2021 State 4-H Meats Judging Contest Results

1st Place Senior Team – Grant

(Madison) The team from Grant County took top honors in the senior division of the State 4-H Meats Judging Contest held on Monday June 14th, 2021 at The Meat Market in Baraboo, WI.  Team members included Jessica Patterson, Luke Patterson, Avery Crooks, Shelby Knoble, and Alayna Barth.  The team was coached by Dennis Patterson.

2nd Place Senior Team – Jackson

The second place senior team, was from Jackson County. Team members included Tyler Johnson, Grace Kling, Austin Laufenberg, Trent Laufenberg, and Wyatt Berg. The team was coached by Jessie Oberland. 

The State 4-H Meats Judging Contest consists of evaluating and ranking classes of hams, beef carcasses, lamb, beef, and pork cuts. Contestants also identified 25 retail cuts of beef, pork or lamb and 10 cuts of processed meats products, quality and yield graded 5 beef carcasses and completed a 10 question meat label reading exercise.  Seniors had to give 1 set of oral reasons on a ranking class.  “Meats Judging is a first step in becoming an informed and knowledgeable food consumer.  Reading labels and making decisions on food purchases is a key outcome for these participating youth,” says Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist. 

Awards were again given this year for the top individual in retail identification and carcass evaluation: Top senior individual in evaluation, retail identification, and oral reasons went to Jessica Patterson of Grant County.

The top ten senior individual’s judges, in order, were: Jessica Patterson (Grant), Tyler Johnson (Jackson), Luke Patterson (Grant), Avery Crooks (Grant), Grace King (Jackson), Alisha Klemme (Sheboygan), Austin Laufenberg (Jackson), Trent Laufenberg (Jackson), Shelby Knoble (Grant), Wyatt Berg (Jackson).

1st Place Junior Team – Grant

The top junior team was from Grant County.  Team members included Libby Vogt, Leah Patterson, Cameron Patterson, Aiden Patterson, Anna Drinkwater, and Kegan Patterson. The team is coached by Dennis Patterson. 

2nd Place Junior Team – Sheboygan

Sheboygan County earned second place honors at this year’s contest. Team members included Alison Gartman and Audrey Gartman.  The team was coached by Michelle Klemme.

Special awards were given this year for the top individual in Retail Identification and Carcass Evaluation: Top junior individual in both Retail Identification and Carcass Evaluation went to Libby Vogt of Grant County.

The top ten junior individual judges, in order, were: Libby Vogt (Grant), Leah Patterson (Grant), Cameron Patterson (Grant), Alison Gartman (Sheboygan), Aiden Patterson (Grant), Anna Drinkwater (Grant), Lane Cross (Columbia), Audrey Gartman (Sheboygan), Kegan Patterson (Grant), Reid Sindelar (Jefferson).

Winning senior teams have the option of attending the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest to be held this fall in Kansas City, MO or the National Western held in January 2022 in Denver, CO.

Results and photos are available athttp://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/programs/4hmeatscontest/

Sponsors for the State 4-H Meats contest include: The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Animal & Dairy Sciences Department, The Meat Market located in Baraboo, WI. 

The contest is organized annually by Extension Meats Specialist, Jeff Sindelar and Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, Bernie O’Rourke.

For more information about this or other Wisconsin Youth Livestock events, please contact:  Bernie O’Rourke 608-263-4304.  The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program can be found by going to https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock

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