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2015 Hormel National Barrow Show Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest

Sep 17, 2015

Congratulations to Kansas State University for taking top honors at the first Hormel National Barrow Show® Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest which was held September 12th at Hormel Foods R&D in Austin, MN.

In total, 52 contestants representing 8 teams participated in the contest with Kansas State University, coached by MaryAnn Matney and Allison Hobson, placing first. Kansas State's team members include: Nolan Allison, Emily Bedwell, Pierce Bennet, Jared Boureck, Michael Cropp, Nicole Dunovsky, Skyler Glenn, Zach Godde, Amanda Howell, and Faith Rasmussen. Kansas State was followed by Oklahoma State, University Of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and Garden City Community College.
Amanda Howell (Kansas State University) was high individual and Christina Fehrman (University of Minnesota) was second. Joshua Kreger (Garden City Community College) won the alternates contest.

The contest was a unique format that consisted entirely of either fresh or processed pork products. Classes included fresh hams, loins, chops, cured and smoked bone in hams, slab bacon, sliced bacon, smoked chops etc. There was also a processed meat defect specification class.

The official committee consisted of Dr. Terry Houser, Chair, Kansas State University; Dr. Ryan Cox, University of Minnesota; Jennifer Everson, Hormel Foods; Brian Quandt, Hormel Foods; Tony Muller, Hormel Foods; and Anne Brucker, Hormel Foods. A special thanks to AMSA member Dr. Jerry Cannon of Hormel Foods R&D and Morgan Core, National Barrow Show® Coordinator for their efforts in coordinating this new and unique contest. Thanks also to Kemin Industries who supported the awards and contestant lunch.

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