TORRINGTON, Wyo. – Goshen County 4-H members, Kendall Haas, Anna Schmick, Kaci Schmick and Dally Wilkins earned third place in the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest held during the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo. The team is coached by 4-H volunteers, Michael and Mai Lee Olsen.
The team won the Wyoming 4-H Meats Judging Contest in April, which allowed them to compete in the premier national contest. The team has conducted weekly practices since winning the state contest.
Goshen County’s own competed against 11 states in retail cut identification, meat judging and delivering three sets of oral reasons. In retail cut identification contestants identified 30 cuts of meat and were expected to know the species, primal cut, name of retail cut, and the cookery method. In the judging division contestants evaluated, compared and objectively placed beef carcass, beef ribs, pork carcass, pork fresh hams, T-bones/Porterhouses, and pork rib chops classes.
Contestants then provided three defenses for their placement of the beef, pork and retail classes. Known as providing oral reasons, youth needed to organize their thoughts and speak publicly in a structured environment. Individual scores from all classes and reasons are totaled to determine team scores. Participants are eligible for individual recognition as well as team awards.
In Beef Classes, Kaci Schmick led the team by placing sixth overall earning 142 points.
The team shined in Pork Judging, earning first place overall. Kendall earned high individual, Anna Schmick earned fifth and Kaci Schmick earned eighth . Collectively the team earned 425 points.
Anna Schmick led the nation in the Retail Cut Judging and earned 146 points for her team. Kaci Schmick earned 145 points, earning her second place and teammate Kendall Haas earned fifth place with 143 points. With a total score of 434 points, Wyoming won the Retail Cut Judging portion of the contest.
In Retail Cut Identification, Kaci Schmick led the team, placing fifth overall and a score of 295. Kendall Haas earned eighth place and 291 points out of 300. The team earned third place in this division.
Kendall led the team in oral reasons, earning third place and a score of 133. Kaci Schmick earned fifth place and Anna Schmick brought home eighth place. Dally Wilkins earned 18th place out of 45
contestants. As a result of these high scores, the Wyoming team ranks second in the nation in the Oral Reasons division.
Individual scores are totaled to create the team score. Wyoming’s score of 2,130 points easily earned them third place in the nation behind Texas and Minnesota.
For more information on 4-H Meats Judging or other projects, contact UW Extension, Goshen County at 307-532-2436.