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Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

Dr. Tanner Machado


Associate Professor, Meat Science and Meat Processing

Dr. Machado joined TAMUK in January 2010, and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor.  He grew up in Choteau, MT on a custom beef feedlot where his family lived and worked.  Tanner received his B.S. and M.S. at Colorado State University and his Ph.D. at South Dakota State University.  He currently teaches animal and meat science courses, and conducts meat science research while being the TAMUK Meat Judging Coach, meat lab manager, and the Pre-Vet Club advisor.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.S. in Animal Science with a science concentration and a minor in Ag Business, Colorado State University-2002

M.S. in Animal Science in the field of meat science, Colorado State University-2005

Ph.D in Animal and Rangeland Sciences in the field of meat science, South Dakota State University-2009

Research Interests

Dr. Machado’s research interests are diverse ranging from how livestock management influences fresh meat quality and palatability to processed meats to wild game meat research.  The majority of the research is applied research that would benefit livestock producers and meat processors.  Examples include research on livestock nutrition influencing the eating experience for both beef and lamb, genetic selection of cattle on meat quality, extending the shelf-life of fresh pork sausages, and factors that influence the eating experience of venison and nilgai.  Dr. Machado also is active with undergraduate research.

Outreach and Community Service

Dr. Machado’s professional outreach includes working with local and regional beef producers, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents and Specialists as well as the Texas Beef Council.   He understands the importance of community and thus is active with the county livestock fair and his local parish.

Teaching Appointments

Meat Preparation and Evaluation-Undergraduate Level

Processed Meats-Undergraduate Level