A winning year for the University of Wyoming meat judging team marked the first part of the year as a time of breaking records for the squad
They broke placing records, and one member bested a record she had set only a week earlier, making it one of the most memorable years for the judging members.
Funded by the UW Animal Science Department and fundraisers, as well as the students' own travel money, a year of selling prime ribs and turkeys before the yearend holidays paid off for the participants. "This year's team is the largest meat judging team that UW has had," says Zeb Gray, team coach, who says judging is a "great opportunity to complement their classroom education."
Consider the teams' winning scores this year:
January at the National Western Stock Show: Team placed fifth, and won placings and lamb judging, which had not been done by a UW team in 15 years. Emilee Brinton of Newnan, Ga., was high individual in both divisions with teammate Chris Block, Gothenburg, Neb., earning second in lamb judging and fourth in placings. McKenzie Harris, Laramie, Wyo., finished second in pork judging, fourth in beef judging and fifth in reasons.
January at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo: Team placed sixth, breaking the UW team placings record with Lara Allnut, Walden, Colo., posting the second highest individual placing score in team history. The team posted the second highest pork judging score in its history, and Harris earned the third highest individual score in team history. Frankie Domenico, Denver, Colo., posted the sixth highest individual total score by a UW judger.
February at the Iowa State Invitational Contest. Team placed fourth. Austin Buzanowski, Pompey's Pillar, Mont., led the team winning high individual honors in beef judging and overall beef. The team finished second in reasons with the third highest score in UW history. Harris led the team in this category posting the second highest reasons score in team history.
March at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Contest. Team placed 10th and was recognized for its second place finish in lamb judging with Allnut, Domenico and Harris
Tied for eighth out of more than 100 contestants. Harris again finished second in reasons while breaking her week-old UW record.