The Texas A&M Meat Judging Team consists of intelligent, dedicated, and talented sophomore and junior students interested in competition, learning about the meat industry, and equipping themselves with life skills and experiences that will benefit them beyond graduation. In the fall semester students interested in participating on the team will enroll in ANSC 317 Meat Selection, Evaluation, and Grading. ANSC 317 is designed to teach and prepare students for upcoming contests through hands-on training. The subsequent spring and fall semesters the students will compete in eight competitions across the United States.
Meat Judging teams will compete in the following areas: Quality and Yield, 5 Reasons Classes (Beef carcass, Beef Cuts, Pork Carcass, Pork Cuts, and Lamb Carcass classes), Specifications, and 5 Placing Classes (Value Based Pricing, Beef Cuts, Pork Carcass, Pork Cuts, and Lamb Carcass classes).
National Champion Teams and Coaches
- 1958: L.D. Wythe and G.T. King
- 1966: G.C. Smith and Z.L. Carpenter
- 1970: H.Russell Cross
- 1971: Roger West and Brad Berry
- 1973: Gordon Davis
- 1979: Glen Dolezal
- 1980: Greg Gossett
- 1983: Davey Griffin
- 1987: Curt Terry
- 1988: Kirk Jones
- 1993: Andrew Martin
- 1998: Jennifer Wyle
- 2000: Dave McKenna
- 2001: Ryan Person
- 2004: Kristin Nicholson
- 2006: Eric Metteauer
- 2022: Kaylee Greiner
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- Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo-Houston, TX
- National Western Stock Show-Greely, CO
- South Plains-Hereford, TX
- Southwestern-Fort Worth, TX
- American Royal-Omaha, NE
- Cargill High Plains-Friona, TX
- Eastern National-Wyalusing, PA
- International-Dakota City, NE
Events for Team Members
- Texas 4-H District Meat Judging Contests
- Texas 4-H Roundup Meat Judging Contest
- Texas FFA Area Meat Judging Contests
- Texas FFA State Meat Judging Contest
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The competitive teams program at Texas A&M University is rich in tradition, attracting students from across the nation. The program can be traced to the early 1900s with the first Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Team, and has achieved more than 30 national championships.