On Tuesday, October 15, the American Royal Association hosted this year's National 4-H Meat Judging Contest in Kansas City, Mo.
This year, Florida 4-H was represented by your state champion senior team named back in the spring, Marion County 4-H, with team members Charles Phillips, Kaylee Carroll, Brianna Carroll and Natalia Evan, with coaches Hugh and Samantha Dailey.
As a team, they placed third in pork judging and reasons, fourth in beef judging and retail cut judging, fifth in retail cut identification, and as the fourth place team overall.
Individually, Phillips placed sixth in pork judging, eleventh in retail cut identification, and eleventh overall, Kaylee Carroll was fourth in reasons, seventh in retail cut judging, eighth in beef judging and eleventh in pork judging, Brianna Carroll was tenth in pork judging and eleventh in retail cut judging, and Evan placed seventh in pork judging, with 12 teams and 44 individuals competing in this year's contest.
The purpose of meat judging is to test the evaluation and decision making skills of youth over beef, pork and lamb carcasses, wholesale cuts and retail cuts, along with retail meat identification and defense of their decisions via oral reasons.
For more information and complete results, visit meatscience.org/students/meat-judging-program/national-4-h-meat-judging.
(Photo from Marion County 4-H)