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Grant, Marathon Counties Top State 4-H Meats Contest
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/18/2015

A team from Grant County took top honors in the senior division of the state 4-H meats contest last weekend at University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Team members were Dillin Meier, Ben Connolly, Cody Adams, and Mathew Walz. They were coached by Dennis Patterson. The group will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest to be held this fall in Kansas City.

The second place senior team, which will represent Wisconsin at a contest in Denver, Colorado, was from Jefferson County. Members of that team included Taylor Chwala, Libby Knoebel, Ryan Isaacsen, and Justin Schriner. The team was coached by Lindsey Knoebel.

Meanwhile, the top junior team was from Marathon County. Team members were Stephanie Witberler, Kailen Smerchek, Cortney Zimmerman and Mae Sann. The second place junior team was from Columbia County, with Justin Taylor, Samantha Rake, Tyler Cross, Medora Richards, Abby Stalbaum, Hayden Taylor, and Maggie Stalbaum participating.

The contest consisted of evaluating classes of hams, beef, pork and lamb carcasses, and two retail cut classes. Youth also identified 40 retail cuts of beef, pork or lamb and graded five beef carcasses.

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