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Annual Meat Products Show Draws a Crowd

Jan. 5, 2024
Molly Mies chats with guests

The Meat Products show is arguably one of the most memorable traditions for Buckeyes that pass through the doors of the Animal Sciences Building, and that tradition continued with yet another strong turnout this year.

Instructed by Dr. Lynn Knipe and Dr. Ben Bohrer, students in the Meat Products class select a product and create a unique spin on the typical pork, sausage, or beef products seen in the grocery store. Students present these products to a panel of industry professionals who ask questions typical of prospective product buyers.

The turnout for the fall semester show surpassed expectations, drawing the largest crowd of hungry guests in over three years. Dr. Knipe shared the success of the event on Facebook, which prompted memories from many Animal Science alumni.

“I remember this part of the class fondly. It’s one of my favorite memories from undergrad. I made pastrami. I had a lot of help from classmates, as it was all so new to me. But, what a great experience! One I’ll never forget. Glad to see the tradition lives on,” shares alumna Jamie Berning.

Lamar Hendricks reminisces on making bologna with chicken predominant back in 1973. “Everyone laughed and said that would never happen!!!”Student Julianna Andres shows off her innovative project, smoked turkey, on homemade bread.

Others applauded Knipe and Bohrer for keeping this hands-on instruction style as a key part of the curriculum. “An innovative instructional strategy that students actually remember. Bravo,” shared Greg Mathews.


Over the fifty-year history of the meat products show, many awards have been created to help recognize the students that go above and beyond. This year, Animal Science student Molly Mies was recognized as Best of Show, with Julianna Andres earning honors for the Most Innovative Product. Molly Mies was also recognized for Best Presentation.


Please join us in congratulating our students on their success this past semester.