National Western In Honor of R. Paul Clayton Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest

Contest Date: January 15, 2023
Contest Components
  • Class #1- Beef Carcasses; Class #2- Beef Cuts; Class #3- Pork Carcasses; Class #4- Pork Cuts; Class #5- Lamb Carcasses; Class #6- Value Based Pricing; Class #7- Beef Cuts; Class #8- Pork Carcasses; Class #9- Pork Cuts; Class #10 -Lamb Carcasses; Quality and Yield 
  • Contest: A and B Divisions Compete
Contest Location: JBS USA, Greeley CO
  • 800 N 8th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631




Contest Official Commitee
  • Contest Commitee Chair- Marcia Reeves
  • Contest Committee Member- Tanner Adams, Derek Vote, Sierra Jepsen, Brenna Guimaraes, Trevor DeHaan, and Darrell Dowd
Contest Leadership
  • Cooler Superintendent: Eastern Oklahoma State College
  • Group Leaders: Clarendon College, Fort Scott Community College, Garden City Community College, University of Georgia, and Zamarano University
  • Cooler Superintendent: Iowa State University
  • Group Leaders: Angelo State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, Tarleton State University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, The Ohio State University, and University of Missouri
  • Card Runners: University of Wyoming and West Texas A&M University


Contest Schedule- Sunday, January 15, 2023- Contest Day!!
  • 5:30am- Group Leaders arrive- Senior Division
  • 5:30am- Senior Division Registration begins at 5:30am-ALL competitors MUST be registered by 6:00am
  • JBS will be providing breakfast for competitors, coaches, and coordinators
  • 6:00am- Brief welcome and instructions, divide into groups, and prepare for the contest
  • 6:50am- Competitors enter the cooler
  • 7:00am- Contest begins- we MUST begin on time
  • 8:00am- A- Division Group Leaders and Teams arrive
  • 8:00am- A- Division Registration begins-All competitors MUST be registered by 8:15am
  • 8:15am- A-Division Group Leaders will be coaches from each community college. 
  • 8:15am- Brief welcome and instructions, divide into groups, and prepare for the contest
  • 9:00am- Competitors enter the cooler
  • Midmorning- Coaches will receive an email with a contest update to project the completion time
  • 2:00-2:30pm- Contest conclude
Student Engagement Session
  • Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023
  • Time: 5:00-7:00pm MT
  • Address: JBS Corporate Office Address: 1770 Promontory Circle, Greeley, CO 80634
  • JBS will be hosting its traditional annual student networking opportunity. The students will have the opportunity to:
    • Hear from Tim Schellpeper (JBS USA CEO) and JBS HR about opportunities
    • Visit with former meats judging and/or former/active management trainee JBS & Pilgrim’s employees about their experiences
    • Learn about the company’s US brands and products
    • Tour the company’s pilot plant and kitchen
    • Enjoy a chef-prepared dinner and network with your fellow students
  • Rotation #1 – Continental Divide, Summit Kitchen, Cafeteria
    • Oklahoma State University, West Texas A&M University, University of Wyoming, Angelo State University, Western Texas College, and Clarendon College
  • Rotation #2 – Summit Kitchen, Cafeteria, Continental Divide
  • Garden City Community College, Kansas State University, Texas Tech University, University of Georgia, Tarleton State University, and Chico State University
  • Rotation #3 – Cafeteria, Continental Divide, Summit Kitchen
    • Texas A&M University, Washington State University, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Fort Valley State University, Fort Scott Community College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, South Dakota State University, and University of Illinois
  • Speakers/Panel – Continental Divide
  • Product/Brand & Tour – Summit Kitchen & Pilot Plant
  • Chef Dinner – Cafeteria
  • Coaches Meeting – Navajo Peak Conference Room

If your judging program is not listed, please contact Leslie Frenzel immediately at

Banquet Details
  • Banquet Date: Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Banquet Time: 8:00am
Banquet Location and Address: Double Tree Hotel- 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 870207

All banquet attendees beyond those registered for the contest MUST register to attend the banquet 2 weeks prior to the event.  If they need a special accommodation, please contact Leslie Frenzel to share their needs.  Banquet fees will be $25.00 per additional attendee.