October 20, 2011
Written by Moriah Beyers
Continuing their winning streak, the team placed first in beef judging and overall beef and second in beef grading and reasons. Click to enlarge.
The Texas Tech Meat Judging Team continued its winning streak with a first-place finish at the American Royal Meat Judging Contest on Oct. 16 in Omaha, Neb.
Texas Tech posted a 21-point victory over their nearest competitor, Colorado State University. Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University and the University of Illinois rounded out the top five teams at the competition.
The Red Raiders placed first in beef judging and overall beef. They finished second in beef grading and reasons – by only two points.
“The team won this contest with its consistency,” said Mark Miller, Horn Professor and San Antonio Livestock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. “I am proud of the focus the team members are displaying at each contest.”
Individually, Jerra McMath, a senior from Estancia, N.M., was second overall. Team members Dakotah Williams, a junior from Glenrose; and Drew Cashman, a junior from New Windsor, M.D., finished fourth and sixth overall.
The team also boasted eight of the top ten individuals in the alternate division. Amanda White, Kaitlyn True, Zach Smith, Craig Russell, Andrea Nordman, Mandy-Jo Laurent, Cody Helms and Faith Jurek finished second through ninth, respectively.
The team is coached by Miller and Shanna Ward, a meat science graduate student.
The team will compete at two more contests – one in Plainview on Oct. 30 and the International contest in Dakota City, Neb., on Nov. 13.
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:
The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.