Meat Judging finishes fourth at HLSR

HOUSTON — The Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team won fourth place at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest on March 3.

Texas Tech University, Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University came out ahead of Texas A&M. Texas Tech also finished in fifth.

Texas A&M’s Kevin Doonan won fourth high individual while Lexus Weinheimer finished 11th high individual.

Earlier this spring, the Aggie Meat Judging Team competed at the Iowa State University Invitational on Feb. 25 and brought home third place.

Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University finished first and second, while the University of Wyoming and South Dakota State University rounded out the top five.

Aggie Morgan Merdian won seventh place high individual.

“We had a good run this spring. We never gave up and continued to strive to be better evaluators. I am extremely proud of the work ethic and dedication that this group has, as well as the possibilities for the fall,” said Meagan Igo, coach. “In the fall, we will have four more contests with the AMSA International contest being held on November 18. We have a bright future ahead and the talent to be successful throughout the fall.”

Team members are Erica Holcomb, San Antonio; Whitley James, George West; Hope Voegele, Waco; Lance Wheeler, Dallas; Lauren Thompson, Grandview; Preston Gates, Sealy; Morgan Merdian, Anderson; Ty Klepac, George West; Trey Brooks, Llano; Kevin Doonan, Caldwell; Arquimides Reyes, Austin; and Lexus Weinheimer, Fredericksburg.

The team is coordinated by Dr. Davey Griffin and coached by Igo and Melanie Moore.


For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at or (979) 845-1542.

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