October 10, 2016
Following up on a strong spring, the defending national champion Texas Tech University Meat Judging Team in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences picked up an overall team victory Oct. 1 at the Eastern National Meat Judging Contest in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania.
Texas Tech outpaced rival Texas A&M University by 11 points, finishing with 4,183 points to capture the overall team crown, while Big 12 Conference rival Oklahoma State University was third with 4,150 points. Angelo State University, a part of the Texas Tech University System, finished fourth with 4,108 points.
Texas Tech's strong team showing was led by its first-place finishes in the specifications and reasons/questions categories as well as second-place finishes in beef judging, lamb judging and overall beef.
Texas Tech also took third in pork judging and fourth in beef grading.
Jessica Humphrey, a senior from Okeechobee, Florida, led the way for Texas Tech as the top individual performer with 1,067 points. Tommy Fletcher, a junior from La Vernia, finished sixth overall with 1,047 points.
In the individual categories, Humphrey took first in beef grading and specifications, second in overall beef and ninth in reasons/questions. Fletcher took first in lamb judging and also finished in the top 10 in beef grading and overall beef.
Other top performers for Texas Tech were Cole Perkins, a junior from Llano, who took first in pork judging and reasons/questions and fifth in specifications; and Kye Schwartz, a junior from Wall, who finished 10th in beef judging.
Other members of the meat judging team are:
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.Facebook