First Annual Meat Judging Coaches Clinic

On January 30, 2016, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences and Ohio Future Farmers of America (FFA) hosted 30 participants in the first Meat Judging Coaches Clinic in the Animal Science building. The clinic targeted those involved in coaching, or interested in coaching, a meat judging team. Participants learned and reviewed the principles of grading and evaluating carcasses and wholesale cuts originating from beef, pork, and lamb. In addition, anatomy and muscle myology were covered for retail identification. The program was initiated by Dr. Lyda G. Garcia, assistant professor of meat science, who recently completed her first year with Ohio State.

“The goal of the program was to assist 4-H and FFA programs to compete at the state and national competitions,” said Garcia.

The clinic was instructed by members of the 2016 Fightin' Buckeye Meat Judging Team (12) and Dr. Lyda G. Garcia.

In the photo at right, 2016 Meat Judging team members present class officials with explanations of all classes.