Meat Judging at Iowa State University

Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team at Iowa State University

Operating as usual

10/23/2023

Come join us on 11/11!

Join us for our Meat Judging Competition! πŸ€πŸ†πŸ₯©

πŸ—“ November 11
πŸ˜€ Open to youth in grades 5-12
πŸ“ Iowa State University campus

The 4-H meat judging program allows youth to learn about the different cuts of meat along with the trimness and quality factors that affect the safety and taste of the meat products we consume.

Contest rules and registration link ➑ https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/meat-judging

10/23/2023

News Flash - shopping opportunities at the ISU Meat Judging Program Apparel Store has been extended to November 7th! Spook- tacular selections offered - don't miss your chance!

10/23/2023

The Iowa State University Meat Judging Team recently competed in their second fall contest - 2023 American Royal Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest hosted by Nebraska Beef, Omaha, NE. On this judging trip the team also practiced at Tyson Fresh Meats, Dakota City, NE and at the Loeffel Meat Lab located on the campus of the University of Nebraska Meat Lab, Lincoln, NE. The team finished in 8th place, and division results included: beef judging – 6th; overall beef – 7th; beef grading, placings, and specifications – 8th; reasons – 9th; and pork – 10th. Currently the team is preparing for the national championship – The International – hosted by Tyson Fresh Meats, Dakota City, NE. The International will be the team’s final contest and will be held in mid-November. Team members include: Jillian Anderson, Montgomery, IL; Kailey Clark, Grand Mound; Bridget Fisher, Wellman; Ashtyn Jolly, Lancaster, KS; Anna Nafziger, Wellman, Lacey Smith, Anamosa; and Keegan Zimmerly, Independence.

04/16/2023

These Cyclones are your 2023 Champion and Reserve Champion Southeastern Teams! Congratulations!

GO CYCLONES!!!

Photos from Meat Judging at Iowa State University's post 04/14/2023

The 2023 Cyclone Meat Judging Team has been busy preparing for the 2023 Southeastern this week! Wish them luck as they compete at Ohio State University today and the University of Kentucky tomorrow!

πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘GO CYCLONES!!!πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘

03/09/2023

This past weekend the 2023 Cyclone Meat Judging Team competed at the 45th Annual Iowa State Meat Judging Contest. The team had a great outing and were 3rd Overall as well as 2nd in Beef Judging and Summer Sausage, 3rd in Beef Grading, Pork Judging, Lamb Judging, Specifications, Boneless Ham, Total Placings, and Reasons. Ashtyn Jolly was 3rd in Beef Grading, Sixth in Pork Judging, and 7th Overall. Keegan Zimmerly was 5th in Beef Judging and 6th Overall. Kristen Hubbard was 4th in Beef Grading and 10th Overall in the Alternate Division. Lacey Smith was 6th in Beef Grading and 9th Overall in the Alternate Division. Additionally, Dacia Schoulte placed 7th in the Alternate Division. Jonah Werth was named the High ISU Individual - Total Contest and was 5th in the Alternate Division.

The team is very excited to round out their spring season with a trip to the Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest.

πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘ GO CYCLONES πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘

03/04/2023

Wish these Cyclone Meat Judgers good luck today as they compete in the ISU Invitational today!! ROLL CLONES!!! πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘

Photos from Meat Judging at Iowa State University's post 01/29/2023

The 2023 Cyclone Meat Judging Team is hard at work this morning competing in their first contest of the semester! Wish them luck as they compete in the Fort Worth Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest!

GO CYCLONES!!! πŸ”΄πŸŸ‘πŸŒͺοΈπŸ”΄πŸŸ‘

Photos from Meat Judging at Iowa State University's post 06/16/2022

This past week we spent some time in Des Moines for the 75th Annual Reciprocal Meats Conference. Iowa State participated in numerous student activities including the Iron Chef competition, the processed meats contest and fielded two quiz bowl teams! It was a great week filled with networking, reciprocation, and learning!

We had a quite a successful showing in all student activities, but would like to highlight the success of our undergraduate and graduate students that placed in the top ten of their respective divisions! Christina Speicher was 6th in the undergraduate division, in the graduate division Logan Johnson was 10th, Kayla Hospodarsky was 7th, Jake Manternach was 3rd and Caroline Downey was the 2nd overall.

