Meat Judging Program

What is Meat Judging?

The Intercollegiate Meat Judging Program started in 1926 at the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. The National Live Stock and Meat Board originally sponsored the program. Contests have been held each year, with the exception of the World War II years of 1942-1945. In 1996, sponsorship of the program passed to the American Meat Science Association.

Today, AMSA, on behalf of America's livestock and meat industry, sponsors six contest: National Western, Southwestern, Eastern National, Cargill High Plains, American Royal, and the International. In addition several regional contests are held under local sponsorship with assistance from AMSA.

Meat judging programs are currently the most effective tool for the recruitment and development of future meat science technologists in existence today. Meat judging is much more than just the determination of the quality and lean meat yield of a carcass or wholesale cut; the program serves as a training tool to develop young leaders in the meat and livestock industries.  Judging is a competitive event for youth through collegiate age students and it has a deep-rooted history with the meat industry. Students equipped with a general knowledge in meat evaluation are able to be competitive in the judging arena, but more importantly will be the individuals that lead our industry into the future.

Registration now open for 2016 Fall Contests:

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News and General Information

  • AMSA Announces 2017 Internship Opportunity

    AMSA Announces 2017 Internship Opportunity

    AMSA is currently seeking one student that meets our qualifications (see below) to complete a 3-month internship. The deadline for all applications is December 5, 2016.

  • Tyson Beyond Fresh – Processed Meat Short Course

    Tyson Beyond Fresh – Processed Meat Short Course

    The "Beyond Fresh Meats" Short Course: Introduction to Marination and Batter/Breading Technologies in Poultry and Red Meats which will be held at the Tyson Discovery Center in Springdale, Arkansas on February 3rd through the 5th, 2017.

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Featured Winners

  •   Maddie Comesweb

    Maddie Comes High Individual 2016 Southwestern - Senior Division

  • Leah Parsonsweb

Leah Parsons High Individual 2016 Southwestern - A Division


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