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ASU Meats Team Grabs Top 5 National Ranking

January 10, 2013

Angelo State University’s Meat Judging Team finished 2012 ranked in the top five nationally following a fifth-place finish at the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in November at Tyson Foods Inc. in Dakota City, Neb.

That fifth-place finish culminated a year that saw the ASU team finish in the top 10 at all seven of the contests it entered, including five top-five finishes and a first-place victory at the Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in April at Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky.

During the spring 2012 season, ASU finished fourth at the National Western Contest in Denver, Colo., sixth at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Contest, and first at the Southeastern Contest.  For the fall season, ASU finished ninth at the Eastern National Contest in Wyalusing, Penn., fourth at the American Royal Contest in Omaha, Neb., fifth at the Cargill High Plains Contest in Plainview, and fifth at the International Contest.

What makes the ASU accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that they were achieved competing exclusively against teams from Division I universities.

“The International Contest is the ‘national championship’ for the meats judging world,” said Dr. Kirk Braden, ASU associate professor of animal science and team coach.  “So with our fifth-place finish at the International and consistently finishing in the top five at the other contests, our Meat Judging Team can legitimately be considered a top-five national program.”

Members of ASU’s 2012 Meat Judging Team were Kameron Haecker of New Braunfels, William Meyer of Cibolo, Darren Seidel of Sanderson, Caitlyn Van Slambrouck of Selma and Kylee Werland of Columbus.  They were coached by Braden and animal science graduate student Michael Boenig.

The 2013 meat judging season begins at the National Western Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest on Jan. 20 in Greeley, Colo.

For more information on the ASU Meat Judging Team, contact Braden at 325-486-6746 or – or contact Boenig at 325-942-2515 or