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PORK 101 Texas A&M University 2014PORK101  

PORK 101 is a three-day, hands-on experience designed to update participants on quality and consistency issues in the pork industry. The program is hosted by AMSA in cooperation with the NationaPORKCheckoffl Pork Board and is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health.    

PORK 101 is co-sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), North American Meat Association (NAMA) and the Southwest Meat Association (SMA).

Date & Location

Tuesday, May 20 - Thursday, May 22, 2014
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Daily Schedule
Tuesday: 10:00am -6:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am - noon


Click here to register online!

Click here to download the registration brochure.

Registration for AMSA, ASAS, NAMA and SMA members is $800.

Non-member registration is $950. AMSA Student registration is $300. For ASAS, NAMA and SMA members please complete the registration form and fax the completed form to 1-888-205-5834 to receive the member discount. 

 Registration Fee

AMSA Members: $800
Non AMSA Member: $950
AMSA Student Member: $300

Registration for ASAS, NAMA and SMA members is $800. Please contact Nancy Hayes nhayes@meatscience.org or 1-800-517-2672 ext. 11 for questions regarding the registration discount.

Registration fee includes all course materials, course workbook, dinner on Tuesday and lunch  on Wednesday.

Group Registration Discount

Registration Brochure, PDF format.

Companies or organizations sending more than one person to a course are eligible for a discount. The second person is 10% off and additional people are 25% off the regular registration rate. To qualify, fill out the registration form for all attendees from your organization and fax or email to AMSA. Attendees must be attending the class at the same location to qualify for the discount. Please contact Nancy Hayes nhayes@meatscience.org or 1-800-517-2672 ext. 11 for questions regarding the group registration discount.


Four Points by Sheraton College Station
1503 South Texas Avenue
College State, TX 77840
Rate: $109/plus taxes
Room Block Cut Off Date:  May 5, 2014

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Program Description

PORK 101 is a three-day, hands-on educational opportunity to update interested participants on quality and consistency issues in the pork industry. It includes insight on value differences in swine, pork carcasses, pork primals and processed pork products due to quality variation.

Through PORK 101, you will have the chance to evaluate eight live hogs. The animals will be processed during the class with participants learning about grading, food safety and product processing. Finally, the class will make and sample processed product from the hogs including pumped loins, bacon, hams and sausage.

Anyone involved in the production, processing and marketing of pork will benefit from attending this course, including:

  • pork producers
  • veterinarians
  • researchers
  • educators
  • pork packers
  • meat processors
  • retail merchandisers
  • food service
  • exporters
  • allied industry
  • media
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • breeding companies
  • investors

Program Topics

  • Live Hog Grading and Evaluation
  • Lean Value Pricing
  • Quality Management at Slaughter
  • Slaughter Floor HACCP
  • Measuring Carcass Quality and Composition
  • Process Control Testing
  • Fresh Sausage Production
  • Pork Carcass Fabrication
  • Value Addition
  • Consistency Improvement
  • Enhanced Pork Production
  • Curing Production
  • Retail and Consumer Issues
  • Hands-On Experience
  • Hog Selection and Evaluation
  • Carcass Fabrication
  • Bacon and Ham
  • Curing Sensory Evaluation