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Meat, It's Good for Summer

Livestock Update, August 1996

Paul Graham, Food Science & Technology

"MEAT, it's good for summer" is especially true for a lot of Virginia's youth. The 1996 4-H Meat Identification & Evaluation Contests for Sr and Jr participants was held on June 18. Page County's team of Trey Keyser, Renee Beahm and Brandon Waters emerged in 1st place. Frederick County's Billy Russel, Jamie Christiansen and Katie Nestlerodt were a close second. Virginia Clark, Christy Wathers and Crystal Whetsel from Rockingham County placed third. Overall high individual honors went to Trey Keyser.

The Jr Contest was won by Page County. Jennifer Keyser, Zachary Judd and Karl Shackleford made up the Page County team. Rockingham County placed second with team members Christopher Clark, Paul Clark and Emily Clark. Forrest Christiansen and Kyle Russel from Frederick County competed as individuals.

Tuesday afternoon's Discovery Tract during 4-H Congress was conducted by Mark Price, VT Meat Lab Manager. It became a tasty event as participants learned how to make Beef Jerky, made a batch and then sensory evaluated the product. The feedback is that some 4-Hers already are planning to make "jerky" as a club project.

The 1996 Virginia Beef Ambassador competition was outstanding. Lori McKinnon of the Montgomery County 4-H Livestock Club gave an inspiring demonstration entitled "Wanted Beef". The "Chuckwagon Hash" also pleased the taste of the judges.

On June 26, the Spotswood FFA Chapter Meats Team became the State Champion. Members are Rebecca Begoon, Bryan Breeden, Sonja Houff and Matt Welch. They are coached by W. W. Cupp. Placing second was the Park View Sr chapter with Travis Kidd, Brad Evans and Janel Dalton. Ronnie Thomas was coach.

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