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Phone: (208) 885-6345

Mailing Address:
Animal & Veterinary Science
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2330
Moscow, ID 83844-2330

Ron Richard

Ronald Richard, M.S.

Office: West 6th St. Moscow, ID
Phone: (208) 885-6727
Email: rrichard@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Vandal Brand Meats
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 2330
Moscow, ID 83844-2330

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Vandal Brand Meats Manager & Instructor

With UI Since 1987

  • Biography
    Ron is the Manager of UI Meat Laboratory; "Vandal Brand Meats".  Vandal Brand Meats is a full service butcher shop. Locally grown, beef lamb and pork products are for resale at their 6th Street Location.  Excellent Vandal Dogs, Sausage, Beef Sticks and of course you can stock up for the winter by purchasing a quarter or half beef.  The students employees have a detailed understanding of meats, food safety and the meat industry and have job experience to add to their resume!  Each year Ron's employees create an original recipe and produce a meat product to take to competition at the Northwest Meat Processors meetings.  The 2012 group won first place in the college division for their original recipe, "Shakin, Bakin Sausage"!  The UI Meat Lab is an essential element for "hands on learning" as co-instructor in AVS 263, Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation and AVS 363, Animal Production for Human Consumption.
  • Selected Publications

    Growth, carcass traits and meat color stability in steers finished on a potato-based vs. a corn-based ration. Thornton, K.J., M. Colle, J.A. Macumber, M.E. Doumit, R. Richard, C.W. Hunt, and G.K. Murdock, ASAS Proceedings, Indianapolis 2013

    Consequences of Extended Aging on Retail Shelf-Life of Four Beef Muscles. M.J. Colle, A.R. Gray, R.N. Day, W.I. Loucks, H.A. Sutton, J.A. Nasados, A.S. Cochran, R.P. Richard and M.E. Doumit. American Meat Science Assoc., Reciprocal Meats Conference, Auburn, 2013

    Consumer acceptability of beef bottom round steaks treated with calcium chloride and bromelain.  J Colle, J. A. Nasados, L. C. Davis, R. N. Day, A. R. Gray, C. M. Welch, N. F. Elliott, A. S. Henderson, W. I. Loucks, H. M. Mitchell, R. P. Richard, M. E. Doumit.  2012, Proc. Reciprocal Meat Conf. 65.
  • Outreach Projects
    • Coordinator of Ag Days Judging Contest and the FFA State Judging Contest
    • Lamb 300
    • Beef 300
    • Northwest Meat Processors, Board of Directors
  • Awards and Honors
    March 2012: Senior Cured Meats Judge, Northwest Meat Processors Association.

    April 2012: Senior Cured Meats Judge, Montana Meat Processors Association.

    July 2012: Selected by former President Nellis for one of 100 outstanding faculty awards and subsequent salary enhancement.

    University of Idaho, College of Ag & Life Sciences recognized as the Outstanding General College Management and Support Staff for 2010-2011.

    Honorary Life Member, Northwest Meat Processors Association