Intercollegiate Meat Judging
The first Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team in Cisco College history began in 2014, and is a large priority for the Agriculture Department. During the inaugural season the team recorded four TOP FIVE team finishes out of the six contests finishing as high as 3rd place at the American Royal in Omaha, Nebraska, and had a cache of TOP TEN individual awards. The 2015 team finished with several TOP TEN Individual awards, a TOP TEN Individual at Nationals, and five TOP FIVE team finishes for the season. The 2016 season begins with the Texas Tech Invitational on 1/8-1/9 and the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO on 1/17.
What is Meat Judging?
The Cisco College meat judging team is a member of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA). Each team member receives a student membership for participating on the judging team. Meat judging is a scientific based event that requires hard work and dedication. Students learn beef, pork, and lamb carcass evaluation, value based pricing, as well as cut class evaluation for pork hams, center-cut pork loins, beef ribs, beef short loins, beef full loins, and beef rounds. Students also learn yield and quality grading of beef.
Cisco College competes in the A-Division against several other colleges and universities. The meat judging team participates in seven competitions starting with the Texas Tech Invitational, the National Western in Denver, Colorado, Fort Worth Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Beef Empire Days in Garden City, Kansas, the American Royal in Omaha, Nebraska, and they finish up the season with the Cargill High Plains contest in Friona, Texas which is the National competition. While traveling and practicing for the various contests, students are able to visit several major agriculture universities such as Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Angelo State University, Tarleton State University, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, and University of Nebraska.
Why Meat Judging?
Participation in Meat Judging provides a student with the ability to network with agriculture professors from across the United States as well as industry leaders. Students have exposure to internship opportunities and job opportunities upon graduation. It is highly competitive event and a large portion of the students go on to professional school and get advanced degrees. Meat judging helps to build character by teaching students an advance skill set such as time management, decision making, communication, leadership, and self-confidence.
For questions, or information regarding Meat Judging at Cisco College, please contact Brandi Terry, Agriculture Professor and Meat Judging Team Coach,325.794.4400 Ext. 4455.