HOUSTON – For the third year in a row, the Texas A&M University meat judging team won the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Intercollegiate Meat Judging contest.
Team members Jenna Behrens of Voca, Michael Boenig of Seguin, Russell Farrow of Sinton, Livia Frazar of Lolita, Jessica Henderson of Aransas Pass, Sara Howard of Amarillo, Randi Jacoby of Bertram, Mega Laster of Abilene, Josh Powell of Jourdanton, Russell Real of Marion, Erin Stephens of Cross Plains, Ellen Tom of Campbellton, Emily Vinson of Big Lake and Andrea Watts of San Antonio won a trophy for their efforts.
Kristin Voges, a meat science graduate assistant, is the team coach. Dr. Davey Griffin, Texas Cooperative Extension meats specialist, is the coordinator for the team.
Eleven universities competed in the contest. Texas Tech University’s red team placed second; Colorado State University, third; Texas Tech’s black team was fourth, and another team from Texas A&M placed fifth.
Individually, Powell placed first, Watts placed fifth and Farrow placed ninth.
Team members undergo extensive training in meat grading and evaluation, including selection of wholesale beef, pork and lamb carcasses. Each decision is based on what type of product would be the most appealing to the consumer for food safety, health and taste preferences, Griffin said.
The contest was March 8 at the Houston Food Bank.