Steven Shackelford

Steven Shackelford

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announces that Steven Shackelford has been named an AMSA Fellow and is a recipient of the 2017 AMSA Signal Service Award. The AMSA Signal Service Award was established in 1956 and is given to members in recognition of devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry and to the association. The Signal Service Award is sponsored by Cargill, Elanco Animal Health and Johnsonville Sausage Company, LLC. Steven Shackelford will be honored at an Awards banquet during the AMSA 70th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in College Station, Texas.

Dr. Steven Shackelford is a well-known expert in all things related to meat science, having authored over 150 journal articles and numerous abstracts, presentations, and book chapters. His most important contributions to meat science include confirming the viability of instrument grading for beef carcasses and boneless pork loins, factors that affect beef tenderness, and relationships between shear force procedures and consumer acceptance of fresh meat. He has also been involved in numerous meat safety research projects, which are widely used in validating HACCP systems. 

The Georgia native earned degrees from University of Georgia and Texas A&M University in the areas of meat and animal science. He has been heavily involved in AMSA, serving on numerous committees and presenting several papers and talks at RMC. Previously, Dr. Shackelford has been awarded the AMSA Achievement Award and the AMSA Distinguished Research Award. 

As one of the preeminent meat researchers in the world, Dr. Steven Shackelford’s contributions to the meat science industry make him an outstanding recipient of the AMSA Signal Service Award.

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