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State 4-H Meats Judging Contest Results

Jun 21, 2019


Dwight Loveday, Interim Assistant Dean & Department Head

The 2019 State 4-H Meats Judging competition was held Tuesday, June 4 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Participants and teams qualified to compete at the state level by first participating in a regional competition. Ten teams from across the state judged wholesale and retail cuts, identified cuts of meat as to species, gave name and type of cuts and recommended method of cooking.

The Bedford County team comprised of: Ian Alcox, Dorothy Brandon, Nick Moore and Allison Davis came away with top honors and will represent Tennessee at the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest, October 15-16, 2019, in Manhattan Kansas. The team is coached by Emily Osterhaus.

Thank you to Tyson Foods and Benton’s Smokey Mountain Country Ham for providing meat products for the classes. Meal and award sponsors of the contest are Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative, Tennessee Livestock Producers, Lower Middle Tennessee Cattlemans Video Sale, TN Sheep Producers Association, Tennessee Pork Producers Association, the Hardeson/Melton Meat Science Endowment and TAE4-HW. A special thank you to Darrell Ailshie and LeAnna Tanner for assisting with the contest.

Results for the overall contest and contest divisions are as follows:

Overall Meats Contest, Individuals (Top Four):

  1. Keri Cox (Bradley Co.)
  2. Allison Davis (Bedford Co.)
  3. Ian Alcox (Bedford Co.)
  4. Haylee Ferguson (Rutherford Co.)

Overall Meats Contest, Teams (Top Four):

  1. Bedford Co.
  2. Rutherford Co.
  3. Monroe Co. B
  4. Macon Co.

Meat Judging Classes, Individuals (Top Four):

  1. Haylee Ferguson (Rutherford Co.)
  2. Keri Cox (Bradley Co.)
  3. Nikki Lawrence (Monroe Co. B)
  4. Sorrell Martin (Lincoln Co.)

Meat Judging Classes, Teams (Top Four):

  1. Macon Co.
  2. Rutherford Co.
  3. Lincoln Co. B
  4. Monroe Co. B

Retail Cut Identification, Individuals (Top Four):

  1. Ian Alcox (Bedford Co.)
  2. Allison Davis (Bedford Co.)
  3. Dorothy Brandon (Bedford Co.)
  4. Aubrey Bolinger (Monroe Co. B)

Retail Cut Identification, Teams (Top Four):

  1. Bedford Co.
  2. Rutherford Co.
  3. Bradley Co.
  4. Monroe Co. B

Meat Reasons & Questions, Individuals (Top Four):

  1. Keri Cox (Bradley Co.)
  2. Haylee Ferguson (Rutherford Co.)
  3. Nikki Lawrence (Monroe Co. B)
  4. Nick Moore (Bedford Co.)

Meat Reasons & Questions, Teams (Top Four):

  1. Bedford Co.
  2. Rutherford Co.
  3. Macon Co.
  4. Lincoln Co.