The Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award

Darrell Dowd


Darrell Dowd is the winner of this year’s Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award. He attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he received his B.S. (1983). Dowd resides in Brighton, Colo. Dowd began working as ranch hand at two ranches in the Oklahoma Panhandle and Texas Panhandle before moving to Amarillo and going to work as a house grader for Iowa Beef Packers (now Tyson).

Throughout his career, Dowd has been dedicated to the meat industry. His outstanding dedication to both youth and intercollegiate meat judging programs as a representative of the USDA, but also through AMSA’s Meat Judging Program make him a great candidate for this recognition.

Dowd played football in college and was on the 1981 Live Animal Evaluation Team at Panhandle State University. Through the years of association with the beef industry and working for the USDA’s Grading Service, where he now works in the Standards and Specifications Division as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist. His career began as a grader in Pennsylvania at Moyer Packing before moving to Dallas at Supreme Beef. He then accepted a Supervisors position in Chicago before moving to the Cincinnati area where he supervised the entire Ohio Valley for five years before moving to the Denver, Colo., area as an Assistant National Supervisor, where he still lives.

His professional leadership and passion for this program, the success demonstrated by the individuals and teams is quite remarkable. However, the most important part of Dowd’s contribution has been to help students and coaches grow as young professionals. The love and respect that Dowd has received from current and former students stands as a testament for his work and dedication to the meat judging program.

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