Meat Judging

Virtual Meat Judging Contest
Held Saturday, September 26, 2020

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 Spetember 14


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, 2020
  • Senior 9th-12th grade as of January 1, 2020

Contest Schedule

9:00am  Orientation
9:15-11:15am  Contest
11:15-11:45am  Work up Reasons
11:45-finish  Reasons

Contest with be conducted through a combination of Zoom and the use of E-scantron provided to each contestant online the day of the contest through Pictures will be used to exhibit all classes.

The contest will consist of seven placing classes, 25 retail ID cuts and 3 sets of reasons for senior contestants.  Junior contestants will do everything except oral reasons.Oral reasons will be conducted via Zoom following the completion of the judging and identification sections of the contest.  Each team or individual will compete at a county extension office or school with a county extension employee or agriculture teacher as the Proctor for their respective group.

A zoom link will be provided to each designated Proctor two days prior to the contest.  

2020 Results

Meat Judging Educational Resources

2017 Placing Classes PowerPoint Presentation

2017 Retail Cuts PowerPoint Presentation