Texas Tech Meat Judging Team Dominates at National Western Stock Show

Texas Tech won the National Western Stock Show contest by an 80-point margin.

Texas Tech University’s meat judging team received first place honors on Jan. 19 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Texas Tech won the contest by an 80-point margin, placing first in total beef, pork judging, specifications and placings. It finished second in reasons, beef grading, lamb judging and beef judging.

The team boasted four of the top-ten individuals in the contest and seven of the top-ten individuals in the alternate contest. Matt Bruton, Brandon O’Quinn, Abby Long and Collin Corbin finished first, second, seventh and ninth overall, respectively. Josh Hasty, Meagan Igo, Amber Krause, Henry Ruiz, Josh McCann, Jett Mason and Kelsey Fletcher finished in the top-10 of the alternate division.

“This is Texas Tech’s ninth win at the National Western,” said Mark Miller, professor of meat science and muscle biology. “This is a talented team of fifteen students who worked hard to win their first contest.”

Other top finishers in the contest included South Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, Colorado State University and Kansas State University.

The team is coached by graduate student Travis O’Quinn and Miller. Team members are:

▪ Bruton, a sophomore from Throckmorton

▪ Sarah Calhoun, a sophomore from Weatherford

▪ Adam Copeland, a sophomore from Katy

▪ Corbin, a sophomore from Webster

▪ Tate Corliss, a junior from Estancia, N.M.

▪ Fletcher, a sophomore from Universal City, Texas

▪ Hasty, a junior from Cleburne

▪ Kelly Hutton, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colo.

▪ Igo, a sophomore from Plainview

▪ Krause, a sophomore from Florence

▪ Long, a sophomore from Boerne

▪ Mason, a sophomore from Brownfield

▪ McCann, a sophomore from Newport, Va.

▪ O’Quinn, a sophomore from League City

▪ Ruiz, a junior from Eagle Pass

The contest was held at JBS Swift in Greeley, Colo. Awards were presented at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. The National Western officially began in 1906 and is one of the nation’s oldest and largest shows.

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CONTACT: Mark Miller, professor of meat science and muscle biology, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805, or markus.miller@ttu.edu.