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4-H Meat Judging Results

Four teenagers from southwest Wisconsin will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest next January at the National Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.

Cora Kleist of Richland Center and Abby Meier, Blake Wegmuller, and Kendra Jentz, all of Bloomington, competed as members of the Grant County 4-H Senior Team at the State 4-H Meats Judging Contest held last weekend at the UW-Madison Meat Laboratory.

Grant County’s Junior Team also topped its division. Members of the junior team included Jessica Patterson, Libby Vogt, Avery Crooks, Alayna Barth, Luke Patterson, Leah Patterson, Bailey Grissom, and Cameron Patterson. Both teams are coached by Dennis Patterson.

The State 4-H Meats Judging contest consists of evaluating and ranking classes of hams, beef, pork and lamb carcasses, and two classes of retail cuts. Contestants also identify 30 retail cuts of beef, pork or lamb and 10 cuts of processed meat products. They round out the contest by quality and yield-grading five beef carcasses and completing a 10-question label-reading exercise. Additionally, seniors – that is those who are high school freshman and older - have to give one set of oral reasons.

All four members of the winning senior team were also recognized individually as top-10 contestants. Cora Kleist was second; Blake Wegmuller, third; Abby Meier, fourth; and Kendra Jentz, sixth. The top senior was Zachary Mickelson of Columbia County.

The State 4-H Meats Contest is sponsored by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, UW-Extension, and UW-Madison Department of Animal Sciences and Muscle Biology Laboratory.