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 27, 2019,Time TBD
Where:  UW Madison, Meat Lab

2018 Contest Information:

2018 Meats Judging Resource Packet Please print out this packet as it includes all information regarding the 2018 contest.

2018 Meats Judging Registration form– Fillable – Please use this form to register youth on teams.  This form is due to Lynn Pfeiffer by February 5th.

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

2018 Media Information:

2018 4-H meats NR Final 

Photos from 2018 Meats Judging Contest (via Google+)

2018 Contest Results:

2018 State 4-H Meats Judging Contest – Junior Results (Top 10, Top Teams, Top in Evaluation and Retail ID)

2018 State 4-H Meats Judging Contest – Senior Results  (Top 10, Top Teams, Top in Evaluation and Retail ID)


2017 Media Information:

2017 Contest Results

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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