State Meats Judging Contest
February 15, 2020
University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
The meat industry is an important component in Missouri agriculture. The Meat Identification and Judging Contest has been developed to encourage 4-H members to develop skills and abilities needed to enter and advance in careers in the meat industry. These activities are designed to encourage the development of broader analytical skills, critical thinking, the use and understanding of appropriate meat terminology, and the evaluation of meat animal products to optimize economic returns not only to them as producers, but to them as consumers as well.
This contest is open to all 4-Hers. Youth will register in 4HOnline from Dec 15 to February 1.
There will be two tracks. The contest track will operate as in years-before with that contest spelled out below.
The second track will be educational only, and is intended primarily for younger participants. There will be no scores recorded from this group—with the emphasis on learning how a meats contest is conducted, how to mark the special Meats I.D. cards, and what to look for in the various segments of the Meats I.D. event. Since no scores will be recorded, there will be no prizes awarded and individuals taking part in this track. This will be an excellent learning opportunity! Start time and end time is the same for both tracks.
The schedule to start the day is as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Registration for the Meats Contest (Eckles Hall)
9:00 a.m. – Contest begins
It is essential you arrive and register on time for you contest!
Bring your own pencils and note pad/clipboard for use in the contests.
Lunch will be provided.
- To provide county/regional 4-H members an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned in 4-H projects through statewide educational events.
- To provide 4-H members an opportunity to practice skills in communication, decision-making, and human interaction in a competitive setting.
- To qualify individuals or teams as official delegates representing Missouri at regional and/or national events.
Counties are not limited on the number of team(s) or individual(s) entries. Enrollment in an animal science or meat science project is not required. Classes will include both wholesale and retail cuts, including one or more sets of reasons. Identification includes thirty (30) cuts of beef, pork and lamb. To determine the high state senior team, the total score of the three high senior individuals on each team will be the official score. When four members judge, the low scoring member of the state team becomes the alternate member of the state team, but judges with equal rights in the national contest.
Individuals who are on the first place senior division team in a state 4-H contest are not eligible to compete in the same contest again.
- Senior Teams – Members must be 14 years of age and not have passed their 19th birthday before Jan. 1.
- Junior Teams – Members must be 8 years of age and not have passed their 14th birthday before Jan. 1.
Classes and scoring
3 classes: Retail cuts 150 points 1 class: Carcasses (Beef, pork, or lamb) 50 points 2 class: Wholesale cuts 100 points 2 classes: Oral reasons 100 points (from any two of the above reasons) 30 retail cuts for identification 300 points TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE 700 points
The three classes of retail cuts will come from those usually found in meat markets. The criteria for judging will be the same as for carcasses and wholesale cuts (i.e., trimness, quality and muscling).
Beef retail cut placing/reason classes shall be selected from among the following:
- Beef Chuck, Arm Roast
- Beef Rib, Rib Steak, Lip-on
- Beef Rib, Ribeye Steak
- Beef Loin, T-Bone/Porterhouse Steak
- Beef Loin, Top Loin Steak, Boneless
- Beef Loin, Top Sirloin Steak, Boneless
- Beef Round, Round Steak (Bone-In or Boneless)
Pork retail cut placing/reason classes shall be selected from among the following:
- Pork Shoulder, Blade Boston Roast
- Pork Shoulder, Blade Steak
- Pork Loin, Blade Chop
- Pork Loin, Blade Roast
- Pork Loin, Rib Chop
- Pork Loin, Loin Chop
- Pork Ham, Smoked Center Slice
Wholesale/Primal-Subprimal Judging Class list.
Different numbered options are listed because of regional or market availability preferences.
*Preferred choices, if available.
- Beef Ribs (103/107*/109/112A)
- Beef Rounds (158*/160)
- Beef Short Loins, Short-Cut (174*)
- Beef Strip Loins, Bnls (180)
- Pork Fresh Hams (401*/401A)
- Pork Shoulder Boston Butts, Bone-In (406)
- Pork Loins (410/411/412*)