members with endowed chairs helps ensure continued excellence and a steady supply of well-trained graduates to meet the needs of the meat industry.”
In a recent issue of the Journal of Animal Science, the scientists at the University of Nebraska and U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) published their findings on the mature weight differences of the 16 breeds in the current USMARC Germplasm Evaluation Program.
According to WT, the funds for endowed chairs “allow WT to reward scholarly excellence and encourage research while enhancing program growth and development, key goals of the university’s long-range plan.”