4-H Meats Judging Contest

What:  This contest test the knowledge of youth in placement of carcass and retail cut classes, carcass grading, retail cut identification and a quiz. This contest occurs annually with the teams traveling to Kansas City, MO and Denver, CO for national competition.  There is a Junior Division as well at the state level.

WhenSaturday, April 25, 2020, Registration 8:30 am  – Contest begins at 9 am sharp!
Where:  UW Madison, Meat Lab- 1805 Linden Drive, Madison, WI

2020 Contest Information:

2020 Meats Judging Reasons Packet FINAL

2020 Meats Judging Registration fillable

2019 Contest Information:

2019 Meats Judging Resource PacketPlease print out this packet as it includes all information regarding the 2019 contest.

2019 Meats Registration form -fillablePlease use this form to register youth on teams.  This form is due to Lynn Pfeiffer by April 19th.  Please copy Bernie on registrations also.

Meats Contest Resource Sheets – Below are examples of sheets used in the contest.
Beef Carcass Evaluation
Pork Carcass Evaluation
Lamb Carcass Evaluation
Beef Grading Worksheet
Processed-Meat ID – Updated 1/26/2017

Processed Meat Identification GuideUpdated 1/26/2017
Retail Cut Key – Updated for 2018 contest (Updated 11/9/2017)
Meats Scantron (Front side is used for carcass placings, questions, written exam and grading.  Back side is used for retail meat ID).

Livestock Scantron for processed meats 18 (This scan sheet is used to score the processed meat ID.)

Livestock Scantron example for processed meats 18 with explanations
Scantron Directions
Label Questions

2019 Media Information:

2019 4-H Meats NR Final

2019 link to contest photos (via google)

2019 Contest Results:

2019 State 4-H Meats Contest Results – Junior (Top 10, Top Teams, Top Retail and Eval)

2019 State 4-H Meats Senior Judging Results (Top 10, Teams, Top in Eval, Retail, Reasons)

University of Nebraska Meats Website
Texas A&M Meats Website 
National 4-H Contest Website

Beef cut Chart:  http://www.beeftips.com/cutchart.aspx

Interactive Meat Case: http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/butchercounter.aspx#explore

State 4-H Meats Judging Contest videos – Learn more about what the Wisconsin 4-H Meats Judging contest is all about and test your knowledge learning more about processed meats, retail meat cuts, reading a product label, along with judging various classes of retail cuts. Watch the video in full, or stop and pause along the way to gain more information!


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