e2dc1433-6fda-4455-b63d-ddbf9fcb9ebaThe 2020 National 4-H Meat Evaluation & Identification Contest will be held on October 20th as part of the American Royal Livestock Show. The contest will be hosted on October 20th by Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The awards breakfast follows on October 21st at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri.

AMSA is monitoring the COVID19 situation closely.  Currently we are committed to hosting the National Contest in person.  Please contact Rachel Adams to notify us of any travel restrictions your state is facing. 

Registration is currently closed

The registration process will only allow you to pay with a credit card. Please click on the link above and select "register" for the 2020 National 4-H Meat Evaluation Contest. Please register your team by October 1.

  • You might be asked to login to your AMSA account. If you do not have an account you will need to create one.  If you need help with your username or password please email Rachel Adams.
  • You will be asked to list the coach's name, each team member's name and date of birth. You will also need to list the number of banquet guests that will be attending in addition to the coach and team members.
  • You only need to fill out one registration per team - the $100 fee is for the entire team. 
  • 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 at 217-882-6606

General Information

American Royal National 4H Meat Judging Contest
October 20, 2020
Kansas State University Meat Laboratory, Manhattan, KS

Contest Schedule

6:45-7:30am - Contestant check-in - KSU Meat Lab Weber Hall Auditorium
8:00am - Contest Begins
2:30pm - Review of Contest/Official Placings


American Royal National 4H Meat Judging Awards Banquet
October 21, 2020
American Royal Grounds, Kansas City, MO


The banquet will begin at 8:00am on the American Royal Grounds in Kansas City, Missouri.

American Royal Grounds
1701 American Royal Court
Kansas City, MO

Suggested Lodging Information

You will need to make your own lodging arrangements in Manhattan and Kansas City. A block of rooms has been reserved for Monday, October 14th at the Holiday Inn -Manhattan at the Campus. Make reservations through the link below by September 27 to guarantee the group rate. Other national chains in Manhattan include Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Super 8, Motel 6, Days Inn, Comfort Inn, and Holiday Inn.

If possible, we suggest that you stay in the Kansas City area on Tuesday evening (approx. 2 hours from Manhattan).  There is a block of rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, however please book early as space is limited. If you choose to stay outside of Kansas City, please keep morning rush hour traffic in mind when planning your travel on Wednesday morning to the awards breakfast. Information for American Royal activities may be found at www.americanroyal.com .

  • Manhattan:  Holiday Inn at the Campus, Manhattan, KS 
    1641 Anderson Ave, Manhattan, KS, 785-539-7531
  • Kansas City: Hilton Garden Inn, Kansas City 
    520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, KS, 913-342-7900

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Rules and Scorecard Information 

2020 National 4-H Meat Judging Contest - Manhattan, KS

Meat Judging & Retail Cut Resources  

Other Meat Judging Resources
Meat Judging Materials, including cards and the Meat Evaluation Handbook, that are available from the AMSA.

iCEV 4H Meat Judging Resources
CEV Multimedia has been developing multimedia classroom curriculum for over 30 years. Their resources include interactive videos and practice classes. They have offered a reduced subscription fee for 4H groups. For more info see the flier in the link above.

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