On October 16th, the American Meat Science Association with the support of Elanco and the American Royal Association held the annual American Royal Collegiate Meat Judging Contest in Kansas City, Mo. Florida was represented by the UF Animal Sciences Department and UF Meat Science with a B division team, an alternate team, and an individual.
Regular division team members included Nicole Patten, Kelley Rendon, Marlee Kelley, and Taylor Langford. The team placed 1st Overall in Total Placings, 7th in Beef Grading, 8th in Beef Judging, 7th in Overall Beef, 6th in Pork Judging, and 6th Overall. Individually, Patten placed 6th in Beef Grading and 9th in Overall Beef, Rendon placed 4th in Overall Placings, and Kelley placed 5th in Overall Placings. The highest scoring individual of the team was Nicole Patten, placing 14th Overall individually, with 61 individuals and 16 teams competing. In the alternate contest, team members included Michael Gary, Haley Webb, Jerri Rowell, and Kacie Chasteen, and Heather Swain competed as an individual.
Meat Judging is an event designed to test evaluation and selection skills of beef, pork, and lamb wholesale cuts and carcasses, along with beef grading, defect identification through specifications, and defense of placings via written reasons. For more information and full results, visit https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=7273.