JOHNSON COUNTY 4-H MEATS JUDGING TEAM WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Johnson County 4-H Meats Judging Team traveled to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, to compete in the annual American Royal National 4-H Meats Judging Contest last week. The Johnson County team representing Texas walked away with the National Championship honors. This is only the fourth time that Texas has won this contest since 1970. Sixty nine contestants representing eighteen states competed in this year’s contest. Other states placing were Wyoming in second place, Alabama in third, Missouri in fourth, and Minnesota in fifth.
The Johnson County students that make up the team are: Ashley Come of Grandview,
Lucas Gaston of Burleson, Jodi Miller of Grandview, and Loni Woolley of Grandview. Coaches are Tarleton State University student Jason Gaston of Burleson and Texas Tech student Landi Woolley of Grandview. This team was named the Texas State Champion Team in June at Texas A& M University during Texas 4-H Roundup.
The Meats Contest which is sponsored by the American Meat Science Association tests students’ skills in meat evaluation and retail cut identification in the species of beef, pork, and lamb. Contestants are required to identify retail cuts after first identifying the specie and wholesale cut of the carcass as well as naming the cookery method for each cut. Placing classes require students to evaluate and place carcasses and cuts based on quality
and yield. They must also defend their placing decisions through oral reasons on multiple classes. An extensive knowledge of meat science coupled with livestock anatomy and physiology is required to be successful in this contest.
The results are as follows:
Beef Judging: 1st Place Team; Loni Woolley – 1st High Individual; Jodi Miller – 4th High Individual.
Pork Judging: 1st Place Team; Loni Woolley – 1st High Individual; Ashley Come – 3rd High Individual.
Retail Cut Judging: 1st Place Team; Loni Woolley – 2nd High Individual; Ashley Come – 5th High Individual.
Oral Reasons: 1st Place Team; Loni Woolley – 2nd High Individual; Ashley Come – 3rd High Individual.
Total Judging: 1st Place Team; Loni Woolley – 1st High Individual; Ashley Come – 3rd High Individual; Jodi Miller – 4th High Individual.
Retail Cut Identification: 2nd Place Team.
Overall Individual Competition: Loni Woolley was 2nd High Individual and was awarded a $750 Scholarship; Ashley Come was 4th High Individual; Jodi Miller was 9th High Individual; Lucas Gaston was 16th High Individual.
This team was sponsored by Johnson County Farm Bureau; HEB; Gilliam, Wharram & Co., P.C., CPA’s; CiCi’s Pizza of Cleburne; Roy & Lisa Russell; Lone Star Land Bank; Bransom’s Grocery; Dr. John Mehaffey DVM; Grandview Ag. Youth Booster Club; Johnson County 4-H Adult Booster Club; Zebra Express; Burgundy Beef; Winn-Bunting Meat; and Larry Woolley & Associates Real Estate.