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WTAMU receives $2 million dollar gift from Caviness Beef Packers

By Brittany Castillo

Officials at West Texas A&M University announced today a major gift of $2 million from Caviness Beef Packers along with the naming of the University’s new state-of-the-art meat lab—the Caviness Meat Science and Innovation Center, as approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The center is part of the newly built WTAMU Agricultural Sciences Complex.

This is the first major gift from Caviness but a continuation of their extensive partnership with the University.

“Caviness Beef Packers has long been a supporter of WTAMU and the Department of Agricultural Sciences,” Dr. Ty Lawrence, professor of agricultural sciences at WTAMU, said. “They have been an open door for research collaboration and opportunities to teach students about the beef processing industry. Their thoughtful generosity will ensure continued opportunities for WTAMU students for generations to come.”

Agricultural sciences programs are among the fastest growing majors at WTAMU, and the new complex will benefit teaching and research in an expanded space designed to accommodate an ever-expanding faculty and student body. Located at Russell Long Boulevard and Hospital Drive, the Agricultural Sciences Complex encompasses the Caviness Meat Science and Innovation Center, the three-story Happy State Bank Academic and Research Building as well as the Piehl-Schaeffer Pavilion and a multi-purpose event center.

At approximately $8.5 million, this generous gift puts the WTAMU Agricultural Sciences Complex closer to its $10 million goal. There are still naming opportunities available including a large courtyard area, a 60-seat classroom, a 40-seat classroom, an outdoor amphitheater classroom and five research laboratories.

“The Texas Panhandle is our home, and we are thrilled to collaborate with WTAMU, our regional university, with creating the most modern meat science center in the country,” Trevor Caviness, president of Caviness Beef Packers, said. “This fantastic facility and the meat science programs will only stabilize and enhance this region as the epicenter of beef animal production in the United States. We are proud to be a part of such a great educational initiative.”

Caviness was established in 1962, when few cattle were harvested, and grew into an 1800-head daily operation with two processing locations in Amarillo and Hereford distributing to a worldwide market. Family owned and operated for more than 50 years, Caviness is led by second- and third-generation family members and remains one of the most relationship-oriented companies in the beef industry.

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