Meat Judging Program

What is Meat Judging?

The Intercollegiate Meat Judging Program started in 1926 at the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. The National Live Stock and Meat Board originally sponsored the program. Contests have been held each year, with the exception of the World War II years of 1942-1945. In 1996, sponsorship of the program passed to the American Meat Science Association.

Today, AMSA, on behalf of America's livestock and meat industry, sponsors six contest: National Western, Southwestern, Eastern National, Cargill High Plains, American Royal, and the International. In addition several regional contests are held under local sponsorship with assistance from AMSA.

Meat judging programs are currently the most effective tool for the recruitment and development of future meat science technologists in existence today. Meat judging is much more than just the determination of the quality and lean meat yield of a carcass or wholesale cut; the program serves as a training tool to develop young leaders in the meat and livestock industries.  Judging is a competitive event for youth through collegiate age students and it has a deep-rooted history with the meat industry. Students equipped with a general knowledge in meat evaluation are able to be competitive in the judging arena, but more importantly will be the individuals that lead our industry into the future.

 Welcome to the World of Competitive Meat Judging - Sports Illustrated 2019

News and General Information

  • Dr. Michael Dikeman AMSA Mentor Recognition Fund

    Dr. Michael Dikeman AMSA Mentor Recognition Fund

    A mentor is defined as “an experienced and trusted advisor”; and for numerous Kansas State University students, Dr. Michael E. Dikeman served as the epitome of a mentor since first stepping foot onto campus in 1962. To honor Dr. Dikeman for his esteemed career in meat-animal science and his dedicated service to the American Meat Science Association (AMSA), an AMSA Mentor Recognition endowment has been established.

  • AMSA 72nd RMC

    AMSA 72nd RMC "Foreign Material in Pet Food" - Speakers Announced

    AMSA is pleased to announce, David Edmiston, Tim Law, and Dr. Jarrod Kersey will be the featured speakers at the AMSA 72nd Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) Symposium entitled "Foreign Material in Pet Food – What are the Risks, What is the Cost, How Can They be Prevented?

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Featured Winners

  •   Koby Valentine  

    Koby Valentine 
    High Individual 
    2018 International
    Senior Division

  • Megan Ziegenhagen 

Megan Ziegenhagen
High Individual 
2018 Cargill High Plains
A Division


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