Meat Judging Team Wins Third Consecutive Victory

Team boasts 80-point victory over nearest competitor; four individuals place in top 10 overall.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

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The Texas Tech University Meat Judging Team earned its third first-place finish Oct. 19 with a win at the American Royal Meat Judging Contest in Omaha, Neb.

Texas Tech posted an 80-point victory over their nearest competitor, Colorado State University. Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University and Texas A&M University placed third through fifth, respectively.

“The team won its third contest in a dominating fashion,” said Mark Miller, professor of meat science and muscle biology. “I am proud of the excellence the team members and coaches are displaying at each contest.”

Individually, the team members finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth in the overall competition. Texas Tech also boasted the first, second and seventh highest-ranking individuals in the alternate division.

The team is coached by graduate students Jesse Collins and Justin Derington and supervised by Miller. Team members are: Tyler Cowie, Paden Daniels, Shayna Dunlap, Ben Estes, Matthew Morales, Heather Veltri and Shanna Ward.

The win at the American Royal follows an Oct. 4 victory at the Eastern National Meat Judging Contest in Pennsylvania, and a win at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March. The team will compete in one more contest before the international competition Nov. 16 in Dakota City, Neb.

View the Meat Judging Team. Click to enlarge.


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Markus Miller is a professor of Meat Science and Muscle Biology in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He also is the San Antonio Livestock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science.

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The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources consists of six academic departments and multiple research centers and institutes, and offers 13 baccalaureate, 14 masters and seven Ph.D. degrees in various agricultural sciences and natural resources disciplines.