Wyo. 4-H meat judging team places 5th in national contest
November 28, 2016
The Niobrara County senior 4-H meat judging team captured fifth at the National 4-H Meat Judging Contest Oct. 18 in Manhattan, Kan.
The team of Amber Jensen, Angelina Bannan and Kylie Strauch placed fourth in retail cut placings and reasons, fifth in retail cut identification, seventh in oral reasons, and tenth in total placings.
"The group earned the right to represent Wyoming after being named State Reserve Champion 4-H Meat team at the state contest in April," says coach Tammie Jensen. The national contest was part of the 2016 American Royal Livestock Show and Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo.
Wyoming's top competitor, Amber Jensen, earned seventh overall with 708 out of 750 possible points. After a first in retail cut identification and a perfect score of 300, a tiebreaker brought her a third place ribbon. Jensen was seventh in the beef division and ninth overall in oral reasons.
Bannan tallied 662 points to place 20th overall. She was recognized for a fifth place tie in retail cut placings and ranked 13th in retail cut identification.
Strauch gathered 644 points to place 30th overall. She earned 19th in retail cut placing and reasons.
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Fourteen teams and 54 individuals from across the U.S. competed. Wyoming tallied 2,014 points to gain its top-five spot. Texas won the contest with 2,150 points. North Dakota was second with 2,121, Kansas third with 2,028, and Tennessee fourth with 2,021.
Jensen says she and the team members attribute much of their success to University of Wyoming meat lab manager Kelcey Christensen.
"The practices he offered were outstanding," she says. The group also practiced at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.
Their trip was sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America, Wyoming Meat Processors Association and the many donors to the Niobrara County 4-H Judging Team Fund.