AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Meat Lab hosted six teams competing in the state 4-H meat judging contest Aug. 26. Participants identified 30 retail cuts and evaluated carcasses, wholesale and retail cuts. Senior contestants defended their placings on three of the classes and junior contestants answered questions about three of the placing classes. The contest was officiated by meat judging coach Sherry Olsen, Iowa State meat science lecturer, and the 2017 ISU meat judging team.
“Meat judging is a practical contest, teaching youth how to identify meat and choose the best cut based on quality, trimness and muscling,” said Amy Powell, animal science STEM specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “It also teaches decision making, critical thinking and public speaking skills.”
Junior Division Winners
- High Individual in Placings – Will Hoopes, Louisa County
- High Individual in Questions – Leo Sells, O’Brien County
- High Individual in Retail ID and Overall – Grant Wagner, O’Brien County
- First place team – O’Brien County (Grant Wagner, Dain Moermond and Dante Johnson)
Senior Division Winners
- High Individual in Placings – Dawson Weathers, O’Brien County
- High Individual in Reasons, Retail ID and Overall – Emily Mars, O’Brien County
- First place team – O’Brien County (Emily Mars, Dawson Weathers, Paige Ginger and Erin Wagner)
The first place senior team will represent Iowa at the National 4-H Contest held during the American Royal in Kansas City in October. The ISU Meat Lab and Dr. Joe Cordray, professor of animal science at Iowa State, sponsored the contest.
Junior high individuals – Will Hoopes, Grant Wagner, Leo Sells
First place junior team – O’Brien County, Coach Eric Kum, Grant Wagner, Dain Moermond, Dante Johnson
Senior high individuals – Dawson Weathers, Emily Mars
First place senior team – O’Brien County, Dawson Weathers, Paige Ginger, Erin Wagner, Emily Mars, Colton Meyer and Eric Kumm, coach