On Tuesday, October 17, the American Meat Science Association hosted the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest with the American Royal Association in Kansas City, Mo. Florida was represented by your reserve state champion team for the second year in a row, replacing Orange County 4-H as your state champions, with another impressive finish this year.
Florida 4-H was represented by Marion County 4-H, and team members included Harrell Phillips, Harrison Sharp, Joe Ergle and Kaylyn Griffin.
As a team, they placed fifth in beef judging, sixth in pork judging, sixth in retail ID, seventh in placings, fifth in reasons and fifth overall. Individually, Phillips placed fifth in beef judging, sixth in pork judging, sixth in retail ID, fourth in reasons and sixth overall, with 14 teams and 53 individuals competing.
Congratulations to this outstanding team on their accomplishment, and best of luck in your future endeavors after judging on the highest level in 4-H that this contest has to offer.
Meats judging is an event designed to test evaluation and selection skills of beef, pork and lamb wholesale cuts and carcasses, along with retail meat identification and defense of placings via oral reasons. For full results, www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=8449.
(Photo from Marion County 4-H Foundation Inc. on Facebook)