Meat Judging

Meat Judging Contest, Saturday August 24, 2019

Event Summary

Judging Teams help youth to develop life skills in the areas of decision making, critical thinking, oral reasoning, self-confidence and problem solving. Youth evaluate a class of four items and then answer questions or orally defend their placings. Meat Judging trains youth to distinguish differences in the values of various meat cuts. Youth learn how to evaluate and identify retail cuts as well as wholesale cuts and carcasses. The 4-H meat judging program allows youth to learn about the different cuts of meat along with the trimness and quality factors that affect the safety and taste of the meat products we consume.

County Resources


Meats Judging Contest Registration - Entry deadline is August 1

Youth Should Bring

  • Pencil
  • Clipboard
  • Appropriate dress, including long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a sweatshirt or jacket for the coolers.


A county may enter as many teams as they wish in the 4-H Contest.  Individuals are also welcome to compete for the individual awards. 

  • Junior 4th-8th grade as of January 1, 2019
  • Senior 9th-12th grade as of January 1, 2019

Contest Schedule

  • 9:00-9:45   Registration, Kildee Hall Atrium
  • 9:50-1:15   Contest, Meat Lab
  • 2:00           Awards


Meat Judging Educational Resources

2017 Placing Classes PowerPoint Presentation

2017 Retail Cuts PowerPoint Presentation