On October 18th, the American Meat Science Association in conjunction with the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City held the National 4-H Meat Judging Contest. The Florida 4-H Youth Development Program was represented by the Marion County (FL) 4-H team who were your 2016 reserve state champions, replacing Suwannee County 4-H as your state champions at the national contest.
Team members included Tim Caswell, Patrick Sharp, Derek Sharp, and Trenell Griffin. The team placed 6th in Beef Judging, 6th in Pork Judging, 8th in Retail Judging, 9th in Retail ID, 5th in Overall Placings, 8th in Reasons, and 9th Place Overall. Individually, Derek Sharp placed 8th in Pork Judging and 3rd in Retail Judging, and Patrick Sharp placed 5th in Overall Placings. The highest scoring individual on the team was Tim Caswell, placing 16th Overall individually with 52 individuals and 14 teams competing.
Congratulations to this outstanding team on their accomplishments and all they continue to accomplish as youth within agriculture. Meat 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 for youth and defense of placings via written reasons. For full results, visit www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=7449.
(Photo from Marion County (FL) 4-H Facebook Page)