Animal & Food Sciences
Welcome to the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University. Our department is committed to providing each student a quality educational experience in a personalized environment. We're very proud of the accomplishments of our students and alumni and trust that you will consider making our department your home.
Research at Burnett Center
Livestock Judging Camps
June 6-8 & 20-22
Texas Tech Lamb Clinic
July 19 (application due July 1)
4-H Livestock Ambassador Program
July 22-24 (application due June 21)
Youth Beef 706 Program
July 29-30 (more information; Application now available!)
The Molecular Methods in Food Microbiology Conference
Sept. 30-Oct. 4 (more information)
In the News
Rodeo Team Members Ready for National Finals
The university’s women’s rodeo team is on its way to compete in the 65th annual College National Finals Rodeo June 9-15 in Casper, Wyo. The team made school history last summer, winning its first national championship at the College National Finals Rodeo.
Microwave Technology Leading to Advances in Global Food Safety and Security
While results of new food purifying technology designed by Texas Tech University may be “instant,” the “instant” success being seen by its spin-off company using microwave technology to purify food and water has actually been in the works for almost a decade.
Women's rodeo team looks to defend their 2012 national championship
By turning in a strong showing at the Tarleton State University Stampede Rodeo last month Stephenville, the Texas Tech University women’s rodeo team qualified to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo in June in Casper, Wyo.
AFS grad student Elizabeth Domby selected for NACTA Teaching Award
Texas Tech graduate student Elizabeth Domby has been selected to receive a ‘Graduate Student Teaching Award’ from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
Beef industry sharply reduces E. coli; More progress needed with salmonella
Food safety experts report that the nation’s beef industry has done a remarkable job of dealing with carcass contamination involving E. coli. Incidences of E. coli O157 positives in ground beef sampling have dropped by more than 90 percent in the last decade.
'Chew on This' tour stops at AFS arena
In an effort to raise awareness of world hunger and other food issues, a nation-wide tour made a stop in Lubbock on Friday (Apr. 26) at the Texas Tech Livestock Arena parking lot.
AFS Spring Awards Banquet highlights academic, extracurricular performance
Outstanding student academic and extracurricular performance was in the spotlight on Saturday (Apr. 13) during Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences Spring Awards Banquet at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.
Equine excellence; NAADA 'Volunteer Service Award' goes to Terry Crofoot
Longtime supporter of Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Terry Crofoot of Lubbock, has been named the recipient of a ‘Volunteer Service Award’ from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association.
Ranch Horse Team rides their way to fourth national title (FOX34 NEWS)
Texas Tech walked away with the gold, while Texas A&M and Sul Ross University came in second and third, respectively.
AFS research posters take stage at Plains Nutrition Council Spring Conference
Two graduate students with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences ranked in the top five of research poster competitors at the Plains Nutrition Council’s Spring Conference last week in San Antonio.
Corey Waggoner saddles up new horse as Texas Tech's 52nd Masked Rider
A junior animal science major from Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources took the reins as one of the most recognizable college mascots in the country
Tech's Meat Animal Evaluation Team captures hometown victory in Lubbock
This year, Texas Tech won the breeding animal, sheep evaluation, beef evaluation, market animal and meats divisions. The team posted a total score of 8,750 points, outdistancing the second place team by 106 points.
CASNR standouts selected for Dean's Scholars Awards
Top academic standouts from Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources were recognized April 5 at the university’s International Cultural Center.
Rodeo Update: Tech rodeo teams place second at Western Texas College contest
Texas Tech’s rodeo teams roped and rode to second place honors at the Western Texas College in Snyder, highlighted by strong individual performances in barrel racing, bull riding and calf roping.
Food Safety Focus; AFS's Loneragan named to national USDA committee
A professor of food safety and public health with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been appointed to a national committee that will provide recommendations on microbial criteria of food.
Texas Tech Sweeps Houston Livestock Show's Three Judging Categories
Livestock and Wool teams join Meat team to sweep all three judging events for the second time.
Department Adds Expert in Feedlot Beef Cattle Nutrition, Metabolism
Jhones Sarturi, an expert in feedlot beef cattle nutrition and metabolism, has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences
Meat Judging Team Wins at Houston (FOX34 News)
The Red Raiders took two teams to the intercollegiate contest, which swept the competition with both champion and reserve champion placings.
AFS 'Pork Wellington Bites' take prize at NAMA contest in Vegas
Four students from Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences cooked up a winner today (Feb. 13), taking the University Cook-off People’s Choice Award with their “Pork Wellington Bites.”
Above and Beyond: AFS's Brooks tapped for Professing Excellence Award
An outstanding instructor and veterinarian with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been selected to receive a Professing Excellence Award.
Ranch Horse Team rides to victory at Stock Horse of Texas Show
Texas Tech’s Ranch Horse Team took champion and reserve champion honors last weekend in the Stock Horse of Texas Association Show’s Collegiate Division at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.
Texas Tech Meat Judging Team Hoping for an Undefeated Spring (KMAC News)
The meat judging team has secured ten National Championships and is hoping for its eleventh this year.
CASNR Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards Take Spotlight at Alumni Center
Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources honored seven distinguished alumni on Monday (Feb. 18) at the university’s McKenzie Merket Alumni Center.
Texas Tech Equestrian Team Hosts Collegiate Horse Show (FOX34 News)
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, or IHSA, is helping college students improve their horsemanship skills across the country.
Swine Nutritionist Joins Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences
Anoosh Rakhshandeh, a research scientist who specializes in swine nutrition and health, has been named an assistant professor.
Texas Tech Judging Teams Shine at Denver's National Western
Texas Tech’s judging teams scored two first place wins and a second place showing last week at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.