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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 (AMSA).

Today, AMSA, on behalf of America's livestock and meat industry, sponsors six contests: 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.

Interested in meat judging? Want to learn more?  Watch the video below for a glimpse into AMSA Intercollegiate Meat Judging!

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  • AMSA and MeatsPad Forge New Podcast Partnership

    AMSA and MeatsPad Forge New Podcast Partnership

    American Meat Science Association (AMSA), the world’s largest organization of meat scientists, technology leaders, and students is announcing that it has partnered with MeatsPad, to make it the official podcast of AMSA.


    The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announces that Dr. John Forrest has been named the 2020 AMSA R.C. Pollock Award winner. The R.C. Pollock Award is presented annually in honor of the first general manager of the National Live Stock and Meat Board. This award is sponsored by the AMSA Development Council R.C. Pollock, Robert Bray, and Vern Cahill Mentor Recognition Funds. Dr. Forrest will be honored on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. (CST), during the Virtual 66th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) and the AMSA 73rd Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) awards presentation.

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