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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

Upcoming Events

News and General Information

  • DR. JOHN FORREST HONORED BY AMSA WITH THE 2020 R.C. POLLOCK AWARD

    DR. JOHN FORREST HONORED BY AMSA WITH THE 2020 R.C. POLLOCK AWARD

    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.

  • DARRELL DOWD HONORED WITH THE 2020 INTERCOLLEGIATE MEAT JUDGING MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD

    The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announces Darrell Dowd as the 2020 AMSA Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award winner. The Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award was established in 1993 to recognize outstanding contributions or service to the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Program. This award is sponsored by the Food Safety Net Services and Agri-West International. Dowd 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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Featured Winners

  •   Sherri Halsted - 2019 International    

    Sherri Halsted
    High Individual 
    2019 International
    Senior Division

  • Dallie Metheney - A Division - Cargill High Plains 2019 web 

Dalley Metheney
High Individual 
2019 Cargill High Plains
A Division

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