University of Florida Meat Judging Team Competes in AMSA Cargill High Plains Collegiate Meat Judging Contest
Beef isn't just for dinner anymore and pork isn't just the other white meat. They along with lamb are the focus of meat judging contests across the country for youth and collegiate students alike in carcass and cut form. The University of Florida Meat Judging Team recently traveled to the American Meat Science Association's annual Cargill High Plains Meat Judging Contest in Friona, Texas from November 1st-2nd 2015.
Team members included Heather Hamblen, Victoria Kidder, Nathan Odom, and Lindsey Smith. The team placed 9th in Lamb Judging, 7th in Pork Judging, 8th in Specifications, 10th in Reasons, and 11th Place Overall. Kidder also placed 5th in Reasons individually. The team also competed in the AMSA Eastern National Meat Judging Contest in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania in October and placed 10th in Beef Grading, 10th in Overall Beef, 8th in Specifications, and 11th Overall.
Congratulations and good luck next season beginning in January 2016! Meat judging is a skills event that tests the ability of individuals to judge and grade retail and wholesale cuts and carcasses of beef, pork, and lamb for quality, freshness, and composition. Competitors are also often required to defend their placings in writing and orally as well. Full results are available on Judging Card online at https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=5013.
(Photo from UF Meat Science UF Animal Sciences Department)