Hormel Foods National Barrow Show Meat Judging Contest

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID19 - The 2020 National Barrow Show Meat Judging Contest has been cancelled

National Barrow Show
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Hormel Foods R&D, Austin, MN

Hormel Foods is excited to once again host the National Barrow Show Meat Judging Contest! This year's contest will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 8:00am at Hormel Foods' R&D Facility in Austin, MN.  Austin Plant tours will be available on Friday at 9:00am for the full plant (Hormel further processed side + QPP) and 1:00pm for only the Hormel portion.  Please let Rachel Adams know by August 24 if you will plan to take a tour.  The contest will consist of two divisions: Graduate and Undergraduate. The contest will include both fresh and processed pork classes, questions, keep/cull, and processed meat defects. Awards will be presented at 8:00 am on Sunday, September 8 in the Crane Pavilion on the Mower County Fair Grounds prior to the start of the National Barrow Show Junior Show.


Contest Guidelines

  • All pork contest consisting of both fresh and processed products 
  • Judging based on visual inspection only
  • Questions will be answered on 5 classes after all rotations are completed with notes
  • 5 placing only classes
  • 10 processed meat defects with cheat sheet provided
  • Keep Cull class with scenario
  • Each school may bring one team per division
  • Undergraduate division will be limited to students who have not previously completed a fall judging season.  If students have judged during a previous year they may compete in the graduate division.
  • Undergraduate Division 
    • Top 4 individual scores will make up the team score
  • Graduate Division
    • Top 3 individual scores will make up the team score

Lodging Information 

             Days Inn - 700 16th Ave, Austin, MN   507-433-8600


              Holiday Inn of Austin - 1701 4th St NW, Austin, MN  (507) 433 - 1000
              Rate: $122.99/+ tax; Cut off Date: August 7th
              Call the hotel for reservations; Group Name - American Meat Science Association

Registration Information

The registration process will only allow you to pay with a credit card. Please click on the link above and select "register" for the 2019 Hormel National Barrow Show Judging Contest. You might be asked to login to your AMSA account.  If you need help with your username or password please email 

Rachel Adams

  • You will be asked to list your students names and email addresses.
  • After selecting the graduate or undergraduate division (or both) proceed to check out. After selecting your address you will be asked to pay with a credit card.
  • After confirming payment you will receive a confirmation email, this email is your receipt. If you need a different invoice please send an email to information@meatscience.org
  • If you need to be invoiced, please call Rachel Adams 1-800-517-AMSA ext. 14



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