A Meaty Honor

Mizzou Meats Judging Team takes top spot in national contest

The Mizzou Meats Judging Team team won the 2018 Southeastern Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest held jointly at The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky April 6-7. The team placed first overall out of eight schools, and also finished first in Beef Judging and Pork Judging, second in Specifications and Reasons and third in Beef Grading.

Team members include Ryan Bardot, freshman in agricultural economics, Lonedell, Missouri; Tim Davis, senior in animal sciences, St. James, Missouri; Logan Meier, freshman in animal sciences, Clifton, Illinois; Abbey Rathert, junior in animal sciences, Ashland, Missouri; Teagan Schnurbusch, senior in animal sciences, Jackson, Missouri; and Hadley Williams, junior in animal sciences, Green City, Missouri. Katelyn Adams, master’s student in animal sciences, and Ty Peckman, Ph.D. student in animal sciences, coach the team. Bryon Wiegand, professor of animal sciences, is the faculty advisor.

Teagan Schnurbusch was high individual overall as well as first in Pork Judging and Specifications, fourth in Total Reasons and sixth in Overall Beef. Hadley Williams was sixth overall, second in Beef Grading and overall Beef, and fourth in Beef Judging. Abbey Rathert was fifth in Beef Judging, second in Pork Judging and eighth in Reasons. Logan Meier was third in Placings and 13th in Lamb Judging.

The beef portion of the contest was held at The Ohio State University April 6, while the pork and lamb section was held at the University of Kentucky April 7.

This marked the last contest this spring for the Mizzou Meats Judging Team. The team will head back on the road again in September, where they will travel to Minnesota for an all pork/processed meats contest at Hormel.