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SE Championship for ASU Meat Judging Team

April 17, 2012

Angelo State University’s Meat Judging Team won the overall championship at the Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held April 14 at Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky.

Competing against 17 other teams, all from Division I universities, ASU’s team placed in the top 10 in each of the contest’s seven categories to score 3,923 total points and win the overall title.  Teams from the University of Florida (3,912 points), University of Illinois (3,875), Michigan State University (3,861) and North Dakota State University (3,811) rounded out the top five. 

By category, ASU placed first in Beef Grading and Overall Beef, second in Beef Judging and Specifications, fourth in Total Placings, sixth in Lamb Judging and seventh in Pork Judging.  Individually for ASU, Caitlyn Van Slambrou placed third out of 77 competitors with 992 points, Kameron Haecker placed sixth with 986 points and Will Meyer finished ninth with 980 points.  Darren Seidel finished in 20th place (965 points) and Kylee Weerland placed 28th (949 points). 

Other schools with teams competing were Iowa State University, University of Missouri, University of Georgia, Ohio State University and University of Kentucky.  Several of the larger universities entered more than one team. 

The Southeastern contest marked the end of the spring season for the ASU Meat Judging Team, which also placed fourth at the National Western contest in Denver, and sixth at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo contest. 

“This is the most successful season we have had since the Meat Judging Team was started six years ago,” said Dr. Kirk Braden, assistant professor of animal science and team coach. 

The ASU team is coached by Braden and graduate student Michael Boenig.  The fall meat judging season will commence in October.