Animal Science Department is hosting the 2021 State 4-H and FFA Meat and Livestock Evaluation Competitions and State Fair Carcass Viewing

August 24, 2021

Animal Science Department is hosting the 2021 State 4-H and FFA Meat and Livestock Evaluation Competitions

August 28 will bring over 300 youth from across Iowa to campus for the 4-H and FFA meat and livestock judging contests.   The meat evaluation event is hosted by the ISU meat laboratory under the direction of Dr. Olsen and the ISU meat judging team.  Participants will evaluate beef, pork and lamb carcasses and cuts, identify retail cuts and provide oral reasons. 

The livestock judging event is lead by Dr. Chris Cassasdy and the ISU livestock judging team and is held at the Hansen Center. Participants will evaluate beef cattle, goats, sheep and hogs and present oral reasons. The champion senior teams in both events will represent Iowa at the national 4-H and FFA competitions later this fall. 

State Fair Carcass Viewing

The champion and reserve 4-H and FFA market animals from the Iowa State Fair will be on display in the ISU meat laboratory on August 28 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Carcasses will be evaluated by Dr. Terry Houser and data compiled for viewing. Several faculty, staff and students will be on hand to explain the carcass measurements and assist with viewing the carcasses.  Those interested in viewing the carcasses should meet Amy Powell in the Farm Bureau pavilion starting at 3:00 p.m.  Small groups will be escorted from the pavilion to the meat lab for the viewing.  For more information contact Dr. Amy Powell at ampowell@iastate.edu.

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