Escambia 4-H Meat Judging Teams Place First, Second In Florida; Tate FFA Places Fourth

April 24, 2021

One Escambia County 4-H meat judging team has won a state championship, and another has place second.

The intermediate (ages 11-13) 4-H meat judging team placed first at the state 4-H meat judging contest at the University Of Florida in Gainesville. The team included A.T. Bridgers, Laney Clarke, Tucker Padgett and Hunter Taylor.

The senior (ages 14+) 4-H meat judging team placed second in their division with members Alan B., Gracie Meredith and Lilly Warne. J

Tate High School’s FFA also competed at their meat judging career development event and they placed fourth in the FFA competition.

Last year, both the intermediate and senior Escambia County 4-H meat judging teams place first at the virtual state competition.

Participants identified 40 retail cuts and placed six retail, primal, carcass classes. The 4-H meat judging program develops life skills through activities related to the processing of beef, pork, and lamb, including retail identification, factors relating to meat quality and cooking methods. Participants developed an understanding and appreciation of the basic scientific principles involved in eating and cooking quality, nutritional value and consumer appeal of meat. 4-H members on the team also learned life skills such as effective decision-making, critical thinking, goal setting and teamwork.

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3 Responses to “Escambia 4-H Meat Judging Teams Place First, Second In Florida; Tate FFA Places Fourth”

  1. Bonnie Exner on April 24th, 2021 5:57 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.. this goes to show how important FFA and 4-H is in our local community and schools. Leadership skills,orational,skills,as well as agricultural skills are emphasized in these 2 exemplary programs.

  2. D.C. Flowers on April 24th, 2021 11:49 am

    My kids did meats judging back in the 1990’s and I know how challenging (and rewarding) it was to master this skill. Congratulations on your wins and best of luck at Nationals.

  3. Sabrena on April 24th, 2021 7:24 am

    Way to go Tucker and the rest of Escambia County 4-H and FFA. I know the hard work that has gone into this so enjoy your accomplishment. We are so proud of you.

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