Texas Tech Meat Judging Wins Fifth Consecutive Contest

The Texas Tech University 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.

In addition to McMath, Williams and Cashman, team members include:

● Travis Begley, a junior from Plainview

● Blaine Corliss, a senior from Estancia, N.M.

● Cody Helms, a senior from Cleburne

● Faith Jurek, a junior from Goldthwaite

● Mandy-Jo Laurent, a junior from Nacogdoches

● Andrea Nordman, a senior from Florence

● Craig Russell, a senior from Visalia, Calif.

● Natalee Smith, a senior from Albemarle, N.C.

● Zach Smith, a junior from Sweetwater

● Cody Sultenfuss, a junior from Little-River Academy

● Kaitlyn True, a junior from Plainview

● Amanda White, senior from Garden City, Kan.

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.

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CONTACT: Moriah Beyers, Department of Animal and Food Services, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805 ext. 248 or Moriah.beyers@ttu.edu.