Meat Animal Evaluation Judging Team
The concept of the meat animal evaluation program is to continue to enhance the skills of students participating on the livestock and meat judging teams to better understand the economic value of livestock and their carcasses.
The educational experience is unmatched because of the focus given to economic value and EPD’s (in the breeding division). Students on the team have a much broader and better understanding of livestock and meat value along with various factors that impact those values. They are better equipped to communicate pricing structures and marketing options; thus, making them more employable or able to succeed in their own production operation.
Team members take part in training throughout the judging season. The OSU Meat Animal Evaluation Judging Team takes part in one contest each spring.
The National Meat Animal Evaluation Contest is different from other traditional contests because of the unique aspect of individual estimation of yield and quality factors, as well as pricing groups of animals.
The Meat Animal Evaluation Contest is essentially a marathon, requiring students to be prepared and focused for multiple day, species and type contest. The contest has four portions:
- Market animal evaluation
- Breeding animal evaluation
- Meats evaluation
- National Meat Animal Evaluation Contest
The contest is a culmination of meat and livestock judging incorporating value as a key component. Students evaluate market livestock to determine yield and quality factors and then determine individual animal prices, as well as lot prices. Then students view the carcasses derived from those animals to determine meat prices.
This allows students to better understand live animal traits as they relate to meat and carcass value. However, probably the most important component is to understand market fluctuations and what animals/meat is the most value during certain seasons and various global events.
- Honors & Recognition
- 3 National Championships
- 3 Reserve National Championships
- High Individuals
2011 – Kaylee Kerbs, Saratoga, WY
2014 – Kyle Wilson, Wilkinson, IN
2015 – Blythe Graham, Crossville, TN (All-time record score)
- Team Photos
All of our judging team photos are available online on Flickr.
- Scholarships & Aid
There are multiple scholarship opportunities for judging team members, as well as potential funding for team travel expenses and practice resources.
- Giving Opportunities
Interested in supporting a judging team? View available giving opportunities on the OSU Foundation website.