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Dr. Kirk W. Braden

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Department of Agriculture

Associate Professor/Research Scientist
  • Ph.D. (2006) Animal Science, Auburn University
  • M.S. (2003) Animal Science, Texas Tech University
  • B.S. (2001) Animal Science, Texas Tech University

Livestock and meat selection, live animal-carcass evaluation, meats. 

Courses Taught

ASCI 2241 Live Animal-Carcass Evaluation
ASCI 3241 Livestock and Meat Selection
ASCI 4242 Advanced Livestock, Meat and Wool Selection
FSCI 4446 Meats
FSCI 4447 Processed Meats
FSCI 5446 Meats
ASCI 6346 Advanced Meats
ASCI 6321 Research Methods

  • Development of alternative beef finishing systems for production of products for identified niche consumer markets
  • Pre-harvest intervention strategies for reduction of pathogens prior and during harvest
  • New protein product development: sensory, quality, food safety, shelf-life and marketability
  • Consumer research, education and outreach programs for lamb and goat products
  • Factors affecting retail shelf life and methods of increasing color/quality stability

Journal Articles

Braden, K.W., J.R. Blanton Jr., J.L. Montgomery, E. van Santen, V.G. Allen, and M.F. Miller. 2007. Tasco supplementation: Effects on carcass characteristics, sensory attributes, and retail display shelf-life. J. Anim. Sci. 85:754-768

Kerth C. R., K. W. Braden, R. Cox, L. K. Kerth and D. R. Rankins, Jr. 2007. Carcass, sensory, subcutaneous fat color, and consumer acceptance characteristics of Angus-cross steers finished on ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) forage or on a high-concentrate diet. Meat Sci. 75:324-331

Cox R.B., C.R. Kerth, J.G. Gentry, J.W. Prevatt, K.W. Braden and W.R. Jones. 2006. Determining acceptance of domestic forage- or grain-finished beef by consumers from three southeastern USA states. J. Food Sci. Accepted.

Montgomery, J. L., W. M. Harper, Jr., M. F. Miller, K. J. Morrow, Jr., K. W. Braden, and J. R. Blanton, Jr. 2006. Optimization of culture conditions for determining protein degradation in myoblasts using extracts of adult bovine muscle treated with muscle enhancing compounds. The Professional Animal Scientist. (Awaiting Citation)

Montgomery, J. L., W. M. Harper, Jr., M. F. Miller, K. J. Morrow, Jr., K. W. Braden, and J. R. Blanton, Jr. 2006. Optimization of culture conditions for determining protein synthesis in myoblasts using extracts of adult bovine muscle treated with muscle enhancing compounds. The Professional Animal Scientist. Vol. 22 No. 4

Braden, K.W., J.R. Blanton Jr., V.G. Allen, K.R. Pond, and M.F. Miller. 2004. Ascophyllum nodosum supplementation: A Preharvest Intervention for reducing Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella spp. J. Food Prot. 67:9 1824-1828.

Professional Meeting Presentations and Abstracts

Braden , K.W., C. Kerth, K. Willian, S. Roberts and J. Gentry. 2006. Finishing steers on winter annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) with varied levels of supplementation: Effects on fatty acid profile, shelf life and lipid stability. In: Proc. 59 th Recip. Meats Conf., Champagne-Urbana, Illinois.

Braden, K., K. Willian, S. Roberts, J. Gentry and C. Kerth. 2006. Finishing steers on winter annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) with varied levels of supplementation: Effects on fatty acid profile, shelf life and lipid stability. In: Proc Am. Soc. Anim. Sci. South. Sec. Vol. 84(Suppl. 2)

Roberts, S, C. Kerth, K. Braden, D. Rankins, L Kriese-Anderson and J. Prevatt. 2006. Forage quality, animal performance, and carcass traits of steers finished on winter annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) pasture with varying levels of corn supplementation. In: Proc. Am. Soc. Anim. Sci. South. Sec. Vol. 84(Suppl. 2)

Kerth, C.R., K.W. Braden, R.B. Cox and J.G. Alexander. 2004. Consumer Acceptance of Beef from Steers Finished on Ryegrass Forage or a High-Concentrate Diet. J. Anim Sci. Volume 82. Supplement 1

Braden, K.W., J.R. Blanton, JR., V. G. Allen, K.R. Pond and M.F. Miller. 2002. Effects of Tasco-14 Supplementation at 2% in a Commercial Grain Based Diet on Carcass Characteristics, Retail Display Shelf Life and Prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella spp. in Feedlot Steers. In: Proc. 55 th Recip. Meats Conf., East Lansing, Michigan. p.126

Montgomery, J.L., W.M. Harper Jr., K.W. Braden, K.J. Morrow, M.F. Miller and J.R. Blanton Jr. 2002. Modifications of a technique to measure bovine muscle protein degradation using an in-vitro cell culture system. J. Anim. Sci. Vol.80 Supplement 2. Proceedings Southern Section. Abs. No. 50

Final Reports

Braden , K.W. and C.R. Kerth. 2005. Evaluating the efficacy of Tasco-14® supplementation on carcass and performance characteristics of cattle finished on winter annual forages as a sustainable alternative finishing system in the Southeast. Final Report. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Southern Region

Braden, K.W., J.R. Blanton, JR., V.G. Allen, K.R. Pond and M.F. Miller. 2002. Effects of Tasco-14 Supplementation at 2% in a Commercial Grain Based Diet on Carcass Characteristics, Retail Display, Shelf Life and Prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella spp. in Feedlot Steers. Final Report. National Cattlemans Beef Association and Texas Beef Council

Other Activities

  • Advisor/Director ASU Food Safety and Product Development Laboratory
  • Advisor/Coach ASU Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team
  • Faculty Advisor - Meat and Food Science Association
  • Advisor/Coach - Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team
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