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A winning program with a winning attitude

February 4, 2011

Colorado State University's Meat Judging Team is considered to be one of the most recognized competitive programs in the nation after winning two national championship honors in just four years.

Nationally recognized competitive programColorado State University's National Western Stock Show First-Place Meat Judging Team. Pictured left to right: Jessica Igo, Jordan Hergenreder, Megan Semler, Megan Myers, Barbra Davis and Danielle Shubert.

Competitive judging teams have been around Colorado State University for many decades. The meat judging program is well known worldwide in the meat science discipline, as well as for winning national championships in meat judging and other intercollegiate judging competitions. Meat judging involves the critical evaluation of carcasses and other products varying from market beef, swine, and lambs in order to determine their value and to rank them accordingly.

The CSU program continued its success starting out 2011 on a high note. Recently, CSU's Meat Judging Team took first place at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. This was only the sixth time since 1975, when the National Western Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest started, that Colorado State University claimed first place.

Students highly sought after

Separately, CSU had three of the top five individuals at the contest. Animal Science sophomore Barbra Davis finished with High Individual Honors, followed by Equine Sciences junior Danielle Shubert in second and Agricultural Business junior Jordan Hergenreder in third. Other members of the CSU team include Animal Science sophomore Megan Semler and Animal Science sophomore Megan Myers. Jessica Igo, a graduate research assistant in Animal Sciences, served as coach.

"Meat judging prepares Animal Science graduates to think critically, compare logically, decide independently, solve problems rationally, communicate effectively and lead decisively," said Gary Smith, a University Distinguished Professor and noted animal sciences professor.

Smith adds that students in meat judging programs are some of the most highly sought after by employers because all of the traits that have been developed throughout the year-and-a-half the students are involved in the program.

2010 Champions

CSU's Meat Judging program earned the title of “National Champions” at the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging contest on Nov. 16, 2010 in Dakota City, Neb. Team members of the 2010 Colorado State Meat Judging Team included:

  • Erin Karney
  • Kasey Kinney
  • Jordan McHenry
  • Alex Plumb
  • Alanna Snare
  • Eric Wellman

Mallory Emerson, a first year graduate student in Meat Science, served as coach. The team won beef grading, lamb judging, and specifications as well as the National Championship title by a 38 point margin over Texas Tech University.

Second win in four years

This is the second time in four years that CSU has earned National Champion honors, making CSU’s program one of the most competitive meat judging programs in the country. The title was also won in 2007.