We would also like to recognize the individuals from Iowa State that participated in the Iron Chef Competition: Sarah Peterson was a member of the Reserve Champion Team, Brandt Molyneux was a member of the Champion Team, and Sarah Bludau and Sam Belanger were members of the Champion Charcuterie Board Team.

Also a huge congratulations to Hannah Folkerts for being awarded the C. Boyd Ramsey Travel scholarship!

Our quiz bowl team members included Sam Belanger, Bergin DeBruin, Hannah Folkerts,Brandt Molyneux, Jacob Ludeking, Christina Speicher, Max Corso, and Sarah Peterson and were coached by Rachel Crowley and Sarah Bludau.

Congratulations to all who participated and way to represent Iowa State!

GO CYCLONES!! β€οΈπŸ’›

2022 ISU Meat Judging Team Has Strong Finish to Spring Season 04/13/2022

2022 ISU Meat Judging Team Has Strong Finish to Spring Season The meat judging team returned home after a successful week of meat judging contests. Traveling with the team were coach and meat science graduate student Caroline Downey (Putnam, IL) and meat science graduate student Kayla Hospodarsky (Cedar Rapids). The team is also assisted by coach and program c...

Photos from Meat Judging at Iowa State University's post 04/12/2022

Last week the Cyclone Meat Judging Team competed in their last two contests of the spring judging season. To kick off the week, the team competed in the Midwest Invitational Meat Judging Contest, hosted by the University of Illinois. The team had a very successful outing being named the Reserve High Team, along with taking home the honors of 1st in Placings, Lamb Judging, and Pork Judging, and 2nd in Reasons, Specifications, and Beef Judging!

Ty Houston was the High Individual, 1st in Beef Grading and Specifications, 3rd in Pork Judging, 4th in Placings, and 5th in Lamb Judging, Kylee Weber was 7th overall and 3rd in Placings, Jacob Ludeking was 3rd in Lamb Judging, and Danielle Winslow was 3rd in Beef Judging.

After competing at the University of Illinois, the team set its sights on the 2022 Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest. The team made stops at Raber Packing company in Peoria, IL for an opportunity to grade beef, along with practicing at both Purdue University and The Ohio State University Meat Labs in preparation for the contest. Along the way, the team also had the opportunity to tour and network with individuals from Certified Angus Beef in Wooster, OH, and made the short drive to Whitefeather Meats to see their retail shop!

The team rounded out their week by competing at The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky for the 2022 Southeastern. The team brought home the honor of being the Reserve High Team, as well as placing 1st in Beef Judging and Total Placings, 2nd in Total Beef, 3rd in Beef Grading, 4th in Pork Judging, and 5th in Specifications and Total Reasons! Individually Ty Houston was 8th Overall and 5th in Pork Judging, Christina Speicher was 9th Overall and 4th in Placings, Claire Cunningham was 3rd in Beef Judging, and Danielle Winslow was 10th Overall and 5th in Placings.

Congratulations to the team on a successful spring season and we can't wait to see what the fall season has in store!

GO CYCLONES!!!!!

04/07/2022

Last week the 2022 Cyclone Meat Judging Team recieved their team jackets and bags! This year the team apparel is sponsored by Cactus Cares. We would like to thank them for their generous donation and for the awesome jackets and bags!

03/26/2022

Thank you for hosting us today!

We have the ISU Meat judging team at the Locker today grading Beef.

02/27/2022

Today the 2022 Meat judging competed in the ISU Meat Judging Contest!

Good Luck to everyone headed to the Iowa State University-Animal Science meat judging contest! Let us know if you are going!

Photos from Meat Judging at Iowa State University's post 01/16/2022

Wish the 2022 Cyclone Meat Judging Team good luck this morning as they compete at their first contest in Greeley, Colorado! This week the team had the opportunity to work out at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University in preparation for the 2022 National Western Meat Judging contest! GO CYCLONES!!!

Photos from Meat Judging at Iowa State University's post 10/01/2021

The Lady Cyclones are back on the road preparing to compete at the Eastern National. This morning they had the opportunity to practice at the University of Illinois Meat Lab in preparation for the contest tomorrow. GO CYCLONES!

