University of Florida Meat Judging Team Competes in AMSA International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest
On November 13th, the American Meat Science Association held its annual International Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Neb. Florida was represented by the UF Animal Sciences Department and UF Meat Science with a B division team and two teams in the alternate division.
Team members in the B division included Kelley Rendon, Taylor Langford, Nicole Patten and Marlee Kelley. As a team, they placed 5th in Beef Judging, 8th in Overall Beef, 7th in Pork Judging, 6th in Lamb Judging, 5th in Specifications, 2nd in Total Placings, 8th in Reasons and 9th Overall. Individually, Rendon placed 4th in Beef Judging, 7th in Overall Beef, 11th in Specifications, 3rd in Total Placings and 9th Overall, Langford placed 7th in Lamb Judging and 7th in Total Placings and Patten placed 8th in Specifications with 15 teams and 59 individuals competing.
In the alternate contest, team members included Michael Gary, Sarah Chambers, Jerri Rowell and Haley Webb on one team and Katherin Vogel, Kaicie Chasteen and Heather Swain on another which placed 3rd and 7th Overall respectively. As a team, Gary, Chambers, Rowell and Webb won the alternate contest subdivisions of Beef Judging, Lamb Judging and Total Placings. Individually, Gary placed 2nd in Lamb Judging, 4th in Total Placings and 8th Overall, Vogel placed 3rd in Lamb Judging, 9th in Overall Beef, 2nd in Total Placings and 11th Overall, Swain placed 1st in Lamb Judging, 9th in Beef Judging and 5th in Total Placings, Webb placed 6th in Lamb Judging and Rowell placed 7th in Overall Placings.
Meat Judging is an event designed to test the evaluation 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 on the collegiate level. For more information and full results, visit https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=7275.