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Meat Judging Team Sets Record High Points at Cargill Contest

The team posted an all-time meat judging record score of 4,257 points, shattering the previous record score.

Written by Moriah Beyers

The team dominated the beef grading, beef judging, overall beef, pork judging, specification and reasons divisions.

Ninety-three points separated the 2012 Texas Tech Meat Judging Team from its nearest competitor at the 30th annual Cargill Meat Solutions’ intercollegiate meat judging contest Nov. 4 in Plainview. The team posted an all-time meat judging record score of 4,257 points, shattering the previous record score of 4,245 points set by Texas A&M University in 2001 at the International Meat Judging Contest.

The Texas Tech team dominated the beef grading, beef judging, overall beef, pork judging, specification and reasons divisions.

Texas A&M University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University and Angelo State University finished second through fifth respectively in the overall team rankings. Fourteen universities from across the United States competed.

Individual placements are as follows:

  • Bo Hutto, a junior from Hondo, was high individual
  • Dan Crownover, a junior from Italy, placed second
  • Colton Christian, a junior from Farwell, was third
  • Heather Rode, a junior from Doss, was eighth

In the alternate division, Texas Tech boasted six of the top-ten individuals overall.

  • Valerie Manning, a junior from Mabank, was high individual
  • Steven Ebeling, a junior from Plainview, was second
  • Weston Burson, a junior from Florence, was fifth
  • Zac Miller, a junior from Seymour, was seventh
  • Garydale Grubelnik, a junior from Raton, N.M., was eighth
  • Dewayne Phillips, a junior from Stephenville, was tenth

Additional team members include Trevor King, a junior from Winnsboro and Tanner Adams, junior from Sanger. 

The team is coached by graduate students Collin Corbin and Henry Ruiz along with Mark Miller, Horn Professor and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science.

“The team was extremely consistent,” said Miller. “We must maintain our focus and strive for excellence as we prepare for the international competition.”

The Red Raiders will compete at the international competition on Nov. 18 in Dakota City, Neb., for the national championship title.

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