Results of the 43rd Iowa State University Meat Evaluation Contest 09/22/2021

Results of the 43rd Iowa State University Meat Evaluation Contest The Iowa State University Meat Laboratory hosted the 43rd edition of the Iowa State University Meat Evaluation Contest on Saturday, September 28, 2021. Nearly 60 students representing teams from Angelo State University – San Angelo; Kansas State University – Manhattan; Oklahoma State University ...

Photos from Meat Judging at Iowa State University's post 09/20/2021

This weekend the 2021 Cyclone Meat Judging Team participated in the 2021 Iowa State Meat Evaluation Contest. The fall judging season is off to a great start!

6th Place Team Overall
5th Place Team - Beef Grading, Beef Judging, Total Beef, Specifications, and Keep/Cull Turkeys
3rd Place Team - Lamb Judging, Pork Judging, and Processed Meats
4th Place Team - Total Placings

Bergin DeBruin – 11th Overall, 8th Beef Grading, 13th Total Beef, 14th Total Placings
Kayla Hospodarsky – 12th Beef Judging
Emily Saeugling – 6th Processed Meats, 8th Lamb Judging
Kaitlyn Baerg – 6th Pork Judging, 8th Processed Meats, 11th Specifications/Keep-Cull Turkeys

Photos from Meat Judging at Iowa State University's post 09/18/2021

The past few weeks the team has been hard at work prepping for the first contest of our fall season! This morning the team was up early this morning to start their fall season in the coolers at Iowa State University Meat Evaluation contest. Thank you to everyone at Iowa State and the American Meat Science Association for putting on a great event! Go Cyclones!

Photos from Iowa State University Meat Laboratory's post 08/23/2021
Photos from American Meat Science Association's post 08/17/2021

Check out the success of our undergraduate students that have participated in various events and competitions at the Reciprocal Meats Conference in Reno, NV!

08/13/2021

Congratulations to Lauren Mosher (Liscomb) - 2020-2021 ISU Meat Judging Team Member - for earning a 2021 National Cattlemen's Foundation CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship. Ten students pursuing careers in the beef industry were awarded $1,500 scholarships for the next school year by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) and recognized during the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville. The CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship program recognizes talented and thoughtful students emerging as industry leaders.

05/17/2021

I received an email this morning from Tyson Foods - there is one and maybe a second position open in carcass merchandising/grading. It is quite possible that both of these positions will be placed in Joslin, Illinois. One of these is currently posted. Both positions are entry level management positions. Refer to the Tyson website for the position announcements.

05/03/2021

The 2020-2021 Iowa State University Meat Judging Team

Front Row (Left to Right): Kaitlyn Baerg (2021) – Stanley; Leonora James (2020) – Carlisle; Bergin Debruin (2021) – Rock Rapids; Taylor Clark (2021) - Swan

Back Row (Left to Right): Coach Caroline Downey – Putnam, IL; Charli Mosier (2021) – Tipton; Kayla Hospodarsky (2021) – Cedar Rapids; Kourtney Grimm (2020) – Ogden; Lauren Mosher (2020) – Liscomb; Alexa Gormley (2021) – Marion; Kayle Eivins (2021) – Winterset; Sam Belanger (2020) – Lombard, IL; Emily Saeugling (2021) – Atlantic; Coach Dr. Sherry Olsen

Photos from Iowa State Block & Bridle Club's post 04/19/2021

Congratulations to Charli Mosier for being awarded a scholarship at the 2021 Block and Bridle awards banquet. Congratulations Charli!

04/16/2021
04/12/2021

One of the current team members, Alexa Gormley, was honored with a Student Distinction Award! Congratulations Alexa Gormley!

Congratulations to animal science senior, Alexa Gormley, for receiving a Student Distinction Award from the Iowa State University Office of Student Financial Aid for her outstanding work as a student employee.

Alexa works for the ISU Writing & Media Center as a Communication Consultant where she helps improve their outreach efforts through their social media accounts.

Alexa also enjoys competing on the ISU Meat Judging Team, choreographing for the DubH hip hop club, playing with her dog, reading, and painting.

Learn more and read about the other students recognized here:
https://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/iowa-state-celebrates-student-employee-of-the-year-national-employment-week-life-university-isu-dining/article_158c6fa2-98df-11eb-9f81-9f72424dcb61.html

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